Calls for Entry

Washington Sculptors Group Call for Entries ART IN NATURE – (Re)Use and Abuse of the Land

Photo courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group.

Photo courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group.

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Deadline: Saturday, April 15, 2017 (midnight)

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Click here to view the complete Call For Entry on the WSG website.

In collaboration with the Sandy Spring Museum, the Washington Sculptors Group seeks to realize a Land Use Project that addresses issues of how we use our land today and in the future. Artists are invited to look into matters of deep time, the history or the current condition of local and regional observations (or through research) that will raise public awareness of environmental issues for the future.

JUROR: Ursula Achternkamp
German born curator and artist Ursula Achternkamp currently lives and works in an international artist-in- residence program in Stuttgart at the Akademy Schloß Solitude, a joint project between Robert Bosch GmbH, Akademie Schloss Solitude and Wimmelforschung. The purpose of the Fellowship is to support encounters as well as interdisciplinary exchange in the context of science, economy, and art. The collaboration’s aim is not the production of a specific artistic work but the encounter and the process of intercommunication itself.

ENTRY FEE: $5 + current WSG membership

CALL DESCRIPTION:
ARTINA 2017 – (Re)Use and Abuse of the Land
In collaboration with the Sandy Spring Museum, the Washington Sculptors Group seeks to realize a Land Use Project that addresses issues of how we use our land today and in the future. Artists are invited to look into matters of deep time, the history or the current condition of local and regional observations (or through research) that will raise public awareness of environmental issues for the future.

In continuation of ARTINA 2016, WSG and the Sandy Spring Museum will proceed with their shared philosophy of connections between nature and humankind, including nature as a living system for a more environmentally meaningful and sustainable life, as well as key issues involving our ecosystem and its regeneration and recovery through the arts as a mediator.

With emphasis on the use, reuse and abuse of the land, artists will be encouraged to focus on local or regional findings or research that generate discoveries on a global level. Artists will emphasize their main focus with concepts of mapping and meaning, identification of places, or exploring geographies. Artists will also be inspired and motivated by the actual condition of the land, its surroundings, its history and deep time discoveries, or by suburban developments and their impact on the environment.

Artists will raise questions about their findings (such as with sticks, trees, mud, bricks, rocks etc.) and insights that create a preview of the work on site at the Sandy Spring Museum. WSG and the Sandy Spring Museum will seek outdoor artwork that engages concepts of the land we use, occupy, exploit, reuse or abuse within the given context of “Art in Nature” as a metaphor for an environmentally meaningful and sustainable life.

The Sandy Spring Museum will help to provide maps and to connect with schools or youth groups such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, or with the general public in order to link the artists’ concepts with their work and with visitors. The exhibition will engage artists on site that involves collecting materials on site or from home and connect with the artwork; include developing and gaining space-digital presentation or projection; incorporate a participatory artist project at the opening reception; and introduce a performance artist or dancer who interacts with the various art sites during the opening reception.

The Sandy Spring Museum and WSG intend to provide a program that relates to the exhibition between June and mid October 2017. We encourage artists to seek a relationship with its audience through socially engaged art through collaboration, participation, dialogue, provocation, and immersive experiences. The SSM and WSG focus on process and seek to embed themselves within the communities.

ELIGIBILITY:
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, www.washingtonsculptors.org and send in a check, or may join online with your submission to the exhibition.

WSG members must have paid their dues for 2017 by the entry deadline to be eligible for this exhibition. The address label is on this Call or the most recent copy of the WSG newsletter, The Washington Sculptor, will show your membership status (example: MEMBER THROUGH 2017). Notices for 2017 dues were mailed Dec. 2016.

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