CALL FOR ART: deadline JAN 15, 2014
Josephine Sculpture Park’s Summerstage program is a unique integration of the visual and performing arts. Each summer a new sculpture becomes the essential scenic element of a Shakespearean production in a non-traditional outdoor venue.
The June 2014 production is The Winter’s Tale in which one of the most challenging moments of the play is the revival of Hermione, who died sixteen years prior, and who is “brought to life” from a statue of her. The sculpture selected for this production will fully embody the tension suggested in this compelling denouement of the production: exploring the liminality between the human form and the art form. Each Josephine Summerstage production also foregrounds the natural world, embracing the pure outdoor environment in which the story unfolds. Specific themes in this script include redemption, jealousy, and the cycle of destruction to renewal (emotional, physical and seasonal).
CALL for ART: The creative team seeks an artist to join this collaborative project in conjunction with this national call for large scale sculpture (approx. 10’-20’ : new or existing). The work must be thematically connected to the play in some manner. We encourage the artist to explore beyond the literal interpretation of the play. The sculpture must be on location at JSP by May 1, 2014 and be suitable for outdoor exhibition for a minimum of 1 year as well as physical interaction by the actors during 6 performances. Installation by professional JSP staff and artist honorarium will be provided (up to $1000). Deadline for submissions is Jan. 15, 2014.
Interested sculptors please email 1-3 images, including previous work and description of proposal for this call to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please identify subject of email as JSP APPLICATION.
Please explore the website for more information about past productions.
Artists in residence for spring / summer 2014:
Proposal Deadline - February 15, 2014
Eco-feminist Residency Call for Proposals: Josephine Sculpture Park is seeking artists to create and conduct workshops on site. JSP asks that workshops make use of the natural environment and of any possible natural materials that can be found on site or of other sustainable, recyclable resources. Workshops are conducted outdoors in the park, which serves to get the youth exploring the native meadows and all that lives there and to begin to consider their own relationship to such places.
Mission: We are deeply concerned about the need for our youth to spend more time outside, engaged in thoughtful activities that empower them and stimulate their creative selves. We are committed to providing them the opportunities to do just that.
Artist Housing: Modest housing is available for selected artists as part of the residency program. We offer a one-room housing unit with modest kitchenette facilities. Public restroom facilities are also provided (no shower). There are also hotels within 5 miles of JSP if the artist prefers, but those would be paid for by the artist.
Background: JSP was founded in 2009 by Melanie VanHouten, a native of Frankfort, KY. It is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is to provide community arts education and creative experiences while conserving the beauty of the native, rural landscape. JSP exhibits more than 30 works of art created by artists from across the globe. They also host workshops, theatrical performances and free arts festivals throughout the year. Please visit the JSP website at josephinesculpturepark.org for more information on JSP and on the Residency program.
Melanie states: Frankfort is my hometown and although my family nurtured my creativity I never met or knew any “real” artists while growing up here. I never even dreamed it was possible for this to be my life’s path…I always thought that making art was a hobby that might accompany my “real” career, but only found my way back to my life’s true passion once I had been in college for more than 3 years. This was an obvious advantage for me that many of the youth in a rural area such as ours are not guaranteed. Our mission for this program is to provide these opportunities to all youth, regardless of the financial or geographical obstacles that their families may be enduring. We believe that it is a fundamental human right to be supported by our communities to find and nurture our true gifts; that this builds stronger communities and is a step toward social change. These workshops will provide that supportive place for our kids to feel safe developing and sharing their creative ideas. Our outdoor, site-specific workshop that guides youth in the creation of their own 3-dimensional artworks is a unique project in Kentucky. The workshops are provided to various age groups determined by the artist in residence and are free to the participants.
Example Workshop: self portraits from natural found objects –
one day workshop – 3 hrs. – 10 kids maximum – professional assistant provided – ages 9-11 – boys or girls
Application Materials: submit resume or CV, 1 page teaching philosophy, 10 work samples along with image list, letter of intent and detailed 1 page outline of proposed workshop including specific age group, 1 pg budget and 1 pg lesson plan (timeline/schedule).
Requirements: MFA in studio arts preferred, experience teaching proposed age group preferred, work samples must reflect exploration of Eco-feminist themes.
Time Line & Work Plan:
Proposal Deadline - Feb. 15, 2014
Artists notified – by February 28, 2014
Workshops conducted – between Apr 15th, 2014 – Oct. 30, 2014
Please send all materials to:
email@example.com and list JSP APPLICATION in the subject line of the email.
Josephine Sculpture Park
3355 Lawrenceburg Rd
Frankfort, KY 40601
Contact Melanie VanHouten with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
ONGOING - JSP is currently seeking artists, musicians and performers who would be interested in presenting technical demonstrations (such as stone carving or metal forging, etc.) or performing during our Fall Arts Festival and Celebration (Sep. 2014)!! The sky is the limit here, we have space, equipment and an amphitheater with electricity to aide in any kind of performance or activity you have in mind. Please contact the artistic director for more information & email us at email@example.com
GRAFFITI MURALS: JSP is currently seeking experienced graffiti artists for a large scale mural project at the park. Please contact park director, Melanie VanHouten for more information.
ONGOING: Artists are invited to submit proposals to exhibit their work at the park or to teach workshops; they are encouraged to experiment and to try things here that they may not have had the opportunity to create anywhere else. We exhibit the work of emerging, mid career, professional and outsider or self taught artists. We provide fellowships and residence to a juried group of artists each year. Please follow guidelines below:
Guidelines for proposal submissions:
Please follow these instructions or your submission will not be reviewed. Your name must appear on every page submitted. You may email all required information to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may mail to the address below. If emailing, please list JSP APPLICATION in the subject line of the email.
-letter of intent, specify whether you would like to exhibit one of the works you are submitting or if you would be interested in creating new work for exhibition. If you are creating new work, please describe it in detail including how it will be funded. - hardcopy
-submit 5 images of a consistent body of work in JPEG format on a CD, approximately 4"x6" in either direction, 300dpi, RGB color mode with the following information typed in a word document included on the same CD:
1. Title of work, 2. Artist name, 3. Dimension, 4. Medium, 5. Date created
-image list including the above information - hardcopy
-one page artist statement - hardcopy
-artist resume (5page max.) must include email address - hardcopy
-$10 submission fee: make checks payable to Josephine Sculpture Park
If you would like acknowledgment of receipt of materials, please send a self addressed stamped postcard. Application materials will not be returned.
Time line: Submissions will be accepted throughout the year
Installation of works May 1 - Oct. 30
Fall Arts Festival & Celebration - Sep. TBA
Any works sold through JSP will assume artists' consent to a 30% donation to JSP.
Any questions regarding artist opportunities at JSP, please contact Artistic Director Melanie VanHouten at email@example.com or call the park at 502-352-7082.
If mailing your application by postal service, please send all materials to:
Josephine Sculpture Park
3355 Lawrenceburg Rd
Frankfort, KY 40601
Thank you and we look forward to seeing your work!