Presented by the Washington Sculptors Group and Sandy Spring Museum

Exhibit dates: Wednesday, September 27 – Saturday, November 11

Strangeness, irregularity, pushing back against traditional understandings of what “should be” or “has been” and entering into the unknown: to queer is to defy a single mode of representation, to question naming as an act of freezing or dismissing. Queer is not only a noun; it’s also a verb, an action. It’s not who, but how we are. To queer is to interrogate what is considered to be “natural,” to reexamine narratives and identify alternate viewpoints; to embrace a more fluid spectrum of viewing identity and gender, among other things. How can contemporary sculpture, installation, sound, performance and interdisciplinary projects embody the action of queering? How can material and form embody or imagine what is “other”? This call invites artists to submit existing or new sculptural and installation works that explore concepts of normativity or singularity, embodying a malleable spectrum of representation, perception, being, form, and materiality.

— Stephanie Mercedes

Artists are invited to submit existing or new sculptures, and site-specific installations that fit the theme. You are welcome to take the theme and explore any metaphors in nature, society, politics, etc. Go wild! But provide a point of reference for your viewer/participant. All mediums are welcome, but all works must be suitable for outdoors with little to no maintenance.

Stephanie Mercedes

Stephanie Mercedes is an uncategorized Queer Latinx artist who choreographs large scale performances and installations based on sound. Mercedes transforms weapons into musical installations and works of art. She also excavates missing violent histories. Mercedes has exhibited and performed at the Bronx Museum, the Queens Museum, the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center and the National Gallery of Art. She has been funded by George Soro’s Open Society Foundation, Light Works, NALAC, The Foundation for Contemporary Art, WPA, The DC Commission for the Arts, the GLB Memorial Foundation, the Warhol Foundation and the Clarvit Fellowship. Mercedes has been an artist in residence at: VisArts, Halcyon Art Labs, the Bronx Museum, Montgomery College, Christopher Newport University, SOMA, Lugar a Dudas, Largo das Artes and La Ira de Dios. Mercedes is producing an Opera with CulturalDC called “Never In Our Image.”

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 form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2023 to be eligible for this exhibition.

WSG is accepting proposals from established and emerging sculptors for its annual exhibition of outdoor sculptures at Sandy Spring Museum. Located in Sandy Spring Maryland, the museum 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

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.


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.


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 placement or 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.


Please view this instructional video on using EntryThingy if you need help and feel free to contact us at if you have any questions:

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 (e.g., Title 1.jpeg, Title 1 (detail).jpeg).

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.

Applicants should go to and click on the tab (at the top) “for artists”. Click on “list of current calls”.
Scroll down and click on the Artina 2023 listing.

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 the Artina 2023 call and complete the entry steps.

There is a $5 entry fee.

All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.

Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, September 27 – Saturday, November 11

Call for Entry Posted: Monday, July 3

Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 13 (received by 11:59pm EST)

Jurying Period: Monday, August 14 – Thursday August 17

Artist Notification: by Tuesday, August 22

Drop off & Installation: Friday, September 22 (9am-3pm).

Alternate dates if needed: Saturday – Monday, September 23-25 (9am-6pm)

Opening Reception: TBD

Artist /Juror Talk: Saturday, November 11 (1-3pm)

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

Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 13 by 11:59pm EST

17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 20860