Artist Call for THE EXCHANGE

SomethingProjects invites submissions from Connecticut artists based in the following counties: Fairfield, Hartford, Litchfield, Middlesex, New Haven, New London, Tolland, and Windham for THE EXCHANGE, a statewide Art Treasure Hunt with unconventional public exhibition sites. Participating artists projects will be discovered using Geocache/GPS tracking software to direct the public to the displayed artwork on view August 15-November 1, 2022. 

We strongly encourage visual artists to pair up with one or more artists that could be visual, literary, performance, thinker/maker to facilitate dialogue addressing what an exchange means, however, we will accept proposals individually as long as an exchange with the public is demonstrated. 

Each artist team will create an original installation/artwork (or NFT, QR code, video, sound, documented performance etc.) conveying a story that has subjective value exploring the diversity of the world we live in. We also encourage submissions addressing social issues around oppression: race, gender, climate change, and economic disparity, etc.

The artwork should be presented in an accessible location in your community, however preferably on private rather than public property (not on city or state-owned property so as to avoid liability responsibility). We encourage you to consider creative ways to avoid liability concerns, such as using a laminated QR code or creating a mailbox-sized installation. This is after all a treasure hunt to engage the public in a fun and meaningful way. 

All art media will be considered and there are no size requirements for “The Exchange,” but preference will be given to the feasibility of the artist’s proposal, including public spectator access to the installation/site. 

THE EXCHANGE is supported by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the federal ARPA.

Entry Requirements: 

SUBMIT PER ARTIST/TEAM: 
1 -3 digital images and/or video/sound clips of related artwork per artist/team. For teams larger than 3, use Collage Factory Free or other apps to insert multiple images into one jpg.

File Format: Digital images in JPEG format with an image size set to 72 dpi resolution and no larger than 1200 pixels. Video/Sound clips in mp4 format of no more than one minute. 

Label Format: Label all files (including video, sound, NFTs, etc): last name_ first name_ title_ slide #_dimensions_ materials_ year _team name

THE FOLLOWING WRITTEN MATERIALS AS ONE PDF DOCUMENT 

Artist(s) biography (75 word limit per artist)

CV/resume- (1 page abbreviated per artist) include website and social media links, email and phone contact. 

Proposal: (250 words limit) describing the project to be created emphasizing the importance of the story you’re telling. 

Location for display: Ideally, the artwork should be displayed on private property (with written permission of the owner) if otherwise, the artist must secure any required permits and insurance. Examples of private property display: farm, pond, bridge, horticulture site, tree-house, storefront, grocery store, laundromat, spaces where the public might venture, if provided destination coordinates (NOT a traditional arts venue). The artwork must be able to withstand outdoor elements unless situated indoors.

• SomethingProjects will not charge a submission fee for the first fifty (50) applicants. Thereafter, the fee will be $5 per team application.

• SomethingProjects will take no commission. All art sales are to be negotiated by the artist/team. 

• All accepted artwork must remain on view in the original designated location through November 1, 2022; it may not be removed by the artist/team or swapped before November 1, 2022.

Selection Process:  

All submissions will be reviewed by SomethingProjects team: Suzan Shutan and Howard el-Yasin, May 16 – 28, 2022. 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: MAY 26, MIDNIGHT

Timeline
• May 26, 2022-11:59 pm: Online DEADLINE SUBMISSION

• May 31, 2022: NOTIFICATION: All Artists will be Notified & Next Step Instructions will be sent to Selected Artists/Teams.

• June 5, 2022: Accepted artist teams only. For liability purposes, please download the site waiver form, which must be completed and returned by June 15, 2022. This waiver form will include all contact(s) information relating to your project.

By submitting your signed application to participate in THE EXCHANGE, you hereby agree to indemnify SomethingProjects (Howard el-Yasin and Suzan Shutan) from all liability and waive your rights to indemnity (unless personal insurance is secured).  Your team will be held solely responsible for resolving any property damages or legal disputes that may be presented regarding your artwork.

• June 15, 2022: Deadline to return next step instructions info and site waiver form.

• June 5 – August 10, 2022: Accepted artists/teams work on your projects.

• August 5 – 10, 2022: PROGRESS REVIEW: artists/teams meet (via zoom) with SomethingProjects team for a progress/visual review. 

• August 14: COMPLETION & INSTALLATION OF WORK: All work must be completed, installed, ready for public viewing

• August 15: OPENING THE EXCHANGE: ARTISTS/TEAMS PROJECTS MUST BE ACTIVE FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

• August 15-November 1, 2022: EXHIBITION DATES – (SomethingProjects will document the exhibited artworks for a virtual and/or print publication TBD). Please check on your projects throughout.

Any repairs or problems to your project must be resolved within 48 hours of the artists/teams becoming aware of the issue.

Publicity: 

This exhibition will be highly promoted through all media outlets including: radio, television, print and social media with the possibility of a document space and/or catalog.