New Bedford’s annual Seaport Art Walk was founded in 2013 by artist Jessica Bregoli, and was the city’s first large format outdoor public art installation. Each summer, sculpture and murals are strategically placed along New Bedford’s working waterfront and Seaport Cultural District.
2021 Seaport Art Walk – Call for Artists
This year’s theme – “Tides and Time” – welcomes artists to submit proposals reflecting or commenting on our ever-changing climate, whether that be the ocean, environment, economy, politics, social justice, etc. This juried outdoor sculpture exhibition will place selected temporary sculptures along the working waterfront in the Seaport Cultural
District, a high traffic zone for tourists and residents. The sculptural pieces need to be suitable for an outdoor high-wind location to be installed for five months minimum. Sculptures will be assessed on their concept, design, craft, and ability to sustain five month lifespan.
Proposal Details: Applicants may submit a maximum of 3 proposals. Proposals should include an artist statement and resume, along with a Marquette or detailed drawing to scale and written description of the artwork (materials, scale range, installation methods, estimated price to purchase).
Deadline: Proposal due April 5, 2021 by midnight. Submit a proposal by email with subject heading: ‘2021 Seaport Art Walk – LAST NAME’ to Margo Saulnier at email@example.com.
Exhibition dates: July 9, 2021 (premiering on AHA! Night) through October 22, 2021
Installation dates: July 1 – 9, 2021
Take-down dates: responsibility of project leaders: October 18 – 22, 2021
Total Project Award: Artists may receive up to $2,000 in funding per sculpture. Insurance is not provided. All winning projects will be featured in print and online media and a profile piece featured on the New Bedford Creative website and social media platforms. Once Projects are awarded, letters of acceptance will be sent out and compensation will be presented via check after artists submit the Seaport Art Walk invoice and completed W9 form.
Seaport Art Walk through the Years
2020: Lighting the Way: Historic Women of the SouthCoast
Jessica Bregoli, “Maria Mitchell’s Waves”
Bruce Bailey, “Homage to Florence Eastman, Army Nurse”
Ramiro Damaro-Comas, “Lighting the Way Mural”
Grace Lang, “Votes for Women”
2019: Whirlwind of Art
Elizabeth Bell, “New Bedford Clothesline”
David Cardenas, “Lost in the Wind”
Laura Franco, “Triptych of Thaumatropes”
Alesia Guzman, “Winds of Hope”
Bianca Laslo & Paige Smiley, “Wind in Mind”
Melony Poirier, “Cat’s Tail”
2018: Freedom & Equality: the Bicentennial of Frederick Douglass
Tracy Silva Barbosa, “Same Window, Different Day”
Julie Bardon, “Log Cabin”
Alanna Boucher & Jessica Bregoli, “The Weight of History”
Justin Cifello, “Mixed Messages: Beacons of Welcome, Windows for Those Yearning to Breathe Free”
Donna Dodson, “Madam President: A Monument to the First Female President of the USA and to the Dream that Every Girl can become the President of the USA”
Eric Lintala, “Shackles Broke – Free at Last”
Melony Poirier, “The Missing Piece”
Lauren Savoia & Youth Leadership Academy, “YLA Fight for Freedom and Equality”