Call for Art: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2013

“Swizzle” by Carole Eisner, featured in CSC 2011, photographed by Caroline Cook










Exhibition Dates: June 22-October 13, 2013

Guest Juror: Glenn Harper, Editor of Sculpture magazine

Chesterwood, A National Trust Historic Site, calls for entries for Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2013, a juried exhibition of outdoor sculpture in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.   Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture magazine, is the guest juror of this group exhibition, which will be on view from Saturday, June 22 to Thursday, October 31, 2013.  An opening reception will be held at Chesterwood on Saturday, June 22, 2013, from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Chesterwood is the country home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931).  This year marks the 35th anniversary of Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood.  Beginning in 2013, open calls for entries for this annual exhibition will only be issued every other year.

Sculpture proposals may be in any medium but must be suitable for long-term outdoor exposure and of an appropriate outdoor scale. Since outdoor sculpture/interventions are based on the specifics of location, the work proposed should take into consideration how the final piece relates to the environs of Chesterwood and its placement within that environment.  A limited number of cash awards, including the Lillian Heller Curator’s Award of $1,000, will be presented to artists participating in the exhibition.

Glenn Harper, editor of Sculpture magazine, was formerly editor of Art Papers.  He has written for Aperture, Artforum, Public Art Review, Afterimage, Exit Express, and for books on the works of artists John Van Alstine, Athena Tacha, and others.  He is the editor of Interventions and Provocations: Conversations on Art, Culture, and Resistance and co-editor of A Sculpture Reader: Contemporary Sculpture Since 1980, Conversations on Sculpture, Landscapes for Art: Contemporary Sculpture Parks, and The New Earthwork: Art, Action, Agency.

All application materials must be submitted online by Friday, April 5, 2013.  To submit an application, please visit

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For questions related to the site or exhibition, please contact Anne Cathcart, Associate Manager of Collections & Programs, at or 413-298-3579 x25216.



Application deadline: Friday, April 5

Sculptors notified: Wednesday, May 1

Installation of sculpture: Tuesday, May 28 – Sunday, June 9

Opening reception: Saturday, June 22, 5-8 pm

Exhibition on view to the public: Saturday, June 22 – Thursday, October 31

Removal of sculpture: Friday, November 1 – Sunday, November 17



Date of Work > Art should be no more than five years old at the time of its exhibition.

Ownership > All work should be the property of the artist.

Size > Work should not be too small or light in weight as to pose a security risk.  The landscape at Chesterwood invites large-scale outdoor sculpture.  Artists must install their own work and provide hardware required for a safe and secure installation.  The staff at Chesterwood can assist the artist with installation on a case-by-case basis.  If necessary, a crane will be provided by Chesterwood for installation.

Media > Work must be appropriate for extended outdoor exhibition and exposure to inclement weather.  Glass must be safety glass.  The Guest Juror and Chesterwood’s Director reserve the right to exclude work that poses a safety, security, or other risk.

Transportation > Artists are responsible for transporting, installing, and removing their works during the installation (May 28-June 9) and removal of sculpture (November 1-17) periods.

Insurance > Works selected for exhibition will be insured by the National Trust for 70% of their established retail value while installed at Chesterwood.  Artists are responsible for insurance while the art is in transit.  Additional restrictions may also apply.  A condition report will be completed upon arrival and departure.

Loan Agreement > Artists selected to participate will be required to sign a National Trust Loan Agreement.  Artwork should be the property of the artist and available for sale during the exhibition.

Security > Chesterwood will exercise the same care and safekeeping of the loaned sculpture as it does for the museum’s comparable property.

Sales and Commissions > The National Trust requires that work submitted be for sale.  Chesterwood retains a 30% commission on all sales made as a result of this exhibition.  Commission fees are not tax-deductible by purchasers.  Chesterwood will make every effort to promote sales.  Resumes and other promotional material supplied by artists will be distributed to interested parties.  Sales will be transacted on site by the Director of Chesterwood.  A Purchase and Sales Agreement will be completed for each sale.  Works sold must remain on display for the duration of the show and must be removed within a two week period after the close of the show by the purchaser or, if the work has not been sold, by the artist.  Art remaining beyond the removal of sculpture period (November 17) is subject to storage charges.

Site Installation > Sculpture will be sited by the Guest Juror, Director of Chesterwood, and the Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds in selected locations on the grounds and woodland walks at Chesterwood.  The landscape at Chesterwood invites large-scale outdoor sculpture.

Brochure > A brochure, featuring a site map keyed to the artists and titles of their works, will be available to Chesterwood visitors.  Sales information will also be available.  The exhibition brochure will be distributed for free to the public through Admissions.  Participating artists will receive complimentary copies of the brochure.

Cell Phone Tour > Artists will be asked to participate in a cell phone tour of the sculpture in the exhibition.  Each artist can record a brief message, and the Guest Juror will record an introductory message.

Publicity > Chesterwood attracts close to 12,000 visitors each season.  The exhibition will be publicized regionally and nationally.  Chesterwood makes every effort to focus media attention on the show.  The site is located in an area that boasts a significant concentration of cultural attractions.  Tanglewood (the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra), Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, the Berkshire Theater Festival, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Norman Rockwell Museum are a few of the organizations that draw summer tourists to the area.  Nearby Historic Hotels of America include The Red Lion Inn and Cranwell Resort.

Further Information > Complete exhibition information will be provided to the artists participating in the exhibition.


Daniel Chester French Sculptures (Flickr)

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