Artist and Exhibition Opportunities
Sandbox Proposals due November 4, 2019
STUFF(ed) (Installation view), 2019
Sound and mixed media installation (acrylic and latex paint, wood, fabric, paper, found objects)
Courtesy of the Artist
The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) invites West Coast artists to submit proposals for site specific, immersive, large-scale installations at the ICA.
In the Silicon Valley, the tech industry uses the term “sandbox” as a figurative place to experiment with new code or ideas. In a similar spirit, the ICA’s Sandbox Projects is a space that supports emerging and mid-career artists to experiment, take risks and develop works that would not otherwise be realized. Not limited to media, the program encourages site responsive, ambitious, architectural and large-scale works.
Call for Sandbox Projects Installation Proposals
Posted August 14th, 2019
The ICA will award an artist/artist team with an honorarium (ranging from $1,500- $5,000) to design, create and complete an installation project. The honorarium can be used towards project expenses including materials, supplies, transit of artwork (both ways), travel, per diem, and artist fee. The ICA will additionally support the project with access to a team of professional preparators during install and de-install, provide marketing for project and host an exhibition opening.
The ICA will present a site-specific installation per season (approximately four site-specific installations/year) and each installation will be featured for approximately 3 months. This Call for Installation Proposals is for the 2020 and 2021 exhibition schedule. Artists should note that the ICA is looking for site specific and/or immersive installations. Site-specific refers to a work of art designed specifically for a particular location and has an interrelationship with that location. Installation art describes large-scale, mixed media constructions, often designed for a specific place or for a temporary period of time.
Sandbox Project proposals should fit within these definitions. The ICA has recently purchased multiple high quality short throw projectors as well as audio equipment which will be available for artists to use in their installations.
Open to West Coast artists in all media.
Review Process and Criteria
Proposals will be reviewed by members of the San Jose ICA’s Curatorial Committee.
The criteria by which we will be considering each proposal are as follows:
- Artistic and creative strength of project
- Ambition and challenging nature of project
- Accessibility to engage a diverse audience
- Feasibility of project (scale, scope, legal, financial, and otherwise)
November 4, 2019: Application deadline
January 15, 2020: Announce Sandbox Awardees for 2020
Selected installations will be on view in the 2020 and 2021 exhibition seasons
Sandbox Projects Gallery
First Fridays– The ICA is seeking artist proposals for contemporary art performances and projects with interactive or participatory elements. The performances will be featured during First Fridays and/or during special one-night events at the ICA. Sound-based artists and artists interested in engaging directly with a public are also encouraged to submit a proposal. Special consideration will be given to student artists and recent graduates in addition to emerging to midcareer artists.
The San Jose ICA offers open submissions for select exhibition opportunities listed below. Open calls for artists and for professionally organized exhibitions are periodically updated. Please see Submission Requirements.