WSG Calls for Entry

WSG Calls for Entry

ART IN NATURE - (Re)Use and Abuse of the Land
ARTINA 2017 - Sculpture Park

An Exhibition Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum (SSM)

*click here to download the full call (PDF)

17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
(301) 774-0022
Phone: 301-774-0022
Contact: Allison Weiss,
Open: Wednesdays–Saturdays from 10 am–5 pm.  Open after hours for programming. 
Grounds are accessible any time.

EXHIBITION DATES:  June 20, 2017–September 30, 2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Entries must be posted on the EntryThingy website by April 15, 2017 (midnight).

ENTRY FEE: $5 + current WSG membership 

JUROR: Ursula Achternkamp
German born curator and artist Ursula Achternkamp currently lives and works in an international artist-in-residence program in Stuttgart at the Akademy Schloß Solitude, a joint project between Robert Bosch GmbH, Akademie Schloss Solitude and Wimmelforschung. The purpose of the Fellowship is to support encounters as well as interdisciplinary exchange in the context of science, economy, and art. The collaboration’s aim is not the production of a specific artistic work, but the encounter and the process of intercommunication itself.

Achternkamp studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Münster (D) and the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Genève (CH). Beside her own artistic works she freelanced at the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and was part of several Exhibition-Projects such as: curating the Permanent Exhibition of the Bauhaus-Settlement Dessau-Törten in the Konsumbuilding of Walter Gropius; being part of the curatorial team of Archilab Europe–Strategic Architecture (Cooperation of the Bauhaus Dessau with the FRAC Centre, Orléans, France 2008); as well as contributing to Projectwork at the International Building Exhibition IBA Urban Redevelopment Saxony-Anhalt Less is Future. She has shown her own artistic works in several group and solo exhibitions such as in the Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Germany, Latvia, and Switzerland.

Participating in an international and interdisciplinary Bauhaus-Kolleg EU-Urbanism (2006-07) she investigated “After-Effects for a City” by taking part at the European Capital of Culture program (research in Luxembourg (LU) and Sibiu (RU) 2007). She was artist in Residence at the Nomadic Village organized by Klaus Mähring with ISIS Arts/ County Durham (GB) and AIR in Havelberg (D) and in Roja (LV). She was awarded residencies in 2011/12 at the Akademie Schloß Solitude in Stuttgart (D) Fellow Section Architecture, guest of the International Summer Program of the Raketenstation Hombroich (D) in 2012 and 2013, where she was invited as curator for the program in 2015.

Achternkamp also collaborated with The Philosophical Farmers (Die Philosophischen Bauern), participated in the development and landing of UFO with Niklas Nitzschke in the frame of CULBURB (Cultural Acupuncture Treatment for Suburb) of the Centre for Central European Architecture in Prague. With Stefan Gruber, Klaus Fischedick, Chloé Zimmermann and Tina Wintersteiger active as “C’mon C’mmons.”

She gained the Prix 2006 de la Fondation Gertrude Hirzel, Prix Neumann de la Ville de Genève in 2004, and in 2001 the Förderpreis of the Art Academy Münster.

ART IN NATURE marks the second call for a cooperation between the Washington Sculptors Group and the Sandy Spring Museum within a cross-Atlantic partnership of internationally acclaimed curators. Sandy Spring Museum is a special place, away from the bustle of daily routine and fashionable trends from the city. It is an invitation to enter into the adventure of a direct encounter with art and nature and its rural historically grown landscape. Visitors are free to walk their own way around the museum and its park and adjacent woods and make their own discoveries of art and nature alike. This freedom of the spirit is at the heart of the Museum’s particular charm. A day at the Sandy Spring Museum awakens the senses.

The aim is to create awareness among visitors and communities to reconnect with nature today as well as in the future. Art functions as a mediator between nature and the people to generate public attention and awareness by promoting a healthier and environmentally more meaningful and sustainable life. Life in and with nature can be experienced as living systems and can be experienced as nature’s regenerative power and the capability to recover from damage. A diverse layered concept of ART IN NATURE helps to understand, appreciate, and value the ecosystem offered by nature and its natural systems and cycles. Art functions not only as an esthetic stimulator to design a creative and sustainable environment, but helps to understand the connection between man and nature. One can find its beauty in materials, forms and living systems, and fields of science that artists can convey, in which the arts create the trans-disciplinary realm outside a world of utilitarianism.

WSG and SSM seek a collaboration to enhance communities’ social engagement with nature, and the environment through concepts of participation and collaboration and contemporary concepts. A diverse and multilayered program creates a broader platform for today’s highly diverse audience that needs to be approached through diverse artistic relationships to nature that can be natural, environmentally friendly, architectural, conceptual, narrative, representational, time-based, and interdisciplinary to regenerate our deep connection with nature.

ARTINA 2017 – (Re)Use and Abuse of the Land
In collaboration with the Sandy Spring Museum, the Washington Sculptors Group seeks to realize a Land Use Project that addresses issues of how we use our land today and in the future. Artists are invited to look into matters of deep time, the history or the current condition of local and regional observations (or through research) that will raise public awareness of environmental issues for the future.

In continuation of ARTINA 2016, WSG and the Sandy Spring Museum will proceed with their shared philosophy of connections between nature and humankind, including nature as a living system for a more environmentally meaningful and sustainable life, as well as key issues involving our ecosystem and its regeneration and recovery through the arts as a mediator.

With emphasis on the use, reuse and abuse of the land, artists will be encouraged to focus on local or regional findings or research that generate discoveries on a global level. Artists will emphasize their main focus with concepts of mapping and meaning, identification of places, or exploring geographies. Artists will also be inspired and motivated by the actual condition of the land, its surroundings, its history and deep time discoveries, or by suburban developments and their impact on the environment.

Artists will raise questions about their findings (such as with sticks, trees, mud, bricks, rocks etc.) and insights that create a preview of the work on site at the Sandy Spring Museum. WSG and the Sandy Spring Museum will seek outdoor artwork that engages concepts of the land we use, occupy, exploit, reuse or abuse within the given context of “Art in Nature” as a metaphor for an environmentally meaningful and sustainable life.

The Sandy Spring Museum will help to provide maps and to connect with schools or youth groups such as the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, or with the general public in order to link the artists’ concepts with their work and with visitors. The exhibition will engage artists on site that involves collecting materials on site or from home and connect with the artwork; include developing and gaining space-digital presentation or projection; incorporate a participatory artist project at the opening reception; and introduce a performance artist or dancer who interacts with the various art sites during the opening reception.

The Sandy Spring Museum and WSG intend to provide a program that relates to the exhibition between June and mid October 2017. We encourage artists to seek a relationship with its audience through socially engaged art through collaboration, participation, dialogue, provocation, and immersive experiences. The SSM and WSG focus on process and seek to embed themselves within the communities.

The Sandy Spring Museum is a place where people make meaningful connections to community history through the cultural arts. The museum is a gathering place with interactive projects, artist studios, changing exhibits, evening programming, live music, and opportunities for the public to use the museum facility in order to build community.

The 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 exhibited throughout the property, including upon two 12’x 12’ concrete pads. Artists can also use a wooden trellis that blooms with wisteria in the spring and extends the entire length of the property.

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, and send in a check, or may join online with your submission to the exhibition.

WSG members must have paid their dues for 2017 by the entry deadline to be eligible for this exhibition. The address label is on this Call or the most recent copy of the WSG newsletter, The Washington Sculptor, will show your membership status (example: MEMBER THROUGH 2017). Notices for 2017 dues were mailed Dec. 2016.

The Sandy Spring Museum will award an honorarium specifically for those artists who develop concepts that are either socially engaged or include participatory, collaborative, or time-based projects with local communities or neighborhoods. The award of the honorarium is at the discretion of Sandy Spring Museum.

- Artist or artist teams are welcome to submit pre-existing artwork or a proposed artwork that reflects on the theme ART IN NATURE. Artists who apply will install their work in accordance with either the provided artist proposal or in collaboration with the exhibition team and Sandy Spring Museum.
- A maximum of 5 images per artist or team will be considered.

In addition, please include:
- A description of where the project pieces are to be placed
- The background or narrative information about the artwork or proposal
- 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 SSM
- And whether there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks

If an artist is proposing a work that involves community participation, SSM may be able to  recruit volunteers to assist with the creation or installation of an artist’s work. Requested assistance  will need to be coordinated between SSM and the artist. To make arrangements with SSM and get support from volunteers, selected artists will be required to discuss specifics about the site, setting, and layout of the installation with SSM 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 5 images of existing work in .jpg format titled “portfolio001”–‘portfolio005”.jpg.” Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. It is recommended that artists visit the Sandy Spring Museum to get a sense of the surroundings and possibilities prior to submitting an application. Artists can visit the site seven days a week, at any time. If you wish to meet with museum staff, please contact Allison Weiss ahead of time at (301) 774-0022 or

The official opening reception will be held Thursday, June 29th from 6:30–9:30 pm. Selected artists are invited to the reception  opening to the public to engage visitors with hands-on activities. SSM reserves the right to make photo documentation for promotional and archival purposes, both print and electronic.


  • The EntryThingy website allows entering information about your entries and viewing by the juror.
    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 ART IN NATURE 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 theSculpture REMIX 2017: Craft/Technology/Artcall 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

    When uploading your images, you will be provided space for six uploads. That number is for 5 images and an artist statement. Do not send any more than five images as if there is a sixth image it will be discarded.

    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.


February 15, 2017
  CFE open call
April1, 2017
  Application deadline midnight (EST)
April 13, 2017

Juror’s artist selection

April 16, 2017
  Artist Notification
June 15-19, 2017
  Artwork Installation
June 20, 2017
  Show Opening
June 29, 2017   Opening Reception
September, 30 2017   End of show
October 1-8, 2017

Assistance with submissions is available by email at:
The Exhibition Managers:
Tom Petzwinkler (703) 209-8786 -
Artemis Herber (216) 269-9983 -

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Sculpture REMIX 2017: Craft/Technology/Art

An Exhibition Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and the Glen Echo Park Partnership
*click here to download the full call (PDF)

Glen Echo Park Partnership (Popcorn and Stone Tower Galleries)
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD 20812

EXHIBITION DATES:  Friday April 8 – April 30, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 6 - 8 pm

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Entries must be posted on the EntryThingy website by February 22, 2017 (midnight).

ENTRY FEE: $5 + current WSG membership 

JUROR: Allison Nance joined international Arts & Artists in 2013 as Director of Hillyer Art Space. Prior to this she was with the Torpedo Factory Art Center from 2008-2013. She co-founded Microwave Project LLC in 2010, a curatorial partnership that acts as a conduit between artists and businesses, exploring alternative exhibition venues with an emphasis on site-specific installation art. Allison is Vice-Chair of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts, whose role it is to advise City Council with regard to policies that would strengthen the arts and further public access to the arts and cultural matters. She is the Chair of the Commissions Grant Committee, and for the last three years has worked on the Commission’s Annual Work Plan Task Force, outlining which new public art projects the city of Alexandria will initiate, indicating where the projects are located, and what the proposal budgets will be. Allison joined the ArtTable in January 2016, and is currently the co-chair for the membership of the Washington DC chapter.

Washington Sculptors Group (WSG) and Glen Echo Park Partnership (GEPP) will collaborate on a Sculpture REMIX: Craft/Technology/Art exhibition in 2017. The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, Inc. manages Glen Echo Park, a lively visual and performing arts site in the Washington, DC area. Established by Montgomery County in 2002, the Partnership is a nonprofit organization charged with managing Glen Echo Park’s arts programs and facilities, including its historic buildings. The Partnership's mission is to present vibrant artistic, cultural, and educational offerings at the Park, and to promote the Park as a unique destination for the region’s diverse population. In collaboration with Montgomery County and the National Park Service, the Partnership works with resident artists and organizations to develop distinctive arts programming. The GEPP is to exhibit the work of emerging and established artists. New exhibitions are presented every four to six weeks. Many of GEPP resident visual artists and organizations also have galleries where artwork is displayed and for sale, including the Yellow Barn StudioJ. Jordan Bruns StudioPhotoworksSilverWorksGlen Echo Pottery, the Art Glass Center, and Glassworks.

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.

Sculpture REMIX 2017: Craft/Technology/Art is a material and process-thematic exhibition. Sculpture Remix 2017 invites new works by WSG members, finished within the last two years. Works submitted should use processes that are hand crafted, or industrially manufactured, or displayed through digital formats. Building and constructing shared principles across these fixed boundaries has the ability to create poetic juxtapositions for cooperative projects with local artists who could connect to innovative, long-term partnerships with other “makers” in the DC, MD and VA areas.

Three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, wall-hung and ceiling-hung sculpture, installations, as well as “New Media” and performance-based works are eligible for submission.

Glen Echo Park is very busy on the weekends with families participating in the various events in the park.  To expand the audience interested in the exhibition theme, WSG members are encouraged, but not required, to propose a child-friendly activity or an adult-oriented workshop or panel discussion as a supplement to their proposal.  The activity may be held in one of Glen Echo Park’s classrooms, the Bumper Car Pavilion, the Ballroom Back Room, or outside in the park, subject to availability.  Proposals should describe the activity and space requirements and how the activity relates to the theme of the show and their proposal.

Basic technical and installation support will be provided by GEPP. Video, sound or other technical equipment must be provided by the artist. The art may be finished or in the form of a proposal by an individual or an art team. We highly recommend that artists visit the space if they wish to submit installations, site-specific work, or a proposal. All work accepted and exhibited must remain on display for the full duration of the show. Assistance with submissions is available by email request: contact:

A loading area is available. All sculptures must fit through the entrance doorway. Wall work must hang directly on the walls, 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 Remix 2017, and de-installation of their work on the pick-up date. GEPP 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 GEPP 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. GEPP takes a 30% commission on sales. Interested buyers will be directed to the Exhibition Director, and she will in turn work with a WSG representative to notify the artist involved.

INSURANCE : GEPP will insure work while on site, but NOT during transportation to or from the venue. Onsite insurance value will be computed as 75%f 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 GEPP 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).


  • The EntryThingy website allows entering information about your entries and viewing by the juror.
    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 theSculpture REMIX 2017: Craft/Technology/Artlisting.
    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 theSculpture REMIX 2017: Craft/Technology/Artcall 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


Dec 19, 2016
  CFE open call
Feb 22, 2017
  Application deadline midnight (EST)
Mar 1, 2017

Artist Selection

Mar 3, 2017
  Artist Notification
Apr 4-7, 2017
  Artwork Installation
Apr 8, 2017
  Opening Reception (7pm -9pm)
April 24, 2017   GEPP studios/MakerSpace/ FabLab/ Community Forklift panel (6pm -8pm)
International Sculpture Day
April 30, 2017
  De-installation (11am -3pm)

Assistance with submissions is available by email at:
The Exhibition Managers:
Elsabé Dixon: (703) 470-4163
Julie Zirlin: (301) 652-0772

MPA Exhibitions Director
Meredith Forster: