Call for Artists: Garden Exhibition at Bartow-Pell

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum invites artists to submit their work for an outdoor, temporary group exhibition to celebrate the centennial of its formal gardens. Artists selected for the exhibition will have an opportunity for their work to be seen by thousands of visitors to Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, gardens, and grounds, located within Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx. Artworks that complement the formal gardens and surrounding natural environment, draw on the history of the site, or inspire dialogue, are encouraged. Possible themes may include, but are not limited to, kinetic art incorporating elements in nature; history of gardens and their uses, such as food, medicine, or pleasure; the local ecosystem; or how the built environment co-exists with nature.

Artworks must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions and high-traffic areas, suitable for family viewing, and safe for children. All media will be considered, but electrical access is not guaranteed. If the work has a light or sound, for example, it should include reliable solar power. Artists will be responsible for fabrication, transportation, installation, maintenance, deinstallation, and site restoration, including providing tools, materials, and equipment. Proposals will be reviewed by the Museum Curator and Executive Director as well as NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission. Selected artists will receive a $200 stipend to help cover materials, transportation, or installation. There is no entry fee to apply.

Submission Deadline: Sunday, July 24, 2016

Notification of Selected Artists: August 2, 2016

Exhibition dates: September 2–October 23, 2016


  • Description of proposed artwork (title, medium, dimensions, weight, anchoring procedure)
  • Artist’s statement describing the relevance of the proposed work to the site
  • 3-10 images of work samples. Images must be labeled with artist name and artwork title.
    • If proposing existing work: photographs of artwork, including reference to human scale
    • If proposing a new work: working drawings or photograph of maquette to scale
  • Artist’s resume or CV

EMAIL PROPOSALS TO: If you have any questions, please contact Alyssa Fridgen at: 718.885.1461. We are looking forward to reviewing your proposals. Thank you for your interest in Bartow-Pell!

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