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Artist Call- Napa ARTwalk Public Sculpture Tour

Launched in 2010, the Napa ARTwalk is a rotating, temporary, outdoor sculpture exhibition showcasing a variety of three-dimensional artwork throughout Downtown Napa. Featuring a new theme each exhibition, the ARTwalk supports the creation of original, high-quality and collaborative sculpture from regional artists. The tour also acts as an educational vehicle for understanding and appreciating the power of public art in our community: by way of QR (“quick read”) code technology, the ARTwalk features an audio tour, accessible any time of day. QR codes are featured both on the program’s brochure and on plaques mounted to each sculpture’s platform. Each scan code calls up information about the artist’s sculpture and website.

The 2013-15 Napa ARTwalk ( theme will be “Metamorphosis: At the Start, Consider the Finish”, featuring sculptures that honor the cyclical nature of life. Change is integral to existence, as are recurrent patterns such as growth and dormancy, birth and death, expansion and decline. The four seasons, life cycles and concepts of transformation, evolution and metamorphosis have served as inspiration for art, music and literature throughout history. With hopes of expanded artist participation, the ARTwalk is now seeking to increase the public art on display, and is looking for up to 15 pieces for the 2013 exhibition. This is an increase of five sculptures from the inaugural exhibition.

The fifteen locations will be situated along two primary pedestrian corridors in Downtown Napa have been selected for the placement of Napa ARTwalk artwork. All art sites are within walking distance of one another. They are located along main pedestrian walkways, plazas and a park in Downtown Napa. Eight of these sites are in close proximity to the Napa River, and the remaining seven are on a major shopping and dining corridor.

Applicants must be residents of California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Colorado, or New Mexico. They must be at least 18 years of age. Jurors and their immediate family members are ineligible.

Artists are selected based upon Artistic Merit, Artistic Context, Maintainability, Location Context, and Responsiveness to Size and Weight Criteria to be specified.

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 11, 2013, 5:00 PM
Notification By: March 1, 2013

To submit artwork(s):
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Click on “Apply to Calls,” and search “Napa ARTwalk 2013-15”

Each participating artist will receive an Artist Honorarium of $1500 to assist with transportation, travel and other expenses. $750 will be paid upon artwork delivery, with the remainder paid upon pick-up.

Deadline: 02-11-2013
Arts Council Napa Valley
Napa, CA

Contact: Christy Bors
Phone: 707.257.2117

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