Bok Tower Gardens Call to Artists

Dear Artists,

Bok Tower Gardens is currently seeking artists to exhibit in the Visitor Center for the next two years.  Previously, you requested information and/or were selected based on your materials to be a possible artist for our exhibits.  Please review the following information and let us know if you’re interested.  Thank you!

Art in the Gardens – Display Information

Bok Tower Gardens displays two-dimensional art, history and culturally based exhibits in our Visitor Center that are nature related.  Exhibits are displayed in the Gardens’ Visitor Center, which is open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.   Bok Tower Gardens is a 50-acre public, non-profit garden with 205-ft. carillon tower and historic estate.  The Gardens is open 365 days a year, and hosts 150,000 – 160,000 visitors a year.  For more information about the Gardens, please visit http://boktowergardens.org/tower-gardens/the-gardens/.

Time frame:  Exhibits are displayed for 12 weeks.

2015 – 2016 Availability:

  • July 17 – October 15, 2015 (Total Garden attendance: 30, 000) – Open
  • October 16, 2016 – January 14, 2016 – Booked
  • January 15 – April 16, 2016 (Total Garden attendance: 55,000) – Open
  • April 17 – July 14, 2016 (Total Garden attendance: 40,000) – Open
  • July 15 – October 20, 2016 (Total Garden attendance: 30,000) – Open
  • October 21, 2016 – January 13, 2017 – Booked
  • January 14, 2017  & beyond – Open

Space Dimensions:

  • Wall One – 7.5’ H x 9’ W (Title Wall)
  • Wall Two – 7.5’ H x 12’ W
  • Wall Three – 9’ H x 4’ W
  • Wall Four – 9’ H x 10’ W
  • Wall Five – 7.5’ H x 16’ W
  • Total: 51 Linear Feet
  • Additional Space for one piece no larger than 36” H x 48” W

Security: All artwork is displayed in a building that has an alarm set daily.  In addition, security officers conduct nightly checks of all Bok Tower Gardens buildings.

Sales: The Gardens displays work of art for the enjoyment of our visitors, but the sales of your artwork is encouraged.  The Gardens will sell artwork on display, with a 30% commission to the Gardens.  Artwork may be picked up from the Gardens by the buyer after the end of the exhibit.

Artist is responsible for:

  • Display of only original drawings, oils, watercolors, acrylics, graphics, photography, mixed media or fiber completed within the last three years.
  • Not acceptable work includes: crafts, jewelry, copies of published work or pieces requiring electricity
  • Provide digital files of artwork, artist bio and artist photo for Gardens media and publications
  • Delivery and installation
  • De-installation and return
  • Artwork properly prepared, wired for hanging. No nails, tape, hooks or other wall fasteners..
  • Artwork listing of displayed pieces that includes:

o   Title

o   Medium

o   Year Completed

o   Price, if for sale

Bok Tower Gardens reserves the right to:

  • Reproduce accepted work in newsletters, media, website and other promotional uses
  • Possibly conduct an artist reception in which the artist is responsible for being present, usually held within the first or second week of the exhibit opening.
  • Request the artist to conduct a workshop or class for the public in conjunction with the exhibit
  • Request any prints be sold in the Gardens gift shop.

If interested, please respond to:

Jennifer Beam

Director of Visitor Services & Programs
Bok Tower Gardens
863.734.1204
jbeam@boktower.org

Comments
4 Responses to “Bok Tower Gardens Call to Artists”
  1. Tinia Clark says:

    Is there an opportunity to show more contemporary abstract work?

    • admin says:

      It doesn’t really say what kind of work. You can probably find out the answers from the contact person:
      Jennifer Beam
      Director of Visitor Services & Programs
      Bok Tower Gardens
      863.734.1204
      jbeam@boktower.org

  2. Kathy Stutzman says:

    Do you have spaces for smaller sized art work? The largest I do is 20×24.

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