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Open Call

Deadline: Feb 25
Site Intensive: May 19 - 26
Exhibition: Sept 2024

sweet pass sculpture school open call
Sweet Pass Sculpture Park announces the 2nd iteration of its education and exhibition program, Sweet Pass Sculpture School (SPSS). The program consists of a one-week intensive in Dallas, TX, a remote mentorship for research and project development, and a concluding exhibition at Sweet Pass Sculpture Park in the fall of 2024. Click here to learn more about our first cohort and their exhibition, Bottomland (2022).

Artists invited to participate will engage in site visits, lectures, screenings, readings, and dinners - meeting with local cultural producers, thinkers, and experts to collectively explore the city of Dallas. This program will conclude in a group exhibition at Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, emphasizing connection to the surrounding region, its communities, and environment. This program is free to participating artists, and a $1500 stipend will be presented to each artist to support their final projects.
sculpture school nasher sculpture center photo by trey burns

Sculpture School meets with artist Simon Denny at the Nasher Sculpture Center (2021)

2024 THEMATIC FOCUS: CONCRETE

This year's Sculpture School program examines the meaning and materiality of concrete, the planet's most widely used material. Our exploration will delve into the historical aspects of its production and usage, specifically in the construction of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and examine its impact on the local. Participants will have the opportunity to engage directly with concrete through various demonstrations, experimenting with different techniques and methods. They will also contribute to creating a “common concrete” using materials from the park's grounds.

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SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

All materials are to be submitted to sweetpasssculpturepark@gmail.com through your choice of delivery (google drive, dropbox, wetransfer, etc.) All materials should be clearly labeled.


REVIEW PROCESS:

Artists will be selected for Sweet Pass Sculpture School by jury - based on a competitive, open application process. Completed applications must be submitted by the deadline (Feb 25, 2024 EOD - 11:59 pm). Artists will be selected based on the quality of their application materials, past experience, and clarity of vision in their statement of interest. Sweet Pass will select artists whose careers and creative practices would benefit from the format of this opportunity.

Following the jury's recommendations, Sweet Pass Sculpture Park staff will conduct individual interviews via Zoom in March and announce final decisions by March 31, 2024.
sweet pass sculpture school visits george w bush native texas park photo by trey burns

Sculpture School tours the Native Texas Park at the George W Bush Presidential Library (2021)