The Urban Ecology Center is seeking artists interested in showing their work in our Menomonee Valley branch’s Valley Room or at our Riverside Park branch’s Community Room. The Urban Ecology Center is a neighborhood-based, not-for-profit environmental, community center, with branches in Riverside Park, Washington Park, and the Menomonee Valley (in the Silver City neighborhood, adjacent to Three Bridges Park). The Centers educate and inspire people to understand and value nature as motivation for positive change, neighborhood by neighborhood.
Criteria for exhibits:
To enhance the Urban Ecology Center’s educational mission, artwork must have one of the following as its theme: nature-related subjects, the natural sciences, natural products used as art or the relationship of the urban environment to nature. Work submitted in response to the RFP must be consistent with what you will have available for exhibition.
Selected artwork will be displayed in one of two shows at the Menomonee Valley branch in 2016: February-May and June-September. Art Opening receptions will always be on the second Thursday evening (5 – 7 pm) of the month beginning an exhibit. Artists may also be considered for future openings at both our Menomonee Valley and Riverside Park locations, in late 2016 and 2017.
Our exhibit spaces also serve as meeting rooms and classrooms that are used daily. The Menomonee Valley exhibit space has approximately 40 linear feet (approx. 6 ft. high) of wall display area. Each show will exhibit one artist, unless artists choose to submit a proposal for a joint show. The Riverside Park exhibit space has approximately 90 linear feet of wall display area and each show typically exhibits two artists concurrently. Artists are responsible for hanging their work using the gallery system. Help can be made available and an arts committee member will oversee it. The Urban Ecology Center provides the space, notifies its membership and community of the exhibit through a printed newsletter, email blasts, and social media. While the Center will promote the art show, artists are responsible for their personal mailing list. Artwork may be made available for purchase with a 20% of sale price contribution to the Urban Ecology Center. The Center carries insurance for these exhibits.
Artists are also welcome to offer workshops, talks, or classes relative to their work at the Center. You have the opportunity to connect in this way with community programs, educational and school programs, and even staff development.
Apply by email. Include the following:
- Artist Statement (one page maximum). Tell us how your work relates to our mission. Tell us if you propose incorporating a workshop, talk, or class with your exhibit. Include the number of works you’d like to display and the ideal time frame.
- Resume and exhibition record (three pages maximum).
- Five to ten digital images of artwork (individually or combined in PowerPoint).
- A list corresponding to the images, providing title, medium, size, and year, for each image.
Submission deadline is November 30. Work should be submitted to the Urban Ecology Center by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions, call Glenna Holstein at (414) 431-2940.
Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to receiving your submission!
Urban Ecology Center Art Committee