Call For Artists – Chesterwood

Chesterwood Sculpture 2012 Call for Entries

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Questions?  Please contact Curatorial Assistant Anne Cathcart at, or (413) 298-3579, ext. 25216.  Thanks!


Exhibition Dates:  June 30 – October 8, 2012Guest Curators:  Cameron M. Shay and Priscilla V. Caldwell, Directors, Graham Gallery, New York


Chesterwood calls for entries for Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2012, a juried exhibition of outdoor sculpture.  The guest curators and jurors of this group exhibition will review all applications.  All artists 18 and older are eligible to apply.  Sculpture may be in any medium but must be suitable for long-term outdoor exposure and of an appropriate outdoor scale.


Since 1983, Cameron M. Shay has been Director and President of Graham Gallery, New York.  Selected exhibitions and catalogues include: American Garden Sculpture of the Country Place Era, 1890 – 1940 (2005); Antoine-Louis Barye and the American Collector (2004); Collecting Sculpture (2001); The Figure in Sculpture, American and European, 19th and 20th Century (1989); and The Animal in Sculpture, American and European, 19th and 20th Century (1987).  Previously, he was the gallery director for Trailside Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ, Jackson, WY, and Houston, TX.  He is a past board member of Art Dealers Association of America and National Sculpture Society.  He served as juror for the annual Birds in Art exhibition at Leigh Yawkee Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI, and twice for the National Sculpture Society’s annual juried sculpture exhibition.  For the past eight years, he has served on the vetting committee for American paintings and sculpture for the Winter Antiques Show, NY.  In addition, Shay advises private collectors, international auction houses and institutions on authenticity and acquisitions of sculpture.  His areas of specialty include Contemporary and Modern art, American and European sculpture (1840-1950), American paintings (1840-1950), and American Western art.

Priscilla V. Caldwell is also Director of Graham Gallery, New York.  Previously, she was Associate of James Reinish & Martha Parrish, NY, and Gallery Director of Washburn Gallery, NY.  In 2011, she curated the exhibitions Mary McDonnell: For the ListenerMax Jansons: Freewheelin’, Kimber Smith: The Winged Life, Joe Fyfe: Wood / Cloth / Color, and John Zinsser: Recent Paintings.  Additional recent exhibitions include Ken Aptekar: Recent Work (2010) and John Zinsser: Art Dealer Archipelagoes (2009-2010).  She is one of three contributing writers to the exhibition catalogue Impressions of Interiors: Gilded Age Paintings by Walter Gay, which will accompany an exhibition of paintings and works on paper being organized by Sarah Hall, Director of Curatorial Affairs, The Frick Pittsburgh, PA.  The show is scheduled to open October 5, 2012, and will travel to the Flagler Museum, Palm Beach, FL. Additional publications include: Fyfe, Joe, Kimber Smith: The Winged Life, James Graham & Sons, NY (2011); Fahlman, Betsy, James Graham & Sons: Celebrating 150 Years, James Graham & Sons, NY (2007); Fahlman, Betsy, Guy Pene du Bois: Painter of Modern Life, James Graham & Sons in partnership with Norton, NY (2006); DePietro, Anne Cohen, Out of The Shadows; Helen Torr: A Retrospective, James Graham & Sons in partnership with the Hecksher Museum, NY (2003); Caldwell, Priscilla Vail, Walter Gay: Poemes d’Interieurs, James Graham & Sons, NY (2003); Caldwell, Priscilla Vail, Miklos Suba, Line by Line: A Portfolio of Brooklyn DrawingsNew York: James Graham & Sons, NY (2001).  Committee and board memberships includeBoard of Trustees, SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY (2011 to present); Dealer Committee, Children’s Museum of Art, New York, NY (2010-2011); Dealer Committee, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY (2011); Member, Art Dealers Association of America, New York, NY (1996 to present); Host Committee, BRIC Rotunda, Brooklyn, NY (2009-2011); Waring Prize Committee, Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, OH (2007 to present).  In 1988, she was the recipient of a Kress Foundation Grant.  Caldwell received her B.A. in Art History from Northwestern University in 1985, and her M.A. in Art History from Williams College in 1988.


The title Genius of Place is borrowed from the renowned landscape architect and contemporary of Daniel Chester French’s, Frederick Law Olmsted.  One of the important principles of Olmsted’s design was to stay true to the character of the natural surroundings.  He frequently referred to the “genius of place”, which he defined as the ecologically and spiritually unique qualities of every site.

The thesis of this exhibition is proposed in an open manner to encourage artists to interpret Olmsted’s principle by allowing the grounds of Chesterwood  to inspire the design and placement of their own work within an outdoor context which was already carefully curated by French between the years of 1896-1931.

All media are welcome in this exhibition (but must withstand the elements) and since outdoor sculpture/interventions are based on the specifics of location, the work proposed should take into consideration just how the final piece relates to the space of Chesterwood and its placement within that environment.


A limited number of cash awards, including the Lillian Heller Curator’s Award of $1,500 and Chesterwood Advisory Council Award of $500, will be presented to artists participating in the exhibition.


Application deadline (postmarked): Friday, April 6

Sculptors notified (at the latest): Tuesday, May 1

Installation of sculpture: June 4-8

Opening reception and curators’ tour: Saturday, June 30

Removal of sculpture: October 9-19



All submissions must be mailed to:

Chesterwood, CSC 2012 PO Box 827

Stockbridge, MA 01262-0827

The postmark deadline is April 6, 2012. 

Questions?  Please contact Curatorial Assistant Anne Cathcart at, or (413) 298-3579, ext. 25216, or visit us online at for more information.




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