Calls for Entry

Call for Entries: Equinox – Cycles in Nature

Photo courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group.

Photo courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group.

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Deadline: August 1 at midnight

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Exhibition Dates: September 20,2015 – Closing Date TBD with the artist.

Jurors: Bronwyn Mitchell, MARC Programs Manager, with select members of the MARC Board of Directors, including farmers, local business professionals, art enthusiasts, and philanthropists.

Entry Fee: $5

Call Description
Equinox – Cycles in Nature marks the second of four calls for LAND&[email protected]: A 4 SEASON PROJECT, a collaboration between MARC and WSG to develop and realize land art and land use projects through the four seasons of the year, with the primary focus on farming and agricultural issues. The collaboration seeks to generate a diverse and multilayered program throughout the year that examines farming, agricultural themes in today’s societal landscape, and environmental issues through collaborative and participatory creative projects with visitors, volunteers, members, and communities.

They  announce a call for proposals for land art that approaches agricultural practices with the theme of cycles in nature, farming, and the cosmos. The art project will coincide with the equinox (September 22, 2015). The proposed projects will be time based, created with the intent for the installation to change or evolve over time. The work can be created in collaboration with the community, and can include performance and other duration-based practices.

About the Site
This 149-acre piedmont farm located in central Baltimore County was once part of a larger 400-acre grain and horse farm dating from the 1700s. Its main homestead was built in the 1800s. While most of the homestead is gone, the land remains agriculturally preserved, now as a living outdoor classroom designed to allow the public unfettered access to the many different aspects of agriculture, and provide farmers the opportunity to see innovative practices in a real-world setting.

The Farm features conventional crops, experimental plots, apiculture, demonstration gardens, historic farm buildings, pastures, forests, wetlands, meadows, and breathtakingly beautiful scenic vistas. NOTE: This is a working demonstration farm. On any given day – you may catch fields being planted or harvested, the bees being tended, or any number of activities that keep a farm productive.

About MARC
The Maryland Agricultural Resource Council (MARC) is the nonprofit arm of the facility responsible for developing the programs and projects that utilize the Farm Park as an outdoor classroom, providing the public with (a) unfettered access to agricultural endeavors, (b) information critical for educating the public about the importance of agriculture, (c) demonstrations of innovative agricultural practices, and (d) the assistance needed to grow the next generation of farmers.

In addition to traditional farm-based programs such as Educational Farm Tours, Farm Camps, Teachers Night on the Farm, 3.1 miles of recreational trails, demonstration gardens, demonstration crops, workshops, family campouts and crop tours, local food and wine festivals, therapeutic riding, and the annual Family Farm Day, MARC’s Arts on the Farm Program is a multi-faceted, ongoing exploration of the intersection of arts and agriculture.

Eligibilty
The exhibition is open to current members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Prospective members may download a membership form from the WSG website, and send in a check, or may join online with your submission to the exhibition.

WSG members must have paid their dues for 2015 by the entry deadline to be eligible for this exhibition. The address label on this Call or the most recent copy of the WSG newsletter, The Washington Sculptor, will show your membership status (example: MEMBER THROUGH 2015). Notices for 2015 dues were mailed Dec. 2014.

Work to be Considered
Artists are permitted to install land art that reflects on the theme of the equinox including ideas of cycles in nature, farming, and the cosmos.

MARC seeks time-based land art of any scale with the focus on farming, agricultural themes in today’s societal landscape, and environmental issues through collaborative and participatory creative projects with visitors, volunteers, members, and communities.

A time-based land art project can be either time limited throughout a certain period of time within the season, with a beginning, middle and end, or it also can be a long-term perennial project.

Artists can apply with a collaborative concept where visitors help to create the artwork in collaboration with the artist during the Family Farm Day on September 20th. Artists can also consider collaborative work with smaller groups, school classes, or volunteers. It is optional that artists propose artwork that has to be installed before September 20th in collaboration with volunteers of MARC.

MARC will provide volunteers, workforce and (if needed) equipment and tools, etc. during installation. MARC has access to a wide variety of equipment including a forklift, tractor, brush hogs and backhoes, with much of it located on site. Use of the equipment will need to be coordinated between MARC and the artist.

To make arrangements with MARC and get support from their volunteers, selected artists will be required to discuss specifics about the site, setting, and layout of the installation with MARC staff and exhibition coordinators. Artists may choose to install their work with public participation and involvement during the installation period, or if required, over the life of the artwork.

To apply, artists must submit a proposal in DOC or PDF format containing the project description, concept sketches or renderings, and any other information pertaining to the proposed project. In addition, provide 5 images or videos of existing work in .jpg or .mov format titled “portfolio001″ – ‘portfolio005”.jpg or “.mov” Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum file size of 2MB each. Video files are limited to, at most, 50MB each (about 5 minutes). It is recommended that artists visit the site to get a sense of the surroundings and possibilities prior to submitting an application. Artists can visit the site any time during business hours (sunrise to sunset).

The official opening, September 20, 2015, will coincide with the 6th Annual Family Farm Day, which attracts over 3,000 visitors. Artists should plan to be on hand during the event (10am-4pm) to offer project information, and to answer any questions for visitors. Information about the artist, artwork and opening will be included in promotional materials associated with Family Farm Day.

Artists are responsible for conducting an educational workshop for a group of teachers, students, and/or the general public at a time and date mutually agreed upon by MARC and the artist.

MARC reserves the right to make photo documentation for promotional purposes, both print and electronic.

Instructions for ENTRYTHINGY

  • Applicants should go to ENTRYTHINGY and click on “For Artists” at the top of the browser window.
  • Click on “list of current calls.”
  • Scroll down and click on the listing.
  • Create a login account if you don’t have one, or if you do, login with the “Click here to login” button. After logging in, select the “call,” and complete the entry steps.
  • There is a $5 entry fee. No mail or email entries will be accepted. All applicants will receive “accepted ” or “not accepted” notifications.

Insurance, Commissions, and Sales
MARC and WSG will insure the work after the work is delivered, and the exhibition loan agreement is signed. Insurance during transportation is the responsibility of the artist. There will be no commission taken by the venue of any work sold during the exhibition. Purchase inquiries will be directed to the artist.

Calendar

  • June 5, 2015: CFE open on Entrythingy.com
  • August 1, 2015: Application deadline midnight (EST)
  • August 10, 2015: Artist Selection
  • August 13, 2015: Artist Notification
  • September 8-19, 2015: Artwork Installation (may be continued through September 20th, or after that as a collaborative project, depending on the proposed concept)
  • September 20, 2015: Opening Day in conjunction with Family Farm Day
  • TBD with artist: Deinstallation day (on or after November 2015)

Contact – WSG Exhibition Managers
Tom Petzwinkler (703) 209-8786 – [email protected]
Artemis Herber (216) 269-9983 – [email protected]

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