Artist Opportunity to exhibit outdoors in Wis

Juried Call for Outdoor Public Sculpture

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is accepting submission of sculpture work for their first annual,three-year outdoor sculpture exhibition. A local jury will choose pieces for display from April 15, 2010 through April 15, 2013.

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park, located in Central Wisconsin, is a 20-acre, city-owned park with nearly a mile of forested trails that are used year-round by people of all ages for biking, skiing, running and walking. The Park offers a wide variety of trees and geographic features including a pond, wetland and forest. It is a zone 4 growing season (which includes cold winters and hot summers).

The Stevens Point Sculpture Park is committed to providing a welcoming and accessible outdoor venue for sculpture and arts exhibitions, activities, and educational programs by enhancing the cultural life of our community and surrounding region through a diverse program of education, collaboration and experimentation.
The Park is located close to elementary, middle and high schools, and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. The Park’s trails connect to the Stevens Point Green Circle Trail, a nationally recognized 31-mile recreational corridor that encircles the Stevens Point Urban Area (1993 National Park Service Award).

Artist submissions that are selected will receive $750 for a three-year exhibition loan of their piece. Sculpture submissions need to be free standing; foundations or bases are not provided. Delivery, installation, and return of work are the artist’s responsibility (please note in artist’s statement if any special installation needs are expected).

A wide variety of work will be considered, including: site specific work, ephemeral and/or permanent work, work in a variety of scales, art with a performance component, etc. Materials must be appropriate for the environmental location. For more information about the park or visitation requests, please contact Otis McLennon at

Artists may submit up to five pieces for consideration. Submissions must include the following information for each piece submitted:

Artist Name; Address; Phone; Email
Title of piece; Dimensions; Materials/Media
Images – JPEG (1000 pixels on the long side), slides will also be accepted
Artist’s Statement (including any specific installation requirements)

Mail to:
Attn: SPSP Juried Call
Arts Alliance Portage County
PO Box 565
Stevens Point, WI 54481

Or email:

In your submission, please let us know how you heard about this call, to help us better communicate.

All submissions must be received by November 13, 2009.
Electronic and standard mail submissions are accepted.

November 13, 2009 – Submissions due
January 15, 2010 – Notification of works selected (by phone or email with follow-up contract in mail)
January 30, 2010 – Contracts returned by artists
April 15 – May 15, 2010 – Sculpture installations
June 12, 2010 – Park Grand Opening

Cimatics in Brussels November 2009

Cimatics – Brussels International Festival for Live Audiovisual Art & VJing – invites all artists, creatives and producers to send their submissions for the next Cimatics festival.

Cimatics festival takes place from 20th – 29th November 2009 at various locations in the centre of Brussels.

The 7th festival edition will again bring an extensive overview of what’s currently taking place at the crossroads of media, art, music and technology.

To submit your project fill in the online submission form. For further information, contact us at

via Cimatics

Folly Digital Residencies

Call for applications: Digital Residencies 2009

Deadline for applications: Monday 2nd March 2009

Folly, a leading digital arts organisation, and Lanternhouse International are pleased to be seeking new applications for the Digital Artist Residency Scheme 2009.

The scheme will be of particular interest to established digital artists seeking time and space to develop new works, research innovative ideas, make new connections and explore technique or production.

Based at The National Creation Centre on the edge of the beautiful Lake District in Cumbria, UK, successful artists will be offered accommodation and a flexible and open-ended opportunity to push their work forward and creatively engage with the two partner organisations.

We are seeking innovative and experimental artists who are naturally collaborative and interested in leaving a local legacy through participatory activity.


Rhizome commissions

Rhizome is pleased to announce that the 2010 Commissions cycle is now
open. Founded in 2001, the Rhizome Commissions Program is designed to
support emerging artists with financial and institutional resources.
In the seventh year of funding for the Program, Rhizome will award
grants, with amounts ranging from $1000 to $5000, for the creation of
significant works of new media art. Artists who receive a commission
will also be invited to speak at Rhizome’s affiliate, the New Museum
of Contemporary Art, and to archive their work in the ArtBase, a
comprehensive online art collection.

Applications for will be accepted until midnight April 2, 2009.
To apply and for more information:

In the 2010 cycle, Rhizome will award nine grants total. Seven of
these will be selected by a jury and  two will be determined by
Rhizome’s membership through an open vote. Reflective of Rhizome’s
commitment to openness and community, this unique process encourages
dialogue among artists and participants and provides members with the
opportunity to survey the current field of practice.

Member voting will begin on April 6th.
Information on Rhizome membership is here:

The Rhizome Commissions program is supported, in part, by funds from
the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jerome Foundation,
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, the New York State
Council on the Arts, a state agency, and the Rockefeller Foundation’s
NYC Cultural Innovation Fund. Additional support is provided by
generous individuals and Rhizome Members.

Gratitude Guerilla Action

Krista Kelley Walsh, a 2008 Art(ists) on the Verge recipient, is organizing a Gratitude Guerilla Action Sunday Oct 19th Phalen Park, St. Paul 10-5.

Gratitude Guerilla is a public art action currently done in City Parks and walking paths in St. Paul Mn…. because there is so much to be thankful for and when we are aware of our appreciation we are more likely to take care of what we have.

The Interactive City in Detroit and Milwaukee

This week, two lectures/panels related to the “interactive city.”

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The Future of Creative Expression for Cities

A panel at the Creative Cities Summit 2.0

Time: 1:30pm – 2:45pm
Location: Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

Creative practitioners are drawn to places with ecologies that can sustain and invigorate what they do. Creative and cultural activity can revitalize neighborhoods, allow residents to re-imagine the place they live, and shape a new identity for a place in the face of competition for talent, investment, and recognition. The Future of Creative Expression for Cites will explore the value and impact that practitioners working across the fields of art, design, architecture, urban planning and new technology are making on cities now and will discuss the implications for the future. Join our group of panelists as they share examples, inspiration and insights from their work and participate in the debate.

Cezanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, ArtServe Michigan

Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Steve Dietz, Artistic Director of ZER01 San Jose, CA
Lewis Biggs, Chief Executive of Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool, UK

Thursday, October 16

The City As Interactive Installation

Time: 6:15pm – 8:00pm
Location: Milwaukee Art Museum

The exhibition Act/React at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Oct. 4 – Jan. 11, is one of the most significant exhibitions of the art of the interactive installation within the white cube of the museum. With the rise and convergence of mobile computing, ubiquitous Internet access, and locative services such as global positioning systems, many artists are working to make the urban environment itself a space of action and reaction.

Steve Dietz, artistic director of the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, California, and executive director of Northern Lights, will discuss the burgeoning practice of interactive art in the public sphere, from urban scale installations to ephemeral interventions. He will explore how such practices can change the relationship of a city’s citizenry to its built environment.

The city as interactive installation

The exhibition Act/React at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Oct. 4 – Jan. 11, is one of the most significant exhibitions of the art of the interactive installation within the white cube of the museum. With the rise and convergence of mobile computing, ubiquitous Internet access, and locative services such as global positioning systems, many artists are working to make the urban environment itself a space of action and reaction.

On Thursday, October 16, at 6:15 pm Steve Dietz, artistic director of the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, California, and executive director of Northern Lights, will discuss the burgeoning practice of interactive art in the public sphere, from urban scale installations to ephemeral interventions. He will explore how such practices can change the relationship of a city’s citizenry to its built environment.

Milwaukee Art Museum
700 N Art Museum Dr
Milwaukee, WI USA 53202

Projection and puppetry under the bridge

On Monday night, Oct. 13 (and Oct. 14 + 19), Andrea Steudel, one of our Art(ists) On the Verge grantees, along with Kyle Loven and Elise Langer put on a short, outdoor projection/puppetry performance with support from Minneapolis Art on Wheels and Ali Momeni. Bring a blanket and your curiosity.

Under the 3rd Avenue bridge

Under the 3rd Avenue bridge


Under the 3rd Avenue Bridge, St. Anthony Main, East Bank
100 Main St. SE
Minneapolis, MN


Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
8:00pm – 8:30pm

Data Meaning: The Art of Making Data Beautiful

Steve Dietz in conversation with R. Luke DuBois

Join Steve Dietz and R. Luke DuBois in a discussion examining DuBois’s artistic work as a composer, performer, video artist, and programmer. Hear more about DuBois’s project Hindsight is Always 20/20, which utilizes an algorithmic data mining process to analyze and re-present cultural content as poetry and metaphor. Steve Dietz is the founding director of Northern Lights, a new Twin Cities-based contemporary art agency, and artistic director of the 01SJ Biennial in San Jose, California.


2:00 pm, October 12, 2008


Shepherd Room, Weisman Art Museum



Constitutional rights violated karaoke style

Finishing School, Executive Order Karaoke
If you are in LA tonight and want to add a little public to your Palin-Biden debate watching, try your hand at Finishing School’s Executive Order Karaoke.

Featuring special guest host Tammy Tomahawk, Executive Order Karaoke is a public action in which participants are invited to sing their favorite mixes of George W. Bush’s executive orders to popular music. Finishing School will award a cash prize for the best act. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

THURSDAY, OCT 2, 7–10pm
MOCA Grand Avenue
Sculpture Plaza

Symposium: Experimenting with art in public places

Experimenting with Art in Public Places is a symposium free and open to the public, which will explore ways to support and present experimental art practices in public places, including in the virtual realm, outside the traditional white cubes and black boxes of cultural institutions. It brings together local and out-of-town artists, curators, producers, and presenters for a collaborative conversation about the public sphere as a site for works of art and art practices that spark the imagination but also challenge perceptions – artistic, cultural, social, political.

Full schedule here.

Friday evening, there will be a keynote presentation by Seattle phenoms SuttonBeersCuller. Saturday will be a day of Pecha Kucha presentations and panel discussions. Saturday evening, registered symposium attendees can attend the hearSIGHTED party for R. Luke DuBois’ Hindsight Is 20/20 exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum for half price.


Experimenting with Art in Public Places is free, but seating is limited for the symposium, which takes place at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. To register and reserve a space, email

Keynote: SuttonBeresCuller

Friday, October 10
MCAD Auditorium
6:30 pm: reception
7:00 pm: Keynote

On Friday evening, SuttonBeresCuller (John Sutton, Ben Beres, Zac Culler), a 3-person collaborative from Seattle will give a keynote talk about their experimental art practice in the public sphere. Their work deals in the realms of experimentation and discovery through site-specific installation, performance and sculpture. The work is meant to be accessible, and it actively involves and challenges the viewer, discouraging passive viewing. It’s meant to create an ephemeral circumstance, caught perhaps in a fleeting glimpse, which removes the viewer from a daily routine and leaves them with a sense of bewilderment.

Saturday, October 11, MCAD Student Center, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

8:30 am
Coffee and refreshments

9:15 am
Welcome and Introduction: Steve Dietz, Executive Director, Northern Lights

9:30 am

Pecha Kucha: Art(ists) On the Verge

Northern Lights recently awarded grants to 6 emerging artists “working experimentally at the intersection and technology, with a focus on practices that are social, collaborative and/or participatory.” In part, Experimenting with Art in Public Places is an opportunity for these artists to “boot up” their practice, and, Pecha Kucha style, Avye Alexandres, Kevin Obsatz, Andrea Steudel, Pramila Vasudevan, and Krista Kelley Walsh will each have 6 minutes – 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide – to answer 3 questions:

  • What is the intersection with technology in their work?
  • How is their practice experimental and social/participatory?
  • What are they planning to do?

10:15 am

Julie Lazar, A History and Future of Experimental Art Practice

Julie Lazar is a trail blazer in the support and presentation of experimental art. She was a founding Curator then Director of Experimental Programs for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1981-2000). As a curator, Lazar specializes in commissioning new art works in all media.

11:30 am

Panel: Playing in Public

Moderator: Jack Becker, Executive Director, Forecast Public Art
This panel will look at a range of projects that have played with our expectations for art in public spaces.

R. Luke DuBois’s
Wing Young Huie’s
Piotr Szyhalski
Marcus Young

A buffet lunch wil be available in the MCAD cafeteria, next to the Student Center, for $7.50.

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Breakout Session: Forecast Public Art
This grant-writing workshop will discuss Forecast’s annual grant program, provide an overview of recent innovative public art projects, provide time for artists to brainstorm and discuss their own project ideas and hear about the experiences of past grantees. More information here. To reserve a space in the grant-writing workshop, email Forecast.


Panel: Technologies of Engagement

Moderator: Carl DiSalvo, Assistant Professor of Digital Media in the School of Literature, Communication and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia.

New technologies have clearly enabled new means of engagement with an audience, whether through networks of delivery or interactive and partciipatory installations or both. Technologies does not always mean “Computers! or Internet! or iPhone!”, however, and this panel will explore a more nuanced idea of the technologies of engagement, from the recent past into the near future.

Chuck Olsen
John Schott
Scott Stulen
Diane Willow


Panel: Building an Audience / Community for the Experimental

Moderator: Diane Mullin is Associate Curator at the Weisman Art Museum.

If “build it and they will come” was part of the first generation of technology-enabled community-building projects, experience has shown that building a true community for experimental public art that goes beyond the memorial or the plop is not an easy matter. This panel will explore successful strategies for building a committed audience for experimental art practice over the long term.

Tom Borrup
Doryun Chong
Carl DiSalvo
Doug Geers
Peter Haakon Thompson

7:00 pm – late

Performance: hearSIGHTED AT THE Weisman Art Museum

hearSIGHTED is an evening of music, dancing, food and drink at the Weisman Art Museum, presented in celebration of the exhibition Hindsight is Always 20/20 by R. Luke DuBois. See the exhibition and hear performances by University of Minnesota electronic music students in the galleries. Catch a special musical performance by DuBois at 9:30 p.m. Following the performance, kick up your heels to electronic grooves spun by Minneapolis-based DJ ETones.


Experimenting with Art in Public Places is free, but seating is limited for the symposium, which takes place at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. To register and reserve a space, email


Experimenting with Art in Public Places is a public progoram presented by Northern Lights October 10-11, 2008, with the support of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and the Jerome Foundation, through its support of the Art(ists) On the Verge grant program. Northern Lights is supported by the McKnight Foundation.

Full schedule here.

AOV grantees announced

Northern Lights is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2008 Art(ists) on the Verge grants for Minnesota-based, emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection and technology, with a focus on practices that are social, collaborative and/or participatory have been selected.

AOV Fellows

Christopher Baker, Participation Overload – Reconsidering Participative Art Practices

The core goal of the proposed project is to create an artistic installation that engages and questions the state of technologically mediated participation, both in larger democratic contexts and within interactive new media art contexts. I seek to provide an immersive installation environment wherein participants discover opportunities – through conversation and personal contemplation – to consider the ways that new communication technologies both constrain and enable their participation in democratic and social processes.

Andrea Steudel, Mobile Shadow Projection Theater

This project’s key concept is the simultaneous building of a tool, collaborative relationship, and mode of working that effectively bridges an old approach with new technology in the public sphere. I will expand the ancient techniques of silhouette cutouts and shadow puppetry by using video projection technology on urban landscape.

AOV Mentor Program

Avye Alexandres

I propose to build a motion-activated, interactive installation that visually and aurally presents a collage of a home. The aim is to create a space that functions as memory might, shifting and momentary, referencing images of a domestic interior with audio recordings relative to its component memories.

Kevin Obsatz, Video Cyclorama

A four-wall immersive real-time video projection with both live and pre-recorded sourcing from different environments and scenes. The video feed will be created with four small HD cameras shooting simultaneously on a specially built tripod mount, with a 360-degree field of vision.

Pramila Vasudevan, Dowsing the Mirage II

with Jennifer Jurgens, Mark Fox, Michael Westerlund

Aniccha Arts proposes to engage the Twin Cities community with online discussions and workshops that lead up to a three – day performance that illustrates the contention of humans playing god by taking control of the weather.

Krista Kelley Walsh, (Public access WebCam installation/ performance series)

I propose to make site-specific installations and performances for public access webcam locations for public and internet viewing. This project seeks to create 2-4 site specific public web cam projects, while it explores the technology available to expand audience access, extended life of the projects and effective documentation.


The jury for the 2008 Art(ists) On the Verge Fellowships and Mentor Program consisted of:

Supported by

Art(ists) On the Verge grant program is run by Northern Lights, a new Twin Cities-based arts agency, with support by the Jerome Foundation with fiscal sponsor Forecast Public Art.

Welcome to Public Address

Forecast Public Art

The mission of Forecast is “to strengthen and advance the field of public art locally, nationally, and internationally by expanding participation, supporting artists, informing audiences and assisting communities.” Forecast also publishes the Public Art Review.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a “roving, collaborative, interactive media-oriented, arts agency from the Twin Cities for the world. It presents innovative art in the public sphere, both physical and virtual, focusing on artists creatively using technology, both old and new, to engender new relations between audience and artwork and more broadly between citizenry and their built environment.”

Public Address

Public Address is a new blog jointly presented by Forecast and Northern Lights. Its goal is to be a forum for wide-ranging discussion of innovative artists, projects, and practices in the public realm.

Forecast recently celebrated its 30 year anniversary as a leader in the field of public art. Northern Lights, while new as an organization, has over a decade of experience as a leader in the field of interactive art.

Contemporary art is increasingly “untethered” and moves from the white cube of the gallery to any site — including the virtual — to engage the public in its own realm. Public art is an ever-expanding field of inquiry, with artists of all stripes exploring the public realm. Beyond murals, monuments, memorials (and the occasional mime) public art has become a vibrant and engaging practice. From the spectacular to the quotidian, permanent to ephemeral, sited to virtual, material to performative, conceptual to cinematic, we believe there are unprecedented opportunities for new art practices in our shared environment. This is the critical focus of Public Address.

Jack Becker
Executive Director, Forecast Public Art

Steve “mediachef” Dietz
Executive Director, Northern Lights