WSG Call for Entries: Cartes Blanches

By Editorial Team on January 20, 2016

Deadline: Sat, 05 March 2016

floor plan insert


Deadline: Saturday, March 5 by midnight


ENTRY FEE: $5 + current WSG membership
To enter, use (see instructions below).

Click here to view the complete Call For Entry in PDF and Gallery Floor Plan.

ABOUT THE VENUE: This exhibition will take place at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (DVAEC), 40 South Carroll Street, Frederick, Maryland 21701. DVAEC serves as a hub for art education in the Frederick area. Founded in 1986, the Center moved in 1993 to its current location alongside the popular Carroll Creek Park in downtown Frederick. Each year DVAEC presents—via five galleries on two floors—over 50 exhibitions featuring local, regional and national artists.

ABOUT THE JUROR: John Shipman is Executive Director of the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts (DCCA) in Wilmington, Delaware. Prior to this, Mr. Shipman directed the University of Maryland Art Gallery. He has returned to DCCA where, from 2000 to 2006 as an exhibition designer, he learned “that a cultural institution’s best measure is its positive and substantial impact within its community.”

CALL DESCRIPTION: In the last one hundred or so years, sculpture has evolved from handmaiden-of- architecture to an independent, multi-faceted field of astonishing variety. This exhibition seeks to explore some of this rich creative vitality. Cartes Blanches can be interpreted in this case as “complete discretion for each artist.” The exhibition is designed to give all WSG members free rein in proposing their most recent creations, which should date from 2013 or later.

ABOUT WSG: The Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) is a non-profit corporation dedicated to promoting the awareness and understanding of contemporary sculpture. WSG has fostered exchanges of ideas among sculptors, collectors, and the public since 1984. WSG has received a DC Mayor’s Arts Award for “Excellence in Service to the Arts.” Each year WSG collaborates with other regional art organizations to produce several major museum and community exhibitions as well as educational programming.

ELIGIBILITY: The exhibition is open only to current members of the Washington Sculptors Group. 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, One may join directly through the WSG website, or download and complete a form to mail to WSG with a check.

To be eligible for this exhibition, WSG members must have a membership that is current for 2016 by the entry deadline. If you received this announcement by mail, an address label showing the year 2016 indicates that your membership is current. You may also refer to the mailing label on your most recent copy of the WSG newsletter, Washington Sculptor. Notices for 2016 dues are scheduled to be mailed in January 2016.

WORK TO BE CONSIDERED: All works must have been completed within the last three years. The exhibition will use both the East and West galleries, which are connected spaces on the first floor of DVAEC. Three- dimensional freestanding and wall-hung sculpture, installations, and video/film-based works are welcome, though there may be limited access to electrical outlets. Audio Visual equipment must be supplied by the artists. Individual artists as well as collaborative groups are permitted, though no individual should be included in more than one submission. New media and performance will be considered as well. The work submitted may be completed or in the form of a proposal. We highly recommend that artists visit the space if they wish to propose installations, site-specific work, performances, or work with large dimensions. Please see the attached floor plan.

All work accepted and exhibited must remain on display for the show’s full duration. Contributors must return walls and other surfaces to their original state; heavy-duty mountings and surface modifications will require prior approval of DVAEC. DVAEC and WSG reserve the right to remove any work deemed inappropriate. Accepted artists will sign a contract with WSG.

SUBMISSIONS: All images, videos, and accompanying information will be presented anonymously to the juror for review. Submitted images shall be available for promotion of the exhibition. All images must faithfully represent the intended work. Submissions will be done online using the EntryThingy website. There are two possibilities:

  • Finished Work An entrant may submit up to six (6) finished works using eight (8) images total. The two extra images may be used for detail or installation views. Note that an image may also contain insets (via photo manipulation): an example might be a small side view. Insets should be labeled when their purpose is not immediately clear.
  • Proposal Alternately, artists may submit one proposal for an unrealized work together with a maximum of eight images: one image must show the work as planned (see below). Other images may be from earlier works that support the new proposal, or be further illustrations of the planned work. An artist may enter one and only one proposal, either alone or as part of team. Proposals of not-yet-realized works must include:
    • Required Text
      1. background or narrative information (not to exceed 250 words) on the project including a description of physical aspects of the work to be completed: exact location, materials, positioning, etc., but not an interpretation of the work
      2. any maintenance or special requirements arising throughout the exhibition
      3. any collateral impact on the overall exhibition: light, sound, smell, or movement from the work that may diminish or distract from nearby artworks
      4. optional: an explanation of how the project relates to the site or the call-for-entry (125 words maximum)
      Illustrations (Images)
      5. At least one illustration (image) showing the work in situ. This provides the juror a clearer idea of what is being proposed, what it looks like, how it is constructed and installed, and how it might relate to other works placed near it. One of the eight allowed images can be the proposal itself, formatted as a pdf file.
    • Video and performance artists must upload one or two videos according to the specifications listed below. Performance artists must submit an image of any physical element of their presentation that will remain on view throughout the exhibit.

EntryThingy software allows entering required text about how a proposed work relates to the exhibition’s requirements (see 1-4 above). For complex text formatting, applicants can submit the text as a Word or PDF document as one of the eight images. EntryThingy also offers a chance to type in a brief (optional) description with each image, along with title, material, year, price, and dimensions. To avoid being disqualified, do not include your name in any title, statement or description text. Those submitting finished works may elect to skip all descriptive and narrative sections. Similarly, proposals may skip other fields (e.g., a performance likely has no price field) that are not applicable. Entrants should strive to make their overall submission as simple, coherent and clear as possible.

Acceptable files include .jpg, .pdf, .doc and .mov. Submitted images must have a resolution of 300 dpi for a 5” X 7” image, and be no larger than 2MB. Each video artist must upload one or two videos according to the specifications listed on EntryThingy. Video files are limited to a maximum of 50MB each (about five minutes).

Assistance with submissions is available by email:

Using EntryThingy:

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

SITE CONDITIONS: Gallery ceiling height is 13 feet, but all accepted entries must be able to fit through the gallery doorway measuring 84” high by 45” wide. A limited number of sculptures may hang from the ceiling. 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, the artist must supply one. A two-wheel dolly and a small pull cart are available for moving sculpture. Arrangements for complex installations should be made in advance, and all responsibility for installing such works lies with the artist(s). Artists are solely responsible for delivery and installation of their accepted work on the installation dates, and for removal on the pick-up dates. Artists are expected to install their artwork in cooperation with the Delaplaine staff and WSG. WSG and the gallery will not receive shipments of artwork. All works must remain on display throughout the show.

INSURANCE: Artists are responsible for insurance of their work to and from the exhibition site. The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center insures artwork while on site for an amount not to exceed the sale price (or stated value) minus commission. All selected artists must sign a loan agreement provided by the DVAEC and WSG.

SALES: DVAEC will handle all sales. Sales are subject to a 40% commission retained by DVAEC. There is a 20% commission for sales of works by WSG members who are also DVAEC members.


  • January 9 Call for Entry Opens; entries accepted
  • March 5 Application Submission Deadline, Midnight, EST
  • April 16 Notification of acceptances and rejections; notifications complete
  • June 20 Begin installation of show (5 days)
  • June 25 Show opens for viewing
  • July 2 The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center hosts reception for show, 3-5 pm.
  • July 30 Last day of exhibition
  • July 31 Deinstallation of work, 3-6 pm.
  • August 1 Removal of all remaining work (no storage available).

Gordon Lyon, Exhibition Manager, WSG
Barrie Ripin, Alternate Exhibition Contact,WSG

Click Here to download the Call for Entries.
Click Here to download the Gallery Floorplan.