Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum: Artina 2022 A Space in Place

By Editorial Team on July 12, 2022

Deadline: Sun, 31 July 2022

Image courtesy Washington Sculptors Group.
Artina 2022: A Space in Place
Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum
September 21 – November 5, 2022
JUROR: Natalie Fulgencio-Turner
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, July 24 EXTENDED TO JULY 31 (received by 11:59pm EST, received through the submission site EntryThingy)
“This is not the place for this…”
Have you ever entered a space and felt like something happening there was out of place? A small beauty parlor in the middle of a busy thoroughfare. A children’s playground under a freeway. Perhaps you wondered if activity around you would be more fitting elsewhere, in a different place.
If place is physical and space is abstract — cultural and emotional— what are the agreements that dictate their relationship? How through the use of space does one alter, improve, or rupture a place? As we navigate the multilayered experiences of existing within spaces and places, we encounter physical and metaphorical dichotomies.
Spatial theory from the previous century calls these opposing spaces heterotopias: “worlds within worlds, mirroring and yet distinguishing themselves.”(Foucault).
The theory provides some frameworks and examples, yet remains open for our discussion.
This exhibit investigates spaces that are in opposition to the places where they exist. Layering social, cultural, political constructs. Playing with function and other elements to dictate, manipulate, or convey the relationship. Taking the concept to new spaces of thought.
— Natalie Fulgencio-Turner
Artists are invited to submit existing or new sculptures, and site-specific installations that fit the theme. Works can include explorations that invite active participation (e.g. a one person tub in the middle of the field, a toll booth in an open public park, etc.) and/or create a space that manipulates or opposes the place (e.g. an oil rig amongst a rose garden, a detention center “cage” apparatus in the middle of an open walkway, etc.) You are welcome to take the theme and explore any metaphors and ironies in nature, society, politics, etc. Go wild! But provide a point of reference for your viewer/participant. All mediums are welcome, but the work must be suitable for outdoors.
With a background in museology and exhibition design, Natalie Fulgencio-Turner has curated, developed, designed, and managed a variety of multicultural and multilingual exhibitions and experiences. Her practice has proceeded with a focus on sustainable partnerships and convivial experiences as can be seen in her projects with the International Monetary Fund, community galleries of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, collaborations with local artists at the Arlington Arts Center, and atypical locations in the DC metro area through the Black Market Art/Common Collective DC initiative.
WSG is accepting proposals from emerging and established sculptors for its annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures at Sandy Spring Museum. Located in Sandy Spring Maryland, the museum serves as a catalyst for community building by providing opportunities for creative engagement in a range of cultural arts. The museum offers the environment and inspiration for artists and community members to create and host events, performances, activities, and exhibits, which engage, stimulate, and bring people together. The SSM grounds are open daily and many special events and programs are offered throughout the year, as are private rentals. For more information about the museum please visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.
Sandy Spring Museum is located on 7+ acres of land, 3 acres of which are heavily forested. The remainder is naturally landscaped with mature trees. Sculptures can be installed throughout the property, including upon two 10’x 10’ concrete pads. Artists can also use a wooden trellis that blooms with wisteria in the spring and extends the entire length of the property.
Works should be suitable for long-term, outdoor exposure, as well as fabricated and installed in a viewer-safe manner. Artists are responsible for any maintenance of the work.
Artists should detail their installation requirements when submitting the application. All sites are on grassy areas, although there are two 10’ X 10’ concrete covered areas that are situated next to each other. We highly recommend artists visit the site and plan their proposals accordingly but please continue to adhere to all recommended social distancing practices.
Self-guiding maps of the exhibition will be available at Sandy Spring Museum and on the websites of WSG and SSM. Exhibition cards will be distributed to WSG, SSM members, and the community. Promotion of the show will be actively pursued.