2010 WPA PUBLIC ART RESIDENCY PROGRAM
Deadline: Friday, April 23, 2010
Public Talk: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 4-6PM at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Auditorium
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCAAH) are
partnering with Socrates Sculpture Park (SSP, the Park) in Long Island City, NY to create a Public Art
Residency (PAR) Program to instruct and inform artists about practical and conceptual issues related to
the creation of public art. Through this program, artists will learn the fundamentals of developing a
proposal for public art work, identifying sources for materials and funding of projects, and access a
support network for technical assistance and future opportunities related to creating and presenting art
in the public realm.
In this pilot program, one artist who resides in the District of Columbia will be selected to receive a two
month paid residency and exhibition opportunity at Socrates Sculpture Park. The work will be
exhibited under SSP's "Open Space" program from September 12, 2010 to November 2010
(end/deinstallation date to be determined and agreed upon by the artist and SSP). Once the exhibit has
ended, the artist will re-fabricate or re-install, in Washington, DC, the work made through the
residency. The artist will be required to give a public presentation about his or her residency experience
and may also be asked to advise WPA and/or DCCAH on other public art initiatives.
ABOUT SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK
Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned landfill and illegal dumpsite until 1986 when a coalition of
artists and community members, under the leadership of sculptor Mark di Suvero, transformed it into an
open studio and exhibition space for artists and a neighborhood park for local residents. The Park is an
innovative public/private partnership that has become an internationally renowned outdoor museum
and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free
Located in an industrial neighborhood in Long Island City, Socrates is a waterfront park that overlooks
the Manhattan skyline; the site is an affecting and inspiring place for artists to work and a spectacular
setting for the presentation of public art. To date, Socrates has hosted close to 800 artists and currently
attracts more than 78,000 visitors annually. Socrates Sculpture Park's existence is based on the belief
that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and
improvement of our urban environment.
Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to
providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media
installations in an outdoor environment that invites interaction between artists, artworks and the public.
Socrates is a laboratory where experimentation and innovation expand, reinvent and redefine the tradition of art in public spaces. To learn more about the Park, please visit their website:
This opportunity is open to all artists who live in the District of Columbia. Artists who are enrolled in a
school, college or university at the time of the residency (May - September 2010) are not eligible for the
For this pilot program, WPA, DCCAH, and SSP will select one artist from an open call to receive financial support in the amount of $4,500 ($2,500 production grant + $2,000 living/travel stipend), a residency in the SSP outdoor studio, and access to facilities, materials, equipment and technical assistance to create a work for exhibition at SSP to coincide with the Park's annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition. The selected artist will also be given (by SSP) limited administrative assistance to conduct additional fundraising for his/her project, procure in-kind support, and pursue future commissions, residencies and placement for his/her work. The selected artist will have to make their own living and travel arrangements.
Artists interested in this opportunity are asked to submit a proposal for an artwork to be created and
exhibited at SSP. Artists applying for this opportunity are strongly encouraged to visit SSP and/or
attend the public talk by SSP Executive Director Alyson Baker at the Corcoran Gallery of Art Auditorium on April 6, 2010 from 4-6pm before submitting their application. The auditorium is located
at 500 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC.
Applicants must take into account the site's rugged, urban outdoor environment and be aware that
sculptures installed in the Park must meet safety requirements and be able to withstand the effects of
weather and public use. Visiting the site will give applicants a clearer idea of the factors that affect
installations at the Park and an overview of the facilities that the Park has to offer, including the tools
and equipment available in the studio and the materials and resources available in Long Island City.
Interest applicants can visit the SSP website, attend the public talk by Alyson Baker on April 6, or contact WPA for images of past Open Space projects at the Park.
click here to download the full call for artists and entry form>>
The 2010 WPA Public Art Residency Program is funded in part bythe DC Commision on the Arts & Humanities DC Creates! Public Art Program and made possible with assistance from Socrates Sculpture Park.
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WPA is supported by its members, Board of Trustees, invaluable volunteers, and by generous contributions from numerous individuals and the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, William C. Paley Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Gallery O/H, Haleh Design, MOI Inc., Allied Telecom Group LLC, Arent Fox LLP, Arnold and Porter LLP, Conrad and Ludmila Cafritz, Akridge, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Hickok Cole Architects, TTR Sotheby's International Realty, The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Michael-Cleary, Vivo Design, The Washington Post Company, Yvette Kraft, Salesforce.com Foundation, Conner Contemporary Art, and PLAZA Artist Materials.
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