Call for Entries:
Looking for Site-specific Installation Artists
Submission deadline April 15, 2009
Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island, in collaboration with Independent Curator, Viera Levitt, is preparing the ‘Mobile Art Project’ as a pilot project for this June and is currently fundraising for its continuation.
The Mobile Art Project will bring contemporary art to communities in Southern Rhode Island where few or no formal art institutions currently exist. The art will be contained in a mobile home, panel truck or another vehicle. We are looking for artists to propose group or solo shows in various media, including video art. We would prefer site-specific installations created directly for the vehicle. We are considering organizing our first show around the topic of ‘Goddess’ but we welcome other suggestions. Preference will be given to local artists, however proposals from all of New England are also welcome. A small honorarium and budget will be provided.
The shows will include a leaflet and website with photographs from the exhibition, curatorial texts and comments from the public including excerpts from a questionnaire. At each stop on the truck/mobile home’s tour, Mobile Art Project staff will be present to speak with visitors.
Duration of the project:
Selected weekend days in June 2009. Possibility of organizing additional shows on an ongoing basis.
Mobile Art Project will visit different neighborhoods in Rhode Island and will be parked outside community centers, libraries, block parties, ice cream stores, beaches, summer festivals, art fairs, museums and other non-profits. Additionally, we will invite the public to propose sites where they feel that our presence would be valuable.
The Mobile Art Project:
It is our intention to make contemporary art not only physically accessible to diverse populations but psychologically as well. Too often contemporary art has been seen as something that exists outside the realm of understanding of ‘everyday people’.
Guest Curator Viera Levitt often addresses this issue in her work, both by curating exhibitions of European art with universal themes and/or by creating and giving her multimedia presentation, “Who’s Afraid of Contemporary Art”. Working with director emeritus Judith Tolnick Champa, an advisor to the current project, in February 2008 Ms. Levitt curated an acclaimed video program, “Close Encounters: Central European Video Art” for combined venues of the former Fine Art Center Galleries, URI and historic Kingston Train Station.
Hera Gallery, initially intended as a site for woman’s art, fully understands the need to provide art that engages the unengaged and that makes art physically and aesthetically accessible to those who have previously perhaps perceived only its inaccessibility. The Hera Educational Foundation promotes an artistic presence that enhances the community through education, collaboration and involvement and encourages artists and their audience to explore contemporary cultural, social and aesthetic issues
Hera Gallery has received partial funding for this project from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.
Funding has been made possible by the Puffin Foundation.
Media partner: South County Independent
Please send your proposals by April 15, 2009 and be sure to include: some visuals of the proposal (drawings or collage), a complete image list, a brief artist’s statement, resume, an estimated budget as well as a short description of the proposed show and why you think it will fit the ‘Mobile Art Project’. Digital entries should be standard JPEG (.jpg) format. The label for each image should include your name. Please also include links to your online portfolio or other supporting materials.
For the return of any supplemental materials please include a SASE. We don’t accept slides.
Send applications by April 15, 2009 to:
Attn: Mobile Art Project
PO Box 336
Wakefield, RI 02880
Or by e-mail to
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Viera Levitt, independent curator, www.vieralevitt.org
Alexandra Broches, Hera Gallery, www.heragallery.org