2013 Sculpture in the Garden
Call for Entries
Entries Due: March 31, 2013 - extended deadline!
Exhibition Date: June 14 - July 13, 2013
About the Exhibition: The Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, California, features an extensive collection of rare succulent and drought-tolerant plants, trees, and shrubs. It provides a spectacular backdrop for artists to display their sculptures along the meandering garden paths. This exhibition is a fundraiser for the Garden, which receives a 35% commission on each sale.
Selection and Judging: Accepted works will be selected by a committee. All price ranges are welcome, but artists should be aware that pieces priced under $5,000 are the most likely to be purchased. Judging of accepted works and the awarding of prizes will take place after installation. Best in Show: $1,000, Director's Choice: $500, Bancroft Honor (2): $250. The Jurors for 2013 are Archie Held, Judy Bolef Miller, and Clayton Thiel.
Eligibility: There is no submission fee. Sculptures of all mediums appropriate for outdoor gardens will be considered. Instructions for submitting series are in the submission form. Sculptures must be freestanding and will likely be exposed to automatic sprinklers. There are a few locations that can accommodate fountains, lit sculptures, or other works that require electricity. Please note if your piece needs to be plugged in, and we will contact you for further information.
Site Logistics: The average display site is 3’ wide, 3’ deep, and 6’ high. There are a limited number of spaces for sculptures that are wider (up to 8’) or taller (up to 20’). The Garden's pathways are compacted gravel, and sculptures must be adequately secured for safety and stability.
Delivery and Pick-Up: Works must be delivered and installed by the artists June 8-11, 10am-4pm. Pick-up will be July 14-16, 10am-4pm. All pieces must be removed before Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
Terms of Agreement
Submission of work constitutes an agreement to the conditions set forth and acceptance that the decisions of the Committee and the Jurors are final. The Ruth Bancroft Garden may photograph accepted work for promotional purposes. Artists may not withdraw accepted entries before the close of the exhibition without having a suitable replacement approved. Submitted images must reflect an accurate representation of the work or risk rejection at time of installation. Artists are responsible for installing work and providing waterproof pedestals if needed. All artwork must be for sale to enter the exhibition.
Liability: Artists assume all risk of loss or damage. There is a gated entrance to the Garden, which is locked each night, and there is a video alarm system by Bay Alarm. There has never been an instance of theft or vandalism in the past 18 years of the Sculpture in the Garden.
Notification: Artists will be notified by email if their work has been accepted or not by April 15, 2013.
If you require a hard copy submission form, please call the Office: (925) 944-9352