The Urban Ecology Center is seeking artists interested in showing their work in our Menomonee Valley branch’s Valley 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. 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 call for artists must be consistent with what you will have available for exhibition. As a neighborhood-based organization in a diverse neighborhood, we hope to host artists whose art reflects that diversity and resonates with our community. Artists with connections to the neighborhood(s) surrounding the Menomonee Valley Center are highly encouraged to apply!
Selected artwork will be displayed in one of four shows at the Menomonee Valley branch in 2017: March-May 2017, June-August 2017, September-November 2017, and December 2017-February 2018. 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.
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. Artists are responsible for hanging their work using the Gallery System. When hanging artwork, 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 on the Urban Ecology Center website at https://urbanecologycenter.wufoo.com/forms/m1nv263j13fa1y9/ .
You will need the following items in order to submit your application:
(1) Artist Statement (PDF, one page maximum). Tell us about yourself and your work and 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.
(2) Resume and exhibition record (PDF, three pages maximum).
(3) Up to five jpeg images of artwork labeled in the following format: ArtistName_ImageTitle_Medium_Size_Year. Size should be noted in inches, e.g 5 x 7.
Submission deadline is November 30.
For questions, contact Glenna Holstein at firstname.lastname@example.org or (414) 431-2940.
Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to receiving your submission! Sincerely,
The Urban Ecology Center Art Committee