ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR REEDIKULUS ARTS CRAWL
REEDSBURG, WISCONSIN JULY 28, 2018
DEADLINE MAY 15, 2018
Started in 2015 as a re-imagining of Reedsburg's long-standing "Reedikulus Days", The Reedikulus Arts Crawl is part art crawl, part street party and part fringe fest, all with the ridiculous weaved in. It's designed to celebrate and showcase local creativity alongside regional talent while teasing out the creative impulses of its visitors.
This downtown walking tour features local and regional fine artists exhibiting/staging/installing in a variety of existing and pop-up venues. Art-making activities, demonstrations, buskers and beer and wine are offered along the Arts Crawl which culminates in City Park, just a block off Main Street, with live music and food trucks.
The Arts Crawl activates indoor and outdoor spaces including vacant storefronts, adapted retail spaces, back alleys, warehouse space, boarded-up windows, sidewalk surfaces, parking spaces and city parks. A regional audience of 1,000 is anticipated.
Following are some examples of installations already in the works for 2018:
- An art film with a skateboard theme projected onto a downtown back-alley wall
- Multi-media sound art installation in Reedsburg's working feed mill
- Large-scale comics set into boarded up windows
- Dancers leading participants in ballroom dance steps down Main Street
- Instant Poetry - personal poems created for participants based on prompts
- EAT-The Art of a Meal; a themed meal set up in the middle of a downtown side street
- Ho-Chunk drum-making and performance
Reedsburg ArtsLink is an award-winning arts non-profit working to build community using the arts as a platform. The Reedikulus Arts Crawl has been supported in part by grants from the Sauk County UW Extension Arts and Culture Committee and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts.
OFF THE WALL
The focus of this event is on exhibition and experiences designed to engage, surprise and delight people. All artists are requested to integrate some element of public engagement into their proposals. While this is not a traditional "Art Fair," artists may sell original works, prints, cards, or experiences at their venues. Reedsburg ArtsLink requests a goodwill donation of 30% of artist sales. Between 15-20 artists will be selected to show their work based on the nature of the applications and the number of venues available.
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 maker spaces.
Exhibit locations are varied and include vacant storefronts, adapted retail locations, back alleys, warehouse space, boarded up windows, sidewalk surfaces and reserved parking spaces. Selected artists may be grouped with other artists or maybe the only artists featured in a location.
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 confirming their participation.
Proposals from artists over the age of 18 working in all mediums are welcome to apply - 2D media, sculpture, film, multi-media, performance art, electronic and interactive work. Returning artists are required to show work that has not been shown at previous Arts Crawls.
Our selection committee will consider the following when choosing participants:
- Concept; original, unique, compelling work
- Quality; overall execution
- Feasibility of exhibition within existing venues
- Public engagement
- Appropriate for all audiences
All selected artists must sign an Artist Agreement. This is a simple document outlining the artist's exhibit space and the responsibilities of both parties. Artists are expected to install their own work and be present at their location throughout the event.
Selected artists are required to submit a $40 security deposit; fully refunded upon satisfying the terms of the Artist Agreement.
Artists must come prepared to handle their own sales. A tax-deductible donation equal to 30% of artist sales is requested to support the non-profit organizer, Reedsburg ArtsLink.
|May 15||Applications Due|
|May 22||Selected artists notified|
|June 1||Artist agreements signed|
|July 28||All work is installed by 3 PM|
|July 28||4-8 PM - Reedikulus Arts Crawl|
BOUNCE AN IDEA
Do you have an idea for a creative installation that you'd like to run by us? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a thumbnail of your proposal. We'll preview it and let you know whether you're a good fit for the Arts Crawl.
Complete the application below and send to Reedsburg ArtsLink along with supporting materials.