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Water/Culture 2019 (Taos, NM) – Call for Artists

Water/Culture 2019 (Taos, NM) – Call for Artists

The Paseo Water/Culture 2019 call is seeking artists to bring visibility to Northern New Mexico’s water culture and issues. Working with artists, Paseo wishes to create more inclusive and imaginative planning processes. They provide benefits to the community through artistic installations, designs, and educational opportunities. Paseo seeks proposals for installations to creatively expand public knowledge and appreciation of the acequia networks downtown Taos, NM. Selected art activations will vary in media, scale, and programming.

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Deadline: 2 Jun 2019

The goal is to highlight the acequia network for the benefit of the local community and wider audience of visitors traversing the downtown. These installations will be featured at the Paseo 2019 festival, September 13th and 14th, with the opportunity for pre- and post-installation capacities. All installations will be considered as an implementation for permanent installations.

Paseo will work closely with a number of partners to implement the Water/Culture 2019 including the Town of Taos, the Acequia Madre de Rio Pueblo, The Taos Valley Acequia Association, The NM Acequia Association, The Arts and Cultural District, Taos Mainstreet, The Taos Gallery Association, Taos Art Council, and a number of educational institutions and local businesses.

Local acequia and cultural leaders have become increasingly aware of and engaged in the water issues facing Taos. There is tremendous opportunity to utilize arts and culture strategies to advance sustainable, integrated, and inclusive management of the community’s water resources. As creative thinkers and doers, artists can be powerful partners to water leaders. Together, they re-imagine traditional approaches to water planning and management and connect with communities in new ways.

About Paseo

The Paseo is a festival dedicated to bringing the art of installation, performance, and projection to the streets of Taos, New Mexico. This two-day outdoor event, set in the high desert of Taos, New Mexico, is in its sixth year. It is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evening, September 13rd and 14th, 2019.

The Paseo seeks work that is immersive, participatory, and/or will make a dynamic impact within the Taos Historic District during this evening festival. The event is scheduled to start at sunset and runs to 11pm. Paseo 2018 brought over 6,000 people to the streets of Taos to experience this annual celebration.

For more information, contact matt@paseoproject.org.

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Art In The Hollow (St Paul, MN) – Call For Artists

Art In The Hollow (St Paul, MN) – Call For Artists

The Friends of Swede Hollow are seeking artists for a community/family annual arts festival, Art In The Hollow, that fills an urban ravine-based park with art at the beginning of the summer. Art in the Hollow began as a means to introduce St. Paulites to Swede Hollow Park, a magical hidden forest that stretches below the city’s street level from downtown into its East Side.

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Deadline: 25 May 2019

There is a $15 booth fee and no application costs.

Art in the Hollow is the only arts festival exclusive to St. Paul’s east Side, filling a cultural vacuum in an area of town which is otherwise overflowing with cultural enrichment from waves of immigration from Latin America, SouthEast Asia, Eastern Europe, and the horn of Africa. The park has a long history of habitation by Dakota people and incoming immigrants from Sweden to Mexico, reflected outward now in the surrounding East Side communities. Today, Swede Hollow park is a refuge for artists on the first Saturday of each June.

Vendor booths are situated along a pathway which wraps around the main stage on one end of the festival and along a pathway overlooking a creek to the far end of the festival where a second stage is situated under a historic stone bridge. A limited rain site space is available for some artists in the event of very severe weather. In addition to the vendor booths, the Friends of Swede Hollow sponsor a sculpture contest with a $15 entry and hundreds awarded in prizes.

Art In The Hollow Artist Benefits

Artists involved will find assistance from a team of volunteers. The East Side artist’s community is supportive and eager to help connect artists to further opportunities. Art in the Hollow has generally drawn crowds of nearly two thousand visitors in good weather. There are nearly 1000 social media followers. This year’s tenth anniversary will feature an expanded outreach to all the surrounding communities with increased lawn sign presence and flyers translated into Spanish, Hmong, and Karen. The Friends of Swede Hollow partner with nearby art organizations including Indiginous Roots Cultural Center, East Side Artist’s Salon, East Side Arts Council, and the St. Paul Library system.

About the Friends of Swede Hollow

Friends of Swede Hollow has watched over the Swede Hollow Park and its history for years. It brings art and events down into the Hollow to support and enliven the community. They are focused on grassroots arts community building rather than being an outgrowth of a large organization or corporate entity.

For more information, contact artinthehollowmn@gmail.com.


Reno Art Fest 2019 (Reno, NV) – Call For Artists

Reno Art Fest 2019 (Reno, NV) – Call For Artists

CWB Events announces a call for artists for the Reno Art Fest 2019, to be held in downtown Reno on July 12-14 as part of the month long celebration of art in Reno (Artown). This event will feature numerous artists whose original work of 2 and 3 dimensional fine art, acrylics, oil and watercolor paintings, photography, ceramics, jewelry, glass, stone and metal sculptures, and wood and clay pieces.

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Deadline: 30 Apr 2019

Situated on North Virginia Street between 4th and 6th streets in Reno, the event will be open on Friday 4 – 8 pm, Saturday from 10 am till 8 pm, and Sunday from 10 am till 5 pm. Admission and parking are free to the public. A variety of local food trucks and wine and beer concession will be available.

This event is open to all media of original fine art and fine craft. All work will be juried. Categories will be limited. Only original hand-made works are accepted. Commercially or mass-produced items are not eligible. There will be no buy/sell items in the show. Participants must provide their own display. If used, canopy must be white. It will be securely attached to the ground in case of unexpected high winds.

Booth fees are $125.00 for a 10’ x 10’ or $200.00 for 10’ x 20’ space, corners (if available) are an additional $25, plus 10% commission on all sales.

Submit four images of your work, one image of your display, and a current biography. If accepted, give permission for photos and biography to be used for publicity. Confirmation status will be sent via email.

Reno Art Fest 2019 Artist Benefits

  • Booth sitters available
  • Free artist parking
  • Security provided on Friday and Saturday evenings
  • Jewelry and photography categories will be limited

$4000 in Artist Awards including Best of Show $1,000, Awards of Excellence 2 @ $750, Judges Choice $500, and Awards of Merit 4 @ $250.

About CWB Events

CWB Events is a new company formed for the production of Fine Art Festivals. Founded by Curtis Beck, formerly with another show producer in Southern CA, where he learned a lot over the eight years he was there.

For more information, contact info@cwbevents.com.


Lanesboro Art In The Park 2019 – Call For Artists

Lanesboro Art In The Park 2019 – Call For Artists

Lanesboro Arts announces a call for artists for the Lanesboro Art in the Park 2019, featuring original work in the areas of painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, metalwork, glass, fiber, paper, jewelry, wood, textiles, and mixed media. All items for sale must be the art or handiwork of the exhibiting artist(s). No food or commercial items permitted.

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Deadline: 30 May 2019

The 39th annual Art in the Park fine art festival in Lanesboro, Minnesota on Saturday, June 15 features 90+ fine art booths, excellent live music, craft beer, community food vendors, and family art activities in the midst of mature shade trees in the beautiful setting of Sylvan Park. The event is held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hosted by Lanesboro Arts, a multidisciplinary nonprofit with a nearly 40 year legacy of supporting art and artists in the scenic Lanesboro area, the annual Art in the Park festival is southern Minnesota’s longest running fine art fair. Renowned for quality, variety, and value, Art in the Park attracts thousands of regional patrons to Sylvan Park in Lanesboro each year.

Nestled in the heart of Bluff Country along the Root River, Lanesboro is the hidden gem of Southeastern Minnesota. With an extraordinarily high density of creative activities concentrated in such a small community, Lanesboro (pop. 754) was declared one of the country’s “Top 12 Small Town Artplaces” in 2013 by Artplace America. The Root River State Bike Trail, rated one of the best trails in Minnesota, runs right through Lanesboro’s authentic 19th century downtown. This picturesque hub of activity invites travelers of all stripes to indulge in one of many tantalizing restaurants or unique shops.

Lanesboro Art In The Park 2019 Artist Benefits

Their are awards for the Lanesboro Art in the Park 2019 with two juried cash prizes. $500 is awarded to the artist selected as “Best in Show.” $100 is awarded to an artist as an “Award of Excellence.”

Lanesboro Arts administers a vendor survey following each fair. They incorporate feedback and suggestions received into next year’s fair. Lanesboro Arts is committed to continually improving Art in the Park and keeping it fresh. It is a beloved community event in scenic park within a popular small tourist town.

About Lanesboro Arts

Through a diverse spectrum of community arts programming, Lanesboro Arts supports artists, revitalizes public spaces, and builds a sense of community and civic pride among the 754 people who call Lanesboro home. Programming includes free youth education classes, fine arts galleries, internship programs, performance art, opportunities to participate in public art, and placemaking activities.

For nearly 40 years, Lanesboro Arts has built strong cross-sector partnerships to creatively approach community challenges, most recently with the ongoing realization of the Lanesboro Arts Campus vision. This community-wide initiative aims to integrate the arts into the social and municipal fabric of the city by placing art in accessible public spaces, identifying and eliminating participation barriers, and building a community identity in which all citizens value the arts. The process of the Lanesboro Arts Campus empowers artists, audiences, and community members to positively contribute to the social, civic, and economic vibrancy of Lanesboro.

For more information, contact artinthepark@lanesboroarts.org.

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Art On Fourth 2019 – Call For Artists

Art On Fourth 2019 – Call For Artists

The city of Ketchum, Idaho, invites experienced artists to apply for Ketchum’s summer sculpture exhibition, Art on Fourth 2019. Original three-dimensional artwork by selected artists will be displayed in outdoor public spaces along Ketchum’s Fourth Street Heritage Corridor from June through October 2019.

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Deadline: 1 Apr 2019

In its twelfth year, Art on Fourth has become an exciting part of the city’s summer attractions, presenting artwork by diverse artists ranging from locals to those of national standing. Past exhibitors include Rod Kagan, Boaz Vaadia, Gwynn Murrill, Steve Jensen, Will Robinson, and Robert Kantor.

The call is open to artists creating original three-dimensional artwork suitable in scale and materials for public outdoor display. Artists may enter up to ten sculptures for consideration. There is no entry fee.

Selected artists for Art on Fourth 2019 will receive a $2,500 stipend for the exhibition of their work. The exhibition will be featured on the city’s website and various social media forums.

About the City of Ketchum

The City of Ketchum is located in the Wood River Valley in south central Idaho. Founded in 1880 during the mining boom, Ketchum is now regarded as one of the most popular destinations for winter and summer visitors due to its world-class skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, restaurants, shopping, and sophisticated arts and cultural offerings. In 2018, Ketchum was awarded designation by the International Dark-Sky Association as a Dark Sky Community and is included in the Nation’s first International Dark Sky Reserve, one of only 13 in the world. The city of Ketchum hosts the famous annual Wagon Days Parade, held on Labor Day weekend, and numerous other year-round attractions. Ketchum is home to more than 10,000 full- and part-time residents.

In 2012, ArtPlace named Ketchum one of the top twelve small-town arts places in the U.S. In 2014, Smithsonian Magazine named Ketchum one of the 20 best small towns to visit in the U.S. As part of Ketchum’s Downtown Master Plan, the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor was created as a pedestrian friendly street. Widened sidewalks feature benches and sites for artwork.

For more information, contact lenourato@ketchumidaho.org.

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64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair – Call For Artists

Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair, the second oldest juried fair in the Chicagoland region. The fair features artists from all over the US. Artists exhibit in the areas of painting, print-making, photography, wood, fiber arts, glass arts, and jewelry.

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Deadline: 4 May 2019

Booth fees are $175. Jurying fee is $35.

The Village of Park Forest sponsors a music fest on the Saturday of the Fair. The fest features a variety of bands and a mixture of musical styles including jazz, folk, and popular music. The village hosts a beer and wine tent in coordination with the music fest. On Sunday, fest-favorite Patchouli performs folk music. There are typically four to five food vendors.

64th Annual Park Forest Art Fair Artist Benefits

Prize money totals $3,000. Awards are for two-dimensional, three-dimensional art, and jewelry. Newspaper stories are submitted to newspapers in the artists’ hometowns which feature photographs of the artist and his/her artworks. The fair is advertised in regional newspapers, WBBM radio during drive times, and on social media including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. It is exceptionally artist friendly with help unloading and reloading, volunteers providing bottles of water all day and providing bathroom breaks, a light breakfast each day, and a wonderful dinner for artists. The audience includes many people who visit the fair year after year and whose goal is to buy art.

About Tall Grass Arts Association

Tall Grass Arts Association operates an art gallery in the area of the fest. The gallery is open to the public, free of charge, and will feature the works of many Tall Grass juried artists during the fair. Artists who pass jurying for the fair become juried artists in the gallery. Their artworks may be sold in the Tall Grass Gift shop. The commission for sales in the gallery and gift shop are split 70% for the artist and 30% for the gallery – a split that is more generous than most galleries in the Chicagoland area.

For more information, contact tallgrass367@sbcglobal.net.

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Public Art – Call For Artists

Public Art – Call For Artists

The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces its’ third annual Call for Public Art. The ECAC is searching for two new pieces of public art as part of the “new works program” as outlined in the City’s Public Art Plan: one 2D piece and one 3D piece.

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Deadline: 4 Mar 2019

Available locations for the 2D work include the first floor of the Spring Street Parking Deck and the Highland Avenue bridge underpass along the riverwalk. Available locations for the 3D works include Newsome Park, Walton Island, or a pedestal on Riverside Drive. As part of the application, the artist must select a location from those available and propose their new public art piece specifically for that location. Artists must provide a completed application along with a narrative, design illustrations, budget, resume, work samples, references, and supporting materials (if applicable). The honorariums offered are $6,500 for each of the two new pieces of public art.

Applications are scored blindly by the ECAC based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, technical competence, narrative support, appropriate relationship to the function of the site, and long-term feasibility. City staff, to ensure installation feasibility, will evaluate the top three pieces scored. The ECAC will make a final determination based on the scores and recommendations by staff. Winners of the honorariums will be announced in late spring. After selection, production of the new works is expected to begin in early summer and be completed and installed in time for the annual Art Harvest event in late October.

Public Art Artist Benefits

Selected artists will receive an honorarium of up to $6,500 for their work and the support of the City of Elgin for their project. Being that the artist can select the location from those listed on the application, it is up to the artist to determine how they wish their work to impact the community. Once installed, the work will be on display for a length of time set by the artist. It will be included in the city’s public art map and online database. The work will be officially unveiled at the annual Art Harvest event at the end of October. Art Harvest is a family-friendly event that encourages our community to visit the public art installations around the downtown area. It is attended by about 400 people each year.

About the City of Elgin

The City of Elgin tasked it’s Cultural Arts Commission with creating a public art plan in 2016. Part of that process was to determine the needs of the community and how best to fit those needs. Components of the plan include other projects such as utility box wrapping and neighborhood public art grants. Since the plan’s implementation in 2017, the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission has selected and installed five new pieces of public art. The community has been extremely vocal not only in support of the pieces that were selected, but also in support of public art and how it impacts their daily lives.

For more information, contact harris_a@cityofelgin.org.


Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project – Call For Artists

Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project – Call For Artists

The Hillsborough Arts Council (HAC) and the Orange County Arts Commission (OCAC), in partnership with the Town of Hillsborough, are seeking an artist to design, fabricate, and install an exterior, permanent piece of public art for the gateway entrance to River Park in Downtown Hillsborough, NC – the Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project. This prominent sculptural element will incorporate and celebrate wood salvaged from the historic Calvin Street Tree that fell during Hurricane Florence.

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Deadline: 15 Mar 2019

Wood has been milled to be used for an artist-created Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project in River Park in Downtown Hillsborough, NC. This prominent sculptural element will be located close to Churton Street, the main artery through Downtown Hillsborough. The goal of the work is to serve as highly visible welcome for visitors to town, symbolizing the importance of art, history, and the natural environment for the Hillsborough community. The art installation coincides with a major improvement plan for River Park.

Calvin Street Tree Public Art Project Artist Benefits

The artist’s contract for artwork will be $20,000. The contract is inclusive of all artist fees, and associated expenses for design, structural engineering, fabrication, insurance, transportation, and consultation during installation. The salvaged wood from the tree will be provided to the selected artist. It is not part of the $20,000 budget. An additional $2,000 is available for installation costs that may be required beyond the scope of the artist.

About the Orange County Arts Commission

The Orange County Arts Commission, located in Hillsborough, is an agency of Orange County government. They work to develop the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough. Their mission is to promote and strengthen the artistic and cultural development of Orange County, North Carolina.

Created on February 4, 1985 by Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), the Orange County Arts Commission is the non-partisan countywide arts agency that provides funding and support for a broad range of high quality arts programs. Nominated by the BOCC as the Local Distributing Agent (now called Designated County Partner) and approved by the NC Arts Council in 1985, the Arts Commission awards state Grassroots Arts Program funds in Orange County, adhering to state program guidelines. The Arts Commission awards county-funded arts grants, sponsors programs, and serves as an arts information clearinghouse.

For more information, contact kmurray@orangecountync.gov.


Paseo 2019 – Call For Artists

Paseo 2019 – Call For Artists

The Paseo Project announces a call for artists for the Paseo 2019, a multimedia exhibition of installation, projection, and performance art that can be installed, projected, or performed outdoors. Event scheduled for September 13 – 14 in the Historic District, Taos, New Mexico.

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Deadline: 28 Feb 2019

The Paseo Project, nonprofit host organization, is seeking work that is immersive, participatory, and will make a dynamic impact within Taos Historic District. Both high-tech and low-tech submissions are welcome. Preference is given to work that engages with the architecture within the historic downtown. Work can be roving/migratory, performative, site-responsive, culturally-situated, land-based, or somehow distort or disrupt scale and soundscape.

Artists are to be present for the evening festival, which starts at sunset and runs to 11:00pm each evening. The Paseo Project provides artist stipends and a volunteer crew helps with any temporary structures that may need to be built.

About Paseo

The Paseo is an award-winning festival and attracts audiences from all over the Western US and beyond. Since 2014, the Paseo has engaged the Taos community and visitors in the art making process during its two-night outdoor event. Now in its sixth year, it has become the most anticipated art event of the year, bringing out thousands of locals and visitors to fill the streets. Taos is a centuries old art colony and home to Taos Pueblo, UNESCO-protected and the oldest continually inhabited community in North America. The event holds to the tradition of bringing artists from around the world to both inspire and be inspired.

The Paseo 2019 theme is Connections. The organization is seeking work that celebrates, contemplates, or questions our interactions with each other, nature, or the world. It seeks works that are in sync with its core mission to transform art through community and community through art.

The Paseo is made possible by the Town of Taos, Taos County Lodgers Tax, MAE Foundation, Taos Community Foundation, Nina’s Fund, New Mexico Arts, a Division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many generous individual donors and business sponsors.

Paseo 2019 Artist Benefits

Selected artists will receive an artist fee based on the scale of their project and current W.A.G.E. standards. The Paseo project heavily promotes and markets artists by coordinating radio interviews, artists videos, museum talks, online and social media promotion, newsletter, and regional and national ad campaigns. Paseo 2018 advertised in Hyperallergic and Colossal. Participating artists are featured in the Festival Guide and website.

About The Paseo Project

The Paseo Project lives at the center of three primary values: art, education, and community. Its community is local, global, respectful, and inclusive. The Paseo Project’s vision is to create a platform for art that is experimental, time-based, ephemeral, participatory, and context responsive; encourage a conversation on contemporary art practices; engage the community through education, workshops, and presentations; challenge art and audience; support local artists and businesses; and respect art making.

For more information, contact matt@paseoproject.org.


33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition – Call For Artists

33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition – Call For Artists

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts announces a call for artists for the 33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition. This nationally recognized juried competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for Appalachian State University and its annual summer arts celebration, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus. This year, an 11th sculpture will be chosen by the jurors for display on the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum (BRAHM) campus, just a short distance from the university.

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Deadline: 22 Feb 2019

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition is the longest running outdoor sculpture competition east of the Mississippi. Each year, new sculptures are located throughout the Appalachian State University Campus, located in scenic Boone, North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the sculptures are enhanced by the striking and dynamic landscape. The exhibition brings artwork to a rural community. The Rosen Sculpture Competition’s longstanding history has fostered an appreciation for dynamic public sculpture. Both the campus and regional community have come to anticipate this annual exhibition and related programming. Each summer, the winners are revealed with an open community sculpture walk and talk organized by the juror.

The Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition is made possible by the continued generosity and support of the Rosen Family: The Martin and Doris Rosen Giving Fund/Debbie Rosen Davidson and David Rosen/Charles and Nancy Rosenblatt Foundation.

33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition Artist Benefits

All artists whose works are installed will receive a $1,300 honorarium to offset round trip transportation, lodging, and incidental expenses. Any additional costs are the responsibility of the artists. The Rosen Sculpture Competition & Exhibition will cover the material costs of installation and de-installation.

The 33rd Annual Rosen Sculpture Competition will feature three cash prizes. All winners will be designated the Martin and Doris Rosen 33rd Annual Award Winners. The Rosen Award winners are announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk in July, a highlight of the summer festival season. The top three artists will receive the following cash prizes: $3,000 for First Place, $2,000 for Second Place, and $1,000 for Third Place. Awards and Honoraria total $20,300.

The competition offers a sales program, brochure/map, and extensive promotion as a featured exhibition in conjunction with both the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts and the Appalachian Summer Festival as well as permanent archiving on the competition’s website.

About the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University engages visitors from the university, community, nation and beyond in creating unique experiences through dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach, and collection programs. These programs inspire and support a lifelong engagement with the visual arts. They create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts is an engaging and accessible resource. It responds to diverse educational, cultural, and health needs by meeting participants wherever they are in their personal relationship with the visual arts. It provides them with opportunities to access the power of the arts to help learn, grow and heal.

For more information, contact reddingm@appstate.edu.

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