Roadside Attractions

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Artscape 2012

Call for Entries
Baltimore, MD July 20-22
Roadside Attractions


A massive visual arts environment that will encompass one third of the surface area of the festival and transform a major thoroughfare into the most expansive visual art exhibit ever seen at Artscape!

Artists working in various mediums, with focus on large scale sculpture, installation and performance are invited to take part in this monumental project that will be part of an expansive environment covering Charles Street, from Mt Royal Avenue up to Station North.

Proposals accepted from
DECEMBER 15, 2011- FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2012

(Priority may be given to early applicants.)

Steeped in American history, Tourist Traps and Roadside Attractions were popularized in the 1940s-60s, designed to attract travelers to stop while en route to other destinations. These gimmicky attractions can still be found all over the country and are often characterized by giant sculptural works, novelty architecture and unusual exhibits.

Tourist traps and roadside attractions also appear around famous landmarks or are created in the hopes of becoming landmarks themselves. They can also be found near natural wonders, exploiting nature as well as the crowds drawn to them.

Artists are asked to THINK BIG and submit ideas that are inspired by or are characteristic of roadside attractions and to consider large scale sculpture, installations, performative/interactive and signage for this project.

Curator Teams

Karen Lemmert and David Naill (Manifold Design)

Christopher Attenborough and Sean Naftel (Art collaborative, PEACOCK)

Application Materials

Application checklist:

-       5-8 jpg images of recent work

-       1 or more proposed drawings or digital representations of proposed piece

-       A detailed written description of the proposed piece

-       Material costs/budget estimate

-       SINGLE page resume

Image checklist:

-       Label images by last name then first name, (smithjohn01.jpg, smithjohn02.jpg, etc). Only use alpha-numeric characters and save file format as jpg.

-       Images should not exceed 50mb

-       Images should be saved as RGB, not CMYK.

-       Options for sending Images: CD, email or upload them to a free online file-sharing service such as or (suggested)


1. There are no geographic restrictions for application.

2. Honoraria between $200 and $3,000+ will be provided to each selected artist or collaborative group.  Final funding amounts will be based on review of proposals and discussion with the artists.  No additional funds beyond the honoraria will be allocated for supplies, labor, transportation and fabrication.

3. Installation, deinstallation, construction and other logistical concerns and requirements should be outlined in your proposal. Artists with ideas for larger interactive installation ideas or integrated performance concepts are encouraged to contact the visual arts coordinator for feedback and guidance if necessary. Artists are asked to pre-fabricate and design works that will be easily assembled on-site.

4. Artists proposing interactive projects are expected to design work that is active during all of the operating hours of the festival, Friday, July 20, 11am-9pm; Saturday, July 21, 11am-9pm; Sunday, July 22, noon-9pm.

5. Artists will be responsible for the installation and deinstallation of their work. 

6. Artscape reserves the right to reproduce images of selected artwork for printed or internet publicity, catalogue or marketing purposes.

7. Each approved applicant will be required to read and sign a Memorandum of Understanding outlining all the terms and conditions by which they will participate in this project. As with the application, failure to comply with the terms and conditions of the MOU may result in termination of the applicant’s participation in the project at the sole discretion of BOPA/BFAI.

Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts, Inc. on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc., Mayor Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake.

Submission Deadline

Proposals are being accepted from Dec. 15th - March 30, 2012, Submit to:

Jim Lucio

Roadside Attractions/ Artscape 2012

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

7 East Redwood Street, Suite 500

Baltimore, MD 21202


Application accepted from Dec. 15, 2011 - March 30, 2012 (Priority may be given to early applicants.)

Installation may begin on Thursday, July 18th at 10am and must be completed by 11am on Friday, July 20th.

Artists are encouraged to pre-fabricate and design works that will be easily assembled on-site.

Artscape and exhibition duration:

Friday, July 20, noon-10pm

Saturday, July 21, noon-10pm

Sunday, July 22, noon-8pm

On-site installation can begin at 10am on Thursday, July 19th and must be completed by 11am on Friday, July 20th. Work can be deinstalled starting at 9pm on Sunday, July 22nd. (Pre-approved works may be deinstalled at a later date.)


For more information contact Jim Lucio at

Digital Art
Printmaking (hand pulled)