Call to Artists/ Guidelines

Application Deadline: February 6, 2017
Finalists to be announced February 23, 2017.

Exhibition Dates: May 1 - August 1, 2017
Curators: Ralph Helmick & Andrea Foggle Plotkin
Committee: Linda Plaut, Director, Mayor’s Office for Cultural
Affairs Ellen Fisher, Newton Open Studios
Evan Morse
Dan Elias, Director, New Art Center
Grey Held, Poetry in Place
Clara Silverstein, Historic Newton

Open Call:

The Newton Festival of the Arts announces its first Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Sculpture will be installed on the grounds of Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA. The Festival is seeking proposals for new or existing works. Any sculptural medium is allowed, provided it can be safely installed and will require no maintenance throughout the duration of the Exhibition. All object-based sculptures must be securely mounted to the ground.

Artists at any stage of their career are encouraged to apply. Joint applications are accepted. This is an open Call and is not limited to Newton sculptors.

Work will be selected based on the strength of the proposal, with special consideration of the perceived safety and practicality of installation in a public setting.

In addition to sculptural objects, we encourage innovative and broad approaches to sculpture such as, but not limited to, site-specific installations or interventions and participatory or exchange based works.

Sculptures will be installed on the Olmsted-designed landscape that surrounds Newton City Hall, Newton, MA, by the artist, with assistance, if necessary, by City of Newton personnel. Sites throughout the triangular plot of land with treed and grassy areas, and ponds, will be selected and assigned by the Committee.

Artists may submit work in any medium that can endure being outdoors in a public setting for three months. All object-based sculptures must be securely mounted to the ground at the designated site, by the artists. All work must be made safe for children and pedestrian traffic.

A $100 stipend will be offered to each artist to help offset transportation costs. Artists are responsible for transportation, installation and de-installation of their work with special consideration and respect for the original condition of the site. Each sculpture will be identified with signage provided by the Committee. Walking tour maps locating the artwork and identifying the artists/artwork will be available to the public. The Festival of the Arts will send media announcements with information on the sculptors and their accepted piece and provide extensive publicity for the Exhibition.

The Festival of the Arts committee will monitor the condition of the sculpture on a weekly basis; however, artists are responsible for repairs and maintenance of their work. Newton Community Pride will provide general liability insurance coverage for personal and bodily injury to bystanders during the exhibition from May 1-August 1, 2017. Newton Community Pride will not cover repairs to damaged artwork during installation, exhibition, or de-installation.

A poetry component with be included as part of the exhibition. Poets will be selected by artist/poets Grey Held and Clara Silverstein to write poems using the selected sculptural work as inspiration. Contact Grey Held at with any questions regarding the poetry portion of this exhibition.

For further information about the 2017 Festival contact Linda Plaut at with any questions regarding the application process or to obtain more detailed information about the exhibition.

Download the guidelines, application and contract

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