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Sunday, July 12, 2015

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: Phase One of the Wayfinding Project

The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA), in partnership with REV Birmingham (REV) and the City of Birmingham (COB), is seeking proposals from artists and artist collectives residing in the Southeast* for a sculpture to be developed and integrated into a comprehensive wayfinding system that is currently being designed for downtown Birmingham.

This call seeks to identify an artist or artist collective for Phase One of the wayfinding project who will: 1) develop a concept for a large scale sculpture that will serve as an artistic gateway sculpture in the Birmingham Wayfinding System; 2) produce a prototype of the sculpture that will be used to fundraise for Phase Two: full implementation of the Birmingham Wayfinding System.

This call is open to all artists and artist collectives over the age of 18 who currently reside in the Southeast*. No 501c3 nonprofit organizations or religious institutions may apply.

Artist(s) will receive up to $25,000 to produce a prototype, which includes: artist’s stipend and travel, project materials, construction, and delivery of work of art to Birmingham.

Application form and required materials must be submitted at by July 31, 2015 at 5pm Central Time. No exceptions. Please see the following pages for application procedures and submission guidelines.

*Southeast is being defined as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee based on South Arts’ designation of the region. Applicants must currently reside in one of these states to apply.

The Birmingham Museum of Art, in partnership with REV Birmingham and the City of Birmingham, has been awarded an “Our Town” grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to develop an artistic wayfinding system for downtown Birmingham. REV, BMA, and COB have hired KPS Group (KPS) to lead the design of the wayfinding system. This system will include a “family” of signs (gateway sculpture, vehicular directional signs, pedestrian signs, kiosks, and banners). Phase One of the project includes: KPS creating the overall wayfinding system plan and developing a total implementation budget; selection of an artist or artist collective to develop a concept to serve as a gateway sculpture in the Birmingham Wayfinding System; construction of prototype of the gateway sculpture by the selected artist or artist collective to be used for Phase Two fundraising and full implementation.

The Artistic Gateway Sculpture is anticipated to be one of several gateway elements that, over time, will mark the entrances to Downtown Birmingham, Alabama from Red Mountain Expressway, Interstate 20/59 and I-65. The family of Gateways has the potential to develop in a number of ways. Each of the gateways may be completely unique, or they may carry a common design theme, or be duplications.

The Artistic Gateway Sculpture will inspire the comprehensive Artistic Wayfinding System for downtown Birmingham, Alabama. Elements of the system will include vehicular directional signs, pedestrian signs, kiosks, and banners.

The Artistic Gateway Sculpture shall reflect the unique identity, culture, and character of the City of Birmingham. The artist or artist collective is encouraged to be unique and creative, yet mindful of the primary purpose of wayfinding and the safety of the general public.

  *   The gateway sculpture shall be located in the general vicinity of the intersection of 2nd Ave North and 26th Street in Birmingham, Alabama. The exact location is at the artist or artist collective’s discretion as it relates to his/her design concept.
  *   The gateway sculpture shall be of sufficient height to make a strong visual statement (anticipated to be within the general range of twenty (20) to forty (40) feet), shall be visible to westbound motorists on the Red Mountain Expressway, and shall clearly indicate the concept of gateway.
  *   The gateway sculpture shall be generally visible from multiple directions.
  *   The width of the sculpture shall be of sufficient dimension to achieve the purpose of thesculpture, and sufficient to support the vertical dimension.
  *   The gateway sculpture shall not overhang the roadway, unless it provides a minimum 16 foot vertical clearance from the roadway.
  *   The gateway sculpture shall comply with all governing laws and ordinances regarding safety and public rights of way.
  *   Materials shall be durable, exterior grade, with non-corrosive fasteners, etc.
  *   Safety, durability and maintenance shall be key considerations.
  *   The gateway sculpture shall be visible and legible to motorists during both daytime and nighttime hours. Creative exterior lighting concepts are encouraged and should be considered during the development of design concepts; however the artist or artist collective is not expected to provide exterior lighting design or engineering.
  *   Contextual design elements, such as landscape, lighting, and other environmental features shall be taken into consideration during conceptual design; however the artist or artist collective is not expected to provide a full multi-disciplinary design team.

Birmingham, Alabama is a rapidly growing city currently undergoing a cultural renaissance. New attractions including the award-winning Railroad Park and Regions Field have helped draw an influx of new residents to the city center, while new generations of retailers and restaurateurs are contributing to the vibrancy of the downtown area. Nearly one million people live in the metro area, approximately 9,000 people live in the city center, and an additional 1,500 residents are projected to move into new units in the next few years. An estimated 2 million people visit downtown Birmingham attractions each year, while an estimated 75,000 people commute to jobs downtown.

Currently, visitors and residents experience downtown Birmingham disjointedly. This was strongly noted in the recently adopted “Birmingham Comprehensive Plan”, the first such plan for Birmingham in 60 years. Both visitors and residents have expressed a desire for increased connectivity, wayfinding, and public art in the city; and the Comprehensive Plan recommends the development of a wayfinding system so that those who travel through the city center, whether multiple times a day or for the first time, can creatively connect Birmingham businesses, cultural districts, and historic landmarks.


Phase One Selection Process
Round One
Online application form and required materials must be submitted at<> by July 31, 2015 at 5pm Central Time. Details for required materials included in online application form.

  *   Online application form
  *   Statement of interest
  *   Description of proposed concept
  *   Preliminary drawings
  *   Resume
  *   Ten (10) digital images of previous work
  *   Annotated image list

A selection panel including representatives from REV, BMA, COB and other community partners will review qualifications and proposals and select up to ten (10) finalists for Round Two.

Round Two
Finalists will be given three weeks and $250 each to prepare the following:

  *   Final project concept description
  *   Final drawings and/or renderings
  *   Detailed budget with line itemized expenses

The selection panel will review submissions and finalists will be required to respond to follow-up questions. Please note: finalists may be asked to present developed concept in person or by skype. One of the ten finalists will be selected by the committee to further develop and construct a prototype of the sculpture.

Round Three
The selected finalist will be given six weeks and up to $25,000 to produce a prototype. Funding shall cover artists’ stipend and travel, project materials, construction, and delivering work of art to Birmingham per the budget prepared during Round Two.

Phase One Selection Criteria

Projects should support one or more of the priorities identified by key stakeholders, which includes fulfilling the public’s expressed desire for connectivity, wayfinding, and public art and creatively connecting businesses, cultural districts, and landmarks in the city. Applicants must be able to:

  *   Complete the online application form and sufficiently address all questions outlined in this Call
  *   Show established record of completed projects
  *   Illustrate and implement technical skill in producing the proposed work of art


July 31, 2015
Round One deadline for receipt of application materials

August 14, 2015
Review of application materials and selection of up to 10 finalists

September 4, 2015
Round Two deadline for finalists to submit materials

September 25, 2015
Review of proposals and selection of 1 [ONE] artist/artist collective

November 6, 2015
Selected artist/artist collective’s artwork complete and delivered to Birmingham


Proposals must be submitted via the project website No submissions will be accepted by email, mail or hand delivery.

The project website will require you to COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION FORM and UPLOAD the following documents as PDFs except for the ten (10) digital images. Images should be formatted as JPGs. Maximum size for each file is 2 megabytes.

  1.  STATEMENT OF INTEREST briefly describing your interest in this project, any relevant past experience/projects, and how you would approach the design process (No more than one page)
  2.  DESCRIPTION of proposed concept (No more than one page)
  3.  PRELIMINARY DRAWINGS and sketches of the concept
  4.  RESUME (No more than five pages)
  5.  TEN [10] DIGITAL IMAGES of previous work. Each image file must be titled first with the number of the image in the order to be viewed followed by the lead contact’s last name (for example: 01_Smith, 02_Smith, etc). DO NOT embed images into a PDF, PowerPoint or other document

Acceptable digital images must be:
Dimensions: Minimum 800 x 600, Maximum 1600 x 1200
File Format: JPG at 72 DPI
[Do not use Progressive JPGs, GIFs, or TIFFs]

  6.  ANNOTATED IMAGE LIST that includes the lead contact’s name as a heading and a brief description of each image, including title, date, medium, dimensions

Application materials will only be accepted via by July 31, 2015, 5pm (CT). No exceptions. Proposals submitted by any other means (mail, email, hand delivery) will not be considered.


The mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art is to provide an unparalleled cultural and educational experience to a diverse community by collecting, presenting, interpreting, and preserving works of art of the highest quality.

Friday, July 10, 2015

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Sculpture Walk Jax 2015-2016

2015-2016 Exhibition and Competition Entry Form Temporary Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition Main Street Park, Jacksonville, FL

Sculpture Walk Jax, in its second year, is a temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition in downtown Jacksonville. Sculpture Walk Jax is a juried exhibition of large-scale outdoor sculptures created by exceptional artists from the region and throughout the United States. The selection committee for the 2015-2016 exhibition is TBD. The Call for Artist Entries welcomes applications from artists. The 2015-2016 exhibition will feature up to ten large-scale sculptures, pending funding.

About Sculpture Walk Locations

The selected works will be exhibited in the Spark District within Main Street Park at 325 North Main Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 – a public art project on city property. The park is situated a few blocks from St. Johns River, close to the Atlantic Ocean, near a naval base, and behind the City Public Library and Museum of Contemporary Art. The park is near a major bridge and bounded by three streets, one of which is a major thoroughfare.

It is possible that additional sculptures could be placed within the Spark District of downtown Jacksonville at Regions Bank, Hemming Park JaxChamber or other locations.

Exhibition Guidelines:

Sculpture Walk is open to artists 18 years of age or older residing in the US. Sculptors may enter three completed works (two views of each work for a total of six images). All works entered must have been created in the last five years and not previously exhibited in Sculpture Walk.

Up to 10 works will be chosen for installation in Main Street Park, pending funding. The selected works will be exhibited from September 2015 – September 2016.

Work must be suitable for outdoor installation: a) must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions (high winds, hurricanes); b) must withstand high traffic environment; c) and should take into consideration the safety of the audience. Art must be installation-ready. Sculptural works which require electrical components must be installation ready and suitable to the outdoor environment. The artwork must be able to withstand public interaction. Artist will accept responsibility for the loss or damage of the sculpture.

Works may be for sale but must remain on exhibition for the duration of the exhibition.

The Sculpture Walk Exhibition will open to the public for a reception TBD. The artist is responsible for timely delivery/pickup of the artwork within scheduled dates. Any additional cost incurred by Sculpture Walk due to untimely delivery/pickup will be deducted from the 2nd installment of the artist stipend. Artwork that is accepted is subject to inspection and may be withheld from the exhibition at Sculpture Walk’s discretion. Sculpture Walk will provide equipment and assistance in securing the works on site. The artists are responsible for shipping and delivering the works to and from the installation site. Artists unable to meet the scheduled installation and removal requirements are not eligible.

Sculpture Walk reserves the right to photograph and video any submitted work for documentary, educational, and publicity purposes. Artist will retain copyright.

Receipt of the completed application form constitutes your agreement with all conditions established in the prospectus.

  • Works of any subject and medium may be submitted.
  • Works should be designed to fit on a 4’ x 4’ x 8” thick concrete slab.
  • Works may include a light feature. There are a few available outlets in the park.
  • Works may be interactive.
  • One larger work will go at the entrance of the park (see attached photo). This work will be anchored to brick pavers.
Pending budget, all finalists whose works are installed will receive a stipend of $2,000 per sculpture—$1000 upon delivery to the site and $1000 upon removal. The sculptures that are sold during the exhibition will be delivered by Sculpture Walk to the buyer at the close of the exhibition and there will not be a $1000 removal stipend awarded to artists on those sold sculptures.
Entry Procedure:
Submit application and pay entry fee on the entry form below. Please be sure to submit your current resume and one paragraph artist statement in the appropriate areas. The non-refundable entry fee is $40.00 per application (may submit up to three works per application). Please submit payment via PayPal.

This year’s exhibition will be determined by a selection committee.

The juror will make the show selections from the PDF files submitted. Notifications will be emailed by August 3rd.

Artist may sell the work during the exhibition period. However, the work must remain on site for the duration of the exhibition. Every effort is made to promote sales. All sales are handled by Sculpture Walk. The commission split is 70/30, with 70% going to the artist and 30% donated to Sculpture Walk.

August 1, 2015- Entry deadline
August 14 - Notice of acceptance by email
September 4, 5 – Artists Deliver Work/Installation by Reservation
TBD – Sculpture Tour and Grand Opening
September 2015 – September 2016 - Exhibition Dates
September 2, 3, 2016 – Deinstallation/Artists Pick up Work by Reservation

Questions? Contact Jenny Hager 904.588.2187 or email

En Iwamura and Lindsey Elsey, Clemson University MFA Candidates (Art-ceramics), in MFA National Exhibition, NYC

En Iwamura, ceramic, cone 04 firing, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, July 23, 6-8 pm

First Street Gallery proudly presents their fifth annual MFA NATIONAL EXHIBITION.

This exhibition highlights the vast reach of fine arts teaching throughout the United States. The competition was open to all current and former MFA graduates within the past three years.

Juror, David A. Ross, former Director of The Whitney Museum of American Art and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, has a 40-year career as a museum professional and educator. He is currently the Chair of the MFA Art Practice Program at SVA.

The Artists: Danny Baskin (University of Arkansas at Fayetteville), Kimberly Becker (Heartwood College of Art), William Chambers (Massachusetts College of Art and Design), Donna Cleary (School of Visual Arts), Sarah Dahlinger (Ohio University), Jason Egitto (Syracuse University), Lindsey Elsey (Clemson University), Dan Fenstermacher (San Jose State University), En Iwamura (Clemson University), Richard James (University of Kansas), Annie Johnston (University of Texas at Austin), June Korea (School of Visual Arts), James Lambert (Massachusetts College of Art and Design), Junko Ledneva (University of Alaska at Fairbanks), J. Myszka Lewis (University of Wisconsin at Madison), Wilson Parry (Parsons The New School for Design), Veronica Perez (Maine College of Art), Danette Pratt (Ohio University), Jason Schwab (Columbus College of Art and Design), Thomas Wharton (University of Tennessee at Knoxville).

En Iwamura, Last Date in the Deer Park, ceramic, cone 04 firing, 2015

526 West 26th Street, Suite 209, NY, NY 10001

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Juror: Alice Gray Stites, Museum Director and Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels
September 4 - October 17, 2015
SunTrust Gallery

Alice Gray Stites, Museum Director and Chief Curator of 21c Museum Hotels.

21c Museum Hotels is North America’s first multi-venue museum dedicated solely to collecting and exhibiting art of the 21st century. Headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, 21c just opened their latest location in Downtown Durham at the corner of Main and Corcoran. The Museum is free and open to the public 24/7, 365 days a year and is an exciting and vibrant new addition to the Durham art community.

All artists working in any medium are encouraged to submit up to 3 original artworks for consideration. Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Works must have been created within the last 2 years and must not have been displayed in a previous Durham Art Guild exhibition in SunTrust Gallery or Room 100 Gallery. Artists selected by the juror will be included in a group exhibition of the winning artworks at the Durham Art Guild’s SunTrust Gallery and will be considered for all awards.

Submission deadline: August 10th, 2015 by 11:59 p.m.
Notification of acceptance: August 18th, 2015
Delivery of accepted work: August 30th and August 31st, 2015 between 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Exhibition dates: September 4th - October 17th, 2015
Public receptions during Third Friday Durham: September 18th and October 16th, 2015 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Juror lecture: Yet to be determined
Pick up of work: October 18th and October 19th, 2015 between 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

1st Place: $800 / 2nd Place: $400 / 3rd Place: $200 / People’s Choice Award

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be determined by the juror and announced at the juror lecture on a date yet to be determined in SunTrust Gallery. The Peoples’ Choice Award will be determined by exhibition attendees and will be tallied and announced after the close of the exhibition. Awards will be mailed after the close of the exhibition.

DAG member entry fee is $25. Non-member entry fee is $35.

Processing fees for entry are non-refundable. DAG membership is available to anyone and “Exhibiting Artist” membership level dues are $50 annually. To learn more about the benefits of membership and to join visit Or, if you need to check the status of your membership please email

Be sure to read the complete call for art with submission instructions and additional information by clicking the button below. If you have questions about this opportunity please contact

Friday, July 3, 2015

A Documentation of Darlington County by Lee Benoy and Suzanne Muldrow Exhibition Curated by Aubree Ross, Clemson University Art Department MFA Alumna

Lee Benoy

A Documentation of Darlington County

by Lee Benoy and Suzanne Muldrow

July 3rd-August 31, 2015

Suzanne Muldrow
County Commemoration, a Documentation of Darlington County, is a two-personexhibition featuring landscapes and structures specific to the local area. The landscape  and architectural themed works depicts the natural world with hints of man made  structures, illustrating the relationship between the nature and the working hands that  make up Darlington County. It is hoped that the viewer will understand that each  photograph acts as a window into the photographers’ vision. The capturing of details and  wide range shots from the photographers perspective allows the public a perspective not possibly seen of the correlation linking “Darlingtonians, Hartsvillians, and Florencians”  in the County. When viewing a photograph in the exhibition the public is looking through  the eyes of an artist, experiencing how the photographers, Lee Benoy and Suzanne Muldrow view the area.

Curator: Aubree Ross
Assistant Curator: Josh Moan

Hosted by:
Crema Coffee Bar
136 W College Avenue
Hartsville, SC 20550
  • Mon-Thurs: 6:30am-8pm
  • Fri:6:30am-10pm
  • Sat:7am-8pm
  • Sun:Closed

Dawn Roe's Video Installation, "The Weight of Centuries" at the Spartanburg County Public Headquarters Library

Video still, "And Time Lets Fall Its Drop" by Dawn Roe, 2010
July 6--September 7, 2015

Headquarter's Library
151 South Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

“I hate all details of the individual life.  But I am fixed here to listen.  An immense pressure is on me.
I cannot move without dislodging the weight of centuries.”

– Virginia Woolf, The Waves


Dawn was a part of the Center for Visual Art's CVA-G documentary project and exhibition,  Sense of Place; Picturing Life in West Greenville, which was supported by a One Time Project grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, as well as The Community Foundation of Greenville, Fraction Magazine and Clemson University.
Dawn Roe works with still photographs and digital video in both singular and combined forms. She relies upon the reproductive nature of these media to activate and make visible perceptual inconsistencies between experienced and recorded time.
Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include Visual Voice Gallery, Montreal, QC, Canada; The William King Museum, Abingdon, VA (2014); The White Box at The University of Oregon, Portland, OR; Clara M. Eagle Gallery at Murray State University, Murray, KY (2013); Screen Space Gallery, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (2012); The Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL (2010); and Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR (2009). Her works have also been exhibited at The Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC; The Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark (2014); The Perth Centre for Photography, Perth, WA, Australia (2013); The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film, Charlotte, NC (2012); Beam Contemporary, Melbourne, VIC, Australia (2011); and other venues throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Roe was recently awarded a public art commission from the Broward County Division of Cultural Affairs, which will result in the production of a suite of artworks for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. She is also the recipient of awards from The Associated Colleges of the South/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The United Arts of Central Florida, The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and The Society for Photographic Education. Her work has been featured in numerous print and web-based journals including Oxford American, One One Thousand, and Fraction Magazine, and she is a contributor to both fototazo, and Urbanautica. She recently engaged in a long-form interview with Lauren Henkin as part of Tilted Arc's Women in the Landscape series. As well, a collaborative essay with Leigh-Ann Pahapill and Lisa Zaher on her Goldfields project was published in the Routledge print journal, Photographies, in 2013. She recently founded the public art project window (re/production | re/presentation) and serves as the curator.
Roe received a BFA from Marylhurst University and an MFA from Illinois State University. She divides her time between Asheville, North Carolina and Winter Park, Florida where she serves as Associate Professor of Art at Rollins College. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Southern Intentions: Prints, Pots and Provisions Showcases Clemson University Art Department Alumni in #100west

Food by L. Byrd and ceramics by B. Pafford
Southern Intentions: Prints, Pots and Provisions premiered it's first event at ‪#‎100west‬. The project incorporates three artists: Chef Lindsey Byrd @freebyrdstheword ceramicist Brent Pafford (Clemson University MFA in Art, ceramics emphasis) @brentpafford and Adrienne Lichliter (Clemson University MFA in Art, printmaking emphasis), a printmaker.

Pafford created the ceramics that Byrd served a gorgeous meal on (seen in this photo). Lichliter then took the paper underneath the chicken in order to use the grease to process into a suite of lithographs. Guests received a three piece set of handmade, porcelain pottery as well as a limited edition print made from the meal.
A lithograph by A. Lichliter
Lichliter is still working on the prints, but images of the results are coming soon! If you want to learn about this ongoing project please contact Adriene Lichliter and check out it's temporary page on the @100w_corsicana website: 

100 W 3rd Ave 
Corsicana, TX 75110