2018 Art Ramble

CALL TO ARTISTS APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR THE 2018 ART RAMBLE: “NATURE MEETS NARRATIVE”

Curated by Anne Eder

Overview

The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program seeks site-specific artwork for Art Ramble 2018 an outdoor art installation in the Concord Hapgood-Wright Town Forest in collaboration with the Concord Natural Resources Division.

Exhibit dates: September 15 – November 30, 2018.

The Call: “NATURE MEETS NARRATIVE” Mythologies and folklores tend to be rooted in specific geographies. For example, the fairytales of the Brother’s Grimm are set against the backdrop of the Black Forest; the desert sands gave us The Arabian Nights; Hawaii’s magic and root vegetable, taro, inspire many a tale. This year’s call for entries asks artists to respond to the Town Forest with work that either draws on or inspires fictional or factual narratives related to these Concord woods. These narratives may be purely imaginative, or related to the history, seasonal changes, or the endemic flora and fauna of the Hapgood-Wright Forest. Underlying this exhibit is a belief in the ability of the natural world to fire the imagination, in the elemental role of active imagination in developing resourcefulness, and in fostering stewardship by forging connections through art and story. In our fairytales and fictions, we find hope and proof that difficulties may be overcome. This theme is open to broad interpretation, and interactivity is highly encouraged. Work must be able to be sited outdoors without deteriorating for the duration of the exhibit. Interdisciplinary, literary, or performance based work will be considered as long as it meets the CFE theme requirements.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES JULY 15, 5PM

Visit the Forest

You are invited to attend a guided walk on June 16 10:30am and/or June 20 at 5:30PM. Please RSVP to Nancy Lippe if you plan to attend – nancy@theumbrellaarts.org. Individual exploration of the site prior to creating a proposal is encouraged.

Additional information regarding the installation site may be found in the Hapgood-Wright Town Forest Guide at the following URL: https://www.concordma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2090/Hapgood-Wright-TownForest-Trail-Guide

Installation/De-installation

Work can be installed August 18 – 31. Please note this is a Leave No Trace exhibit; from installation to dismantling, nature must be left intact and all materials brought to the site must be removed at the end of the show.

The Umbrella receives 25% commission on any works sold in the exhibit.

To Apply

To apply email the following to nancy@theumbrellaarts.org by July 15.

  • Resume or CV
  • Artist/Project Statement: outline how this exhibit aligns with your artistic practice and how the proposed work would meet the requirements of the Call for Entry. (500 words or less)
  • Image List with dimensions, medium, date, 5-10 high resolution JPEG images of past artwork/projects labeled as follows: LastName_FirstName(1), etc. For other time-based media, 3- 5 video/sound recordings or writing samples of relevant past projects.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES JULY 15, 5PM