Call for Artists: Habitat (Smithsonian exhibit) Outdoor Display

Request for Proposals:
Habitat (Smithsonian exhibit) Outdoor Display

April 22 – October 9, 2022

Reiman Gardens at Iowa State University seeks proposals from creative individuals, artists, or groups to design, construct, and display unique site-specific sculptures contributing to its 2022 temporary outdoor display, Habitat, a Smithsonian Gardens* exhibition exploring the idea that protecting habitats protects life. Each exhibitor will be challenged to propose designs to align with existing interpretive messaging for a site-specific display. Collaboration is acceptable and encouraged. Download the REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS AND APPLICATION FORM. View the location photos.

From Friday, April 22 (Earth Day) – Sunday, October 9, 2022, Reiman Gardens will showcase a flexible, scalable, build-it-yourself exhibition developed by Smithsonian Gardens called Habitat. This show will feature 14 unique site-specific displays, intended to connect Reiman Gardens to one big idea: Protecting Habitats Protects Life. A sample Exhibit Prospectus is available for download here.

Reiman Gardens’ staff will create seven displays in-house, leaving seven thematic displays available for artists/groups to create based on existing interpretive materials. Artists/groups will be selected through a competitive process to exhibit one or more sculptures/installations aligned with preexisting themes at predetermined locations (see map on pg.8) on site. All 14 displays, together with the interpretive materials developed by Smithsonian Gardens, will make up the full outdoor summer exhibit, intended to provide visitors with engaging visual and educational content. We hope each designer or group will offer an inspiring take on the existing theme and interpretation, with designs that work together to gracefully integrate into Reiman Gardens’ landscape. Though not required, we encourage artists to consider the use of sustainable products to fabricate their displays to ensure that the project has minimal impact on the environment.