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Wormfarm Seeks Artworks for 2018 Farm/Art DTour

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Wormfarm Seeks Artworks for 2018 Farm/Art DTour



The Wormfarm Institute is seeking artists (individuals or teams) who are interested in creating temporary, site-responsive work and engaging with agricultural landscape, the farmers, landowners, and surrounding communities of Sauk County, Wisconsin.

The Farm/Art DTour is a 50-mile self-guided tour punctuated by Art Works (large-scale temporary art installations), Pasture Performances, PassWords (roadside poetry), Field Notes (interpretive signage), and more. The DTour is part of Fermentation Fest – A Live Culture Convergence, 10 days of classes, tastings, and art events celebrating live culture – in all its forms.

Wormfarm will fund projects at two levels- $5000 and $2500. Six to eight total projects will be selected from a combination of funding levels. Please indicate on your application which funding level you are applying for. An itemized budget will not be required for phase one.

Download and review full RFQ here

Budget: $2,500-$5,000

Deadline: 03/05/2018 5:00 PM Central Time

Eligibility:  Professional artists

Project Description
Wormfarm will commission 6-8 original Art Works to be installed along the DTour route. The work will be on public view from October 5-14, 2018. This is an opportunity to contribute to a unique and exciting project with a growing reputation for its innovative and effective approach to “creative placemaking.”

We seek to curate a diverse group of artists for projects on the edge of Wisconsin’s Driftless Region. Artists are responsible for both installation and de-installation of their work and will have about 2 weeks to install and 1 week after to de-install. Artists retain ownership of the work after the DTour.

Artwork Goals
In ecology there is a concept called “edge environments” – areas between one sort of landscape and another, where ecosystems overlap. These edges tend to have more diversity (and therefore more hardiness) than either of the adjoining environments alone. These mixed-use zones, both literal and conceptual, characterize the DTour experience and allows us to see new possibilities for our land, our work, and our communities.

Selection Process
Artists will be chosen to participate through a two-part selection process. Initial proposals will be reviewed by a jury consisting of former DTour artists, organizers, and regional and national arts professionals. Up to 15 finalists will be selected. Finalists will be notified by March 21 and will be expected to attend a two-day orientation at Wormfarm in Reedsburg, WI in late April.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic excellence
  • Visual Impact
  • Demonstrated ability to realize
  • Community Engagement
  • Feasibility in the context of the larger event
  • Curatorial vision

Application Requirements

  • Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
  • Work examples: 8 – 10
  • Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum including contact information
  • Project concept:  Narrative description including funding level desired, not to exceed one page
  • Concept drawings or visual references


  • March 5: Email Applications due by 5 p.m. CST
  • March 21: Finalists chosen, notification sent to applicants
  • April 28-29: Finalist Orientation in Reedsburg, WI
  • May 18: Final Proposals due
  • May 30: Artists chosen, notification to finalists
  • June: Contracts with selected artists, final site selection
  • September 15 – October 3: Installation of art work
  • October 5 – 14: Farm/Art DTour + Fermentation Fest
  • October 15 – 21:  De-installation of work

How to apply
Letter of Interest, Project Concept, drawings, and Resume/C.V. should be saved as a single PDF or Word document. Images must be JPEG format, “high” or “fine” quality, file size not to exceed 2 MB per image. Image file names should include artist’s last name and be numbered, e.g. “Smith-01.”

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