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Glow In The Park – Call For Artists

Glow In The Park – Call For Artists

Fairmount Park Conservancy seeks to commission one artist or artist team to create a temporary outdoor art installation for the 6th annual Glow in the Park. Event to be held at the Reflecting Pool at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center.

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Deadline: 6 Sept 2017

Fairmount Park Conservancy is looking for a piece with a sense of fun, spectacle, and intentionality. The artwork should speak to its setting and create a unique experience for those attending. This commission is part of a larger effort to forge new connections between artists and cultural partners with communities and the public realm. The conservancy is working to engage the power of the arts to enhance treasured city parks and to provide a new lens through which to see, understand, and experience them.

Chosen Glow In The Park artist(s) will receive an artist fee. The total project budget is $7,000 which is inclusive of all artist fees and fabrication costs.

About Fairmount Park Conservancy

Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion Philadelphia’s parks. They lead capital projects and historic preservation efforts, foster neighborhood park stewardship, attract and leverage investments, and develop innovative programs. They are located throughout 10,200 acres that include Fairmount Park and more than 100 neighborhood parks around the city. Philadelphia has one of the largest urban park systems in the world. It provides residents with extensive health, environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefits.

Through sustained leadership, significant investment, and strategic efforts, Fairmount Park Conservancy positions Philadelphia’s park system to become a world-class, preeminent park system. It is a national model for urban revitalization, sustainability, and civic engagement.

For more information, contact arts@myphillypark.org.


Open Air Art Museum – Call For Artists

Open Air Art Museum – Call For Artists

The Inn at Honey Run is partnering with the Greater Columbus Arts Council to select up to three central Ohio artists to create outdoor installations for the Holmes County Open Air Art Museum.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 30 Apr 2017

The Inn at Honey Run team is encouraging any artists in Franklin County and surrounding counties who are sculptors, designers, photographers, and imaginative thinkers to submit their ideas. The Open Air Art Museum is set on 56 acres of majestic landscape with lush forest and rolling hillsides on the Inn at Honey Run property. It showcases original works from local and regional artists of various backgrounds, mediums, and disciplines.

The applications will be reviewed by a panel from the Inn at Honey Run and the Arts Council. The panel will make its final selections by May 31.

Open Air Art Museum artist benefits

The Inn at Honey Run has allotted a budget of up to $30,000 for one to three artists.

In addition to financial compensation, past artists of the Open Air Art Museum have stated their time at The Inn creating installations as “life changing” due to the:

  • uniqueness of being able to bring art to life among nature,
  • escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life while being surrounded by art and nature, and
  • opportunity to encounter diverse guests of varying backgrounds who stay at The Inn at Honey Run every day.

Additionally, the Open Air Art Museum is the region’s only one of it’s kind. It is relatively new (grand opening in September 2015). Artists participating at this stage are a part of an extremely unique venture that will grow vastly in the coming years. They will be in the company of up and coming regional artists.

About the Inn at Honey Run

The Inn at Honey Run is an independently-owned boutique resort in Northeast Ohio. It provides luxury accommodations and fine dining to diverse guests from all over the country who have traveled the world.

For more information, contact promotions@innathoneyrun.com.


Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition – Call For Artists

The City of Roanoke, VA seeks up to nine artists to exhibit in the fourth AIR: (Art in Roanoke), a Roanoke outdoor temporary sculpture exhibition running May 16, 2017 through November 15, 2018.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 6 Feb 2017

All artwork will be sited in Elmwood Park, a pocket of nature and vibrant urban space, in downtown Roanoke. The theme of the show is City in Motion. In addition to finished pieces, proposed work will be considered. Works submitted must be of a scale and material suitable for outdoor display. All proposed works should be designed to withstand an outdoor, high traffic, unmonitored environment. They should require little or no maintenance for the duration of the show. They must be original and suitable for family viewing. The works must be constructed so that they can be securely anchored.

There is no entry fee. Artists chosen to participate in the Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition will receive a stipend of up to $4,000 per selected artwork. In addition, one artist will receive a $1,000 Peoples Choice Award. An identification plaque will be provided for each work. The Roanoke Arts Commission will also produce publicity materials and will promote the exhibition with local media. Sale of installed works will be encouraged. Sale arrangements will be handled between the buyer and the artist. It is understood that work will remain on display for the entire exhibit.

In the past, the City of Roanoke has purchased four works from the three previous AIR exhibitions.

Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition

About the City of Roanoke

Roanoke was born out of transportation and continues to be on the move. Downtown revitalization led to a renaissance over the last 25 years, and downtown living has increased to over 2,000 residents. With the recently announced expansion of the VA Tech Medical School and Research Institute and several craft breweries moving to the area, the City of Roanoke is on the move and the art in Elmwood should reflect that motion.

Since purchased by the city in 1910, Elmwood Park has been a gathering place where people enjoy concerts, the outdoors, or spend quiet time. Today it is well known as Roanoke’s premiere festival park with more than fifty annual events. It is also the home of the city’s main library. Improvements in 2013 included a new amphitheater and stage, interactive fountains, an arbor, terraces off the back of the library, and the Art Walk. An interactive playground with a Peter Pan theme is in the park.

For more information, contact susan.jennings@roanokeva.gov.


Art 2C on Havana 2016 – Call for Artists

The City of Aurora Art In Public Places Program (AIPP) and the On Havana Business Improvement District (Havana BID) are looking for outdoor sculpture to be considered for a one year exhibition on Havana Street in Aurora, CO, Art 2C on Havana 2016.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 1 May 2016

The exhibit is scheduled to open in October, 2016.

Exhibiting artists will be paid a $1,000 stipend for the transportation, installation, and de-installation of their artwork.

The Havana BID is providing funds for cash awards in the following amounts:

  • 1st Place: $1,250
  • 2nd Place: $750
  • 3rd Place: $500

Sculptures may be purchased from the Art 2C on Havana exhibit and will be advertised as such. Aurora AIPP may purchase sculpture from the exhibit to be added to the City’s public art collection.

On Havana Street and the City of Aurora’s Art in Public Places program are proud to partner to bring the Sixth Annual Art 2C on Havana 2016. This highly successful and anticipated exhibition brings thirteen temporary sculptures annually to the business district. The exhibition provides residents and visitors with a unique way to experience the Business District. Public art such as this boosts real estate values and creates opportunities for local businesses to thrive while also providing sculptors with opportunities to share their work, gain recognition for the quality of their work, and compete for cash awards.

The City of Aurora Art in Public Places program has made it possible for locally and nationally renowned artists to enhance the city’s public spaces with works of art ranging from indoor wall hangings to monumental outdoor sculptures. The collection includes over 240 pieces valued at over $3 million, creating cultural landmarks that serve as a cornerstone of the city’s identity.

For more information, contact publicart@auroragov.org.

Art 2C on Havana 2016


ForumArts Sculpture Symposium – Call for Artists

ForumArts is opening a call to artists to participate in the outdoor ForumArts Sculpture Symposium for 11 days during the summer 2016.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 24 Apr 2016

The ForumArts Sculpture Symposium is a residency opportunity for artists to make an entirely new sculpture, work alongside other artists, and discuss their work. The focus of the symposium is to make work inspired by and in response to the 130 acres and 180 years of the Himalayan Gardens at Riverhill House. Artists are welcome to visit the gardens prior to submission or base their piece on the images and video provided. Artists can work with natural or manmade materials.

The Symposium will consist of an 11 day residency in which 5 selected artists will each make a new piece of work. London Sculpture Workshop will provide an open workshop space with access to basic tools including woodwork, metalwork, and welding equipment. Mechanical and manual assistance in moving work can be given on site. The selection of materials can be decided by the artists, but they have to create work that will survive outside for at least 2 years.

During the ForumArts Sculpture Symposium, we will organize discussions between the artists, members of the public, and curators. Evening events will include barbecues, visits to local pubs, a press launch, and closing party. At the end of the Symposium, the sculptures will form part of an exhibition at Riverhill for the duration of summer 2016.

In 2017, a publication will be produced and launched at a London Sculpture Conference at which artists will present the work made during the Symposium.

ForumArts will fund material costs up to £500 for each artist. ForumArts is in charge of buying the materials. ForumArts will offer up to £50 to each artist for travel expenses to and from the Symposium within England. Receipts need to be produced. ForumArts cannot cover traveling expenses to international artists though it offers recommendation letters that could help to get funding with other entities. International artists will have travel expenses covered from any airport within England to Riverhill.

ForumArts will provide all meals and refreshments during the Symposium. Please note that, for the moment, accommodation will be camping; however, we are fundraising for getting hotel accommodation. We would provide the necessary kit for international artists.

ForumArts is a non-for profit arts organisation based in London that offers free membership for artists. ForumArts provides a platform for discussion on creative practice, opportunities for artists, visits to artists’ studios, and invitations to keynote speakers to talk to our members. ForumArts has organised major events such as the First West London Arts Prize 2013, First National Sculpture Symposium in England in 2014, and The London Sculpture Conference 2015.

For more information, contact info@forumarts.org.uk.

ForumArts Sculpture Symposium


SculptureWalk Chelsea 2016-2017 – Call for Artists

SculptureWalk Chelsea 2016-2017 is an annual public arts project sponsored by the Chelsea Downtown Development Authority, the City of Chelsea, Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, and River Gallery.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 28 Mar 2016

Twelve sculptures will be juried into the exhibit and installed outdoors on concrete pads in high profile locations in historic downtown Chelsea, Michigan (located 14 miles west of Ann Arbor). Online and print brochures will be provided to the public to inspire self-guided walking tours of the exhibit. Guided docent tours will also be available through the Chelsea District Library and River Gallery.

On the launch date of June 9, 2016, there will be a reception for the artists, hosted by the River Gallery, sponsored by the community partners. This reception will be a feature of the 40th annual kick-off to Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights, an eleven-week free summer musical event in downtown Chelsea. All work must be for sale and remain in the exhibit for the entire year (June 2016 – May 2017).

Benefits to the exhibiting sculptor:

  • $600 stipend
  • High visibility sites in the heart of downtown Chelsea, a major cultural destination city in Southeast Michigan
  • A year long marketing campaign including press releases and brochures distributed in Southeast Michigan.
  • Broadcasting via Facebook and the River Gallery and City of Chelsea’s websites.
  • Guided docent tours throughout the year

River Gallery opened its doors ten years ago and has been nourishing the arts community of Southeastern Michigan ever since. Representing many local, regional, and national artists, the gallery boasts a reputation of producing six exhibitions annually to critical and commercial success. Over the years, not only has the River Gallery brought art to many residential, corporate, and healthcare spaces, but also has curated numerous off-site exhibits at a variety of locations, from Rackham Graduate School at the University of Michigan to outdoor sculpture exhibits at private residences. The gallery designs and produces SculptureWalk Chelsea, an annual outdoor rotating sculpture exhibition in the city of Chelsea, MI. River Gallery is responsible for producing many arts and culture events throughout the area such as Sounds and Sights on Thursday Nights and the Artist in Residence program in conjunction with the Chelsea District Library.

Our aim is to provide a place for participation and appreciation of the arts through rotating exhibits, musical performances, film screenings, performance art, and artist workshops.

For more information, contact sculpturewalk@chelsearivergallery.com.

SculptureWalk Chelsea 2016-2017


St James Court Art Show – Call for Artists

Call for artists for the 60th Anniversary, 2016 St. James Court Art Show.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 29 Apr 2015

This outdoor show is set in beautiful Historic Old Louisville, Kentucky. Five neighborhood associations and one church organize and run this show that covers four square blocks. Each group juries their own artists but operates simultaneously.

This three day event is a Louisville tradition bringing 150,000+ art patrons from all over the region. Artist amenities include award money, artist breakfast, artist lunches, acknowledgment of long time artists, and 60th Anniversary celebrations in 2016.

The St. James Court Art Show has been operating continuously for 60 years. Proceeds from the art show help preserve this historic Victorian neighborhood. $28,000 in college scholarship money was given out in 2015.

For more information, contact mesrock@stjamescourtartshow.com.

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2016 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival – Call for Artists

The Greater Reston Arts Center announces a call for artists for the 21016 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 6 Dec 2015

The 25th annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival will be on May 20 – 22, 2016. This is a juried, outdoor, nationally ranked fine art and craft festival that typically attracts 30,000+ patrons, and features over 200 of the nations best artists.

2015 reported sales for artists participating in our event were as follows:

  • 9%: between $10,000 – $42,000
  • 60%: between $1,001 – $9,999
  • 10%: between $150 – $1,000
  • 21%: chose not to report their sales

The 2014 Art Fair Source Book report, representing 21% of our artists, shows an upward trend, with average gross sales at $5,882 per artist.

Greater Reston Arts Center, (GRACE) is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to presenting excellent contemporary visual art. Our festival is our primary fundraiser and it allows us to offer its free-to-the-public exhibitions at the arts center and art education programs across all ages (GRACE Art is currently in over 40 schools regionally impacting over 20,000 children).

For more information, contact ericaharrison@restonarts.org.

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Castlegar Sculpturewalk 2016 – Call for Artists

Castlegar Sculpturewalk is a year-long outdoor exhibition of sculptures, located in Castlegar British Columbia, The Sculpture Capital of Canada™.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 31 Oct 2015

The 2016 opening is on May 14th, and we pay up to $500 shipping costs and cover your accommodation. In 2015 we showcased 32 sculptures from international artists. We accept completed sculptures and design proposals.

We offer $25,000 in Awards – the winner of The People’s Choice award (voted via ballot) has their sculpture purchased for up to $15,000, and there is an additional $10K in cash prizes available.

Castlegar is a small town in beautiful British Columbia, yet within just six years Castlegar Sculpturewalk has become one of the premiere arts event in Canada, attracting entries from across the world.

For more information, contact joy@castlegarsculpturewalk.com.

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Hastings Urban Tree Nursery Planter Painting

Strathcona BIA, in partnership with HxBIA, recently installed the Hastings Urban Tree Nursery (HUTN), a series of concrete planters housing young trees that will grow under the care of local businesses until ready for transplantation to permanent locations. HxBIA is currently inviting proposals from artists to paint the concrete planters of the HUTN along the south side of the 100 block of Hastings Street.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 1 Sept 2015

The HUTN will benefit the local community in many ways including supporting the local economy, providing new skills training for community members, and providing an otherwise concrete landscape with beauty, shade, and new insect and bird habitat.

In particular, works that engage with local community, heritage and culture, natural elements, and/or First Nations culture are sought. HxBIA embraces edginess, innovation, diversity, urban culture and community. Painted planters will be part of the urban streetscape and should enliven and enrich the Hastings corridor while reflecting the values and goals of the HUTN and HxBIA. There are four planters to be painted, and the area to be painted on each planter is approximately 113”x36” (w x h).

One artist will be selected and commissioned to paint the four planters. The artist will receive a $1000 stipend, and paint materials will be provided up to a maximum of $400, with support from the City of Vancouver’s Integrated Graffiti Management Program. After painting, the planters will be coated with a clear product to protect against graffiti damage.

Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association (HxBIA) is no regular BIA. We are a social innovation BIA driven by strong social and environmental values and are dedicated to the authentic urban culture of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. We take a leadership role in managing change and shaping a more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable local economy here in the Downtown Eastside.

For more information, contact landon@hxbia.com.

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