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THE SCULPTURE CENTER'S ANNUAL CALLS FOR ARTISTS
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W2S CALL FOR ARTISTS
WINDOW TO SCULPTURE EMERGING ARTIST SERIES


CALL FOR W2S 2017 ARTISTS CLOSES SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2016, AT MIDNIGHT.

Through the W2S series (Window to Sculpture Emerging Artist), begun in 1991, The Sculpture Center fosters and promotes the careers of exceptional sculptors during the first ten years of their profession. 4-6 artists creating sculpture and works of installation, relational aesthetics, expanded media, and performance are chosen annually for one-person exhibitions in either the Main or Euclid Avenue Gallery with a full color brochure or catalog (funding dependent). Exhibitions are held January - May 2017.

THE REGION
Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania (the western half of the state), western New York (Rochester and west) and Ontario, Canada

THE EARLY CAREER ARTIST
The sculpture, installation, expanded media, etc., artist must have a connection to the region by birth, residency, or schooling, but does not need to be currently living in the region. By the application deadline (January 10, 2016), the sculptor must have completed his/her schooling, apprenticeship, or period of equivalent self-taught experience and be no more than ten years into h/her career. Submitted images should be of sculpture, installation, or other expanded media that indicate current work and may include a specific proposal for the W2S exhibition. The creation of a new or further developed body of work for the W2S series is required. The artworks or installations may not have been previously exhibited in northeastern Ohio.

THE CALL AND APPLICATION
Full information is here

APPLY HERE

QUESTIONS
Email Ann Albano, Executive Director + Chief Curator, aalbano at sculpturecenter.org or call 216.229.6527. All potential applicants are welcomed to visit before applying.


2012 W2S artist Sarah Paul's installation, Little Miss Cleveland and the Flaming Sunset


AFTER THE PEDESTAL
Through an occasional open call for artists, The Sculpture Center invites sculpture, installation and expanded media artists working in our region (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia, western Pennsylvania, western New York and Ontario, Canada) to submit work for a juried exhibition of smaller sculpture.

The next iteration of After the Pedestal, Small Sculptures from the Region, with sculptures selected by guest juror Johnny Coleman, will be on view in Summer 2015. Mr. Coleman is a prominent sound and installation artist who currently works as a Professor of Art and African American Studies at Oberlin College.

CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR AFTER THE PEDESTAL 2015 IS CLOSED

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More about After The Pedestal

Past curators for After the Pedestal have been Second Generation Ab Ex sculptor Richard Hunt (2005), designer and artist Viktor Schrekengost (2006), sculptor and urban activist Don Harvey (2007), painter and Chair of the Visual Arts Division, Columbia University, New York, Gregory Amenoff (2008), the Cleveland Museum of Art's Curator of Contemporary Art Paola Morsiani (2009), Executive Director of Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery Astria Suparak (2010), and Judd Foundation (New York and Texas) Executive Director Barbara Hunt McClanahan (2011). Images from past exhibitions can be found in the Exhibition section of our website.


After the Pedestal, the 6th Annual of Smaller Sculpture from the Region (June - July 2010)
View of the Main Gallery from L to R: Mark Soppeland, Lucky Dreams, 2009-10, enamel and acrylic on aluminum and steel, mixed media, electric, 17 x 10 x 6 in. | Courtney Kessel, Susan Kennedy: Pieces, 2010, wood, low voltage lighting system, peephole, porcelain, paper, graphite, 42 x 16 x 16 in. | Ben Stout, Plaster Casting with Pet, 2009, plaster, foil, light stick, 47 x 47 x 22 in. | Willard Tucker's piece (lit), Untitled (telepathy) , 2010, neon sign transformers, GTO wire, tripod, spark plugs, copper conductor, 3 x 2 x 2 ft. Image courtesy of The Sculpture Center.

After the Pedestal, the 7th Annual of Smaller Sculpture from the Region (Sept - Oct 2011)
From front to back: Steve Gurysh, Projected Wetlands, 2011, mixed media, dimensions variable | Stacy Jo Scott, Mobile Craft Utopia, 2011, wooden box with variety of little items, 8 x 16 x 34 in. | Evan Dawson, Walking Sculptures (Tokyo, Japan; Columbus, OH; Uyuni, Bolivia), 2009 - 2011, various found material, dimensions variable | Sonja Dahl, Threshold, 2011, bread, indigo dye, 4 x 8 x 180 in. | Annie Stimson, Neon System, 2011, latex tubing, laboratory glass, freshwater pearls, copper, enamel, paraffin wax, 5 x 3 x 2 ft. | Image: The Sculpture Center.


The Sculpture Center is happy to post other organizations' calls for artists. Calls that have a sculpture component, loosely defined, will be listed. Please format entries with a 3-5 sentence summary including deadlines and a hyperlink to the full call on your website. See entries below for examples. Formatted calls should be sent to info@sculpturecenter.org.


Last updated 12/30/2015

The Sculpture Center provides the following information solely as a service to artists and does not endorse any of its contents.

 

OTHER INSTITUTIONS CALLS FOR ART/ PROPOSALS/ AND RESIDENCIES

(1) Artist Portfolio Magazine's 5th Anniversary Art Exhibition

Artist Portfolio Magazine's 5th Anniversary Art Exhibition is open to all artists worldwide regardless of your standing in the art world. All visual art mediums are acceptable. Each artist who enters will have their art placed online and shared with our thousands of followers on our various social media sites.

DEADLINES - Enter early to save on your entry fee
EARLY BIRD - $30 - August 1, 2015
MIDDLE OF THE ROAD - $40 - November 15, 2015
THE FINISH LINE - $50 - December 15, 2015
For all the details and an entry form visit:
http://www.ArtistPortfolioMagazine.com

 

(2) SCULPTORS INVITED

Century Walk seeks professional sculptors whose work will be considered for a permanent installation outdoors in Central Park, downtown Naperville, Illinois.
Who: All experienced, professional sculptors are invited to submit proposals for consideration. Artists must be experienced with design, construction and installation of outdoor sculpture. This opportunity is open to artists within the United States of America. Illinois artists will be given preference.
More information at: http://centurywalk.org/news/article.cfm?prID=235

 

(3) VOLUNTEER FOR THE ENCORE ARTISTS PROGRAM

The Encore Artists Program focuses on bringing the arts to seniors living in Cleveland. They are currently looking for artists over age 50 to participate in a volunteer capacity. There is limited reimbursement for local travel and supplies.
More information at: http://www.benrose.org/EncoreArts/index.cfm
Enroll at: http://www.benrose.org/EncoreArts/Encore-Artists.cfm

 

(4) CLE TERMINAL FACADE ART PROJECT

The City of Cleveland owner and operator of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, through its Director of the Department of Port Control, invites written Statements of Qualifications from professional artists, team of artists or art institution that have the requisite demonstrable competence in providing professional art design services.  The aesthetic appearance of the designs shall be that of a contemporary, innovative and attractive artwork that fits well within the new space, for improvements at the Airport, as part of the CLE Terminal Façade Art Project.  The project includes consultation and design of the artwork.
More information at: http://www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/Home/Government/CityAgencies/Finance/RFP or at the Department of Port Control at http://www.clevelandairport.com/company/business-opportunities/bids-rfps.
Or contact: Kassan Bahhur
Email: kbahhur2@clevelandairport.com
Phone: (216) 265-6186

 

(5) 16TH ANNUAL FLORIDA OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION

Every year, Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Fla., works with local cities to install new sculptures in downtown parks. This year, Lakeland, Sebring and Bonita Springs are participating in the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition.
The sculptures are displayed for a year. An independent judge selects Best of Show, Second Place and Honorable Mention awards, which are announced at public celebrations planned by the cities.
Entries must be postmarked by December 31, 2015.
Prospectus here.

 

(6) OUTSIDER ART FAIR "BABEL"

Wide Open Arts will host a curated booth of imaginary towers at our upcoming Outsider Art Fair | NYC (Jan 21-24 2016). Submissions are open to all. All received designs adhering to the dimensional and structural criteria will be evaluated and those selected will be 3D printed and displayed in the curated space at the Outsider Art Fair NY 2016. The project and space will be curated by independent artist and curator, Leah Gordon.
Selected artists will receive documentation of the final display, a digital image of their individual tower once it has been printed, along with visibility and acknowledgement on a dedicated page on the Outsider Art Fair website.
DEADLINE:
Tuesday, December 15th, 2015 at 12:00 am GMT.
More information here: http://outsiderartfair.com/fair/1651/program

 

(7) FINNISH PAVILION AT THE VENICE BIENNALE

Call for Artists and Curators
Frame Visual Art Finland invites proposals for the Pavilion of Finland at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017.
Frame Visual Art Finland is seeking project proposals that examine independence as something formed through complex processes of dependence.
Proposals may be submitted by a curator working together with an artist or vice versa. The curator and the artist can be individual or a collective. The artists must be based in Finland or be Finnish citizens.
The international jury will invite 3–5 applicants to develop their proposals further.
In April 2016, one project will be selected to be realized for the Pavilion of Finland at the Venice Biennale 2017.
Deadline: January 10, 2016.

More information
Raija Koli, Director, Frame Visual Art Finland, raija.koli@frame-finland.fi

Read more and see the application guidelines here.

 

(8) MICHIGAN LEGACY ART PARK

Applications are now open for all artists to submit work for consideration for a new exhibit at Michigan Legacy Art Park. The exhibition of outdoor art will showcase work by contemporary artists. Eight outdoor sculptures will be selected by jury to be displayed at the Art Park entry and on the grounds of Crystal Mountain, an all season resort and conference facility in northwest lower Michigan. Submissions will be juried on artistic merit, public safety and durability. Selected artists will receive a $500 honorarium, and works will remain on exhibit and available for purchase through April 2018.
Application forms and instructions may be found on the Michigan Legacy Art Park website: http://www.michlegacyartpark.org/art_park_news/callforentries/
DEADLINE: January 22, 2016
For additional announcements & info: facebook.com/michiganlegacy

 

(9) THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY ROSEN OUTDOOR SCULPTURE COMPETITION AND EXHIBITION

Open to artists currently residing in the USA who are 18 years of age or older. Ten completed works will be chosen for installation on Appalachian’s campus and will be exhibited from May 2016 until April 2017. Works entered must have been completed within the last three years and not previously exhibited at Appalachian State University. All artists are invited to participate in the 30th Anniversary Rosen Sculpture Competition and Exhibition!
Additional information here.

 

(10) SHAKER HEIGHTS FIRE SERVICE CENTENNIAL PUBLIC ART PROJECT

Request for project proposals to celebrate the Centennial of the Shaker Heights Fire Department (SHFD) and the 10-year anniversary of the Fire House, the City of Shaker Heights seeks a creative artist or team to propose a unique art installation (mural or sculpture). The selected artist or team and the SHFD will visit local elementary schools to promote fire safety and discuss community art during assemblies. The team will also collect student artwork depicting their personal views of community art from previously delivered lesson plans. The project site (16700 Chagrin Boulevard), which contains green space, brick wall face, and walkway, will be referred to as the Pocket Park. The purpose of this project is to highlight the connections between the community and the SHFD and to reflect the historical significance of 100 years of firefighting and emergency services to the residents of Shaker Heights.
DEADLINE for proposals is no later than 5:00pm on January 22, 2016, final installation scheduled for September of 2016.
Email proposals to: vicki.blank@shakeronline.com
Additional information here.

 

(11) MIDWEST SCULPTURE INITIATIVE CALL FOR OUTDOOR SCULPTURE WITH STIPENDS

MSI is organizing fourteen outdoor sculpture exhibitions for 2016-17, May 1, 2016 – April 15, 2017.. Stipends of $650 and $750. Exhibitions in Michigan and Ohio.
More information and call: Contact Ken Thompson, 517-486-4591 or msisculpture@netzero.net
Deadline for entries: Feb. 28, 2016

 

(12) CALL FOR GEORGIA ARTISTS ONLY FOR OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBIITION IN GEORGIA

The City of Watkinsville, GA, is seeking proposals for outdoor sculptures to display within the historic city limits for a juried exhibition which will run March - May, 2016, possibly longer. Honorarium of $700 per artist or collaborative group.
More information & prospectus here: http://www.ocaf.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=121&Itemid=143.
Question: Contact Cindy Farley at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF) at 706-769-4565 or director@ocaf.com.
Deadline: Feb. 12, 2016

CONFERENCES

GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS/RESIDENCIES/NOMINATIONS

(1) SMACK MELLON ARTISTS STUDIO PROGRAM

Free studio space and a stipend to eligible artists for an eleven-month period. The program provides 6 artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space and a $5,000 fellowship (dependent upon funding). The program does not provide living space. Artists also have access to shared facilities that include: a state-of-the-art digital production lab, including a set of 27" iMac workstations professionally configured for video and graphics editing, calibrated video monitors, a 3D-capable HD projector, surround-sound monitor speakers, flatbed scanners, a wide-format photo printer, a color laser printer and wireless internet access; a fabrication shop; and a shared kitchen/lounge area. Our staff is on-hand to provide technical support and to respond to the studio needs of our resident artists.
DEADLINE: Nov 5, 3:00PM EST

Application information: http://smackmellon.org/index.php/contact/how_to_apply/
Program information: http://smackmellon.org/index.php/contact/about-the-program/

 

(2) GEORGIA FEE ARTIST/WRITER RESIDENCY

The Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency in Paris is accepting applications for the summer 2016 session. The Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency will take place June 1-July 3, 2016, includes a monthly stipend of $1000 USD, lodging, and airfare to and from Paris. The residency takes place in Le Marais neighborhood, studio space is not provided. Thanks to Residency Unlimited the resident will be introduced to prominent arts professionals from Paris that have experience relevant to the resident's practice and proposed project. The Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency has now changed to an open enrollment. This means you can submit your application at any time to be considered for the upcoming residency period.

Candidates must submit:
A professional CV
A statement of intent
2 references
A $25 administrative fee

All submissions must be made through the candidate's ArtSlant profile. Artists can upload images of their work onto their profile slideshow for consideration, while writers can add samples of their writing as reader reviews on ArtSlant, or onto their profile blog.

Applications received by March 1, 2016 will be eligible for the June–July residency.

More information at http://www.artslant.com/global/foundation/index
More on how to apply at http://www.artslant.com/global/articles/show/33747
Create ArtSlant profile at http://www.artslant.com/global/articles/show/8675

 

(3) INTERNATIONAL STUDIO PROGRAM

Berlin collective (BC) and the kulturspace foundation (KSF) are pleased to announce our 'international studio program' in berlin, germany.
Not only will artists participating in the bc & ksf program benefit from the veritable feast of eclectic and exciting artistic avenues available for exploration in berlin, they will additionally have access to the bc & ksf extensive network. bc & ksf studio programs provide opportunities for artists from a wide range of disciplines to work in berlin, germany for periods ranging from one to three months.

Deadlines to apply are:
Jan. 15, 2016 for January 2016 - March 2016
Mar. 15 2016 for April 2016 - June 2016
More information at: http://www.kulturspace.org/studio-program

 

(4) FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK INTERN ARTIST PROGRAM

Franconia Sculpture Park is a vibrant artist residency and nonprofit sculpture park located in the St. Croix River Valley region of rural Minnesota. Undergraduate, Graduate students, as well as Emerging artists. Create large-scale three-dimensional artwork, receive mentorship from professional artists-in-residence, and participate in public engagement while in residency at Franconia.
In exchange for room, board, and studio space, Intern Artists work for Franconia at least 5 hours every day on park programming, maintenance, and assisting fellowship artists.
DEADLINE: February 6, 2016
More information at: http://franconia.org/internartists.html

 

(5) Master Artists-in-Residence Program

Atlantic Center for the Arts is now accepting applications for our Master Artists-in-Residency Program. Spend three weeks developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of internationally renowned masters in the visual arts, literature, music composition, and choreography. Participation is limited to 8 people for each Master Artist. Located just four miles from the east coast beaches of central Florida, Atlantic Center for the Arts has provided artists from around the world with spaces to live, work, and collaborate since 1982. Studios that include a resource library, writer's studio, painting studio, sculpture studio, music studio, dance studio, and black box theater. Each residency session includes three Master Artists of different disciplines. Through a formal application process administered by ACA, each Master Artist will select 8 residency participants. During the residency, artists participate in formal sessions with their group, collaborate on projects, and work independently.

Master Artist Residency # 162
June 26 - July 16, 2016
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Master Artist Residency # 163
Oct. 16 - Nov. 5, 2016
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 15, 2016

More information here.

 

(6) CASINO LUXEMBOURG – FORUM D'ART CONTEMPORAIN

In 2017, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain will host the second edition of its international residence programme in the public space. The residence programme is designed so as to provide a maximum flexibility for the working artist and to offer the best possible conditions with regard to the realisation of each project. To get acquainted with Luxembourg's public space, a first visit of Luxembourg will be scheduled in autumn 2016 for the laureate. Subsequently to this visit, the laureate will be requested to develop a first outline of his/her project for Luxembourg. The residence period will be fixed according to the very specific needs of the project (maximum of 12 weeks).

Eligibility
The residence progamme is open to all individual artists or collectives wishing to develop their practice in a professional context by creating a new work. Applicants are free to choose their means of artistic expression but must have accomplished a master's degree in arts (or equivalent) by the beginning of the residence, or, for non-degree holders, must give documented proof of at least a three-year work and exhibition practice. Participants should be fluent in either English, French or German. All applicants must hold a valid visa for the duration of the residence.
Applications must be fully completed and submitted in a single printable PDF file in due time in order to be considered.

DEADLINE: February 16, 2016 at 4pm (GMT+1)

Casino Luxembourg – Forum d'art contemporain
41 Rue Notre Dame
L-2240
Luxembourg
www.casino-luxembourg.lu
Contact and enquiries: residence@casino-luxembourg.lu

 

(7) HAMILTON ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP

The 9th annual open call for the Hamiltonian Artists Fellowship is now open. Advancing the professional development of emerging visual artists, the two-year program serves as a steppingstone for the next generation of contemporary artists in Washington, DC.

What will you receive as a Hamiltonian Fellow?
  • Solo and group exhibitions in Hamiltonian Gallery
  • Mentorship from established artists and art professionals
  • Exhibition support and peer critiques
  • Access to professional development lectures and career resources
  • Annual $1,000 stipend
  • Gallery representation through Hamiltonian Gallery
  • Community engagement and outreach opportunities

Deadline: Tuesday, March 1, 2016 COB
CONTACT:
1353 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
202.332.1116
www.hamiltonianartists.org
www.hamiltoniangallery.com
Additional information here.

JOB POSTINGS

There are no Job Posting Calls at this time.

ONGOING CALLS

(1) CALL FOR ENTRIES

SPACELab
SPACES exhibition series
SPACES strongly encourages experimental, site-specific works that challenge the artist and interact with the public.  The series features emerging and student artists and continuously reviews applications year round.

www.spacesgallery.org

 

(2) CPAC AND CREATIVE COMPASS

The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture has an online platform for artists to connect with other artists and create a community called the Creative Compass. This website allows artists to build their connections and share information to contribute to each artist's success.
For more information: http://mycreativecompass.org/

 

(3) CALL FOR ARTISTS FOR RESIDENCY, CLEVELAND, OH

A new residency program in Cleveland, Micro Art Space, is offering short term residencies for local, national, and international artists. National and international artists may apply for one- and two- week residencies, living with the program creators, while local artists can live from home while participating in a one-month residency. Artists will be working in a combined gallery/studio towards the goal of an exhibition in the Third Friday of the Month art walk. These art walks are high traffic, giving great exposure to resident artists. Artists working in any media can apply.
More information and application can be found here.
Rolling deadline