Call for Artists – Reedikulus Art Crawl

CALL FOR ARTIST – REEDIKULUS ART CRAWL
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ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR REEDIKULUS ART CRAWL AND SATURDAZE OPEN GALLERIES REEDSBURG, WISCONSIN

EXHIBIT PERIOD:  ART CRAWL, JULY 28, 5-9 PM
SATURDAZE OPEN GALLERIES, JULY 29, 12-5 PM

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: Wednesday, May 31

Reedsburg ArtsLink seeks qualified artists over the age of 18 for the third annual Reedikulus Art Crawl occurring in historic downtown Reedsburg on July 28 with open galleries on July 29th, 2017.

EVENT DESCRIPTION
The Reedikulus Art Crawl is a free downtown walking tour featuring local and regional fine artists exhibiting in a variety of existing and make-shift venues.  The event also includes both existing public art and large scale temporary public art commissioned especially for the event.  Art making activities, buskers, nibbles, and beer and wine are offered along the Art Crawl which culminates in City Park, just a block off Main Street with live music and food trucks.

In its third year, the Reedikulus Art Crawl is designed to showcase the work of both established and emerging artists from Sauk County and beyond. The Reedikulus Art Crawl was created in 2015 to bookend “Reedikulus Day” a long-standing retail street sale offering “Reedikulus” bargains, puppet parades, and crazy costumes. Though event planners have discontinued the Reedikulus Day street sales, Reedsburg ArtsLink decided to keep the Reedikulus name alive.

Using both existing and pop-up venues, the event activates indoor and outdoor spaces including vacant storefronts, adapted retail spaces, back allies, warehouse space, boarded-up windows, sidewalk surfaces, parking spaces and city parks.  It will also include multiple public art installations featuring one large-scale commissioned work created especially for the Art Crawl and to be held over through the 2017 Fermentation Fest, a nationally acclaimed annual celebration of live culture in all its forms. A combined regional audience of 500-750 people is anticipated for the Art Crawl and Saturdaze Open Galleries.

Between 8-20 artists will be selected to exhibit their work based on the nature of the applications and the number of venues available.  Artists whose work perplexes and stimulates the imagination of the audience are encouraged to apply as the focus of this event is on exhibition versus sales. While this is not a traditional “Art Fair,” artists are welcome to sell original works, prints, cards, or experiences at their venues. Reedsburg ArtsLink requests a good will donation of 30% of the artist’s sales.

This event is supported in part by a grant from the Sauk County UW-Extension, Arts and Culture Committee, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

LOCATION DESCRIPTION
Reedsburg, WI (pop. 9200) is a rural community along the Baraboo River with a strong agricultural heritage. Located within the Driftless Region, one of Reedsburg’s main attractions is its historic downtown. (Visit reedsburgwi.gov/ for more information about the community.) Reedsburg is also the trailhead for the 400 Bike Trail and the hub for the nationally acclaimed Fermentation Fest featuring the biennial Farm/Art DTour and home to a growing number of galleries, studios and makers’ spaces.

VENUES
Exhibit locations are varied and include vacant store fronts, adapted retail locations, back allies, warehouse space, boarded up windows, sidewalk surfaces and reserved parking spaces.  Selected artists may be grouped with other artists or may be the only artist featured in a location. Some venues will be available Friday only; others will allow for artists to exhibit through Saturday 7/29. Several venues will allow for an extended exhibit of up to 2 months.

SELECTION PROCESS

A selection committee including a professional curator will choose participating artists.  Artists selected will represent a cross section of forms and mediums. Upon notification of selection, exhibiting artists will be required to sign an Artist’s Agreement. (delete, paragraphs are repeated.

ARTIST SELECTION
ELIGIBILITY: All 2-D media, sculpture, film, multi-media, performance art, electronic and interactive pieces are welcome.  Sauk County residents will be given special consideration, but artists from outside the region are also encouraged to apply.  Artists must be present during the exhibit period.

CRITERIA
Concept; original, unique, compelling work
Quality; overall execution
Feasibility of exhibition within existing venues
Appropriate for all audiences

APPLICATION FEE
None

PARTICIPATION FEE
There is no fee to participate but participating artists will pay a $40 deposit-that will be fully refunded upon satisfying the terms of the Artist Agreement.

SALES:  Artists are welcome to sell original art work however, all art must remain on display throughout the exhibit period.  Artists should be prepared to handle all sales directly. A tax-deductible donation equal to 30% of the artist sales of goods or experiences is requested to support the non-profit organizer, Reedsburg ArtsLink.  Donations are not required, but artists who opt out may not be considered for future Reedikulus Art Crawls.

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

  • You are responsible for supervising your installation during the display period.
  • All artwork must be displayed in a professional manner.
  • Participating artists are responsible for insuring their own work
  • All exhibited work remains the property of the artist.
  • Artists are responsible for all labor and materials required for the installation and de­installation of their work.
  • Artists are responsible for any repairs to walls or other surfaces damaged in the process of installation/deinstallation.
  • Depending on the venue, your work may remain on display for Saturday’s Open Gallery through prior arrangement with Reedsburg ArtsLink.
  • Only accepted artist applicants may exhibit in their assigned space.
  • Artists who have exhibited in the past are encouraged to apply but must exhibit new work each year.
  • A tax-deductible donation equal to 30% of the artist’s sales of goods or experiences is requested to support Reedsburg ArtsLink.

HOW TO APPLY
Complete the application below and send it to reedsburgartslink@gmail.com.
Be complete.  Provide all information requested.  Incomplete applications may not be considered.

TIMELINE
May 31 ­ Applications Due
June 15 ­ Artist agreements signed
July 27 ­ All work is installed
July 28, 5-9 PM ­ Reedikulus Art Crawl.  The Artist must be present.
July 29, 10-5 PM – Open Galleries.  Artist or an artist’s representative must be present.
July 30- De-installation must occur today unless other arrangements have been made with the organizer.

RESOURCES FOR QUESTIONS/ SUBMISSION ADDRESS
Inquiries by phone or email are welcome.  Please call or email Joann Mundth Douglas for additional information:
608­-393­-2795 or reedsburgartslink@gmail.com.

Please email your submission to reedsburgartslink@gmail.com.