June 3 – November 11, 2018
Nature Art in the Park (NAP), in its 8th year, is an all volunteer independent artist’s consortium bringing the concept of environmental art to the public in a unique setting. We endeavor to promote art that acknowledges and honors the natural world and our place in it, and encourage involvement, education and active participation of young and old to become immersed in nature and creative art making. We sponsor community events, tours and art workshops over the duration of this continuously evolving exhibit and welcome all creative art proposals, whether physical installations or music/dance/drama performances (see attached submission form) to enrich the exhibit’s programming.
The annual juried outdoor exhibition is along 1.5 miles of dedicated trails and fields in the Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, Baltimore’s unique and underexplored largest urban forest (see attached maps) We invite artists to submit proposals for site-specific exhibit installations that are composed of natural materials and compatible with the woodland park setting (see attached submission form). The designs should be able to last for 6 months in outdoor conditions over the duration of the exhibit. One need not be a professional artist to propose a project. We encourage students and teachers to consider joining together on a collaborative piece.
Artists’ Site Surveys from 2-4pm on Sunday, April 15: Artists should pick a date to tour the trails with a guide to select an installation location along the trails and fields in Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park and on the campus grounds of the Carrie Murray Nature Center. Meet at the Gazebo along Eagle Drive - See attached map. Park in lot off of Windsor Mills Rd (near 1920 Eagle Drive Baltimore MD 21207). We will go over details concerning the grounds and art installation criteria and then tour areas for potential project sites. Alternate site exploration times may be arranged if availability permits. PLEASE RSVP so we know to expect you!
EXHIBIT TIMELINE APRIL 2018:
Site Surveys for interested participants (see above)
MAY 4, 2018: Project Proposal Deadline for Spring Installation or Spring/Summer Programming
MAY 6, 2018: Project Acceptance Notification (Can submit earlier to receive earlier notification)
MAY 1-27, 2018: Construction period for art installations (or earlier)
JUNE 3, 2018 @ 2-5pm: Sunday Art Opening & Artists Reception for National Trails’ weekend
AUG. 3, 2018: Project Proposal Deadline for Summer Installation or Fall Programming
SEPT. 22, 2018 @ 6-9pm: Autumn Equinox Special Saturday Event
OCT. 6, 2018 @ 12noon-10pm: Mushroom City Arts Festival & Tail Tours (Rain date, Oct. 7)
NOV. 11, 2018 @ 3-5pm: Closing Event & LAST DAY of exhibit following Family Fun Day Tours
Second Sunday Family Fun Days (June 10, July 8, Aug. 12, Sept. 9, Oct. 14, Nov. 11) - The Chesapeake Allegheny Life Steamers and the Friends of Gwynns Falls Leakin Park host a family day with miniature steam train rides, trackside music, and games from 12-3pm. NAP programming includes trail tours & children’s nature art activities.
To learn more about the exhibit and past Nature Art activities, you can visit the following websites: • Nature Art Baltimore Page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NatureArtInThePark
• Photos of past events and installations: http://www.flickr.com/photos/NatureArtBaltimore/sets
• Nature Art Baltimore community on Google+: http://plus.google.com/communities/104400430201022411400
This project is held in coordination with Friends of Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, the Carrie Murray Nature Center, and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks. Neither, Nature Art in the Park nor any of those institutions accept responsibility for project installation, maintenance or liability.
Deadline for spring project proposals is May 4, 2018 but work will be accepted throughout the exhibit period. Tour of possible installation sites this Sunday April 15 from 2-4pm. (Alternate site exploration times may be arranged by appointment as availability permits.)
To request more detailed information, email: [email protected] or call the exhibit’s curators: Heide Grundmann 410-945-0586 or Doug Retzler 410-598-8409