Summer Exhibition & Festival Program Open Call
DEADLINE: Applications are now closed. Applicants will be notified by early March.
Exhibition: June 12 – September 18, 2016
Festival: August 5 – August 7, 2016
We accept 3 types of proposals for our 2015 Summer Programming. Your application can include multiple proposals. I.E. A proposal to show a recent series of paintings and a performance for the Summer Festival Program Please note: The Wassaic Artist Residency Program will be accepting applications starting December 15 – that application can found here.
- A temporary installation or performance for Summer Festival program
- A performance, workshop, outdoor sculpture, or installation for 2016 Festival
- A site specific installation for Summer-long Exhibition
- An installation that is developed specifically for the Maxon Mills or is adapted to a space in the Maxon Mills
- Ready-to-show work for Summer-long Exhibition
- Painting, Sculpture, Video, or other that you can send as an image or link
WHAT IS THE SUMMER EXHIBITION?
Our annual Summer Exhibition is up from mid-June through September 18 and open to the public every weekend (including the weekend of our Summer Festival). The exhibition includes the work of roughly 80 emerging artists, who have either participated in the Wassaic Artist Residency Program or have applied through our Open Call. The exhibition is housed in Maxon Mills, an historic grain elevator in the heart of Wassaic. View images of our 2015 Summer Exhibition here.
WHAT IS THE SUMMER FESTIVAL PROGRAM?
We curate a program of performance and temporary installation for our Summer Festival, the first weekend in August — August 5 – August 7, 2016. The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a free, annual celebration of art, music, dance, and community, and attracts over 4000 visitors a year. Read more about the projects included in our 2015 Summer Festival Program here.
DO I NEED TO APPLY IF I WAS A WASSAIC RESIDENT IN THE PAST YEAR?
Yes, you submit a proposal using the online form and pay no submission fee. Residents from the past year receive preferred consideration during the Exhibition and Festival selection process. If you have not been contacted by the Wassaic Project already, please email email@example.com.
WHAT KIND OF WORK ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
In our exhibition, we show all mediums including: 2d work, sculpture, video, new media and installation. For our Summer Festival, we curate performance pieces and temporary installations. There is no specific genre we are looking for. The Maxon Mills, the Luther Barn, and the surrounding areas are unique and inspiring spaces conducive to site specific installations and performances. Be as specific as you are able in your proposal as to how your work might integrate into our space. Please show relevant work and tell us how it relates to your proposed installation. Our festival also includes film screenings, dance performances and over 25 bands. If you are a dancer, musician or filmmaker, please visit our festival application page to submit a proposal in the Spring.
CAN I DO AN INSTALLATION OUTDOORS?
Yes! We curate outdoor installations for our Summer Festival program and Summer Exhibition. You can propose an outdoor or festival-only installation using the application above. Be sure to include any available documentation of similar installations you have made.
CAN I DO A PERFORMANCE?
Yes! We curate a series of performances for our Summer Festival, the first weekend in August. You can propose a performance using the application above. Be sure to include any available documentation of similar performances you have done.
IS IT NECESSARY TO VISIT WASSAIC BEFORE I SUBMIT WORK?
Artists submitting proposals for site specific installations and performances are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with our spaces and submit proposals accordingly. Preference is given to artists who consider our space in their proposals. Accepted artists will be able to arrange site visits during the spring to work out the details of their proposal. Accepted artists making site specific installations are required to do a site visit before installing and check in with the Wassaic Co-Directors during Install.
WHY IS THERE A SUBMISSION FEE?
It is a full time job curating our Summer Programming and we need to pay our staff. We try to keep the submission fee as low as possible so it isn’t a deterrent to submitting work. If you have financial hardship, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW MUCH COMMISSION DOES THE WASSAIC PROJECT TAKE FROM SOLD WORKS?
The Wassaic Project takes 50% on all work sold at the Wassaic Project. That money goes directly to the costs of putting on the exhibition and festival. We ask that in recognition of the press outreach and contact building we do on our artists behalf, artists let us know about any sales they make directly as a result of their participation in the exhibition. We also ask that artists donate 10% of all such sales within one year from the exhibition to the Wassaic Project. If you are an accepted artist with commercial gallery representation, please email email@example.com to discuss gallery commission. We regularly work with represented artists and their galleries.
WHAT DOES THE SUMMER EXHIBITION SPACE LOOK LIKE?
The exhibition is housed in Maxon Mills, an historic grain elevator in the heart of Wassaic. The Maxon Mills is not a traditional gallery space, so it presents unique challenges and opportunities when installing artwork including dust and humidity. We have created this guide to help artists prepare for install and adapt their work to the environment of the mill if necessary.
AM I REQUIRED TO INSTALL MY OWN PIECE?
Artists are responsible for the installation of their own work during the designated install period. If you are unable to install your piece yourself or you require special circumstances, time or equipment, please state them in your proposal and we will try to accommodate your needs. Artists must be responsible for their own work.
WHEN IS INSTALL?
For the Summer Exhibition, the install dates are Saturday May 21 – Sunday May 22. The Maxon Mills is open from 10am until 5pm each installation day. Works MUST be installed by the end of the day on Sunday, May 22. For the Summer Festival, artists install Monday August 1 – Thursday August 4. Works MUST be installed by the end of the day on Thursday, August 4.
WHAT IF I NEED AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME TO INSTALL?
If you need more time to do a more involved installation, please explain your installation process in your proposal and we can work out an alternate schedule. If your installation takes place over multiple days, you are invited to camp for free on our campgrounds during your install period. The campground is equipped with clean running water (hose), port-o-potties, and garbage cans. There is also a lovely stream nearby for taking a dip.
HOW CAN I GET MY WORK UP TO THE SHOW?
Artists are responsible for getting their work to and from the Wassaic Project. Work may be delivered in the following ways: 1) Bring your piece up with you during the install period on the train or by car or carpool with other artists. 2) You may mail your piece to The Wassaic Project, if you make arrangements beforehand. Please state if you will need to mail your piece, whether you need someone else to install it, and why in your proposal and we will try to accommodate you. Please note that you will be responsible for the cost of shipping your work to and from Wassaic.
HOW DO I GET UP TO WASSAIC?
The Wassaic Project is accessible by Car and Metro North Railroad. Directions to the site are listed HERE.
DO I NEED A CAR DURING INSTALL?
It is not necessary to have a car during install, although it makes things easier especially if your installation will take place over multiple days. If you do not have a car, we recommend that you plan carefully and bring all the things you will need to install your work.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO INSTALL?
Everything you need to Install your work including: Art Hardware Tools Lighting is provided, though if you have special requirements, you should bring what you need to best light your work
CAN I STORE THE MATERIALS I USED TO PACK AND TRANSPORT MY WORK IN WASSAIC?
Yes, we can store your cardboard, boxes or other packing materials until de-install as long as they are clearly labeled with your name.
AM I REQUIRED TO ATTEND THE FESTIVAL?
The Wassaic Project Summer Festival is a community event and we feel that it is important for our artists to make it a priority to be a part of our community. To that end, we give preference to artists who will attend the festival. If you are unable to attend the festival, please state the reason in your proposal.
DO ARTISTS HAVE TO PAY FOR CAMPING DURING THE FESTIVAL?
Nope! Free camping for all volunteers, Artists, Musicians and Performers. But not your guests! Camping during the festival is $60 per person for the weekend if you register in advance, $80 if you register on site.
ARE ARTISTS REQUIRED TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE FESTIVAL?
No. In fact, we encourage Artists NOT to volunteer so they have maximum time to meet other artists, buyers, performers, and RELAX. Please do send us your friends to volunteer! Volunteers who work for at least one full eight hour shift get free camping, and five drink tickets. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN IS DE-INSTALL?
For the Summer Exhibition, de-install is the weekend of September 24-25. Artists MUST arrange for de-install of their work during this period. For the Summer Festival, de-install starts Sunday, August 7 at 5pm. De-install must be completed by the end of the day on Monday, August 8.
HOW DO WE GET OUR WORK BACK?
Work is to be picked up during the de-install period. The artist is responsible for the packaging and picking up of their work, unless you have arranged otherwise beforehand (please state this in your proposal).
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