Oxon Hill Manor: Past & Present

Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and Oxon Hill Manor, a facility of the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

LOCATION: Oxon Hill Manor, 6901 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
EXHIBITION DATES: Monday, September 13, 2021 – Friday, September 15, 2023
JUROR: Sarah Tanguy
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, July 13, 2021 (11:59pm EST, received through the submission site Submittable)

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ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Past & Present seeks to celebrate the historic Oxon Hill Manor through traditional and contemporary work that respects the family-oriented nature of the facility. Artists are encouraged to draw on a variety of sources ranging from the lives of the Manor’s many inhabitants to the property’s architecture and landscape design and its changing functions. Just as the current 1928 building replaces the original 18th century structure, special attention will be given to the adaptive recycling of materials. Riffing on the building’s Flemish bond, a decorative pattern that alternates the sides and ends of brick, the exhibition will weave together existing structure and ornamentation in unforeseen and innovative ways.

Artists are invited to submit outdoor sculptural work for consideration for a 2-year exhibition (October 2021- October 2023) through a juried competition. Selected works will be installed on the grounds of the historic Oxon Hill Manor.

ABOUT THE JUROR

Sarah Tanguy is a D.C.-based independent curator and arts writer who strongly believes in hands-on collaborations with artists and the power of art to connect with the general public. The daughter of a U.S. Diplomat, she holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Georgetown University, and a M.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Over the years, she has curated twelve collections and over 250 exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. Recent projects include TRACES at The Kreeger Museum and an ongoing series at The American Center for Physics, both in the Washington, DC area. In addition to numerous exhibition-related essays she has written for such publications as Sculpture, American Craft, and Readers Digest.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 (11:59pm EST)

Participating artists can upload submissions through Submittable (https://m-ncppc.submittable.com). The exhibition will be juried from digital images submitted through the site—no entries will be accepted by mail or email.

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 (www.washingtonsculptors.org), and send checks, along with the membership form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2021 to be eligible for this exhibition.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Works submitted for consideration must be suitable for outdoor installation and must adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Due to the historic nature of Oxon Hill Manor and all its grounds, sculptures cannot be anchored into the ground/soil and must be placed on-grade. Minor adjustments to the ground will be made by M-NCPPC staff to ensure that sculptures are level.
  2. All selected works must therefore be structurally secured, and surface mounted to a weighted base of either steel, concrete or a box type base filled with sandbags or similar.  Detailed installation drawings must accompany the submission.
  3. All selected works must adhere to dimension limitations provided in the Submission Locations section below.
  4. All works and materials used, must be structurally capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions, such as high winds, high temperatures, heavy rain, storms, etc.
  5. Be able to withstand a high traffic environment, such as a wedding or other large gathering.
  6. Provide a safe environment and experience to the patrons of the facility by ensuring the work does not have sharp edges or protrusions.
  7. Be maintenance-free during the 2-year exhibition period.
  8. Installation must be accomplished by the artist or their assigned representative with tools provided by the artist (there will be access to a crane if notice is given in advance).

All sculptural work must be completed prior to submission. No incomplete works or project proposals will be considered.

Any additional costs are the responsibility of the artist.

Selected sculptures for the exhibit will be installed during the month of August/September 2021. Any sculpture that cannot be installed by that time will be disqualified, and an alternate will be chosen. Accepted sculptures must be removed in the weeks following the close of the exhibit in October 2023. A schedule will be communicated to accepted artists.

SUBMISSION CRITERIA

All proposals must be submitted online at https://m-ncppc.submittable.com. No other forms of application will be accepted. All proposals for art must be family friendly in nature and must be suitable for viewing by all ages.

All proposals must include:

  • Contact information for the artist applicant.
  • A brief artist statement, 100-200 words total.
  • Up to 3 unique works of 3-Dimensional artwork and up to 9 images will be allowed (1 main and 2 detail images, if needed).
  • An image list including titles, media, size (H x W x D), weight and year created for all artworks in the proposal.
  • Detailed drawings of the installation plans/process.

SUBMISSION LOCATIONS

There are 2 locations on the grounds of Oxon Hill Manor that artwork will be considered for this exhibition. Please see the map below. Artists are encouraged to visit the location prior to submitting their work.

Location A (in green), will be for sculptures over 6′ in height, but not to exceed 12′.

This location is along the sidewalk surfaces connecting the parking lot to the main property, outside and inside the courtyard as well as at the end of the reflecting pool.

Location B (in orange), will be for sculptures under 6′ and may also include permanent bases. This location surrounds the reflecting pool and adjacent areas.

The placement of selected works will be determined by the juror and will be based on the size of the sculpture.

Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to see map images referenced above of locations on the grounds of Oxon Hill Manor.

EVALUATION

This exhibit will be juried by Sarah Tanguy.

Selected artwork proposals will be selected to space availability with a goal of presenting diverse forms of artwork of the highest quality, and of engaging a broad range of audiences.

HONORARIUM

Each selected artist will receive an honorarium in the amount of $1000 (for smaller sculptures under 6′) or $2500 (for larger sculptures over 6′) to cover transportation, installation, and removal of the sculpture. The amount will be based strictly on the size of the work. The final placement will be decided by the juror.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award in the amount of $1000, which will be awarded to a selected artist at the close of the exhibition based on the feedback/vote of the local community.

INSTALLATION

Installation details will be coordinated by M-NCPPC staff but must be accomplished by the artist or their provided representative with tools provided by the artist (there will be access to a crane if notice is given in advance).

Crane and crews are only available on weekdays before 3 p.m. If a crane is required for installation, the artist MUST have the work on-site at 8 a.m. on the morning of the scheduled installation.

SALES & INSURANCE

Artists may sell the work during the project period. However, the work must remain on site for the duration of the exhibition. A 25% commission will be taken by M-NCPPC from a sale of work.

M-NCPPC will provide insurance throughout the exhibition period for a maximum claim determined based on the value of each piece. M-NCPPC will not be held responsible for damage due to inherent vice or poor construction materials.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact:

Stuart Diekmeyer

Visual Arts Specialist

301-446-3251

By submitting to this call for entries, the artist agrees to comply with all rules and requirements.

The Oxon Hill Manor is a facility of The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Department of Parks & Recreation, Prince George’s County, Arts and Cultural Heritage Division.

CALENDAR

Exhibition Dates:                  Monday, September 13, 2021 – Friday, September 15, 2023

Call for Entry Posted:           Tuesday, May 4, 2021 https://m-ncppc.submittable.com

Submission Deadline:          Tuesday, July 13, 2021 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Jurying Period:                     Thursday, July 15, 2021 – Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Artist Notification:                Friday, July 22, 2021

Artwork Installation:             Monday, August 23 through Friday, September 10, 2021

Opening Reception:             To be announced

ABOUT OXON HILL MANOR

Oxon Hill Manor is a neo-Georgian house built in 1929 located in Fort Washington, MD. The Manor’s current use is for weddings and other types of multi-generational rental events and special public events of M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation. The grounds are located within walking distance from the MGM National Harbor Casino. The sculpture exhibition would be a signature art event for the southern portion of the Prince George’s County.

The Washington Sculptors Group is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to over 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

Artina 2021: Balancing Acts

Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum (www.sandyspringmuseum.org)

LOCATION: 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
EXHIBITION DATES: Wednesday, August 4 – Saturday, November 6, 2021
JUROR: Twylene Moyer
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sunday, June 27, 2021 (received by 11:59pm EST, received through the submission site EntryThingy)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The world is out of kilter, with natural as well as social systems listing to extremes. What we need, we say, is balance; balance must be restored. But what do we mean by “balance,” and what is our relationship to it? We often imagine (and we’re conditioned to strive for) an absolute ideal of perfect, harmonious equilibrium; a paradise lost or as yet unattained. But is this truly balance as we experience it physically or witness it in the natural world? What is balance without time and change? Perhaps the “ideal” is nothing more than a mental construct designed to serve human ends, including the desire for order and mastery. We want to think of ourselves as the still point of the fulcrum—the pandemic has clearly taught us otherwise. This show is about expanding and reimagining the idea of balance. Stability does not depend on stasis or rigidity; balance can be dynamic, contingent, and constantly in flux—a force of nature, an expression of life.

— Twylene Moyer

Artists are welcome to submit any of the following:

  • Existing or new, free standing sculptures (large works must be public friendly and be securely mounted for stability)
  • Site-specific installations (may be ephemeral/ time based/ weather + environmentally sensitive, etc.)
  • Interactive sculptures (sculptures that can be activated by the public – while also being safe and firmly mounted. Please keep in mind that pandemic restrictions like social distancing will most likely still be in effect during the exhibition)
  • Cross-disciplinary projects and team-built projects including sound, performance, projections, etc.

ABOUT THE JUROR

Twylene Moyer, editor of Sculpture magazine, has published in a wide range of periodicals, monographs, and catalogues. She is the co-editor of five books on contemporary sculpture, including The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency. In addition to serving as a juror for a variety of shows, she curated “Insight Out” and “Disintegration,” two exhibitions of site-specific, outdoor works for the Arlington Arts Center.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Sunday, June 27, 2021 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Participating artists can upload submissions through EntryThingy (www.entrythingy.com). Artina 2021 will be juried from digital images submitted through the EntryThingy site, and there is a $5 processing fee for uploading images. No entries will be accepted by mail or email.

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 (www.washingtonsculptors.org), and send checks, along with the membership form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2021 to be eligible for this exhibition.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WSGis accepting proposals from established and emerging sculptors for its fifth annual exhibition of outdoor sculpturesat Sandy Spring Museum. The exhibition is from Wednesday, August 4 – Saturday, November 6, 2021, with installation from Friday, July 30 – Monday, August 2  (9am-6pm), and de-installation the week following November 7.

Sandy Spring Museum, located in Sandy Spring Maryland, serves as a catalyst for community building by providing opportunities for creative engagement in a range of cultural arts. The museum offers the environment and inspiration for artists and community members to create and host events, performances, activities, and exhibits, which engage, stimulate, and bring people together. The SSM grounds are open daily and many special events and programs are offered throughout the year, as are private rentals. For more information about the museum please visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.

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 installed throughout the property, including upon two 10’x 10’ concrete pads. Artists can also use a wooden trellis that blooms with wisteria in the spring and extends the entire length of the property.

Works should be suitable for long-term, outdoor exposure, as well as fabricated and installed in a viewer-safe manner. Artists are responsible for any maintenance of the work.

Artists should detail their installation requirements when submitting the application. All sites are on grassy areas, although there are two 10’ X 10’ concrete covered areas that are situated next to each other. We highly recommend artists visit the site and plan their proposals accordingly but please continue to adhere to all recommended social distancing practices.

Self-guiding maps of the exhibition will be available at Sandy Spring Museum and on the websites of WSG and SSM. Exhibition cards will be distributed to WSG, SSM members, and the community. Promotion of the show will be actively pursued.

INSURANCE, COMMISSIONS, AND SALES

SSM insures works on loan up to $10,000 after the work is delivered and the exhibition loan agreement is signed. Insurance during transportation is the responsibility of the artist. All purchases during the exhibit will go through the museum. The museum charges a 30% commission fee.

WORK TO BE CONSIDERED

A maximum of 6 images (including any detail images) of sculptures/installations per artist or team may be submitted for consideration. In addition, please include:

  • A description of where the project pieces are to be placed (if site specific)
  • A brief background or narrative information about the artwork or proposal
  • An explanation of how the project relates to the theme and whether there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks.
  • 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.  The proposal should include the project description, concept sketches or renderings, and any other information pertaining to the proposed project. In addition, artists will provide up to 6 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 highly recommended that artists visit Sandy Spring Museum to get a sense of the surroundings and possibilities prior to applying. Artists can visit the site seven days a week, at any time.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRYTHINGY

  • All submissions must be anonymous.
  • Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. Video files must be smaller than 50MB each (about five minutes).
  • Files should be named with only the title of the work (no first or last names). Use the actual title for each work. Example:

Title 1.jpeg

Title 1 (detail).jpeg

Title 2.jpeg

Title 3.jpeg

etc.

The EntryThingy platform allows you to submit a statement about how your work relates to the exhibition’s requirements. It also offers 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.

  1. Applicants should go to http://www.entrythingy.com/ and click on the tab (at the top) “for artists”.
  2. Click on “list of current calls”.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Artina 2021 listing.
  4. Create a login account to http://www.entrythingy.com/ 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 Artina 2021 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.

CALENDAR

Exhibition Dates:                  Wednesday, August 4 – Saturday, November 6, 2021

Call for Entry Posted:           Tuesday, May 3, 2021

Submission Deadline:          Sunday, June 27, 2021 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Jurying Period:                     Monday, June 28 – Friday, July 2, 2021

Artist Notification:                Tuesday, July 5, 2021

Drop off & Installation:         Friday, July 30 – Monday, August 2  (9am-6pm)

All existing social distancing recommendations will be followed. We may have to limit number of artists present at the same time, in which case artists will be required to sign up for specific time slots during the installation period. Additional details will be sent out to accepted artists.

Opening Reception:             An announcement will be made at a later date regarding whether or not an in-person opening reception will be held. This will be determined by public health recommendations. Regardless, the exhibition and site will be open for visitation.

Artist /Juror Talk:                 Saturday, November 6, 2021 (12-2pm)

                                                This may change depending on public health recommendations. Updates will be sent closer to the date and announced by email and on social media.

Deinstallation/Pick up:         Saturday, November 6 – Wednesday, November 10, 2021

This may also change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date if more time is needed to accommodate social distancing.

Please contact with any questions.

Fleeting, Fled

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and Glen Echo Park

Read the review in the Washington Post.

CURRENTLY ON EXHIBIT
Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812 Stone Tower, Popcorn Galleries, and Outdoors

March 27 – May 2, 2021 (Galleries Open Saturday & Sunday only, 12-6pm)

JUROR
Laura Roulet

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Fleeting, Fled is an exhibition about the temporal that is open to many possibilities. The cycle of life, death and rebirth is the underlying theme. Occurring during the Spring season in Washington, artwork could be inspired by the ephemeral beauty of the cherry blossoms and daffodils that will be in bloom. Environmental themes might also relate to climate change or the climate crisis. The opportunity to halt rising global temperatures is fleeting, or has the window for evoking remediation already closed? The setting of Glen Echo Park, one of our national parks might also be inspirational. The indoor and outdoor setting allows for a wide range of media, including ephemeral outdoor works. The juror welcomes a broad interpretation of this theme, personal or political.

Fleeting, Fled is an exhibition about the temporal that is open to many possibilities. The cycle of life, death and rebirth is the underlying theme. Occurring during the Spring season in Washington, artwork could be inspired by the ephemeral beauty of the cherry blossoms and daffodils that will be in bloom. Environmental themes might also relate to climate change or the climate crisis. The opportunity to halt rising global temperatures is fleeting, or has the window for evoking remediation already closed? The setting of Glen Echo Park, one of our national parks might also be inspirational. The indoor and outdoor setting allows for a wide range of media, including ephemeral outdoor works. The juror welcomes a broad interpretation of this theme, personal or political.

ABOUT THE JUROR
Laura Roulet is an independent curator and writer, specializing in contemporary and Latin American art. She was one of five international curators chosen for the initial 5×5, a major public art initiative in Washington DC. Her recent exhibitions include “Landscape in an Eroded Field,” “Ian Jehle, Dynamical Systems,” and “Foon Sham: Escape” (American University Museum, Katzen Center); “A Dark and Scandalous Rockfall” (Mexican Cultural Institute); “Brian Michael Reed, In the Crosscurrent” (Huntington Museum of Art, WV); and the “National Drawing Invitational” (Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR). International exhibits include the OAS Art Museum of the Americas as well as exhibits in Mexico City and Puerto Rico. She was a mentoring curator at the D.C. Arts Center and the first mentoring curator at VisArts in Rockville, MD. She is a regular contributor to Sculpture magazine. Her catalogue essay “Aglutinación: The Collective Spirit of Puerto Rican Art” is included in Relational Undercurrents, Pacific Standard Time LA/LA. Her other publications include many catalogue essays, articles in American Art, Art Journal, and Art Nexus, and the book Contemporary Puerto Rican Installation Art: the Guagua Aerea, the Trojan Horse and the Termite. She worked on the Ana Mendieta retrospective at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in 2004, and contributed to that catalogue.

Documenting Your Work for Exhibition and Collecting: LEGACY

A recording of a panel discussion with Cheryl D. Edwards & Helen Frederick
From Monday, March 8, 2021, 7pm

Creating a legacy for your artwork is critical to ensuring that your work is protected and preserved for future exhibitions, scholarship, and sales after your lifetime. The actions that you take now as part of your basic art practice are critical to ensuring the possibility of that legacy.  And, the added bonus is that it will significantly simplify the processes of applying for exhibitions or residencies in your lifetime.

Watch the recording below of the March 8 panel discussion featuring Cheryl D. Edwards and Helen Frederick, who discussed steps to incorporate into your studio practice, and provided specific examples of how to organize, document, and archive your work during your career to be best able to compete for exhibitions and opportunities, such as museum and university exhibitions, and for the placement of your work in permanent collections. 

CHERYL D. EDWARDS, an African American artist was (b. 1954) in Miami Beach, Florida. She began her studies in art during 1988 in New York City in a class at the Art Student League taught by Ernest Crichlow. She has been living in Washington, DC for the past 26 years. Cheryl has exhibited in many shows in the Washington, DC, New York, Virginia, Maryland, Miami, Texas, Pennsylvania, Rotterdam, Germany, Monaco and Hong Kong. Her medium is oil, ink, printmaking, mixed media and acrylics. Represented by Gaby Mizes Fine Art. Cheryl is an awardee of the Black Writers Fellowship: Reporter received in 2020. Cheryl is a 2015 and 2021 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Fellowship Awardee. Cheryl is an awardee in the Art Cart: Saving The Legacy project selected by the Research Center for Arts and Culture. The Art Cart Project resulted in the archival of her artwork in the Academic Commons Columbia University archives. Cheryl is also a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the David Driskell Center (University of Maryland); Board member of The Studio Visit, a member of [KUN:ST] International, a member of the Education Committee of the McClean Project for the Arts and an Advisor to the Washington Sculptors Group in Washington, D.C. www.cheryledwards.org

HELEN FREDERICK is recognized as a distinguished artist, curator, educator, coordinator of international projects, and as founder of Pyramid Atlantic, a center for contemporary printmaking, hand papermaking and the art of the book. As an advocate for and an active participant in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area arts scene, she has served on the directorial boards of alternative art spaces, various local and national boards including the College Art Association, and national peer-review panels. Her work has been exhibited at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., The Eleanor D. Wilson Museum at Hollins University, Dieu Donne Gallery, New York, Henie-Onstad Museum, Norway, and the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan, and is in collections of the Whitney Museum and Brooklyn Museum in New York, the National Gallery of Art, Library of Congress, and Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among many others. She has received the Southern Graphic Council International Printmaker Emeritus Award and is featured in the Feminist Art Base Archive, the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Her private Reading Road Studio in Silver Spring, Maryland, provides collaborative opportunities for artists interested in works in and on paper, constructions, artist books, and critical conversations about social justice, cultural and visual literacy. Frederick is an alumnus of the Rhode Island School of Design. www.helenfrederick.com

This Panel Discussion is part of WSG’s ongoing series of Professional Practices Talks for Artists, Becoming a Professional in the Art World. View Previous Talks:
Audiences for Art: Approaching a Gallery, September 21, 2020
Developing Your Elevator Speech, August 20, 2020
How to Write an Artist Statement, August 6, 2020
Estate Planning for Artists, March 14, 2020

2021 Annual Member Image Show

When: Saturday, April 24, 7-9 pm
Where: This year’s Image Show will be hosted virtually by WSG and Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies in conjunction with IS Day 2021, a global celebration of sculpture.

View the recording of the event below.

Sculpture NOW 2020

Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and McLean Project for the Arts

Thursday, September 17 – Saturday, November 14, 2020

Sculpture NOW 2020 is a non-thematic exhibition of new works, finished within the last two years, and juried from entries of current and new members of The Washington Sculptors Group. This annual exhibition provides a showcase for sculpture being made in the Washington DC region and beyond. The Annual Tom Rooney Award will be announced during the Virtual Opening Reception, 

This exhibition can be view online, as well as, in-person. We are thrilled to be able to offer gallery visits to view our current exhibition “Sculpture NOW 2020” in partnership with the Washington Sculptors Group.

View the Exhibition Page
View the SculptureNow Gallery Tour
View Nancy Sausser’s Gallery Tour
View Sharon Fishel’s MPA ArtReach Gallery Tour

Sculpture NOW Virtual Talk: Exhibition Highlights: Wednesday, October 28, 7pm
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Juror: Nancy Sausser, Curator and Exhibitions Director, McLean Project for the Arts

Participating Artists

Esperanza Alzona, Lynda Andrews-Barry, Annie Broderick, Melissa Burley, Adjoa Burrowes, Hsin-Hsi Chen, Yunkyoung Cho, Sheila Crider, Jacqui Crocetta, Alonzo Davis, Steven Dobbin, Heloisa Escudero, Elissa Farrow-Savos, Joe Fish, Emily Fussner, Michael Gessner, Judith Goodman, Damon Hamm, Emily Hoxworth Hager, Maria Karametou, Barrie Kaufman, Jean Kim, Zofie King, Craig Kraft, Gary Kret, Keith Krueger, Chee Keong Kung, Barbara Liotta, Ruth Lozner, Jacqueline Maggi, James Mallos, Donna McCullough, Louisa Neill, Mary Opasik, Sookkyung Park, Kristina Penhoet, Jane Pettit, Judith Pratt, Davide Prete, Marc Robarge, Christopher Romer, Jean Sausele Knodt, Mike Shaffer, Janathel Shaw, Daniel Shay, Kanika Sircar,, Madeline Smith, Marcos Smyth, Paul Steinkoenig, Michael Thron, Elizabeth Vorlicek, Steve Wanna, Patricia Wasserboehr

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CLOSED Call for Entries: Sculpture NOW 2020

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and McLean Project for the Arts

LOCATION

McLean Project For The Arts
1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean, VA 22101
www.mpaart.org

EXHIBITION DATE

Thursday, September 17 – Saturday, November 14, 2020

JUROR

Nancy Sausser

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 (11:59 pm EST, received through the submission site EntryThingy)

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Sculpture NOW 2020 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 multimedia and performance-based works are welcome. Basic technical support will be provided by MPA. The artist must provide any video and sound equipment. 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.

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 2020 show.

ABOUT THE JUROR

Nancy Sausser is Curator Exhibitions Director of the McLean Project for the Arts (MPA). In this position, she has curated over 150 exhibitions, including the work of both emerging and mid-career artists. 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 IA@A at Hillyer and Brentwood Arts Exchange.  Nancy holds a BA in Studio Art from Kenyon College and an MFA in Sculpture form the University of Washington in Seattle.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 (11:59pm EST)

Participating artists can upload submissions through EntryThingy (www.entrythingy.com) Sculpture NOW 2020 will be juried from digital images submitted through EntryThingy site, and there is a $5 processing fee for uploading images. No entries will be accepted by mail or email.

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 (www.washingtonsculptors.org), and send checks, along with the membership form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2020 to be eligible for this exhibition.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Individual artists or teams may submit three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, wall- and ceiling-hung sculpture, installations, as well as new media and performance-based works. Artists not familiar with the space are highly encouraged to visit before submitting.
  • Each artist or team may submit up to five (5) works, with two images per work (maximum of ten images). Submissions must be made through the EntryThingy website (see instructions below).
  • Submissions MUST be anonymous—please remove any identifying labels from titles, file names, images, statements, etc. Submissions that are not anonymous will be disqualified.
  • Accepted work must be delivered in person from Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12 (10am-6pm).
  • Submissions may be finished works or in the form of a proposal by an individual or an art team. Written proposal must be submitted in a 350-word (max) 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. We highly recommend that artists visit the space if they wish to submit installations, site-specific work, or a proposal.
  • All sculptures must fit through the rear entrance 82” x 65” doorway. Wall work hangs directly on the walls and artists are asked to combine the design of a pedestal into the design of their work that will allow it to be freestanding. Walls have electrical outlets.
  • Artists are solely responsible for delivery and installation of their accepted work on the specified installation date 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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRYTHINGY

  • Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. Video files must be smaller than 50MB each (about five minutes).
  • Files should be named with only the title of the work (no first or last names). Use the actual title for each work. Example:

Sculpture 1.jpeg

Sculpture 1 (detail).jpeg

Sculpture 2.jpeg

Installation 1.jpeg

etc.

The EntryThingy platform allows you to submit a statement about how your work relates to the exhibition’s requirements. It also offers 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.

  1. Applicants should go to http://www.entrythingy.com/ 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 2020 listing.
  4. Create a login account to http://www.entrythingy.com/ 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 2020 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.

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 a 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 2020 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.

CALENDAR

Exhibition Dates:                  Thursday, September 17 – Saturday, November 14, 2020

Call for Entry Posted:          Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Submission Deadline:        Wednesday, July 8, 2020 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Jurying Period:                    Thursday, July 9 – Sunday, July 19, 2020

Artist Notification:               By Sunday, July 26

Drop off & Installation:        Friday, September 11 – Saturday, September 12 (10am-6pm)

Opening Reception:                        Thursday, September 17, 2020 (7-9pm)

Artist & Juror Talk:             Sunday, October 18, (2 pm- 4 pm)

Deinstallation/Pickup:         Sunday, November 15, 2020 (10 am – 6 pm)

Please contact with any questions.

The Washington Sculptors Group is a volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of sculpture and fostering exchanges among sculptors, sculpture enthusiasts and the public. Organized in 1984, membership has grown to over 400; WSG sponsors frequent public programs and organizes professional sculpture exhibitions juried by prominent curators. Visit www.washingtonsculptors.org to join WSG, to view the Web Gallery of members’ work, and to subscribe to the WSG newsletter.

About McLean Project for the Arts The mission of McLean Project for the Arts (MPA) is to exhibit the work of emerging and established artists from the mid-Atlantic region; to promote public awareness and understanding of the concepts of contemporary art; and to offer instruction and education in the visual arts. 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.

Artina 2020 LIGHT: A Sculptural Solar Dance

Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum

Read the Press Release

LOCATION:
17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860
www.sandyspringmuseum.org

Wednesday, August 5 – Sunday, November 29, 2020

JUROR: María Gabriela Mizes

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

As climate change concerns continue to rise, we need to increase the uptake of renewable energy to help reduce the use of polluting fossil fuels. In this exhibit, LIGHT: A Sculptural Solar Dance, artists will use renewable energy sculptures to represent a need for better environmental responsibility. Work proposed for this exhibition will re-imagine solar energy as an art form. It may adopt sunlight as the medium, the subject matter, or the energy source for the art. Artists may explore how light, sun, sound, and energy intersect, capturing the importance of sustainability by using solar energy in existing or site-specific outdoor sculptures: art made from sunlight—the energy source for life on Earth. Visitors will be able to find sculptural displays celebrating the energy of the sun’s warming rays.

In thinking through the dance between art and light, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s and American artist James Turrell’s thoughts may come to mind:

“I am obsessed with light. How light forms a space. How a space forms light. As a child I grew up in Iceland where there is no sunlight in the winter. It simply stays dark all day. Light became something that pulled people together. Light became a way of connecting to other people. Light is social. Light is life.”

Olafur Eliasson

“Light is not so much something that reveals, as it is itself the revelation.”

James Turrell

Artists may experiment with materials such as:

  • Recycled and upcycled solar PV panels in new and innovative ways
  • The colors of the solar spectrum
  • Mirrors, prisms, lenses, sound, texts, architecture
  • Eco-friendly materials

Artwork selection will be based on the highest standards of creativity, innovation, and sustainability. 

ABOUT THE JUROR

María Gabriela (“Gaby”) Mizes is originally from Argentina. She graduated from the Instituto Argentina de MuseologÍa in Buenos Aires and Columbia University in New York, and has worked around the world for many museums and art institutions. These include: the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires; the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York as Assistant Curator of the traveling exhibition Latin American Artists of the Twentieth Century; and the American Federation of Arts, where she handled traveling exhibitions in the United States and abroad.

In Washington, DC, Gaby founded Latin American ERA, a private consultancy company providing expertise in exhibitions and art collections management for national and international projects, and has worked for the Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and several private art collections. She is currently the Director of Registration at Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, where she has been coordinating exhibition installations, managing the outgoing loans program, planning and designing art storage facilities, and caring for the collection for thirteen years.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Monday, June 8, 2020 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Participating artists can upload submissions through EntryThingy (www.entrythingy.com). Artina 2020 will be juried from digital images submitted through the EntryThingy site, and there is a $5 processing fee for uploading images. No entries will be accepted by mail or email.

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 (www.washingtonsculptors.org), and send checks, along with the membership form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2020 to be eligible for this exhibition.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

WSG is accepting proposals from established and emerging sculptors for its fourth annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures at Sandy Spring Museum. The exhibition is from Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020, with installation from Friday, July 31 – Wednesday, August 5 (9am-6pm), and de-installation the week following November 7. (note new dates)

Sandy Spring Museum, located in Sandy Spring Maryland, serves as a catalyst for community building by providing opportunities for creative engagement in a range of cultural arts. The museum offers the environment and inspiration for artists and community members to create and host events, performances, activities, and exhibits, which engage, stimulate, and bring people together. The SSM grounds are open daily and many special events and programs are offered throughout the year, as are private rentals. For more information about the museum please visit www.sandyspringmuseum.org.

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 installed throughout the property, including upon two 10’x 10’ concrete pads. Artists can also use a wooden trellis that blooms with wisteria in the spring and extends the entire length of the property.

Works should be suitable for long-term, outdoor exposure, as well as fabricated and installed in a viewer-safe manner. Artists are responsible for any maintenance of the work.

Artists should detail their installation requirements when submitting the application. All sites are on grassy areas, although there are two 10’ X 10’ concrete covered areas that are situated next to each other. We highly recommend artists visit the site and plan their proposals accordingly but please continue to adhere to all recommended social distancing practices.

Self-guiding maps of the exhibition will be available at Sandy Spring Museum and on the websites of WSG and SSM. Exhibition cards will be distributed to WSG, SSM members, and the community. Promotion of the show will be actively pursued.

INSURANCE, COMMISSIONS, AND SALES

SSM insures works on loan up to $10,000 after the work is delivered and the exhibition loan agreement is signed. Insurance during transportation is the responsibility of the artist. All purchases during the exhibit will go through the museum. The museum charges a 30% commission fee.

WORK TO BE CONSIDERED

A maximum of 6 images (including any detail images) of sculptures/installations per artist or team may be submitted for consideration.

In addition, please include:

  • A description of where the project pieces are to be placed
  • The brief background or narrative information about the artwork or proposal
  • An explanation of how the project relates to the theme and whether there is light, sound, or movement that may impact the ability of others to experience nearby artworks.
  • 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.  The proposal should include the project description, concept sketches or renderings, and any other information pertaining to the proposed project. In addition, artists will provide up to 6 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 highly recommended that artists visit Sandy Spring Museum to get a sense of the surroundings and possibilities prior to applying. Artists can visit the site seven days a week, at any time.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR ENTRYTHINGY

  • Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum of 2MB each. Video files must be smaller than 50MB each (about five minutes).
  • Files should be named with only the title of the work (no first or last names). Use the actual title for each work. Example:

Title 1.jpeg

Title 1 (detail).jpeg

Title 2.jpeg

Title 3.jpeg

etc.

  • The EntryThingy platform allows you to submit a statement about how your work relates to the exhibition’s requirements. It also offers 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.
  1. Applicants should go to http://www.entrythingy.com/ and click on the tab (at the top) “for artists”.
  2. Click on “list of current calls”.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Artina 2020 listing.
  4. Create a login account to http://www.entrythingy.com/ 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 Artina 2020 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.

UPDATED CALENDAR (as of 5/22/2020)

Exhibition Dates:                  Wednesday, August 5 – Saturday, November 7, 2020

Call for Entry Posted:          Monday, April 13, 2020

Submission Deadline:        Monday, June 8, 2020 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Jurying Period:                    Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June 14, 2020

Artist Notification: By Monday, June 22, 202

Drop off & Installation: Friday, July 31 – Wednesday, August 5 (9am-6pm)

Due to existing social distancing recommendations, we will have a limit of three artists at any given time. Artists will be required to sign up for a specific time slots during the installation period to help facilitate this process. More details will be sent out to accepted artists.

Opening Reception: NO OPENING RECEPTION FOR THIS EVENT. This is in keeping with recommended social distancing practices. However, the exhibition and site will be open.

Artist & Juror Talk: Saturday, November 7, 2020 (12-2pm)

This may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date.

Deinstallation/Pick up: Saturday, November 7 – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

This may also change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date if more time is needed to accommodate social distancing.

Please contact with any questions.

Please contact with any questions.

Due to existing social distancing recommendations, we will have a limit of three artists at any given time. Artists will be required to sign up for a specific time slots during the installation period to help facilitate this process. More details will be sent out to accepted artists.

Opening Reception:           
NO OPENING RECEPTION FOR THIS EVENT. This is in keeping with recommended social distancing practices.
Artist & Juror Talk:            
Saturday, November 7, 2020 (12-2pm)

This may change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date.

Deinstallation/Pick up:       
Saturday, November 7 – Wednesday, November 11, 2020

This may also change as the COVID-19 situation evolves. Updates will be sent closer to the date if more time is needed to accommodate social distancing.

Please contact with any questions.

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