Bastrop, Texas is a unique blend of old and new. Nestled on the banks of the Colorado River, in the heart of the Lost Pines region, the Bastrop historic district offers a delightful selection of shops, restaurants and inns. Nearby neighborhoods have over 100 historic homes, many beautifully restored. A Texas Main Street City since 2007, Bastrop was also named a Distinctive Destination in 2010 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in recognition of the City’s work to preserve its historic character, promote heritage tourism and extend its welcome. Bastrop is a designated Cultural Arts District by the Texas Art Commission.
The Bastrop Downtown 2016 Sculpture Project (“Sculpture Project”) is an annual program of the Bastrop Art in Public Places Task Force and the City of Bastrop. The 2016 Sculpture Project is the second time the City has produced such an outdoor visual arts exhibition. This highly visible and accessible sculptural exhibition will serve as an art destination for the residents of Bastrop County and Central Texas, as well as, visitors to the area. Viewers will have an opportunity to appreciate and be inspired by the variety, artistry and creativity unique to this exhibition. Sculptures submitted are selected through the juried process and will be installed throughout the historic downtown Bastrop corridor for one full year. The sculptures will vary in theme, construction and materials and may be on sale while on loan.
The winning sculptures will be presented at a ‘Sculpture Stroll’ on March 19, 2016. An awards ceremony will follow.
You are invited to submit your work to be displayed for the year-long public exhibit that showcases large scale, outdoor sculptures. [Note: The intent is that all sculptures will be displayed outdoors, and the artists should anticipate a year-long outdoor exhibit. However, on occasion, the sculpture may be displayed indoors, at the City’s sole discretion.]
The following criteria are required:
1. The call is open to all artists without geographic distinctions or restrictions. A sculpture currently owned by an individual other than the artist may be submitted by the owner (“Owner”), along with a certification of authenticity from the artist.
2. Large scale sculptures can either be secured on a 3’ wide X 3’ deep X 6” tall pad or be of a free standing nature with no pad required. Sculptures are required to be durable to withstand exposure to the elements for one year. Interactive sculptures with sound, lights, or movements are admissible, however, electricity will not be provided therefore an alternative power source is required.
3. The sculpture may be identified by the Artist/Owner as being ‘for sale’. In the event that a sculpture is purchased during the exhibit year, the Artist/Owner is requested to keep the sculpture in place until the expiration date established in March of 2017. If the sculpture is removed, the Artist/Owner providing the sculpture will install the same or a new sculpture subject to the committee approval and at that individual’s expense.
4. Each artist may submit up to three works. Jurying is based on the originality and creativity of the sculpture, as well as, its safety, durability, and suitability for an outdoor public exhibit. A $300 stipend per each accepted artist’s sculpture will be issued for delivery, set up, and removal of sculptures. Insurance is provided.
5. A high resolution digital photograph of at least 300 dpi and 5×7 size is required to be juried, as well as, for marketing collateral. Please note that the quality of the photograph can influence the jury process. Send all photos, including an artist’s photo by email. Submit applications by email with digital photos to email@example.com or mail to BAIPP c/o Deborah Johnson, 908 Main Street, Bastrop, TX 78602 with photos on a CD or flash drive.
6. Pending City Council approval of the selected artist exhibitors, the BAIPP will install up to twelve (12) sculptures. Selection will be done by a blind jurying process by a pool of jurors chosen by BAIPP. The judging for awards will be done after the installation of the sculptures by another panel of jurors. Prizes will be $1500 for “Gold”, $1000 for “Silver” and $500 for “Bronze”. The remaining artists who were selected will receive Honorable Mention and $200.
7. Pending available funds, and approval by the City, BAIPP may purchase one or more sculptures to be added to the City’s permanent collection.
8. Participating artists will meet with a BAIPP representative and City staff in Bastrop by appointment between March 14th and 18th, 2016, to install their sculpture. The sculpture must have steel tabs or plates attached to the bottom for purposes of bolting to a secure concrete slab unless the sculpture is freestanding and large enough to not require bolting to a pad for security. Installation is the artist’s responsibility but BAIPP and City staff will provide assistance. Insurance against damage, theft and the elements will be the responsibility of the City of Bastrop.
9. All artists selected to exhibit a sculpture will be required to sign an Artist’s Agreement with the City of Bastrop that will detail the rights and responsibilities of all parties related to staging, installation, security, materials, liability and removal, etc.
Confirmations of receipt of submissions
February 1, 2016: Notification of Acceptance
March 19, 2016: Tentative times for events
1-3 pm – Sculpture Stroll
March 1, 2017: Uninstall Work by appointment
For artist or event information, please contact Dianna Rose with the Bastrop Art in Public Places Committee at 512-585-4610.
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