Call for Proposals: Valentine Richmond History Center

Published on February 10, 2012

Wickham House 200: Inspiring New Art Two Centuries Later
Call for Proposals
The Valentine Richmond History Center is offering a unique opportunity to VCUarts studio students to install art works in the 1812 Wickham House, a National Historic Landmark, located at1015 East Clay Street in Richmond, including the exterior Gray Family Terrace and Wickham Garden.
Proposed works—which can be three-dimensional objects, self-supporting two-dimensional work, installation pieces, or other media (sound, digital, projected)—should respond to the house is some way.
The house, completed in 1812, is an outstanding example of early 19th-century, Federal style architecture and features neoclassical interior design elements. It was built by John Wickham, a real estate investor and successful attorney who defended Vice-President Aaron Burr during his trial for treason. The first-floor of the house is furnished to represent an 1820 inventory. The basement and second story are minimally furnished. Proposed works can be installed throughout the house, with some limitations (see attachment).
For a free guided tour, contact Jackie Mullins, Valentine Richmond History Center Registrar / Collections Manager <>. Be sure to indicate that you are interested in submitting a proposal so that the tour will include specifications about where work can be installed.
Proposals are due June 1st, 2012 for an exhibition that opens on Friday, October 5th, 2012, and continues through December 31st. At the same time, one-day events (e.g., kinetic imaging pieces) can be scheduled throughout the run of the exhibit.
 To submit a proposal, send the following materials to < >
• Resume or curriculum vitae (be sure to include your name, address, email address, area of study, and student status [e.g., senior, first-year graduate student, etc.)
• Statement of Intent (not to exceed 500 words)
1) describe the proposed work, including materials to be used and specify whether or not the proposed piece is intended for one-day display
2) explain the particular way in which it responds to the Wickham House, and
3) note the specific location in the house or its exterior terrace and garden
• Materials Budget
• Portfolio of 5-7 works
Artists will be notified by June 21st, 2012