Calls for Entry

Washington Sculptors Group Call for Entries for Ephemeral

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Deadline: Monday, June 15 midnight EST



Exhibition Dates:
September 10 – November 7, 2015

Holly Koons McCullough, Executive Director, Greater Reston Arts Center

Application Deadline:
June 15, 2015 Midnight EST (received by

Entry Fee: $5

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Call Description: 
The Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE) seeks works from Washington Sculptors Group members for an exhibition titled Ephemeral (September 10 – November 7, 2015). In keeping with the temporary installation by sculptor Patrick Dougherty that will be created outside the GRACE gallery this April, Ephemeral will explore more broadly the nature of non-permanent, three-dimensional work. GRACE seeks works addressing the concept of ephemerality-whether through the nature of the materials; a temporary site-specific installation; or works that address the theme on a more conceptual level. The exhibition will be installed at the GRACE gallery in Reston Town Center, but additional outdoor sites may be available for the installation of work, resulting in a multi-site exhibition.

About the Juror:
Holly Koons McCullough, Director and Curator at the Greater Reston Arts Center, oversees the administration and development of the organization, as well as six to eight changing exhibitions annually. Prior to relocating to Northern Virginia in 2011, she served as the Director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, where she was responsible for the care, display, and interpretation of the Telfair’s permanent collection as well as an ambitious schedule of twelve to sixteen changing exhibitions annually. During her fifteen-year tenure at the Telfair, McCullough developed and presented dozens of exhibitions. She holds a B.A. from the University of Georgia in English and art history, and a M.A. in art history from the University of Notre Dame.

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).

Work to be Considered:
The exhibition will be located in the Greater Reston Arts Center gallery and designated outdoor spaces. Three-dimensional freestanding and wall-hung sculpture, installations, and video/film-based work are welcome, though there is limited access to electrical outlets. A/V equipment must be supplied by the artist. Individual artists as well as collaborative groups are permitted, though no individual should be included in more than one submission.

Site Conditions:
WSG insures works on-site for the duration of the exhibit but transportation insurance is the responsibility of the artist. The gallery will provide basic technical support in logistics as well as during installation and staff can perform basic maintenance (turning electronics on and off for example). GRACE staff will be present in the gallery during public hours, but works displayed outdoors will not be monitored on a daily basis. Staff will, however, periodically check on works sited outdoors.

A loading dock is not available. Some pedestals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the gallery does not have a pedestal to meet the needs of a selected work, it will be the artist’s responsibility to supply the pedestal. Arrangements for installation should be made in advance; GRACE staff will contact selected artists to establish details.

Artists are solely responsible for delivery and installation of their accepted work on the installation date, and removal on the pick-up date. Artists are expected to install their artwork in cooperation with the GRACE staff. All work accepted must remain on display for the full duration of the show. WSG and the gallery will not receive shipments of artwork.

The juror will consider a maximum of 5 images per artist or team of artists Proposals (for works to be made), pre-existing works and video may be entered for the exhibition, plus supporting images of the artist/s previous works should be uploaded to (See instructions for ENTRYTHINGY below) Assistance with submissions is available by email request [email protected]

If your piece is site or situation specific, please make it clear in your submission. We highly recommend that artists research the site and its history, and visit the Gallery. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 11am to 5pm. Administrative appointments are also available on Mondays.

Application Procedure and Specification:
Artists may submit up to 5 images of existing works or proposals specifically for this exhibition. To be clear, please add the word SUBMISSION to the title of the images that represent the works you would like to have included in the show. For past work you are submitting as part of your portfolio review, please add the word PORTFOLIO to the title. These additional portfolio slides will display the artist’s ability to create what they are proposing, or offer examples of past work that might be related to the project being considered. Submitting fewer images will not take away from your entry.

Please include the following information items 1-3 in your submission proposal. Grace will consider a maximum of 5 images of existing work per artist or artist team. A narrative statement is required and will be submitted as a .pdf along with the 5 sculpture images.

  1. Description of the physical aspects of the project (site, materials, positioning, etc., not an interpretation of the work).
  2. If you are proposing a new piece that is not represented in your images, please include one or more illustrations of the work in situ that will give the juror a clear idea of the project being proposed, what it will look like, and how it will be constructed and installed.
  3. A project description that includes:
    • background or narrative information about the project
    • an explanation of how the project relates to the site
    • any maintenance that will be required during the course of the exhibition
    • if there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks

Acceptable files include .jpg, .pdf, .doc, .mov. Video artists must upload one or two videos according to the specifications listed on ENTRYTHINGY. Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. Video files are limited to at most 50MB each (about five minutes).

Instructions for ENTRYTHINGY:
Applicants should go to and click on “For Artists” at top.
Click on “list of current calls”.
Scroll down and click on the “Ephemeral” 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 “Ephemeral” 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.

The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) will insure outdoor artwork during the dates of the exhibition but NOT during transportation to or from the venue. The gallery will insure work installed indoors. The Gallery will retain a 30% sales commission on work sold during the exhibition. A Price List will be available at the front desk, and Grace will handle the sales/invoices and payments to artists. If a work sells, GRACE will send a check to the artist within two weeks of the exhibition closing date.


  • May 15: Call for Entries is mailed.
  • June 15: Artist submissions due.
  • July 2: Artist’s works for the show are selected.
  • July 15: Artists are notified.
  • Sept 5-9: Curator/Juror assist with installation
  • September 11: Opening Reception 6-9pm.
  • November 1-2 (Monday-Tuesday): De-install, artists pick up works 9:30am -6pm

WSG Exhibition Team Contact: Elsabe Dixon, Tel. (703) 470-4163
GRACE / Gallery Contact: Holly McCullough, Executive Director, (703) 471-9242