Fall In...Art and Sol


Fall In… Art and Sol is an October 2013 celebration of art, culture and science planned throughout Michigan’s Great Lakes Bay Region of Bay, Isabella, Midland and Saginaw counties featuring the world’s first major solar art exhibition.

The “Art” portion encompasses more than 60 organizations showcasing performing and visual arts, family activities and workshops. Venues include regional theatres, museums, gardens, universities, zoos, parks, historic districts, nature centers and galleries. “Sol” is an artistic tribute to the region’s global leadership in solar energy and a nod to the solar art component.

Solar Art is any work of art that incorporates solar technology to harness the power of the sun to affect its design.

This Open Call for Proposals provides emerging artists or artist groups the opportunity to work with new solar technologies and to exhibit original public art installations. There is no entry fee, nor are there geographical or age limitations for artist or artist groups or restrictions on the number of proposals that can be submitted.

The open call to design a piece of solar art is a blank canvas, and applicants are encouraged to be as imaginative as possible. However, the following guidelines should be taken into consideration:

• The proposal should highlight the intersection between art and solar power.

• The solar component may be used in all forms, including creative mediums such as art, technology, light or sound.

• The proposal should have a physical and/or media component.

• The physical component must be weatherproof and robust, of sturdy construction and able to be exhibited outdoors for at least 30 days.

• The proposal should give thought to sturdy construction, minimizing opportunities for vandalism and breakage.

• The media component can incorporate any aspect of smart and interactive technology.

• The proposal should aim to attract the attention of the community.

• The proposal should aim to be autonomous, self-sufficient in its energy supply and demand or have any of the previous components.

The jury will select artists based on: the quality of the artist’s work, the innovation evidenced by the incorporation of solar energy into the piece, the clarity of the submitted work and proposal and the physical feasibility and durability of the proposed installation.

• Steve Ellebracht, President and part owner of Midland Solar Applications, LLC.

• Marilyn Wheaton, Director of the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum at Saginaw Valley State University.

• Nacho Zamora, Owner of Solar Artworks and Public Art Researcher based in Dubai, UAE.

The top three selected proposals will be exhibited at an outdoor, public Great Lakes Bay, Michigan location and will receive an honorarium in the amount of $3,000 for the leading selection, $2,500 for the second place selection or $2,000 for the third place selection. Ten additional proposals will be selected to exhibit at an outdoor, public Great Lakes Bay, Michigan location and will receive an honorarium of $1,500 each. All selected artists or artist groups will have the opportunity to receive a solar panel and charge controller to complete their proposals, if they are needed for the design. To request info about the solar panel and charge controller contact Diana Tomlin at diana_lynn@yahoo.com.

Artists should submit the following materials online: fallin-glbr.com.

Artist Profile

• Detail qualifications and relevant experience

• May include Resume/CV

• .PDF, .DOC only

Artist Statement

• Description of the proposed work

• How the proposed work will highlight the intersection between art and solar power

• If the design will incorporate the offered 50 watt, 18 volt solar panel and charge controller

• Maximum 3 pages

• .PDF, .DOC only

Sample List

• Submitted media must be accompanied by a corresponding Image List, including Title, Date, Medium, and Dimensions.

• .PDF, .DOC only

Proposal Sample

• A preparatory drawing, diagram, photographic image or mock-up of the project proposed as it would be envisioned realized or installed in a general exhibition setting

• Images will be accepted in .jpg, .PDF, or .DOC only. Images cannot exceed 5 MB.

• Video will be accepted in .MOV, or .MP4 only. 10-40MB max file size per video.

Work Samples

• Two (2) images of the artist’s work

• Images will be excepted in .jpg, .PDF, or .DOC only. Images cannot exceed 5 MB.

• Video will be accepted in .MOV, or .MP4 only. 10-40MB max file size per video.

File Names

File names MUST be formatted to include the artist’s last name and first name. The sample names must correspond to the SAMPLE LIST.

For example, the file name:

• lastnamefirstname_artistprofile.doc

• lastnamefirstname_statement.doc

• lastnamefirstname_proposalsample1.jpg

• lastnamefirstname_worksample2.jpg

• lastnamefirstname_worksample3.jpgol ad in program guide

• Logo and link on website

• Mentions in Facebook posts and tweets

How to Apply

Deadline for entry: July 8, 2013

Notification of acceptance until: August 2, 2013

Install accepted sculpture: September 23 - September 27, 2013

Fall in... Art and Sol opening: September 28, 2013

Exhibition closes: October 31, 2013

De-installation of sculptures: November 1 - November 6, 2013

• The selected works are to be exhibited in public locations throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, Michigan from Saturday, September 28 through Thursday, October 31, 2013.

• The artwork must be loaned for the duration of the exhibition as specified and may not be removed and will not be returned until the conclusion of the exhibition unless prior arrangements have been made with Fall In… Art and Sol.

• Installation will take place between Monday, September 23 through Friday, September 27, 2013.

• De-installation will take place between Friday, November 1 and Wednesday, November 6, 2013.

• While all reasonable care and precaution will be taken in the andling, installation and de-installation of the sculptures, the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and Fall In… Art and Sol will not be responsible for the loss of or damage to any sculpture, nor liability for the artist. The Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance and Fall In… Art and Sol will not alter or change the condition of the sculptures during the exhibition in any way except with written instructions from the artist. If damage to the sculpture occurs, the artist will be notified immediately. All artists are advised to insure artwork as neither the Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance nor Fall In… Art and Sol insures these outdoor works.

• Fall In… Art and Sol reserves the right to photograph any work and/or the artist for documentation, education and publicity purposes without additional compensation.

• All works that are sold as a result of the exhibition, or during the duration of the exhibition, or within 90 days thereafter will be assessed a 15% commission by Fall In… Art and Sol.