JAC Summer Soirée
Friday, July 12, 2019

Learn More- OAE Call for Proposals

 The Outdoor Arts Experience 2020

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Call for Proposals


The Jamestown Arts Center is seeking sculptures and installations for its inaugural Outdoor Art Experience, Summer 2020. The Outdoor Art Experience (OAE) is planned as a celebration of the Jamestown Arts Center’s 10th Anniversary. In partnership with other venues, the OAE will place 10 works at varied and diverse sites around Jamestown. In keeping with our Anniversary, we are seeking celebratory works suitable for public display in community and family-friendly locations.

In addition to finished pieces, proposed work and site-specific installations will be considered. We encourage entries in the following categories; 1) impact/larger scale, 2) moderate intimate scale, 3) Intentionally functional and 4) Experimental including but not limited to installation/new media/temporal/participatory. Additionally, we are seeking proposals for one piece to be created as part of an Artist-in-Residence program. Please review possible artwork venues on the OAE exhibition website, (TBD). Artists may propose for a specific location, or indicate that we may select the site most appropriate. Selected works will receive a $1000 honorarium. Additionally, a People’s Choice Award will be given to one artist.

Theme: Celebrate Community through Art

The theme of the exhibition is celebratory; community; arts; anniversary. While we are interested in all types of art, artists should consider how their artwork relates to or celebrates the history, environment, culture and/or current community of Jamestown.

Because this project is for and about the community, all artists will be expected to participate in our community-based programming. Possible examples include leading a school field trip, holding an artist’s talk, participating in a panel discussion of public art process, holding a workshop in 3-d art creation for children, hosting a tour of their studio, to name a few. Applicants should consider how they might best support our educational and outreach component.


Entries will be evaluated by a selection panel to include curators, local artists & community members. Selection criteria shall include, but not be limited to: Artistic excellence; safety; suitability for public display; responsiveness to theme; compatibility with site(s) available; durability; maintenance. The selection panel will recommend works to the OAE committee, who will make final determination after reviewing safety & logistics in consultation with location partner(s). Exhibition may include works by invitation in addition to works by jury selection.


Selected artists will receive a $1000 honorarium and the opportunity to list the work for sale. Artists will receive 65% of any sales; any sold works must remain on display for the duration of the loan period. Artwork will be on view to the public for four months in highly-visible locales in the town of Jamestown. Artwork will have identifying signage for the course of the exhibition. The Jamestown Art Center will carry liability insurance for the course of the exhibition. The JAC will publicize the exhibition through its website, walking map/exhibit brochure, social media, direct mail to its membership, and local print advertising. The JAC will provide photography of the work as installed. Artists will have the opportunity to give presentations, talks, and interact with the viewing public.


September 1, 2019   Applications open through CallForEntry.org

November 1, 2019    Application Deadline

January 1, 2020        Notification of consideration

March 1, 2020           Studio visit, installation plan and site assignment complete. Contract signed.

June 22-28, 2020      Installation period

July 10, 2020             Exhibition Opening in conjunction with 10th Anniversary Summer Soirée at the Jamestown Arts Center.

August 2020, TBD     OAE Community Block Party celebration

October 30, 2020      Works on display

October 31- November 2, 2020       Removal period.


Artist is responsible for transportation of work to and from Jamestown, and for installation and removal. Works must be installation ready by agreed-upon date. Works must be removed in a timely fashion within scheduled dates.

It is recommended that works be 12’ x 8’ x 8’ or smaller, or made of components up to this size that can be assembled into a larger whole, in order to avoid any wide-load issues during transportation.

Works must be suitable for outdoor installation and built in a durable, stable fashion. Works must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions including but not limited to high winds, rain, high temperatures, freezing.

Artist is responsible for stability of artwork. Artist will detail provisions for stability in application. Provisions and installation plans of selected artworks will be vetted in advance during a studio visit. Some examples of such are self-supporting, temporary built pedestal, welded or bolted to steel plate, etc.

Artwork may be installed in close proximity to the viewing public and must not pose hazards. Artist will specify if work is non-climbable, or intentionally functional. Fragile, dangerous or inappropriate works will not be considered. Artist agrees to affect any repairs during exhibition if such situation arises.

Artist will install on date to be agreed upon with JAC. JAC will provide installation assistance including equipment as agreed upon in advance and hands-on assistance, however artists will oversee and participate in the installation/removal process and should bring tools and appropriate hardware as required. JAC staff, contract labor and volunteers shall not be held responsible for loss or damage to the artwork during installation or removal.

On delivery artwork will be reviewed by JAC staff and location partner. If piece is deemed structurally unsound or misrepresented, acceptance will be revoked. JAC retains final decision and approval of installation.

JAC will carry liability insurance, however artists are encouraged to carry additional insurance for damage or loss of artwork itself.

Artist retains copyright of the artwork, and JAC will credit the artist whenever the artwork is exhibited or published by JAC. JAC may use images of the artist and artwork in promotional or educational materials.


Application may be found at (link TBD).  In summary, application will request artist’s contact information, bio or cv, up to four images showing various angles of existing piece OR detailed plans/mockup of proposed piece, artist’s statement specific to proposed work, and detailed specifications including installation/removal requirements and provisions for stability. Additionally, selected artists are expected to participate in some aspect of community engagement, and should specify in their application the ways in which they will participate. Artists are encouraged to contact the project manager with questions in advance of application. Artists are strongly encouraged to visit possible sites prior to application submission.

Note that in the first round of jurying, all identifying information will be removed from application materials.

Please address all questions to Molly Dickinson, project manager. Molly@jamestownartcenter.org, 401-560-0979.