Platform Gallery

Originating from the French word plateforme, meaning ‘ground plan’ or ‘flat shape’, Platform is a public exhibition space at the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara, that features the work of emerging and established artists displayed as two-dimensional printed media. The artwork displayed in the Platform exhibition gallery brings the University’s academic and community guests into dialogue with the IHC’s annual public events series theme in creative ways.

Platform is located on the 6th floor of the Humanities and Social Sciences Building (HSSB), UC Santa Barbara.

Call for IHC Platform Gallery Submissions

Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019

The IHC announces a new call for submissions for artwork to be included in its public exhibition space, the Platform Gallery. We are soliciting images of works that engage with our 2019–20 public events series theme, Critical Mass, which will explore threshold moments, impactful aggregates, and tipping points in multiple registers and environments. Visit here for the complete series description.

Submissions must include:

  1. Artist name, title, media, year for each art object
  2. A 50-word artist statement
  3. A minimum of 300dpi/ppi PDF to be printed at 11x 17 inches

Selected artworks will be printed and matted (11 x 17) by the IHC and will also become part of the permanent Platform online artist archive.

Submissions should be emailed to by September 20, 2019. Please contact IHC Associate Director Erin Nerstad at with any questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible to submit art for consideration?
A: Artists need not be locally based or have a UCSB affiliation.  We encourage submissions from both emerging and established artists.

Q: What kinds of art are you accepting for submission?
A: We are accepting digital images of two-dimensional artwork. The submission can be an artwork that is originally in digital form (e.g. a digital photograph or a digitally-designed image), or it can be a digital image reproduction of a non-digital artwork (e.g. a scan or photograph of a drawing or collage).

Q: What do you do with my art once it has been submitted?
A: If you art is selected for the exhibition, the IHC will print the high-resolution image on 11 x 17 inch paper and then return the printed image to you (unframed) after the conclusion of the exhibition. The IHC will delete the high-resolution digital image from its files after the exhibition. The low-resolution digital image will become part of the permanent online Platform Gallery. All image rights remain the property of the artist. If your submission is not selected for the exhibition, the IHC will delete both high- and low-resolution digital images from its files.

Q: What will the matting and frame look like?
A: The frame is 20 ½ x 28 ½ inches and is white; the mat displays an area of 10 ½ x 16 ¼ inches and is also white. To see the exhibition frames, please visit the HSSB 6th floor.

Q: How many pieces may I submit?
A: You may submit between one and fourteen artworks. There are fourteen frames in the gallery.

Q: May I submit a series of works?
A: Yes. Please note in your submission if some or all of your artworks are part of a series that may only be exhibited together.

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