Call for Artists – Public Art Installation

CALL FOR PUBLIC ARTISTS

TEMPORARY LARGE SCALE PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION SOUGHT FOR CITY PARK, REEDSBURG, WISCONSIN
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Reedsburg ArtsLink is a local non­profit working to build community using the arts as a platform.

EXHIBIT PERIOD:  JULY 28 ­ OCTOBER 15, 2017
APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO:  WEDNESDAY, MAY 31, 2017

Reedsburg ArtsLink, is seeking applications from qualified artists over the age of 18 for the public art component of the 3rd annual Reedikulus Art Crawl, occurring July 28, 2017.

Previous experience in outdoor installation of public work is preferred. An audience of 500-750 people is expected for this year’s event.  The Art Crawl features artists in a variety of downtown locations but will culminate with the public artwork in City Park.  Additional audiences include 3 Concerts in the Park in August as well as the nationally acclaimed Fermentation Fest, which is expected to draw thousands of visitors to the park the first 2 weekends in October.

Artists are responsible for both installation and de­installation of their work.

The Reedikulus Art Crawl 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. Within the Driftless Region, one of Reedsburg’s main attractions is the 400 Trail, a 22-­mile multi­-use path which runs from Reedsburg to Elroy and attracts over 10,000 visitors annually.  Reedsburg is also the hub for the nationally acclaimed Fermentation Fest featuring the biennial Farm/Art DTour organized by the Wormfarm Institute, based in Reedsburg.

City Park, located one block off Main Street in Downtown Reedsburg is one of the city’s oldest and beloved parks. It sits on one square block in a residential neighborhood featuring many historic homes. It offers mature pine and deciduous trees on gentle slopes, a small playground, and a band shell.  Sidewalks connect the park corner to corner, with a small shelter in the center. The park is used for a variety of public events including the community’s concerts in the park series, occurring weekly during the summer.  Below are photos of City Park.

STIPEND AND ADDITIONAL SUPPORT
The selected artist will receive a $1,200 stipend for loaning their work from July 27 ­ October 15th.  Installations may be new or existing work.
If need be, a homestay may be arranged for an artist living beyond commutable distance during construction, installation and de-installation periods. The artist will be responsible for their own meals during their homestay.
A large, rough studio space may be made available for off-site construction of your installation rent-free by special request.
While the artist should plan to provide all materials, tools and labor needed, additional support may be available at the discretion of the organizer.
Half of the stipend is awarded upon signing the Artist Agreement, 25% after work is satisfactorily installed and the final 25% after the work is de­installed and clean-up is complete.

SELECTION PROCESS
A selection committee including a professional curator will choose the artist.  Upon notification of selection, the exhibiting artist will be required to sign an Artist Agreement.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Pieces that integrate the following elements will be preferred:
Large in scale, or covering broad sections of the park, integrating trees or other park elements
Shows well both day and night
Reflects some aspect of Reedsburg’s history/culture
Strong, unique design concept

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND

  • Installations must be suitable for outdoor display in adverse weather conditions – high winds, rain, intense heat, and freezing temperatures.
  • Installations will not be supervised and must be soundly and professionally constructed of durable and safe components and require no maintenance during the display period.
  • Installations must be appropriate for viewing by visitors and residents of all ages.
  • The work remains the property of the artist.
  • The artist is responsible for insuring their work.

HOW TO APPLY
Please send the following materials to Joann at reedsburgartslink@gmail.com.
A project summary of 250 words or fewer (attach a word doc or pdf).
At least one sketch of the proposed work (for new work) or photos of the existing work including specific dimensions (attach pdfs or jpgs)
For new work, provide a basic construction plan including materials used and a timeline (word doc or pdf)
A link to your website and/or 6-8 examples of your work in jpg format
Resume / CV, not to exceed 2 pages (word doc or pdf)
Application

TIMELINE

May 31        Applications Due
June 1          Selected artist notified
June 7        Artist Agreement signed
July 27         Installation is complete
October 22    De­installation is complete

Resources for Questions/ Submission Address
You are welcome to call or email for additional information!  Please contact Joann Mundth Douglas,
Reedsburg ArtsLink Director at 608-­393­-2795 or reedsburgartslink@gmail.com.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE EMAILED ON OR BEFORE MAY 31st, 2017 TO BE CONSIDERED.

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