RiverFest 17 Sculpture RFP


Request for Proposal for Chestertown RiverFest Sculpture

RiverArts, Chestertown’s community arts center, is seeking art for a “sculpture garden gallery” consisting of the works of eight artists, each placed on a separate pedestal on the boardwalk that lies on the Chestertown waterfront between High Street and the Marina (see Structural Specifics).

) through Labor Day Weekend.  All work will be for sale, at a price set by the artists, and a price list, along with contact and promotional informational on each artist will be available at the RiverArts Gallery. A $500 prize will be awarded to the winning entry.

The riverside exhibition will be illuminated at night and will serve as a prominent display venue
for outdoor sculpture. The work will be featured on RiverArts’ website along with links to each artist’s website. RiverArts will take no commission on sales. Unsold artwork will be returned at the end of the exhibition.

Each pedestal  will be anchored to the riverfront boardwalk and lighted appropriately.
For weight limits and structural specifics and location of pedestals, click here:  Structural Specifics

In that the works, will be seen both day and night, light is a major consideration. The intent is to celebrate the sophistication and diversity of approach of outstanding artists as each meets the challenge of location and materials.

We are now seeking proposals for the creation of a work or placement of an existing work specific to this site. Proposals for sculptures may include photographs of existing pieces, fully developed concept drawings of a work in progress, or drawings sufficient to indicate the development of a work over the short installation period.

Proposals should have a clear product and a strategy for its realization. It is important that the work be strong enough structurally to withstand the elements for the week exhibition period.

Application Requirements:

In one or two pages, describe the proposed project.

  • Include photographs or drawings showing your proposed design
  • Include a list of materials and any requirements for installation and maintenance
  • An Artist Statement describing your artistic intentions and inspiration Your most recent résumé

Please note: Application materials will not be returned.

Selection Process :

 An advisory committee composed of art professionals will evaluate all submitted proposals for their appropriateness, structural integrity, and installation requirements.

Selected artists will be announced March 21, 2017.
Selected artists may be asked for additional information regarding their proposals to confirm any unclear aspects of their submission.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Work must be structurally sound
  • Work must have significant aesthetic appeal
  • Work must engage a broad, diverse, apolitical audience
  • work must be amenable to lighting in some way, either internally or externally

Completed proposals should be submitted by March 19, 2017 to:

Artists will be notified of acceptance by March 21, 2017

Please include artist name, mailing address, phone number and email address in submission letter.
Questions please call RiverArts at 410 778 6300 or email info@ChestertownRiverArts.org