ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR REEDIKULUS ARTS CRAWL
REEDSBURG, WISCONSIN JULY 26, 2019
DEADLINE MAY 1, 2019
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 some ridiculous weaved in! It’s designed to showcase local creativity alongside regional talent, while teasing out the creative impulses of its visitors. A regional audience of 500 -1,000 is anticipated for 2019.
The Arts Crawl is a downtown walking tour featuring local and regional fine artists exhibiting/staging/installing in a variety of existing and pop-up venues. Art making activities, demonstrations, food and beer and wine are offered as part of the Arts Crawl experience. Studio artists are welcome to apply, but are encouraged to demonstrate a technique or otherwise engage the audience beyond just observing art. For this year’s Arts Crawl, a block of South Walnut Street, just off Main Street, will be closed to create a more festive feeling and a more central gathering place for visitors. Event Guides including Passports that encourage visitors to make the rounds to all locations will be distributed from this location.
In addition to studio artists, following are examples of past exhibits and installations:
- Premiere of locally produced art film with a skateboard theme
- Multi-media sound art installation in Reedsburg’s working feed mill
- Large scale comics set into boarded up windows
- Dancers leading participants in ball room dance steps down Main Street
- Instant Poetry - personal poems created for participants based on prompts
- Large scale participatory public art (Commissioned)
Reedsburg ArtsLink is an award-winning arts non-profit working to build community using the arts as a platform.
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 arts scene.
OFF THE WALL
To break down the barriers to art and artists and offer a rich experience, the emphasis for this event is placed on participant experiences versus passive viewing. While we are not positioning this event as a traditional “Art Fair,” artists may sell original works, prints, cards, or experiences at their venues.
Exhibit locations are varied and may include vacant store fronts, adapted retail locations, back alleys, warehouse space, city parks, boarded up windows, sidewalk surfaces and vacant parking spaces. Depending on submissions and spaces available, artists may be grouped in locations or be the only artist featured.
A selection committee including a professional curator will choose up to 25 artists representing a cross section of forms and mediums.
Proposals from artists over the age of 18 working in all mediums -- 2D media, sculpture, film, multi-media, performance art, electronic, music and interactive work are welcome to apply. Returning artists are asked to feature new work.
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
- Fit with curation of overall event
Upon notification of selection, exhibiting artists will be required to sign an Artist’s Agreement 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.
Participating artists who offer their work or experiences for sale are charged a non-refundable fee of $40. This fee includes your listing in our Event Guide, an afternoon artist’s social with food and drink, an evening snack and a complimentary drink ticket. The $40 fee may be offset by volunteer work for the event at $10/hour. Artists who are unable to volunteer and for whom the $40 fee is a hardship, may request a scholarship. Installation artists who are not offering anything for sale are not charged a fee.
Artists must come prepared to handle their own sales and are able to keep 100% of all proceeds.
|May 1||Application Due (before midnight)|
|May 8||Selected artists notified on or near this date|
|May 15||Deadline for return of Artist agreements|
|July 26||2:30 PM All work is installed at your venue|
|2:45 PM - Artist Social including lunch|
|5-9:00 PM Reedikulus Arts Crawl|
BOUNCE AN IDEA
Do you have an idea that you’d like to run by us? Please call or email us with a thumbnail of your proposal. We’ll preview it and let you know whether you’re a good fit.
Inquiries by phone or email are welcome. Please call or email Joann Mundth Douglas for additional information: 608-393-2795 or [email protected].
Complete the application and send to the above email address along with supporting materials. Please insert links to your website or other online resources within your email.