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FOLLY 2014: RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION FOR ARCHITECTS

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR 2014 FOLLY HAS PASSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE OUTCOME IN SPRING 2014.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: FOLLY 2014
This program organized by Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York, FOLLY 2014 invites architects and designers to apply for a design/build studio residency from March-May 2014 leading to an exhibition at Socrates opening in early May 2014. 

DEADLINE
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 11:59pm

INFO SESSION
Thursday, December 12th, 7:00pm
at the Architectural League of NY
To learn more and RSVP, click here

Helpful Documents to Get You Started:
- PDF of this Call for Proposals
- List of Frequently Asked Questions
- Site Plan indicating the intended location of Folly within the park

DESCRIPTION
Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League invite emerging architects and designers to apply for the opportunity to build and exhibit a full-scale project around the theme of an architectural folly. This residency was established in 2011 to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture, and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts, and techniques between the two disciplines. Socrates and The League welcome proposals for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. Especially popular among the Romantics of the 18th and 19th centuries, architectural follies are structures that often have no discernible purpose and are placed within a garden or landscape.

REVIEW PROCESS
The Folly program is based on a competitive application process. For 2013, we received over 160 applications for one commission. Complete applications received by the deadline will be reviewed by a jury of architects, artists, and arts administrators, who will select a single project to be realized within the grounds of Socrates Sculpture Park. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit Socrates, a unique waterfront park located in an industrial area of Long Island City, Queens, before submitting their applications and to explore Socrates’ website to learn about the history and context of the project. Applicants must take into account the site’s rugged, urban outdoor environment, and be aware that winning installations are subject to final approval by Socrates and League staff and must meet safety requirements to be able to withstand the effects of weather and public use.

The selected applicant will receive a $5,000 production grant towards the project, as well as full access to the equipment, resources, and fabrication facilities of Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio during a two-month residency at the park, beginning in March 2014. Administrative support for additional fundraising and securing in-kind contributions may also be available. The completed project is tentatively scheduled to open to the public in early May 2014. The project will be documented with a digital catalog. 

FOLLY 2014 JURY
Chris Doyle, Artist
John Hatfield, Socrates Sculpture Park
Enrique Norten, TEN Arquitectos
Lisa Switkin, Field Operations
Ada Tolla, LOT-EK

PAST FOLLY WINNERS
 - For 2013, the winning FOLLY was tree wood by architect Toshihiro Oki with Jen Wood and Jared Diganci, which was selected from over 160 submissions. Their project, which opened to the public in May 2013 and is currently on view at Socrates through March 2014, is a rigid yet airy wooden structure placed within a grove of trees. An ornate crystal chandelier is suspended inside the structure, which visitors peer into through simple wooden beams. The installation creates a dialogue between built structures and natural systems. Learn more about tree wood.
 - For 2012, the winning FOLLY was Curtain by architects Jerome W Haferd and K Brandt Knapp. Their project was on view in the park during summer 2012, and combined architectural structural framing with mutable plastic chain link partitions and enclosures. Learn more about Curtain.


PROJECT SITE
Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop proposals within the designated site - the southeast park-space, adjacent to the main entrance of the park, as outlined in the site plan. Proposals outside of this area of the park may interfere with Socrates already scheduled exhibition programming and may not be considered viable. No proposals will be considered if sited in the water or along the shoreline. To download a site plan indicating the location of Folly within the park, click here.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Proposals must include the following four components. The application package should be submitted as a single PDF (8 1/2″ x 11″ page) of not more than 25 pages and 15 megabytes, emailed to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2014. Please put the project title in the subject line of the email.

1.  COVER SHEET
Applicant must include a cover sheet with name, mailing address, telephone number, email, project title, and a single paragraph of not more than 150 words summarizing your proposed project. Please indicate on your cover sheet whether you previously submitted a proposal for Folly. If you are applying as a team, please include the names and emails for each team member and identify one team member as the Lead Contact.

2.  PROJECT PROPOSAL AND BUDGET
Applicants must submit a project description of up to 1,000 words that clearly describes the project and its relationship to the theme of the architectural folly. Applicants are encouraged to submit renderings and sketches of the proposed project. The proposal should address plans for the reuse, recycling, and dispersal of all material used in the project. A preliminary budget should also be included that identifies expenses and offers a description of how the project fits within the financial parameters.

3.  CURRENT RESUME/CV
The resume/CV should include information about your education; work and teaching experience; (if applicable) exhibition history; awards, grants, and residencies; and other relevant information.

4.  DIGITAL IMAGES AND SLIDE SCRIPT
Up to seven (7) digital images of recent work. (These images are in addition to renderings/sketches submitted as part of Section 2.) Projects may be built or proposed in any medium. A slide script with a numbered list that corresponds to the submitted images should also be included. For each image, include the title, date and a brief description of the work.


SUBMISSION FORMAT AND DEADLINE
The application package should be submitted as a single PDF (8 1/2″ x 11″ page) of not more than 25 pages and 15 megabytes, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 11:59 p.m. on January 7, 2014. Please put the project title in the subject line of the email.


AWARD, RESIDENCY, AND EXHIBITION
One project will be chosen. The recipient will receive a $5,000 production grant towards realizing the proposed project. The recipient will also have full access to the studio space and fabrication resources of Socrates Sculpture Park from March to May 2014. The finished project will go on view in Socrates Sculpture Park beginning in early May 2014.


ELIGIBILITY
Architects and related designers are invited to apply. Applicants do not need to be registered architects. Architects and designers outside of New York City are eligible to apply, but housing and transportation are not provided as part of the award. If selected, non-resident architects will have to make their own living and travel arrangements. Full-time matriculated students are not eligible to apply.


PROJECT DIRECTORS
Elissa Goldstone, Socrates Sculpture Park
Anne Rieselbach, The Architectural League of New York

QUESTIONS
Applicants may email questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All questions and answers will be posted on The Architectural League’s and Socrates Sculpture Park’s websites.
To review the current FAQs (as of October 24, 2013), click here.


ABOUT SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK
Socrates Sculpture Park is an internationally renowned outdoor venue for presenting public art and artist residency program that also serves as a vital New York City park offering a wide variety of free public programs. Socrates Sculpture Park is the only site in the New York Metropolitan area specifically dedicated to providing artists with opportunities to create and exhibit large-scale sculpture and multi-media installations in a unique outdoor environment that encourages strong interaction between artists, artworks and the public. The Park’s existence is based on the belief that reclamation, revitalization and creative expression are essential to the survival, humanity and improvement of our urban environment. www.socratessculpturepark.org


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ABOUT THE ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE
The Architectural League nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism. Through lectures, symposia, exhibitions, competitions, publications, and digital communications, the League creates a lively independent forum for artistic and intellectual work and helps shape the future by provoking thinking about the critical design and building issues of our time. www.archleague.org


SPECIAL THANKS
Folly 2014 is a partnership of Socrates Sculpture Park and The Architectural League of New York with major support provided by the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

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Folly 2014 is also funded, in part, by the J. Clawson Mills Fund of The Architectural League and by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Lambent Foundation, Mark di Suvero, Agnes Gund, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Spacetime C.C.

Special thanks to the City of New York, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, City Councilmembers Jimmy Van Bramer and Peter F. Vallone Jr., and the Department of Parks & Recreation, Commissioner Veronica M. White.

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Archive

We invite you to explore Socrates Sculpture Park’s digital archive, the newest edition to our organizational website.  The archive currently spans 99 exhibitions and more than 900 artists who have exhibited at the Park since its founding.  Our goal is to bring broader exposure to the ambitious and often ephemeral projects that have been produced at Socrates, and to encourage further exploration of this work. 

The archive is a result of a three-year initiative to catalogue and transfer the Park’s early slides, snapshots, and transparencies into a digital format, so that they may be shared with public.   The archive will grow with each new exhibition and we anticipate that it will become increasingly refined as our alumni artists have the opportunity to contribute their own documentation of their projects.  From what has been collected to date, you can already see the extraordinary range of materials, subjects, and approaches taken by the artists throughout the Park’s 26-year history.  What will also be apparent is the evolution of the surrounding neighborhood and landscape, and how the site lends inspiration, and a unique context, as a seasonally shifting and highly active, outdoor public venue.

Features

Each artist and exhibition has a dedicated page, and the artists and their respective exhibitions are interwoven.  The archive is sorted in three different ways for your viewing convenience.  You can opt to view a complete list of artists or exhibitions by clicking through the links within the “Browse Artists” or “Browse Exhibitions” menu categories (to the left). 

Under the “Explore” category, you can refine your search more specifically (by exhibition titles, year, type, etc….) and then sort your results chronologically or alphabetically.   When viewing your list of results, the artist and exhibition pages are distinguished by the color of their borders; all exhibition pages will have a blue border and all artist pages will have an orange border.  From there, you can view more details by selecting the individual artist and exhibition pages.

Acknowledgements

Funding for this archive was made possible through a technology grant from the Booth Ferris Foundation, and through contributions from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Agnes Gund, Jerome Foundation, Lambent Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and New York Community Trust.

This initiative is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, and by public funds from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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Project Managers: Elissa Goldstone, Ellen Staller

Photographers: Barkow Photography, Alyson Baker, Chris Baker, Peter Bellamy, John Berens, Steven L. Cohen, Stephanie Diamond, Bilyana Dimitrova, Robyn Donohue, Dominique Evrard, Lars Fisk, Elaine Gan, Kathleen Gilrain, Elissa Goldstone, Audrey Gottlieb, John Hatfield, Richard Nonas, Coke Wisdom O’Neal, Pierre Plattier, David Tomono, Socrates Sculpture Park archives, Spacetime C.C archives.

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Special thanks to: Brittany Adams, Jillian Brall, Mark Forte, Jessica Harwood, Julia Kirchmer, Rhiannon Platt, Alexander Zolli

Enter the Archive

EAF14: ARTIST RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR 2014 EAF HAS PASSED, AND WE RECEIVED OVER 200 ELIGIBLE APPLICATIONS. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE OUTCOME IN SPRING 2014.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2014 EMERGING ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS

DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014, 11:59PM
RESIDENCY: MAY 2014 – SEPTEMBER 2014
EXHIBITION: SEPTEMBER 2014 - MARCH 2015


Helpful Documents to Get You Started:
- PDF of this Call for Proposals
- List of Equipment Available
- Link to Online Application



PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Beginning October 24, 2013, Socrates Sculpture Park is accepting proposals for the Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF), an annual program that selects 15 artists for the opportunity to produce and exhibit a large scale site-specific sculpture or installation in the park. Specifically, Socrates is seeking proposals that respond to the complexities of park’s unique history and location as a waterfront in an urban environment, either through a conceptual or formal relationship.

EAF recipients will receive a $5,000 production grant to support their project, as well as a four-month studio residency that includes 24/7 access to the resources and fabrication facilities of the park’s outdoor studio. The completed work will become part of a public exhibition, opening in early September 2014. Administrative support for additional fundraising, securing in-kind contributions, and promoting your project may also be available. An electronic publication will accompany the exhibition and program.


REVIEW PROCESS
The EAF program is based on a competitive, open application process. Complete applications received by the deadline (January 7, 2014) will be reviewed by the Socrates exhibition department and two curatorial advisors consisting of prominent curators, artists, writers, gallerists, or arts administrators. Fifteen artists will be selected for the 2014 program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit Socrates, a unique waterfront park located in an industrial area of Long Island City, Queens, before submitting their applications and to explore Socrates’ website to learn about the history and context of the organization and program archive.

Competitive applications will demonstrate a strong physical and/or conceptual connection to the site’s rugged, urban outdoor environment. Visiting the site will give applicants a clearer idea of the factors that effect installations at the park, as well as an overview of the facilities that the Park has to offer, including the tools and equipment available in the studio and the materials and resources available in Long Island City. Following the recommendations of the curatorial advisors, Socrates staff will contact applicants individually to further discuss proposed projects before confirming the final selection in March 2014. Selected projects are subject to final approval by Socrates staff and must meet safety requirements to be able to withstand the effects of weather and public use.


ONCE SELECTED

Upon selection, Socrates staff members will meet with each Fellow to further develop project proposals and begin to assist with the development, engineering, and fabrication of the work. An orientation for all 15 Fellows will take place in late April/early May, followed by individual progress meetings that will take place throughout the studio residency. These meetings are meant to assess progress, troubleshoot issues, and review the project timeline for a September opening. 


ELIGIBILITY

Fellowships are awarded to artists who:
 - are not yet well established;
 - are New York State residents; and
 - are in need of financial assistance.
Artists who are enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible for the Emerging Artist Fellowship program. Artists who have applied before (but never shown at Socrates) are eligible to apply again.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
Applications will only be accepted online. The application form must be completed and submitted at once (i.e., you cannot save your work and return to it later). We highly recommend preparing the information and documents listed below BEFORE beginning your online submission.

1. APPLICATION FORM
Applicants must provide the following information 1) name; 2) date of birth; 3) place of birth; 4) mailing address; 5) telephone number; and 6) email address. You may also indicate your 8a) gender; and 8b) ethnicity, though this is optional. Please indicate 9) whether you previously submitted a proposal to Socrates Sculpture Park; and 10) whether you are currently based in New York City.

2. CURRENT RESUME AND REFERENCES
Resume should include information about your education; exhibition history; awards, grants, and residencies; and details of any published writings, reviews, or catalogues about your work. Please provide the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two people who are familiar with your work.

3. IMAGE LIST
A numbered list that corresponds to each of the 10 submitted images. For each image, include the title, date, materials, and dimensions. A two-sentence description of each work is optional.

4. TEN (10) DIGITAL IMAGES (JPEG ONLY, 1MB MAX)
Images should reflect recent work, particularly work that relates to your proposal for Socrates Sculpture Park. These images are in addition to any images, renderings, etc. submitted in Section 5. DO NOT SUBMIT VIDEO OR AUDIO FILES. FILES MUST BE IN JPEG FORMAT AND LESS THAN 1MB

5. PROPOSAL
You may submit up to two specific proposals or versions of the same proposal with your application. A written description (no more than 900 words) is mandatory and should detail the work that you would like to produce and exhibit at Socrates Sculpture Park. This written description should focus on the following: 1) overall concept; 2) use of materials; 3) how proposed project is related to the site; 4) how proposed project fits into your artistic practice; and 5) how submitted images of past work relate to your proposal. The proposal should address plans for the reuse, recycling, and dispersal of all material used in the project. Drawings, plans, or renderings are optional, though strongly encouraged.


SUBMITTING YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
Once you have gathered the information described above, you are ready to begin uploading your application. Socrates Sculpture Park uses a free online platform called Wufoo, which you can access by clicking below.

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SPECIAL THANKS
EAF14 is made possible by the generous support of our funders, including the Jerome Foundation, the New York Community Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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 This program is also funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Lambent Foundation, Mark di Suvero, Agnes Gund, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Spacetime C.C.

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Applications and Guidelines

The call for proposals for EAF13: 2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition will be announced in EARLY NOVEMBER 2012. We encourage you to check back for application information at that time. 

Profile of an Emerging Artist

PROFILE OF AN EMERGING ARTIST
As part of this new web series, every month throughout EAF13, our latest Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, we will feature a different participating artist who completed our 2013 residency and whose culminating work is currently on view in the park.


OCTOBER: DAVID MCQUEEN

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David McQueen builds things to help people recall their past.

By focusing on obsolete technology -- like windmills and lighthouses, whose architectural structures may have survived, but which no longer have a functional purpose -- he creates sculptures that remind us of, and at times mimic, a history that is long gone.  Lighthouses have been replaced by GPS technology, and windmills by electricity.  McQueen’s kinetic sculptures, often placed near waterways from the ocean to the East River, are meant to be meditative and transporting.

He describes his past work as “monumental” and “heroic,” so when McQueen was first awarded an Emerging Artist Fellowship his original concept was to construct a towering 30-foot lighthouse in the park. But then he visited Socrates and saw the 1872 Blackwell Island Lighthouse across the river on Roosevelt Island, another idea emerged.  “It was a crystallizing moment,” he said recently while sitting in the open-air artist studios in the park.  “We often trust large structures because they are big, and that they existence makes us trust them implicitly.” But a fallen lighthouse, which is how his project evolved, depicts a failed or collapsed scenario.  To him, the seemingly broken structure represents the simultaneous past and future of the Blackwell Lighthouse, and its humility makes it an underdog. “You want to sympathize with it,” he said, “root for it.”

He assumed many would see the sadness in the object itself, and brought that anthropomorphic aspect to the next level.  Through his fallen lighthouse, McQueen created a conduit for people to share their deepest thoughts and forgotten memories.  His sculpture, titled One of us may have been sleeping, so I’ll tell you again tonight, comes with a phone number (718-473-9985) and invites text messages throughout the exhibition, which ends on March 31, 2014.  McQueen encourages people to bring the past to light, quite literally: his sculpture translates the text messages into Morse Code and flashes them across the East River toward the Blackwell Lighthouse.

As part of the project, McQueen encourages people to “text anything left unsaid” to anyone, whether friends or family, current or past, or even to yourself. “After all the things you’ve learned, what would you say to your teenage self, if given the chance?” he asked.  Many have already taken that chance.  The “Socrates Beacon,” as he refers to it on Twitter, has already received about 250 messages that were broadcast across the river. 

The messages received have ranged from serious to silly, and even angry. On October 16th, one texter lamented, "I wish I didn't push you away. I was so afraid of losing you, and in the end I did anyway." McQueen tweets the messages using his @socratesbeacon handle. 

His use of technology to activate outdated machinery may seem ironic, but for McQueen it’s an effective strategy to allow “people to access the past.” He hopes that the strength of spreading the messages widely over social media will encourage others to communicate their own messages.  The texts seem to come from a wide variety of audiences, and the senders are always anonymous.

Next up for David McQueen is an exhibition at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he will further develop his work on navigational structures, building a large-scale boat that recalls the surrounding Naval community.  Till then, he said, he will focus on building smaller objects.

One of us may have been sleeping, so I’ll tell you again tonight is part of EAF13, a group show currently on view at Socrates Sculpture Park, through March 31, 2014.

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