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Call for Artists – Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens

Deadline October 30: Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
2015 Call for Artists/Sculptors

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens is now accepting submissions for the 2015-2016 Exhibition “Sight Unseen: Touchable Sculpture”

Sight Unseen is a sculpture exhibit based around the concept of touchable, hands-on, 3-Dimensional art. Selected works must be made to safely withstand visitor touching and encourage interaction. Local physically challenged communities and organizations will be invited to participate, including the blind and vision-impaired, and the State Organization on Arts and Disability – The VSA of Florida. Blindfolds will be available for visitors with sight to use to experience your art with heightened sensory awareness, so please keep that in mind as you create your concept. Selection will be based on the artists’ aesthetics as well as their ability to embrace the theme. Make the audience want to touch your art!!!

All sculpture mediums accepted including textile works, hanging pieces, mixed-media, bas relief, as well as traditional casting/sculpting materials. Gallery installation pieces and collaborative works welcome. Outdoor entries will also be considered, but please note how outdoor works will installed safely on our grass sculpture garden lawn. Out-of-state submission are encouraged, with the understanding the artists is responsible for the cost of shipping sculpture to and from the Museum.

• Exhibition Runs Tuesday, December 7, 2015 – Sunday, April 17, 2016.

• DEADLINE EXTENDED!! The deadline for entry will be 5:00 PM EST on Friday, October 30, 2015.

• Artists must drop off selected works on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Polasek Museum Gallery (along with any pre-painted pedestals).

• Pedestal drop-off date (ones that need to be painted “Gallery White”) is Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

• Artists will be asked to pick up their artwork after the close of the exhibit on Monday, April 18, 2016, from 9 AM-5 PM, or must make shipping arrangements in advance. Any works NOT picked up will be returned to the artist and shipped at the artist’s expense, via UPS Collect on Delivery (C.O.D.).

Submission applications MUST include the following to be considered:
• Please write a Word Document with a paragraph explaining the concept of your work and how it relates within the theme of this particular exhibition. You may want to explain what or how you were inspired or why you choose particular materials.
• Include artist name and contact info: cell phone, mailing address, email, website if applicable.
• Attach to email at least 2 ct (different views) professional quality digital JPG images for each sculpture submitted (These images may be used for promotional materials. A plain white or black background and good lighting is preferred!).
• Labeled image captions for each sculpture submitted (each artist may submit up to 3 separate works) include title, dimensions, medium, and insurance value.
• Indicate if you would like your sculpture to be for sale or NFS. If you would like the opportunity to sell, you must agree to share proceeds with the Museum. The Museum is entitled to a 30% commission for any art sold from its gallery. The artists will receive a check for 70% of the retail value. Please indicate the retail value, adjusting for the split proceeds. The artist sets the price.
• Indicate how your sculpture will be installed and how you will insure the safety of visitors. Please consider sound construction and be thoughtful of installation methods and materials. Please run your hands all over the finished sculpture to check that nothing is sharp or potentially harmful! Museum curator will be on hand to help with installation, although artists must have materials and tools and be prepared to install their sculpture and attach to pedestal. Even heavy sculptures should be attached in some way to the top of the pedestal to prevent being knocked off (Museum Wax, other temp adhesives, drilling, screwing down, etc.). Please discuss any concerns with the curator in your submission.
• Please indicate whether you have a sculpture pedestal (if needed) for your particular piece and the dimensions of your pedestal. Please note that all pedestals will need to be painted alike in Behr brand interior paint in shade “Gallery White.” Artists are encouraged to paint their individual pedestal(s) ahead of time and drop them off on December 3rd along with their artwork. If not, please indicate the dimensions required to fit the base of the sculpture (what is its footprint?). Sculpture pedestals may be provided by the Museum, but on a first come basis. Artist may need to build or make arrangements for their own pedestal if the Museum cannot provide one.
• Copyright of the artwork remains the sole property of the Artist. Artist grants the Polasek permission to use printed or electronic images of artwork and the Artist’s name on promotional materials including but not limited to the Museum web sites, poster, advertisements or articles in newspapers or other periodicals, publications, and direct mailings.

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens (APM) is the home of Czech-American Sculptor Albin Polasek (1879-1965), a prolific sculptor whose works can be seen throughout the United States and Europe in both public works of art and in private collections. He retired to Winter Park, FL, after being the Head of the Sculpture department of the Art Institute of Chicago for nearly 30 years. In Winter Park he created a studio and home where he could continue his passion for sculpture. In 1961 he established The Albin Polasek Foundation, allowing generations to enjoy his collections and the beautiful sculpture gardens. The APM is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is member of the National Trusts’ Historic Artists Homes and Studios.

The Gallery at the APM is a rotating exhibition space dedicated to promoting arts in Florida and showcasing the work of talented local, regional and national artists.

For exhibit or gallery questions, please contact
Rachel Frisby, Curator at (407) 647-6294.
• Please email submissions to rfrisby@polasek.org

The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
633 Osceola Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789
(407) 647-6294
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Opportunity posted on: September 30, 2015