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Call to Artists / Prospectus – LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project

Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) is pleased to present an exciting paidwork opportunity for area artists. Working in conjunction withCollaborative Concepts, we will be accepting proposals throughFebruary 15, 2015 for three-dimensional artworks to be considered for the 2015 LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.


The project is an extension of LIGHTSCAPES, HHV’s originalspringtime event that takes place at Van Cortlandt Manor, one of six National Historic Landmarks operated by HHV. This nighttime garden display features 5,000+ pieces of hand-crafted sculpture, enhanced with light, sound, and special effects. Recycled and repurposed elements, from milk jugs to dryer vent tubes, serve as creative “green” building blocks for lit displays such as intergalactic flowers, giant insects, and floating fairies. LIGHTSCAPES was a huge success in its debut launch, drawing more than 20,000 visitors over 11 nights last May. Now, emboldened by the infinite creative potential of this event and special project funding from the New York State Council on the Arts, HHV seeks to infuse LIGHTSCAPES with new original sculptures from local artists.


LIGHTSCAPES is the springtime sister event to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, HHV’s land-art installation of 5,000+ hand-carved pumpkins. Since 2005, Blaze has become the largest ticketed Halloween event in the tri-state area, attracting more than 120,000 annual visitors from Westchester, New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey, and beyond. LIGHTSCAPES capitalizes on the popularity and infrastructure of Blaze. As such, this project will expose artists to a wide audience including HHV’s onsite visitors and our online audience (more than 1 million annual website visitors).


For the LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project, area artists will be invited to submit a proposal for small (4- to 8-feet tall) or large (10- to 14-feet tall) sculpture(s) that will be integrated into the aesthetic and scale of LIGHTSCAPES. In keeping with the fantastical springtime theme of the event, the works will reflect a range of regional flora, fauna, and other objects. Artists will be encouraged to incorporate recycled or re-purposed materials. In order to insure thatthe artworks add a new, dynamic dimension to LIGHTSCAPES, artists will be asked to submit an initial proposal/list for threepreferred sculptural figures (two selected from the enclosed list ofsmall and large elements and one of the artist’s choosing), with a cost estimate for each, up to $5,000 and $10,000, respectively. The final selection from each list will be made by the LIGHTSCAPES Creative Director, Michael Natiello.


A panel of stakeholders from HHV and select museums will review submissions based on criteria including: artistic merit; creative use of recycled/repurposed materials; relation to the landscape and identity of Van Cortlandt Manor/Mid-Hudson; and creative lighting potential. Up to six artists will be selected, assigned a final project from his/her list of three, and issued a commission upon completion or as agreed by contract. HHV will display the pieces in the 2015 installation of LIGHTSCAPES (15 nights in May). HHV will retain ownership of the works to be exhibited in perpetuity at HHV’s discretion, exposing the artists to vast and diverse audiences over the long term.


As outdoor installations, all art pieces should be able to withstandweather, wind, and rain, and have a multi-year lifespan. Artists will be responsible for delivery of artwork to the site and to assist with its installation, including any cladding/skinning, as appropriate. Lighting will be discussed as part of the proposal and construction, and will be implemented/installed by the event’s lighting designer. Artists will provide de-installation instructions and/or drawings.


A mandatory orientation meeting will be held on February 7, 2015at Van Cortlandt Manor to provide artists with more information, samples of current LIGHTSCAPES installations, and to answer any questions. Please email [email protected] to register, including “LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project” in the subject line.




Jan: Call for proposals


Feb 7: Meeting, site visit


Feb 15: Proposals due


Mar 2: proposals reviewed, artists selected


Week of Mar 23: Studio visits


Apr 22: Delivery of works


Apr 22-28: Installation, lighting


Apr 30: Reception


May 1: Event opens


May 31: Event closes


Submission Guidelines:


Artists must submit the following materials in digital form to:[email protected].

Please include “LIGHTSCAPES Artist Project” in the subject line.


Required Materials:



Written proposal: Narrative must include a description of the proposed piece, materials, size/dimensions, estimated weight, and installation method.


Schematic drawing, sketch, or illustration of the proposed sculpture.


Examples of previous work: three jpeg or pdf files of past work, including at least one that best illustrates the materials, technique, process, and final appearance of the proposed sculpture. File name should include the artist’s last name, medium, and date. (For example: Smith.clay.2012.jpg).


Resume or CV.


Artist Statement or Bio.


Proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2015.


Requested sculptural elements/figures for LIGHTSCAPES 2015:


Small sculptures (4- to 8-feet tall): up to $5,000




Pair of knights



Large sculptures (10- to 14-feet tall): up to $10,000



Caterpillar head (visitors must be able to walk through head into tunnel, provided)


Deadline 2/15/2015
Contact Name Historic Hudson Valley
Contact Email [email protected]
Website http://www.hudsonvalley.org