The New Canaan Sculpture Trail was created by the New Canaan Land Trust and the Carriage Barn Arts Center in 2020 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Our inaugural outdoor art exhibition inspired reflections on the role of our natural surroundings through the interaction of art and nature.
The 2022 Sculpture Trail exhibtion features the theme, Open Space for Everyone, which draws upon and reflects on the deep-rooted social, racial, and environmental challenges that have risen to the forefront of our national dialog over the past two years.
The juried selection of outdoor sculptures will premiere in June and and will be on view through October. The sculptures will be exhibited on up to ten New Canaan Land Trust preserves, the Carriage Barn Arts Center and other highly visible New Canaan locations.
We welcome proposals from artists for temporary sculpture placements/installations at up to ten locations throughout New Canaan. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset materials, transportation and installation expenses.
The importance of the 2022 theme, Open Space for Everyone, was amplified by recent transformative events. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and in the face of a changing climate, it has become abundantly clear that open space and access to nature is fundamental to our health and wellbeing.
Installations that contemplate the role that open space and conservation play in social and environmental justice are encouraged. The exhibition intends to connect audiences to the underlying stories of the land, deepen connections between people and the natural world, and inspire conversation about inclusion and equity through social and environmental justice.
Themes and issues for consideration:
Access to land as a basis for heath and wellbeing
(In)equitable access to nature and the outdoors
Land conservation as a tool to address issues of social injustice
Work should be able to stay on site for up to four months, capable of withstanding both adverse weather exposure and unsupervised interaction from passers-by and visitors to the sites. Artists must be 18 years of age or older. Sales and/or commissions of sculptures are encouraged, with 65% to the artist/35% to CBAC/NCLT. All sculptures must remain on site during the period of display.
Proposals will be evaluated and selected by the Exhibit Advisory Committee on the basis of creativity, interactivity, how the structure complements the landscape and addresses the theme. While efforts will be made to accommodate requested sites, the committee will determine the final site for each installation. The Advisory Committee is in formation and includes: – Carriage Barn Executive Director Hilary Wittmann – New Canaan Land Trust Executive Director Aaron Lefland – Sculptors Guild President Simon Rigg
Installation: The artist will be responsible for transporting, installing and de-installing their artwork. Assistance is not available for the installation and de-installation of the work. Installation will take place in late May, de-installation at the end of October.
Publicity: The Carriage Barn Arts Center and New Canaan Land Trust will publicize the installation of the work through our regular notices and stories to media outlets, our email databases of 8,000, as well as on our websites (carriagebarn.org and newcanaanlandtrust.org) and social media. Brochures will be produced and on-site signage identifying the artist and their work. Exhibitors are invited and encouraged to attend a grand opening celebration at the Carriage Barn Arts Center on Friday, June 3, 2022, and other on-site events/artists talks to be organized between June and October. Artists will be interviewed and recorded as part of the interactive New Canaan Sculpture Trail guide.
Liability and Release: Carriage Barn Arts Center (CBAC) and New Canaan Land Trust (NCLT) assume no responsibility for damage to artwork during delivery, installation, display or de-installation including, by way of example only, normal wear and tear, minor nicks or scratches, etc. Exhibitors will release CBAC and NCLT, its officers, directors, employees, and agents, from any and all liability for loss, damage or theft of any artwork, subject only to the insurance provision below.
Insurance: Carriage Barn Arts Center (CBAC) and New Canaan Land Trust (NCLT) maintain general liability insurance in connection with its operations. In the event of any loss, damage or theft of any artwork, CBAC and NCLT may submit such loss, damage or theft to its insurer and its insurer will determine whether to pay any claim related to such loss, damage or theft, which shall not exceed 50% of the fair market value of the artwork (it being understood that the Exhibitor’s requested price shall not be determinative of the fair market value). Other than such insurance, and unless the Exhibitor enters into a separate written agreement with respect to certain artwork, CBAC and NCLT shall bear no further responsibility beyond the limits of its insurance coverage (subject to deductibles and/or self-insured retentions).
Image Usage Rights: By submitting artwork for jurying, artists whose submissions are chosen for exhibition give the right to use their images, and images of their artwork, for all purposes, including promotion of the artist, promotion of the show/event, promotion of CBAC and NCLT programs, and similar uses. Such right includes printed images, as well as images on the website, social networks and other public media. Both organizations will make every effort to include artist credit with such uses.
Application deadline is February 20, 2022. Notification of selected works will take place around March 1 and installation will be in late May.