The Carriage Barn Arts Center and New Canaan Land Trust are sponsoring a significant outdoor art installation to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020). This program will advance the missions of both organizations which are “to foster a connection between the community and its natural resources” and “to enrich the community through exhibitions, education and cultural experiences.”
We welcome proposals from regional artists for temporary sculpture placements / installations at 5-8 locations throughout New Canaan from April-July, 2020. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 stipend to offset materials, transportation and installation expenses.
We encourage artists to contemplate the national milestone of Earth Day at 50 years, and express it through on-site installations that consider the scale and geography of New Canaan Land Trust’s sites (see below). We encourage artists to explore each site, both online and in person, and include their top three installation sites on the entry form. Proposed works should celebrate and respond to the natural environment, be visually engaging and/or interactive for viewers.
New Canaan Locations:
Carriage Barn Arts Center Courtyard, Waveny Park https://carriagebarn.org/
Colhoun Preserve https://newcanaanlandtrust.org/colhoun/
Greenlink Trail https://newcanaanlandtrust.org/greenlink/
Hannan Field https://newcanaanlandtrust.org/hannan/
Livington-Higley Preserve https://newcanaanlandtrust.org/livingston-higley/
Still Pond https://newcanaanlandtrust.org/stillpond/
Watson-Symington Preserve https://newcanaanlandtrust.org/watson-symington/
New Canaan Town Hall
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 60% to the artist/40% 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, and how the structure complements the landscape. While efforts will be made to accommodate requested sites, the committee will determine the final site for each installation. Advisory Committee includes:
– Carriage Barn Executive Director Hilary Wittmann
– New Canaan Land Trust Executive Director Aaron Lefland
– The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum Director of Exhibitions Richard Klein
– Sculptors Guild President Thea Lanzisero
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 early April, de-installation in late-July (or early August).
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 5,000, 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, April 24, and other on-site events/artists talks to be organized for May and June. 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 January 10, 2020. Notification of selected works will take place February 1 and installation will be in mid-April.