Sculpture Now 2017 Call for Entries

By Editorial Team on December 1, 2016

Deadline: Tue, 05 July 2022

Courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group & McLean Project for the Arts At MPA at Chain Bridge.
Courtesy of Washington Sculptors Group & McLean Project for the Arts.


Deadline: January 10, 2017


Presented by Washington Sculptors Group & McLean Project for the Arts At MPA at Chain Bridge

MPA at Chain Bridge (McLean Project For The Arts)
1446 Chain Bridge Road
McLean, VA 22101 (Located in the Chain Bridge Corner Shopping Center)

EXHIBITION DATES: Thursday, February 2 – Saturday, March 4, 2017

JUROR: Nancy Sausser, Exhibitions Director of the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA).

Nancy Sausser has been the Curator and Exhibitions Director at MPA since October 2005. A sculptor and arts writer as well as a curator, her writing has been featured in publications such as the Washington Post and FiberArts Magazine, as well as in many exhibition catalogs.  Her sculpture has been shown around the Washington, DC area, most recently at Greater Reston Arts Center, Montpelier Arts Center, and Glenview Mansion. Nancy holds a BA in Studio Art from Kenyon College and an MFA in Sculpture form the University of Washington in Seattle.

Entries must be posted on the EntryThingy website by January 10, 2017 (midnight).

ENTRY FEE: $5 + current WSG membership

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

To enter, use (instructions in complete call).

WSG and MPA will collaborate on a Sculpture Now show for 2017. The mission of McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is to exhibit the work of emerging and established artists from the mid-Atlantic region. MPA’s history dates back to 1962 with the founding of the Emerson Gallery by a small group of women artists. Many partners, including corporate and community sponsors, individuals, and foundations fund MPA’s exhibitions and educational programs. Each year MPA provides: 15 contemporary arts exhibitions; the MPA’s award winning ArtReach program; partnerships with the Fairfax County Public Schools; Community Centers; and community organizations. Sharon Fishel, the ArtReach program coordinator, will work closely with artists who are juried into Sculpture Now 2017 to develop strategies for exploring the history of the material while also harvesting ideas around meaningful encounters with the work. Through the ArtReach program, MPA will support artists to participate in a dialogue of contemporary art and its ability to illuminate the way we feel, remember, and comprehend a world where reality sound bites shift rapidly.

ELIGIBILITY: The exhibition is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists who are not already members 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 checks, along with the membership forms, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. WSG members must pay their dues for 2017 to be eligible for this exhibition.

WORK TO BE CONSIDERED:  Sculpture Now 2017 is a non-thematic exhibition of new works, finished within the last two years. Three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, wall-hung and ceiling-hung sculpture, and installations as well as “New Media” and performance-based works are welcome.   Basic technical support will be provided by MPA. Video and sound-technical equipment must be provided by the artist. The art may be finished or in the form of a proposal. We highly recommend that artists visit the space if they wish to submit installations, site-specific work, or a proposal. The exhibition will be shown in MPA’s new gallery space, MPA at Chain Bridge, which will serve as the main gallery for the next two years while the McLean Community Center is under restoration.

Rooney Prize: 
An honorarium of $500 will be given to an artist/artist team selected by the juror whose work reflects the best qualities for the overall WSG Sculpture Now 2017 show.

ENTRY DIMENSIONS FOR DELIVERY OF ARTWORK: A loading dock is available. All sculptures must fit through the rear entrance 82’ x 36’ doorway. Wall work hangs directly on the walls (which are plaster) and artists are asked to combine the design of a pedestal into the design of their work which will allow the work to be freestanding. Walls have electrical outlets. Artwork may be suspended from ceiling, but will have a weight limitation of 10 lbs. Artists are solely responsible for delivery and installation of their accepted work on the installation date of Sculpture Now 2017, and de-installation of their work on the pick-up date. Staff will be available on site to assist artists with installations. All work accepted and exhibited must remain on display for the full duration of the show. WSG and the gallery will not receive shipments of artwork or mail inquiries.

SALES AND COMMISSIONS: a commission based on the listed sales price of the work will be applied if the work sells either during the exhibition or as  result thereof. MPA takes a 25% commission on sales. Interested buyers will be directed to the Exhibition Director and she will in turn work with a Sculpture Now 2017 representative to notify the artist involved.

INSURANCE: MPA will insure work while on site, but NOT during transportation to or from the venue. Onsite insurance value will be computed as 75% of retail price, but does not guarantee that the insurer will agree with the value assigned by the artist. Selected artists must sign a loan agreement provided by MPA to be insured.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND SPECIFICATIONS: All images, videos, etc. and accompanying info will be presented anonymously to the juror for review. The EntryThingy software will allow you to submit a statement about how the work you are submitting relates to the exhibitions requirements. It will also offer you a chance to provide a brief description of each work along with a title, dimensions, etc. To avoid being disqualified, do not include your name in either the statement or any of the description paragraphs. No mail or email entries will be accepted.

Artists/Artist Teams may submit up to five images of finished work (one work or different works) or artists can also submit a proposal that is accompanied by (4) four work samples of past projects, or photos of drawings of the proposal. The written proposal must be submitted in a 350-word essay. Please create the document in Word, and upload it as a PDF file as you would upload a photo. Take care not to state your name or the names of your team in the written proposal. The juror will obtain all names of the artists or artist teams involved after jurying.

Artists will make their submissions on the website Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi with a maximum of 2MB each. Video files are limited to at most 50MB each (about five minutes).

Instructions for EntryThingy:

  1. Applicants should go to and click on the tab (at top) “for artists”.
  2. Click on “list of current calls”.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Sculpture Now 2017 listing.
  4. Create a login account to if you don’t have an account, or if you do, login to your existing account with the “Click here to login” button. After logging in, select the Sculpture Now 2017 call and complete the entry steps.
  5. There is a $5 entry fee.
  6. All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.

Assistance with submissions is available by email request: contact


  • Nov 15, 2016 CFE open call
  • Jan 10, 2016 Application deadline midnight (EST)
  • Jan 15, 2017 Artist Selection
  • Jan 18, 2017 Artist Notification
  • Jan 27-28-29, 2017 Artwork Installation
  • Thu Feb 2, 2017 Opening Reception (7pm -9pm)
  • Thu Feb 23, 2017 Artist & Juror talk (7pm -9pm)
  • Sun March 5, 2017 De-installation (11am -3pm)

Elsabé Dixon: (703) 470-4163
Artemis Herber: (443) 660-8369
Lynda Smith-Bugge: (703) 534-6316

MPA Exhibitions Director Nancy Sausser: