Tuesday, February 14, 2012

CALL TO ARTISTS: SculptFest2012 in West Rutland

SculptFest2012 -
Keep on Keepin' On

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center invites sculptors to submit proposals for SculptFest2012, September 8-October 21. The theme for this year's outdoor installation event is Keep on Keepin' On, guest curated by Adam Frelin, Artist and Assistant Professor of Art, SUNY University at Albany, whose call states:

"The grounds of the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in central Vermont are not those of a manicured outdoor sculpture park. It is less a space for presentation than a site for practice. Unlike an empty lawn, this place reveals its history, in relation not only to what once took place here (quarrying marble), but also to what is taking place (making art). These grounds are not "composed" in the traditional sense of an exhibition space, but layered, conflicted, frugal, organic, and elemental. In other words, alive.

"As artists, many of us try to make the best of our situation. If the local industry collapses (steel, coal, marble, you name it) we salvage their equipment. We make paintings of their altered landscape. And we move into their abandoned buildings. When all the grants and financial awards dry up, we get another job and keep making art in our spare time. When the galleries, museums and non-profits that show our art close down, we invent our own shows: whenever, wherever, with whomever.

"We keep on keepin' on."

-Adam Frelin, February 2012

Proposals should include a project description on one or two pages, sketches or other visual representations, resume, optional statement and up to ten 35mm slides (or digital images on a CD) portraying previous site-specific work. Applications are due July 20, 2012. Materials will be returned if accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.

Address submissions to "SculptFest2012," The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777. For more information, please contact us at 802-438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org.