Artscape Call for Art, 2016-2017

Artscape Call for Art, 2016-2017

Artscape Issues Artist Call, Sets Nov. 20 Deadline For Pittsfield’s 2016-2017 Public Art Program

Optional Theme of “In Motion:  Pittsfield” Suggested for Sculpture Submissions

Artscape, the public art program in the City of Pittsfield, Massachusetts has issued a call for artists for the 2016-17 installation season.  The program, which installs sculptures throughout the City’s Upstreet Cultural District, is open to local, national and international artists, and has selected “In Motion:  Pittsfield” as its theme.

The sculptures are expected to span a broad spectrum, from decorative to inspirational, functional to whimsical.  Out-of-the-box, diverse works are encouraged:  whether serious or creatively interpreted, abstract or objective, artists have a free hand in determining their approach.  Applicants are not bound to comply with the theme, but are encouraged to consider it conceptually as they design their pieces; sculptures need not be kinetic.

Proposals are juried by the Artscape Committee composed of artists, arts administrators and community members.  The exhibition of the selected works will be between May 2016 and April 2017; installations will take place in April, 2016.  Some technical assistance, approved by the Artscape committee on a project-by-project basis, may be provided to install work.  Artists whose work is accepted are granted financial support in the amount of $500.  One sculpture will be chosen for an additional $500 award under the City-wide theme of In Motion:  Pittsfield, for a total $1,000 honorarium.

Applications can be submitted online at – thanks to the support of the Berkshire Art Association. Background information, a brochure of the current installations and submission forms are available at:

For those unable to submit online, printed copies of the Call for Artists are available from Rebecca Manship in the Office of Community Development, Pittsfield City Hall, Room #205, 70 Allen Street, Pittsfield MA 01201 [].  Completed proposals must be received in the office of Community Development by 4:00 pm on Nov. 20, 2015 or by 11:59 pm online.

A narrated view of current installations is available at, and through the Artscape Facebook page,


About Artscape
The mission of the City of Pittsfield’s Artscape program is to enhance the downtown’s character and attract visitors by installing and promoting works of art in various outdoor locations accessible to the public throughout the downtown area.

Pittsfield, Massachusetts is located in the heart of culturally rich Berkshire County, in western Massachusetts.  A city of 45,000, Pittsfield is home to the Berkshire Museum, Hancock Shaker Village, Barrington Stage Company, the Colonial Theatre, South Mountain Concerts, the Berkshire Music School, the Berkshire Athenaeum, the Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, and a variety of other cultural attractions.  In addition, the city features a winter ski resort, a state forest, two lakes, the Housatonic River, and a National Audubon Society sanctuary within its city borders.