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By Philadelphia Sculptors
International Deadline: May 1, 2019 – Philadelphia
Sculptors seeks artists to create temporary outdoor floating sculptural
installations for our Fall, 2019 exhibition Flow, a collaboration with
the Independence Seaport Museum.
The exhibition will be sited in the boat basin adjacent to the
Museum, located at Penn’s Landing on the Delaware River in Philadelphia
and will run from October 11 – November 30, 2019.
The intent of the exhibition is to unite art with the river, and with
the Museum’s mission and programming. Five juried artists, along with
five invited artists previously selected, will interpret the river and
how it affects, and is affected by, human and natural history; human and
natural migrations; climate change and the environment; economic
development; and political currents.
All artists and artist teams working in three-dimensional media
are eligible to apply. All work must be original. Artists with
backgrounds in site-specific installations are especially encouraged to
apply, but any artist may submit a proposal. Professionals from other
fields, such as architecture, engineering, etc., are also encouraged to
Artists may work in any media that will best communicate the intent of
their piece. However, there are a number of considerations that must be
factored in to assure the success of the proposal. If sited in the
water, the artworks must have a flotation system. Artists who have
artworks sited on the docks may not impinge upon the integrity of the
docks themselves by nailing, screwing, drilling or in any other way
impairing the structures. All works will be outdoors for two months,
and will be exposed to all types of weather, including wind, waves, and
temperature changes. Artworks that will be immersed in the water cannot
use any synthetic materials that might disintegrate, degrade, or in
any other way harm the environment or the water.
There are outlets located in light boxes on the docks that can provide
electricity to installations sited on the docks, or near them. For
artworks that are sited at a distance from the light boxes, alternate
sources of power, such as solar or long-lasting batteries, are
The jurors will be Nato Thompson, and Teresa Jaynes. The exhibition is also co-sponsored by the Dina Wind Art Foundation.
Accepted artists will receive a $2,000 honorarium.
$30.00 application fee.
Download complete RFP for complete details
- Proposal due date: May 1, 2019
- Artist notification: June 1, 2019
- Orientation on docks for accepted artists: June, 2019
- Installation: October 4 – 11, 2019
- Exhibition: October 12 – November 30, 2019
- Reception: October 12, 2019
- De-installation: December 1 – 8, 2019
About Philadelphia Sculptors:
Philadelphia Sculptors has been supporting sculpture and sculptors since
our incorporation in 1997 by promoting contemporary sculpture and
serving as an advocate for sculptors. We work to expand public
awareness of the role and value of sculpture within our culture through
exhibitions, public forums, member services, and educational outreach.
We work to create unexpected and original opportunities for artists.
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