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The R.E.A.L.M.S. institute

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Wicked Amusements is calling all visual and installation artists to participate in their newest project, The REALMS Institute - an immersive art and recreation experience with rotating exhibits/adventures that will be part of Malden’s nascent Gaming District.

 

Our initial installment will be an interpretation of the mini-golf model, so we are looking for proposals with amazing designs and sculptural elements that can serve either as full golf holes themselves or as part of the broader scenic ambience. Creators with experience working in large scale and kinetics are particularly encouraged to respond.

 

Proposals will be accepted on a bid/commision basis, so you have a hand in determining your compensation.

 

Some broader information follows below, but if your curiosity is piqued, contact Jason Ries, Project Manager at info@wickedamusements (subject: REALMS proposal) asap.  

Include CV and any digital portfolio access to give us a feel of your work.

If you have an idea in mind, you can suggest it in the body of the message but you are also welcome to simply express general interest at this time.

 

We will then reach out to schedule Open Shop info sessions at our Woburn production facility, to be held in early August.  These meetings will be the best opportunity to have more detailed conversations about the scope, timeline and submission process.

 

GENERAL CONCEPT

Regardless of the ongoing exhibit, visitors to “The Institute” will immediately be projected into a world of pulp pseudo-science and tongue-in-cheek odes to the age of atomic experimentation.  If you can imagine a mashup of the look of Bioshock and the tone of Portal squeezed through the lens of Buckaroo Banzai, you’re on the right track.

 

Within that framework, we are open to a full range of theming ideas, with a preference for originality and playfulness in design. 

 

MATERIALS and FEASIBILITY

Media may include (but is not limited to) metals, video, textiles, and automation (pneumatics, electronics). Real-world construction requirements and ability to endure several months of play will be a consideration. However, if we love your concept, we may be able to work with you to design it into a realistically playable hole

 

ELIGIBILITY 

While submissions from creatives in the Boston metro area will receive preference, we are open to inquiries from anywhere and any background (i.e. scenic designers, architects, electrical engineers, mini golf lovers, video artists, etc.).  Collaborations are welcome and there is no limit to submissions, though each design proposal requires a separate submission.

 

TIMELINE 

Late July, 2021- Call Opens

Early August - Open Shop info sessions

Fri, August 27th - Proposals Due by 11:59a EDT

Week of August 30 - Accepted artists contacted

Sept - Build 

Oct 1-15 - Installation 

 

ABOUT THIS ORGANIZATION

 

Founded in 2016, Wicked Amusements is the brainchild of veterans of the amusement park, Halloween, escape room and interactive attractions industry. 

 

With a passion for movie-quality narrative, Hollywood style sets and props, immersive lights, sounds and technology, Wicked Amusements aims to deliver an experience far beyond that of the typical overnight "prop-shops" and industry contractors. Our focus is to entertain, challenge and surprise patrons in equal parts from the moment they enter our exhibitions.  

 

Wicked Amusements is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline: 
08/27/2021

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2020 New England Regional Juried Exhibition

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About the Exhibition:
August 29 - September 26, 2020

The Annual New England Regional Juried Exhibition is a juried show featuring the best of representational painting, drawing, and sculpture by New England artists who work in the realist tradition.

The exhibition will be on view in the historic President's Gallery at the Guild's Newbury Street location. The entire gallery has been renovated and features new furniture, carpets, and LED lighting. The President's Gallery also features a skylight to allow viewing of artworks in natural light.

Work should be representational with a strong academic background. Accepted painting and drawing media include oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, pastel, graphite, charcoal, pen and ink, and pencil. Please check if using any other medium. Selected artists will have the opportunity to exhibit where the great artists of the Boston School showed their work. 

Prizes Details: 

Awards and $1400 worth of cash prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Place: Gold Medal & $500.00

Second Place: Silver Medal & $250.00

Third Place: Bronze Medal & $150.00

Glenn G. MacNutt Award for Boston School Painting & $250.00

Robert Douglas Hunter Award & $100.00

New England Watercolor Society & $150.00

Award(s) of Merit & $50.00

Jurors select artworks for the show from the images submitted, but awards are determined after the pieces have been delivered to the Guild. 

 

Deadline: 
07/25/2020

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50
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BIG INK Visits Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Wesport, MA

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BIG INK will host a monumental woodblock printing event at Dedee Shattuck Gallery this Spring. Artists interested in carving a woodblock of at least 24 by 36 inches are invited to apply to print with us. No prior experience is required and emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists are encouraged to apply. Upon acceptance, artists have two months to carve their designs. We then meet at the gallery in Westport, MA and help each other print as a group. The public is invited to witness the demonstration and a printing bonanza ensures!

Participation includes access to BIG INK’s woodblock carving video course leading up to the event, paper, ink, cleaning supplies, equipment usage, technical expertise during the event, and a high-res scan of the finished print. It is free to submit an application; accepted artists pay $300 to participate. Experience art-making on a monumental scale, explore a creative place and connect with program participants from coast to coast.

Deadline: 
03/31/2020

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Free to apply; $300 if accepted
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Richard McDermott Miller Competition

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The Competition will take place at the 2020 Sculpture Conference and will be held in Daniel Chester French’s former studio at Chesterwood. Each selected competitor will receive a Participation Scholarship.

Objective: To successfully model a bust from life (from the neck up), working from a live model. Modeling will be done in front of an audience (sculptors, patrons, and others who are attending the Sculpture Celebration Conference).

Eligibility: Sculptors must have been born between 1984-1999. All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.

Prizes Details: 

Richard McDermott Miller Prize of a $3,000 cash award and a quarter-page ad in Sculpture Review (value: $435)

Roger T. Williams Prize of $1,500

Walter & Michael Lantz Prize of $750

Deadline: 
03/16/2020

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SculptureNow Exhibition at The Mount 2020

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SculptureNow is accepting applications from established and emerging sculptors for its twenty-second consecutive, juried, annual exhibition of large-scale, outdoor sculptures. The show will be presented for the eighth year at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home, a historic site in Lenox, MA, from June 1 to October 31, 2020. Existing and proposed sculptures may be submitted for consideration. There is no exhibition theme and no application fee. Up to 30 sculptures may be selected. The exhibition will include both invited and juried sculptors.
 

THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO JANUARY 20, 2020

Prizes Details: 

A $1,000 honorarium will be provided for each artist in the exhibition.

Deadline: 
01/20/2020

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Create a large woodcut with BIG INK at Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

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Event Synopsis: BIG INK is pleased to partner with Dedee Shattuck Gallery for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions. We’ll be utilizing BIG INK’s giant mobile etching press to pull prints. If accepted, artists will have two months prior to the event to carve their image into a piece of plywood. BIG INK remains in contact with each participant providing guidance and technical support when needed.  The Shattuck serves contemporary artists and craftspeople as well as the local and global art communities by providing compelling exhibitions, enriching cultural events, and a forum for the exchange of creative thought and critical discussion about the arts.  The Shattuck emphasizes the relationship between contemporary art and the environment. The Shattuck is primarily solar powered.

About BIG INK: Our mission is to inspire a greater appreciation for relief printmaking and extend its practice among contemporary artists.  We invite artists, via a call-for-entry application process, to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, through bigink.org.  Approximately sixteen proposals are accepted per event and those selected are given two months to carve an image. At the end of the two months, BIG INK meets with the artists at a predetermined space, such as an art center, festival, or community print shop, and helps them print his or her woodcut onto paper. These events culminate in exhibition opportunities and potential sales for the artists who participate.  Since mid-2017 BIG INK has helped 125 artists create new work at venues across the United States.

Event Location: Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners’ Lane, Westport, MA 02790

Deadline for Consideration: Midnight, April 9th, 2018

Event Date(s): Jun 16th & 17th, 2018

Criteria: BIG INK considers proposals based on the following:

Size: Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but not larger than 40” x 96” in dimension.

Material: Artists are responsible for securing their own ½” thick plywood, 1/2" MDF or 3/8" Shina for carving and their own carving tools. The plywood or MDF must be ½” thick, the Shina must be 3/8".

Originality: The uniqueness of the design will be a major consideration.  A drawing, digital graphic, altered photography, collage, sketch, painting or print are acceptable examples to include with your proposal. Images must be solely created by the applicant.

Cohesiveness: The anticipated dimensions of your woodblock should match the format of the image you submit.

Fees: It is free to submit a proposal; accepted artists pay $295 dollars to participate.  This covers all consumable materials for the event including: printing ink, paper, cleaning supplies, and equipment usage.  All that is required of the artist is to bring a fully carved block. 

Benefits:  BIG INK events are best described as a concentrated burst of productive energy bringing together leading artists from throughout the region to network with each other and potential patrons.  We provide the technical expertise and specialized equipment necessary to bring the artist's studio directly to the public in an engaging way. Our mobile printing press, dubbed “The Big Tuna,” has the ability to produce woodblock prints up to 48” x 96”. No other etching press of its size is used for this form of collaborative printing.  In addition, selected participants also receive:

Professional Prints: BIG INK assists in the creation of three impressions from each participant's carved block.

Video Tutorials: Never made a woodcut or woodblock print? No problem! We've created step-by-step video tutorials to walk you through the whole process.

High-Res Photography: We provide a professionally photographed image of each participants work at no additional charge.

Curated Exhibits: National and international art venues curate BIG INK exhibits from our growing portfolio. Your work could be featured next!

Outreach: We create a page for each participant on our website.  Our web and social outlets receive thousands of views each month and will put your work in front of a larger audience.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Q: Can two artists collaborate on a proposal?

A: Yes, list both names on the application.
 

Q: Can I submit an existing image with my proposal?

A: Yes

 

Q: If accepted can I change my proposal image after the fact?

A: Yes, as long as it falls within the same aesthetic.

 

Q: Does my proposal image have to be a certain size?

A: Your proposal image can a small.  It doesn't have to be the same size as your final carved woodblock.

 

Q: What time are we expected to arrive at the event?

A: 10 am sharp

 

Q: How long are we expected to remain after our work is printed?

A: Until 5 pm

 

Q: Are we expected to attend both printing days?

A: No, but you’re welcome to attend.

 

Q: How many prints does each artist produce?

A: Three

 

Q: Can I bring my own paper and print more?

A: Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time to print more.

 

Q: What type of paper do we use?

A: Masa

 

Q: What type of ink do we use?

A: Oil based relief ink, bring an apron and wear work cloths.

 

Q: Do I have to bring any other materials besides my carved block?

A: No

 

Q: Can we print in color?

A: No

 

Q: How do we transport the finished prints?

A: BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work and tubes are provided for those that are mailing work.

 

Q: Do you have recommendations on where to stay?

A: We use Airbnb most frequently and quality hotels are usually located a short drive away or within walking distance.

 

Q: What is the best way to transport the finished block if I'm flying?

A: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue.  Contact us directly to confirm. When shipping your block please include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home simple.

Deadline: 
04/10/2018
Fee Detail: 
Free to apply, $295 if selected to participate

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