The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in Columbia, SC, is Calling for Proposals for Outdoor Art to be Added to the New Children’s Garden – Deadline Dec. 3, 2015

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s Children’s Garden is currently under construction and due for completion in March of 2016.  The Garden is located on an approximate four (4) acre site on the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden West Campus in Columbia, SC. The Children’s Garden is adjacent to Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s established and successful Botanical Garden. The Zoo and Garden currently attracts one million visitors per year. Approximately 200,000 additional visitors per year are anticipated for all destination projects once they are established which includes the Children’s Garden.

The Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is seeking the participation of artists and/or crafts makers to assist them in enhancing and embellishing the Garden with works that will provide a safe and engaging place for play, learning, exploration, discovery and positive social interaction within the natural environment.

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Primary features of the Children’s Garden will include:
Entry
Rabbit Hole Kid’s Entry
Rabbit Warren
Dino Dig
Vegetable Garden
Windmill
Maintenance Sheds
Education Center
Outdoor Classroom Amphitheater
Changing Booths
Fountains
Stream
Wading Pool
Natural Pond
Deck Overlook
Climbing & Slides
Natural Playground (Future)
Fairy Garden (Future)
Treehouse
Playhouse Row
Tot Lot (Future)
Lawn

These words and the images they evoke describe the environment that Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Children’s Garden wishes to provide for its guests:

wonderland
nature
exploration
discovery
color
creation
forest
paradise
whimsical
adventure
journey
mystical
natural world
magical
fun
fantasy
musical
lyrical

This juried Call for Entries is open to artists and crafts makers 18 years or older producing works suitable for long-term outdoor and public exposure which will be in keeping with and enhance the concept of the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s upcoming Children’s Garden.

Artists and crafts makers are encouraged to review the Garden’s layout and features prior to submitting their proposal and may suggest possible location(s) for their work(s). Riverbanks Zoo and Garden cannot guarantee the location, but every effort will be made to consider the artists’ and crafts makers’ request. Submitted proposals will serve as an agreement to the conditions herein stated for exhibiting in the Children’s Garden.

Important Dates
Thursday, November 5, 2015 – Children’s Garden Tour, 2pm
Thursday, November 19, 2015 – Children’s Garden Tour, 10am
Friday, December 3, 2015 – Artist Proposal Submission Closes
Monday, December 14, 2015 – Artist Notifications of Acceptance and Award
Week of February 22, 2016 – Art Placement
March, 2016 – Garden is anticipated to open to the public
Children’s Garden Tour

Two tours of the site (nearing completion of the construction phase) will be offered during the entry period to provide interested parties context. To attend a tour, interested participants should assemble on the dates noted above prior to the times listed at the West Entrance Ticket Plaza located at 1225 Mohawk Drive, West Columbia, SC.

Accepted proposals and invited artists and crafts makers will each receive a stipend to install and exhibit their work. There will be one stipend per accepted proposal. There will be a limited number of opportunities for artists and crafts makers to have their work displayed at the Children’s Garden. No Entry Fee is required. Artists are welcome to submit their works as a donation to the Children’s Garden.

Categories of Works:
Category A: Large Sculptures and/or Complex Works    Up to $2500
Category B: Free-Standing Sculpture, larger and/or Complex Works Up to $1500
Category C: Interactive Display Series. Up to $1000
Category D: Musical Devices, Dioramas, Graphics Series    $500 to $750
Category E: Plant Art, Small Interactives, Wind Sculptures    $250 to $500

Category distribution of stipends is anticipated as follows but subject to change at the sole discretion of Riverbanks Zoo and Garden:
1 each    $2500
5 each    $1500
5 each    $1000
4 each    $750
6 each    $500
6 each    $250

Entry Submission
Please submit by e-mail and include the artist’s/crafts maker’s name, phone number, e-mail address and physical address. Also include the title, dimensions, medium, and a description of the work including a brief narrative on how the work meets the intent of the Call for Entries and Children’s Garden goals. Images shall be provided in JPG format of sufficient quality to convey intent and detail.  Sketches must be clear and may be provided in JPG or PDF format.

Total Images per Proposal:     Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6

All entries shall be submitted in electronic format by the entry deadline above to:
Amanda Segura, Children’s Education Director
Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
E-mail: (asegura@riverbanks.org)
Questions?  Reach us any Thursday and Friday, noon-6pm, at 803/602-0813 or by e-mail at (asegura@riverbanks.org).

To see the complete prospectus visit (http://www.riverbanks.org/procurement/solicitations.shtml).

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