Call for submissions: eco-arts festival 2013


Provincetown Conservation Trust

P.O. Box 307, Provincetown, MA 02657

APPEARANCES is a 9 day art event that looks to explore the connection of art and environment in the broadest sense, including but not limited to Outdoor Sculpture, Installations, Kinetic art, Light art, Performance Art, Dance, Film, Video, Digital, Sound, Paintings, Photography, Readings, Poetry and Essays.  The center of the event will be on a 17acre parcel of conservation land known as Dunes Edge Campground as well as in numerous Provincetown galleries and exhibit spaces for indoor works.
The eco campground will be open for artists to camp, to create installations, install sculptures, give performances, participate in talks, share ideas and enjoy. 
Fees: No Entry Fee
On behalf of the Provincetown Conservation Trust (The Trust), we are seeking artist submissions for APPEARANCES 2013: Eco-Arts Festival, which we present annually each spring. Provincetown holds a unique place environmentally as the outermost town nestled in Cape Cod's National Seashore, and artistically as the oldest continuous art colony in the United States. While known in part as a summer destination and gay resort, Provincetown maintains a diverse year round community of artists, writers, fishermen, environmentalists and others from all walks of life. With broad community representation, the Provincetown Conservation Trust, a not-for-profit, non-governmental group, continues to put lands into conservation, steward conservation lands and seeks creative means for heightening people's awareness of this delicate ecosystem and its remarkable beauty.
Our goal is to bring awareness to our community and visitors of the majesty and fragility of our environment, as well as showing the strengths of the naturally occurring energies that can be harnessed - such as wind, sun and water - by creating kinetic artworks, recyclable artworks and works that will be transformed by the elements during the duration of the event, as well as art/environment works from other artistic disciplines such as design, architecture, painting, photography, poetry, readings, short films and performance art exhibited or performed at sites throughout Provincetown. Outdoor sculpture/installation submissions are strongly encouraged and will be displayed at the Dunes Edge Campgrounds that will be transformed into a Sculpture Park as well as in select places in Town. Selected sculptures, will have the opportunity to remain at the Dunes Edge Campground for an extended period of time.
We are seeking artists who would like to participate (group projects are encouraged) in creating works of art that will "appear" in and around Provincetown, to coincide with the return of spring. Spring is marked here not only by the warming of the sun, budding of plant life and returning migratory birds, but also by the return of sea animals, most notably the hundreds of Humpback and Right whales who arrive in the region in early spring.
April 19- April 28, 2013
March 2, 2013
March 16, 2013
All artists are welcome to submit.
Existing works and proposed works, including those to be created on-site (represented by maquettes, sketches, etc). Selection will be based on submitted digital files. Artists may submit up to three works. Writers are to submit electronically in Microsoft Word or PDF format .
Sculpture/installations must be suitable for outdoor installation - made of durable materials; able to be structurally secured to a sandy or grassy area with anchors or similar devices; capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions; take public safety into account; able to withstand touching or other physical engagement by the public; and be maintenance free for the duration of the exhibition. Sculpture/installation must not pose any adverse impact on the environment.
Artists are responsible for delivery, assembly, installation, removal and shipping, all at their own risk. The Provincetown Conservation Trust Art Committee Members will provide limited assistance and will be on-site during the installation of all sculptures and other works. Work must be delivered by mail or hand on or before April 13, 2013. Indoor sculpture and other works must be picked up on the closing day of the festival Sunday, April 28, 2013. Outdoor installations and sculptures must be removed by Saturday, May 4, 2013. Artists need to make special arrangements in advance if unable to meet this deadline; unless arrangements are made, artwork not picked up after the close of the festival will be considered abandoned/donated to the Provincetown Conservation Trust.
The Provincetown Conservation Trust does not provide for insurance or liability coverage. Artists participate and submit work at their own risk. Works will be displayed on public and private properties in the Provincetown community.
The Provincetown Conservation Trust will direct all purchase inquiries to the artist. The artist may sell the work during the exhibition period; however, the work must remain on site for the duration of the exhibition. There is a 20% commission on sales to support the Provincetown Conservation Trust. Interested artists may choose to have their work represented for sale on the Provincetown Conservation Trust website for a period following the exhibit, with a continuation of the 20% commission on sales to support the Provincetown Conservation Trust .
The Provincetown Conservation Trust will provide the following publicity: a self-guided tour brochure with a map and information about installed sculpture, events and participating artists (also on website); education and outreach programs in surrounding communities; press interviews; e-mail blasts via national and regional e-mail lists; regional newspaper advertisements; WOMR radio; regional community calendar listing; in-town kiosk; and promotion via The Provincetown Conservation Trust's website. Submission constitutes consent by the artist to allow use of images/text of their work for promotional and educational purposes, including a catalogue (published prior to, or after, the event), calendar, and other publications, any of which may be used as part of the fundraising efforts of the Provincetown Conservation Trust.
email: Dorothy Palanza
please do not send applications to this email.  All artists must fill out the entry thingy application online at