Friday, July 19, 2013

Arbor Aid 2013 Call for Artists

Arbor Aid 2013 Call for Artists


Deadline: September 1st, 2013

Future Tenant and Tree Pittsburgh announce a call for artists for work to be presented at Arbor Aid 2013 to be held at Future Tenant from Saturday November 2 to Sunday December 1, 2013 – with the opening night Arbor Aid celebration on Saturday, November 2nd.
The exhibition will be part of Tree Pittsburgh’s activities related to the 2013 Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry National Conference.

We are looking for artwork that is made out of, or relates to, reclaimed urban wood. The call is open to all artistic disciplines. 

Submission requirements
“Reclaimed urban wood” can come from downed or removed trees, from fixtures, flooring, beams, etc of once-occupied homes or from other urban reclaimed sources.
Each artist can submit at least one and at most 3 pieces for consideration. Due to space constraints; we recommend that the work does not exceed 9 x 9 feet and for installation purposes, all pieces should be able to fit thru a 6'7"(h) door.
In addition, artists are encouraged to submit one piece that would fit inside a 12 x 12 inch box.
Selected artists will be able to put their work for sale, with a 20% sale commission for Future Tenant. Artists can choose to donate another portion of the sale to Tree Pittsburgh.

Submission instructions:
This call is open from June 3rd  and closes September 1st, 2013
The following materials are required:
-Artist Bio
-Complete piece information (author, title, medium, size, approximate weight and year)
-At least 1 image of each work, in case of three dimensional pieces we recommend at least two images per piece.
-Brief description of each project/piece
-  If available a photo of and story behind the raw material (where did the tree stand, where did you find the floor boards,etc.)

A jury comprised of recognized artists/woodworkers and community members will select the participating projects. Artists are responsible for delivery and pick up within the established time frames.

About Tree Pittsburgh  
Tree Pittsburgh is an environmental non-profit organization formed in 2006 and dedicated to enhancing the city of Pittsburgh's vitality by protecting and growing the urban forest. Tree Pittsburgh is to be a leader in creating a healthy, attractive and safe urban forest by inspiring and engaging citizens to maintain plant and protect trees. Tree Pittsburgh works collaboratively with the City of Pittsburgh, community groups, and residents to make a positive impact on the urban forest.

About Future Tenant
Located in the heart of Pittsburgh’s cultural district, at 819 Penn Avenue, Future Tenant provides a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers and audiences to explore the limits of the creative expression, presentation and interpretation of various art forms.

History of Arbor Aid
Arbor Aid was conceived by Tree Pittsburgh and late local woodworker John Metzler, founder of the Urban Tree Forge. Arbor Aid celebrates the possibilities presented to us by trees as resources within our city. Rather than make mulch or firewood from urban trees that need to be removed, Tree Pittsburgh encourages giving them a longer life by repurposing them as art, furniture, flooring and everything in between

Arbor Aid is a one-evening event and has historically enjoyed an audience of over 500 people. Art is available for purchase at the event, and attendees enjoy live music, food, and libation. With the inception of its annual fundraiser, Arbor Aid, Tree Pittsburgh has developed an opportunity for artists and craftsman to showcase their talents and the beauty of reclaimed wood by re-purposing urban waste wood into art and fine craft for the past five years.

For more information or questions, please contact Cheli Kahn at

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Formerly the Pittsburgh Art Blog, Eyes on Pittsburgh focuses on cultural aspects of the region, including visual and performing arts, as well as locavore, development and environmental issues through original, analytical writing and interviews. Pittsburgh area galleries and art venues are listed at the sister site The blog and website are volunteer projects from fine art photographer and Pittsburgh artist advocate rick byerly.

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