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- Title of Artwork
- Dimensions or size range (WxH) of pieces
- Short Bio *
- Short Artist Statement *
- Images of your work *
- Credit card for submission fee (if applicable) *
*Please note these items are not required for Off the Wall registration for 2018.
Thank you for submitting your work for consideration in a West Windsor Arts Council exhibition!
West Windsor Township is located in central New Jersey, 4 miles from Princeton University, 48 miles from Philadelphia and 60 miles from Manhattan. West Windsor was established initially in 1682. The West Windsor train station is served by Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. Its cultural activities and attractions include the West Windsor Arts Center, West Windsor Farmers’ Market, summer concerts, community festivals and organizations, and several town parks.
On October 30, 1938, during Orson Welles’ infamous radio broadcast of the “War of the Worlds,” local residents, and a nationwide audience, heard that an alien spacecraft had landed in Grover’s Mill (a farming village in West Windsor), Martians had emerged, and were planning to invade the United States. Although the broadcast was a radio drama based on H.G. Wells’ 1898 novel, “The War of the Worlds,” many people believed it was a factual newscast, which sparked widespread public panic and media outrage. Today, a monument stands near Grover’s Mill Pond in Van Nest Park to commemorate this exciting historic event.
The West Windsor Arts Council (WWAC) wants to commemorate the War of the Worlds radio broadcast with a permanent, outdoor, township-wide, family-friendly, series of public sculpture installations, collectively called The mARTian Project. Multiple sculptures will be installed in various highly trafficked locations in historic West Windsor. When complete, these installations will help build a stronger sense of community identity, encourage people to learn about the township’s history and create permanent outdoor sculpture installations for all to enjoy. The Mission of the Project is:
“The mARTian Project is a public art initiative to enhance the quality of life in West Windsor with art and cultural activities to promote a connection between our community and its unique history as the town portrayed in the infamous 1938 “War of the Worlds” radio broadcast.”
WWAC installed the first sculpture in time to be featured in the West Windsor Township celebration of the 80th anniversary of the War of the Worlds radio broadcast to will be held on the weekend of October 27, 2018.
Additional sculptures will be added on an ongoing basis.
- The mARTian Project is open to all sculptors who are at least 18 years of age, regardless of location.
- All entries must be original work and of safe design and construction.
- A sculpture is defined as a visual work of art in two- or three-dimensions, which can be viewed from multiple sides.
- Sculptures must be Martian-like images or related to the “War of the Worlds,” of any size, that are family-friendly and aesthetically appropriate for display in public places. Some examples of the family-friendly criterion include absence of violence, nudity, bias, and hate.
- The sculpture must be able to be structurally secured to a concrete pad or the exterior surface (e.g., wall or roof) of a building.
- Sculptors are responsible for providing specific requirements for mounting a sculpture (e.g., types of fasteners or adhesives).
- Materials may include but are not limited to: metal, plastic, stone, ceramic or any other durable material that can withstand varying temperatures (approximately 22 - 95 degrees Fahrenheit), humidity (approximately 50 – 100% relative humidity), hurricanes, blizzards and other outdoor elements.
- Sculptors are responsible for transporting the artwork to West Windsor, NJ. The WWAC will be responsible for sculpture installation, in consultation with the sculptor.
- Each sculptor must submit a budget for the development, production, and installation of their sculpture. WWAC will seek funding to support accepted projects. The source of funding for The mARTian Project is donations from individuals and organizations.
- The sculptures included in The mARTian Project will become the property of the West Windsor Arts Council.
- The schedule for installation of each sculpture will be mutually determined by the artist and WWAC.
When reviewing sculpture proposals, some of the important considerations will be:
- safety to the public (i.e., no sharp edges, no points, no breakable or bendable components, no climbing hazards, no barbed wire, etc.)
- outdoor durability
- appropriate for family-friendly audience
- connection to War of the Worlds theme
Multiple sculpture proposals may be submitted for consideration.
Sculpture proposals will be reviewed by a committee that includes diverse business professionals and artists from the West Windsor area. The artwork will be judged on artistic merit, originality, technical quality and durability, in addition to the important considerations listed above. The selected sculptors may be interviewed by phone to further discuss their proposed sculpture. Selected sculptors must enter into a contractual agreement approved by the West Windsor Arts Council.
Benefits to the Sculptor
- Sculpture exhibited at high visibility sites in West Windsor, NJ.
- A plaque with the sculptor’s and sculpture name posted near the artwork.
- An ongoing promotional campaign that will include print media and electronic media on a website dedicated to the project. The website will have information about each sculptor and sculpture, and a map guiding visitors to the locations of all the March of the mARTians sculptures.
For questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call to Artists: STEAM Series: Mathematics and Art 2019
Exhibit Dates: Monday, September 9 – Friday, November 1, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 4pm to 6pm
Submission deadline: Sunday, August 11, 2019 at midnight
This is the fourth and final exhibit in a series of STEAM–previous juried shows explored the relationships of each discipline of the acronym (Science, Technology, Engineering, and now Math) with art.
Statement of concept:
The Relationship of Mathematics and Art
Despite being thought of as originating from opposite hemispheres of the human brain, mathematics and art have long been intertwined and enjoy a strong creative relationship. Artists such as Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer famously used mathematics in order to help drive their creativity. Mathematical concepts such as the Rule of Thirds and the Golden Ratio continue to serve as the backbone for works that artists create today. While mathematics has a defined set of rules and formulas, we as artists can push the envelope and bend the rules in order to explore the less restrictive outer realms of creativity. Artists can use mathematics as a defined structure in which to operate (e.g., Hamid Naderi Yeganeh) or a spring board from which to leap and play creatively (e.g., MC Escher). As the field of mathematics continues to advance exponentially and drive much of modern society and economics, the relationship between mathematics and art shows no sign of slowing down. As such, we invite artists to submit pieces that showcase how they incorporate math and mathematical concepts, as subjects or behind the scenes, into their work.
JUROR: Lucas Kelly Kelly’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the United States and throughout Europe. His work has been the subject of multiple solo and group exhibitions, most notably in the survey of abstract painting “The Painted World” at PS1 MoMA. In 2019 Kelly was named as the inaugural artist in residence at the Penn Center for Neuroaesthetics. A full professor in Visual Arts at Mercer County Community College, Kelly holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and a MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts. He is a member of the Tiger Strikes Asteroid network of artists, and his studio is in Philadelphia.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists over 18 years of age. All art must be original and new to WWAC.
The maximum size for art, including frame is recommended to be 30in x 30in, but the jurors will judge larger works on a case by case basis.
-All work that can be hung on the wall including video, installation, drawing, painting, mixed media, photography, or printmaking will be considered. A limited number of monitors or other equipment may be available, but it is preferred for the artist to provide his/her own equipment. Artwork must be in original form for the medium being submitted. Giclee or other reproductions of original work will not be accepted, unless original is a photograph/print. Example: giclee of watercolor will not be accepted.
-All works entered MUST be properly finished and ready for hanging, including but not limited to being framed and properly wired across the back with picture hanging wire. Installations for this show may require participation by the artist.
SUBMISSION FEES: $25.00 for a maximum of 3 artworks. Fees must be paid at the time of submission.
- Exhibit dates: Monday, September 9 – November 1, 2019
- Submission deadline: Sunday, August 11, 2019 at midnight
- Accepted art drop-off date: Sunday, September 8, 2019, between 10am – 12pm
- Opening reception: Sunday, September 15, 2019 from 4pm – 6pm
- Pick up of Artwork – Sunday, November 3, 2019 between 10am – 12pm