Washington Sculptors Group and MARC Call for Entry

By Editorial Team on October 23, 2015

Deadline: Wed, 29 June 2022

Photo courtesy of the Washington Sculptors Group.
Photo courtesy of the Washington Sculptors Group.


Application Deadline: Monday, November 2 at midnight


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

THE BARN marks the third of four calls for LAND&ART@MARC: 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 are proud to announce a call for entry for an indoor group exhibition to take place in the horse barn at the Baltimore County Agricultural Center’s property that will be transformed into a micro-gallery and art laboratory during the time of the winter season. They are seeking artist teams to collaborate on diverse ideas that incorporate interdisciplinary objectives and relate to the concept of the barn itself. Artist teams are welcome to create installations, sculptures, paintings, or multimedia visuals exploring the theme of the barn with regard to structure, architecture, anthropology (domestication), history, storytelling agriculture, and other disciplines.

THE BARN project provides a horse barn with eight single stalls and an open area in the center. Artist teams will be allowed one stall per team in which to install artwork. A list of links is included below to help applicants investigate interdisciplinary concepts relating to this project.

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 today, the land remains agriculturally preserved 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.

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.

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 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.


  •  Artist teams are permitted to install artwork that reflects on the theme THE BARN, including ideas of its structure, architecture, history, memory, or specific interdisciplinary connections to farming or agriculture.
  • A team must consist of at least of two artists. The collaborating artists have to indicate the research field, resources, or collaborating researchers.
  • Artists who apply with a collaborative concept will install their work inside a single stall that can consist of multiple pieces in any combination of materials or media, as long as it fits into the size of the stall.
  • A maximum of 10 images per artist team will be considered. In addition, artist teams should also upload the following information in a .pdf document (not more than one page) regarding the collaborative artwork:
  • A description of where the project pieces are supposed to be placed
  •  The 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
  • A list of materials, machinery, tools, or volunteer workforce you want to request from MARC
  • And if there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks

NOTE: 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.

Artists will 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, artists will provide up to 10 images, or video, 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 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 reception, December 5, 3 – 5 pm, 2015. Selected artists are invited for an artist’s talk at the reception day open to the public. Mulled wine, hot cider and local snacks will be provided by MARC.

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


  • 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 “THE BARN” 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 “THE BARN” 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.


  • September 1, 2015: CFE open call Entrythingy.com
  • November 2, 2015: Application deadline midnight (EST) (New Deadline)
  • November 9, 2015: Artist Notification (New Notification Date)
  • November 29/30, 2015: Artwork Installation
  • December 5, 2015: Opening Day / Opening Activities/ Family Farm Day
  • TBD 2016: De-installation day

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.

Tom Petzwinkler (703) 209-8786 – tompetzwsg@gmail.com
Artemis Herber (216) 269-9983 – artemisherber@mac.com