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Woods to Water: Temporal Sculpture on the Land

Germantown Academy & Art Across the Academy

Wissahickon Creek

Call for Environmental Art Proposals

Seeking art submissions that investigate meaningful environmental messages for site-specific installation.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: February 15, 2018

Deadline for proposals: January 29, 2018
Installations to occur: Early September, 2018


Germantown Academy is a non-sectarian, coeducational college preparatory school educating students from PreK to Grade 12. Founded in 1759, GA has over 250 years of history, tradition, and outstanding academics. The campus is located on 126 beautiful acres in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. Six acres of campus is natural woodlands and wetlands adjacent to the Wissahickon Creek. Art Across the Academy is a program that celebrates the visual arts across Germantown Academy, inspiring art appreciation, perception and visual awareness in our daily lives.

Goals for Project

Art Across the Academy has established several artistic and community development goals for this project.

  • Create site-specific, environmentally themed art installations, taking into account the location of the wetlands, woods, Wissahickon Creek and other marked areas on the campus maps.
  • Strengthen the community's awareness of scientific and historical connections within the natural environment through artistic representation.
  • Work can be long-lasting, or have ephemeral qualities, but if it is meant to deteriorate or change, it should peak in fall, 2018.
  • In support of the environment and sustainability, one of the important constraints of the project is to investigate how to use repurposed materials along with materials that degrade over time and work with nature.
  • Artists should be mindful of educational use of the grounds and avoid any physical interference on locations.
  • Size limitation is dictated by area of the site.

Scope of Work

Artists / artist teams will be expected to develop a preliminary proposal for a temporary, site-specific project within the boundaries of Germantown Academy's campus. The Preserve is open to the community and should be visited by artists for inspiration and planning. Please reach out if you desire a more personalized tour of the area. We are happy to accommodate.

  • Develop a concept for a temporary installation that lasts from one month to several years.
  • Identify a timeline for the installation, peak and deterioration of the project, if it applies.
  • Describe method of installation, timing for de-installation, and identify materials and tools.
  • Artists may include a concept for community engagement in the project.


Total stipend per art installation is $700. The stipend is all-inclusive, including artist fees, artist studio costs, supplies and installation and de-installation.

Artist Stipends

$700 stipend (two payments of $350) for an individual artist or to be shared among an artist team. Upon acceptance of the exhibition contract, artists will receive $350 for project expenses and upon de-installation* artists will receive the balance of $350. The artist stipend is intended to compensate the artist for the concept, proposal development and material needs. While the artist would retain ownership of the concept and proposal, Germantown Academy may request a fixed period of time for which Germantown Academy would have the sole right to collaborate with the artist in the production of the artwork.

*De-installation dates and the duration of each project will be decided on an individual basis, depending on the nature of the work. It will be indicated in the artist contracts. Long term artworks will receive the balance of the stipend in the fall of 2018.

Artist Selection Process

The commission will be open to artists from the Philadelphia region. We are seeking collaborative teams, or independent environmental artists. Artists or teams must respond with a letter of interest and portfolio information. All complete submissions will be exhibited in the school's Corridor Gallery from mid-February through late March, 2018. Jurying will take place during this time. Proposals will be chosen by the visual arts faculty along with guest jurors. Selected artists will be notified by March 30, 2018.

Insurance Disclaimer

Due to the nature of outdoor installations, we expect the elements will impact the work over time. Germantown Academy will not provide insurance for the installed works of this exhibit.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017 Call Issued
Monday, January 29, 2018 Deadline for complete proposals
February 22 - March 22, 2018 Selections made
March 30, 2018 Selected artists are notified
September 1 – 15, 2018 Installation of artwork on Germantown Academy Campus
October, 2018 Preserve Day on Germantown Academy Campus, Reception for artists, community tour of installations. Exact weekend date TBD.
May 21 – 25, 2019 De-install artwork if applicable. (Some artists may have long-term work)

How to Apply

Interested artists should submit:

  • A CV or résumé (up to 2 pages).
  • A current artist statement.
  • A short written response to each of these following questions:
    • Which of the sites on campus interest you most? (Name at least two sites)
    • What idea(s) would you be interested in exploring at this site?
    • What materials would be needed to produce it?
    • How would you create an installation that connects community to the work?
    • If a team, how would your collaboration work?
  • Sketches of proposed installation ideas.
  • Samples of work, photographs of up to three relevant projects per artist, and short descriptions of projects.

Submissions will be accepted electronically via Google Drive link or hard copies via USPS.

All questions and submissions can be sent to:

Jessica Killo and Sara Ritz
Co-Directors, Art Across the Academy

Germantown Academy
340 Morris Road
Fort Washington, PA 19034

Maps of Campus

General Radius for Installations:

Preserve Map

Closer view of The Preserve and Creek:

Preserve Map 2