Call Detail
SPACING OUT(side): Outdoor Art 2021
Entry Deadline: 3/31/21
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 5
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 1, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Rhode Island
Event Dates: 0/0/00 - 0/0/00

SPACING OUT(side) 2021

The Jamestown Arts Center is seeking sculptures and installations for its 2021 exhibition season, late June through October 31. The outdoor exhibition entitled Spacing Out(side) will relate to the summer exhibition in the JAC’s main galleries, SPACING OUT: Expanding the Field of Vision, which contextualizes the work of contemporary artists who challenge the limitations of space. In keeping with the main gallery exhibition, we welcome outdoor proposals that engage space in interesting or unusual ways, are original in their construction or use of materials, or offer an unexpected point of view. 

SPACING OUT(side) is a follow up to last year’s Outdoor Arts Experience exhibition, which celebrated the JAC’s 10th Anniversary. In partnership with other venues, the OAE placed 10 works at diverse sites around Jamestown. For 2021 we are seeking works suitable for public display in select community and family-friendly locations. Finished pieces, proposed work and site-specific works are welcome.

We are soliciting artwork proposals for the following sites:

1) East Ferry “Christmas Tree” site; Large scale or impactful works up to approximately 12’ tall will be considered. Selected artist will receive a $2,500 honorarium for the loan of the work. 

2) Fort Wetherill/Fisheries campus, suitable for a work to be mounted to the existing concrete slab. Selected artist will receive a $1000 honorarium for the loan of the work. 

3) Bike Path entry off Eldred Avenue, suitable for a sturdy artwork, installation or project capable of installing without heavy equipment. Selected artist will receive a $1,000 honorarium for the loan or creation of the work. 

Because this project is for and about the community, all artists should consider ways to participate in our community-based programming within the constraints of COVID. Possible examples include holding an artist’s talk (virtually or in person if circumstances permit), creating a participatory project on the JAC’s community wall, or hosting a virtual tour of their studio, to name a few. 


Entries will be evaluated by a selection panel to include curators, local artists & community members. Selection criteria shall include, but not be limited to: Artistic excellence; safety; suitability for public display; responsiveness to theme; compatibility with site(s) available; durability; maintenance. The selection panel will recommend works to the OAE committee, who will make final determination after reviewing safety & logistics in consultation with location partner(s). Exhibition may include works by invitation in addition to works by jury selection.


Selected artists will receive an honorarium (see schedule in previous section) and the opportunity to list the work for sale. Artists will receive 65% of any sales; any sold works must remain on display for the duration of the loan period. Commission to the JAC will be owed on any sales made as a result of the exhibition within 60 days of the exhibition’s close. Artwork will be on view to the public for four months in highly-visible locales in the town of Jamestown. Artwork will have identifying signage for the course of the exhibition. The Jamestown Arts Center will carry liability insurance for the course of the exhibition. The JAC will publicize the exhibition through its website, online map, social media, direct mail to its membership, newsletter, and local print advertising.  Artists will have the opportunity to give presentations, talks, and interact with the viewing public, as desired and as feasible. 

February 24, 2021 Applications open through
March 31, 2021 Application Deadline
April 1-20, 2021 Jurying period
April 21, 2021 Recommended artworks on Agenda for Town Council review
April 26, 2021 Town Council review, approval
April 27, 2021 Notification of selection to exhibitors
May 2021 Studio visit & installation plan confirmed. Contract signed.
June 21-27, 2021 Installation period
August 2021, TBD JAC Open Studios weekend
October 30, 2021 Exhibition ends.
October 31- November 6, 2021 Removal period.


Artist is responsible for transportation of work to and from Jamestown at their expense, and to assist with installation and removal. Works must be installation-ready by agreed-upon date. Works must be removed in a timely fashion within scheduled dates.

It is recommended that works be 12’ x 8’ x 8’ or smaller, or made of components up to this size that can be assembled into a larger whole, in order to avoid any wide-load issues during transportation. 

Works must be suitable for outdoor installation and built in a durable, stable fashion. Works must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions including but not limited to high winds, rain, high temperatures, freezing. 

Artist is responsible for stability of artwork. Artist will detail provisions for stability in application. Provisions and installation plans of selected artworks will be vetted in advance during a studio visit. Some examples of such are self-supporting, temporary built pedestal, welded or bolted to steel plate, etc. 

Artwork may be installed in close proximity to the viewing public and must not pose hazards. Artist will specify if work is non-climbable or intentionally functional. Fragile, dangerous or inappropriate works will not be considered. Artist agrees to affect any repairs during exhibition if such situation arises.

Artist will install on date to be agreed upon with JAC. JAC will provide installation assistance including equipment and hands-on assistance as agreed upon in advance in writing, however artists will oversee and participate in the installation/removal process and should bring tools and appropriate hardware as required. JAC staff, contract labor and volunteers shall not be held responsible for loss or damage to the artwork during installation or removal. 

On delivery artwork will be reviewed by JAC staff and location partner. If a piece is deemed structurally unsound or misrepresented, acceptance will be revoked. JAC retains final decision and approval of installation.

JAC will carry liability insurance for the duration of the exhibition, however artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance for value, damage or loss of artwork itself.

Artist retains copyright of the artwork, and JAC will credit the artist whenever the artwork is exhibited or published by JAC. JAC may use images of the artist and artwork in promotional or educational materials.

Application may be found at  In summary, application requests artist’s contact information, bio or cv, up to four images showing various angles of existing piece OR detailed plans/mockup of proposed piece, artist’s statement specific to proposed work, and detailed specifications including installation/removal requirements and provisions for stability. Artists are encouraged to contact the project manager with questions in advance of application. Artists are strongly encouraged to visit possible sites prior to application submission.
Note that in the first round of jurying, all identifying information will be removed from application materials.

Please address all questions to Project Director,, 401-575-9838.


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