In 2009, the Tucson Jewish Community Center established a Sculpture Garden on its campus with a four-fold purpose in mind: to craft a public space that celebrates the appreciation of sculpture; to create an atmosphere of tranquility; to promote educational opportunities; and to enhance community fellowship. The JCC’s garden currently contains over 40 sculptures by local, national, and international sculptors, ranging from a few feet tall to over 30 feet in height. In addition, an annual juried exhibition is held to bring new sculptures to the garden. The landscaped garden showcases outdoor sculpture, offers views of the surrounding mountain ranges and provides a meditative environment within the city limits.
The Tucson J Sculpture Garden acquires and exhibits permanent sculpture through donations to its collection, purchase and donation of pieces from the annual exhibition, and long-term loans. Annual temporary exhibitions ensure the vitality and relevance of the garden on the local, regional and national art scenes. We feature the work of both established and emerging artists.
In accordance with the mission of The Tucson J, the Sculpture Garden welcomes the entire community. The convergence of art and audience in our Sonoran Desert region encourages visitors to relax, converse, meditate and contemplate.
Call to Artists for 2018 Annual Outdoor Sculpture Garden Exhibition:
April 8, 2018 – March 1, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday, November 17, 2017 • 5 P.M.
The Tucson Jewish Community Center is accepting applications for its Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, April 8, 2018 – March 1, 2019. All sculpture materials/installations should be appropriate for an outdoor, desert environment and sculptures will be available for sale with 65% commission to the artist and 35% commission to the Tucson Jewish Community Center. We feature the work of both established and emerging artists and welcome work on a variety of themes, including ones that do not touch upon Jewish themes. Artists may submit up to three entries, although only one may be chosen for the exhibition. All sculptures must be for sale and remain on-site for the duration of the exhibition even if sold during this period. There are no entry or jury fees. Each selected entry will receive a $500 honorarium.
Submission Images: Submit a minimum of (1) photo images for each piece, or (2) Images for 3D or 360 sculpture, clearly showing the piece/sculpture and any base or stand it requires. (JPG file format of 300 dpi)Please send images that are properly photographed and show your sculpture to its advantage. If a new work will be fabricated for the exhibition, images of the design and/or maquettes must be included on the CD as well. Please note if sculpture(s) have any special consideration regarding installation and maintenance with your application. Images and all application materials should be submitted on a clearly labeled CD with Artist Name. The CD will not be returned. Please see below for Application Checklist for list of all required components.
Application Packets of CD and Application can be Mailed or dropped off:
Tucson Jewish Community Center
3800 E. River Road
Tucson, AZ 85718
Deadline is Friday, November 17, 2017 • 5 P.M.
Address any questions to Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts and Culture for the Tucson JCC, at (520) 299-3000 x236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This opportunity is open to all artists. The Tucson JCC Sculpture Garden acquires and exhibits permanent sculpture through donations to its collection, purchase and donation of pieces from the annual exhibition, and long-term loans. Annual temporary exhibitions ensure the vitality and relevance of the garden on the local, regional and national art scenes. We feature the work of both established and emerging artists and welcome work on a variety of themes, including ones that do not touch upon Jewish themes. The mission of The Tucson JCC is to cultivate and enrich Jewish identity, ensure Jewish continuity, foster wellness, and broaden communal harmony. In accordance with the mission of The Tucson JCC, the Sculpture Garden welcomes the entire community. The convergence of art and audience in our Sonoran Desert region encourages visitors to relax, converse, meditate and contemplate.
Selection Process and Criteria
Criteria for acceptance will include but are not limited to: artistic excellence and originality of the work; durability of the work in an outdoor, desert environment; and concern for maintenance and safety issues. If a sculpture consists of a light feature, the power must be solar as there are no outdoor electrical outlets available. The Tucson JCC reserves the right to reject any entry that does not meet the terms and conditions or is not suitable for our community setting. Size will be a consideration in the jurying process: sculpture should be of a size and scale appropriate for an outdoor desert garden of approximately four spacious acres. Work must be of sound, safe construction and not fabricated or finished with hazardous materials; be maintenance-free; be appropriate for an active pedestrian environment frequented by community members of all ages.
Insurance and Transportation
The Tucson JCC will insure the works from the time that they arrive at the Center until the time that they leave the premises. The Tucson JCC is responsible for the maintenance and safety of the sculptures. Should a sculpture require repairs during the course of the exhibition, The JCC will consult with the artist before taking any action. The sculpture will be insured for the “insurance value” as indicated on the Application Form. This value should not exceed the purchase price. The artist is responsible for transportation to and from The Tucson JCC and for insurance during the transport period. The Center will arrange for a crane to be available for one day before and one day following the exhibition in order to assist with the movement of monumental pieces from/to a vehicle. Once on the grounds, the staff, in consultation with the artist, will determine the final placement of sculpture.
The Tucson JCC will produce a brochure for the exhibition and information on the artists and their works will also appear on the Sculpture Garden page within The JCC’s website. Each selected work will be exhibited along with a weather-proof label with pertinent information on the sculptor and sculpture. The JCC has the right to photograph the sculpture for educational purposes, brochures and other publicity. In all printed materials, The Tucson JCC will make every effort to credit the artist. All copyrights remain with the artist. The JCC will host a public reception with entertainment and refreshments on opening day, Sunday, April 8, 2018.
Friday, November 17, 2017 • 5 p.m. Application (all materials listed below) received (by mail or in person) by the Tucson Jewish Community Center
December 2017: Review of Applications; artists notified
March 2018: Exhibition installation
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Artists’ brunch and opening reception
APPLICATION CHECK LIST (All items on CD)
TJCC Artist Application Form.pdf
Resume or biographical sketch (not to exceed 2 pages)
Artist’s statement (approx. 150 words)
Annotated list of images (title, date, medium, dimensions) corresponding to order on CD.
Up to three (3) images of each entry* and five (5) additional images of recent works (since 2005): Desired resolution: 800 pixels x 1200 pixels Minimum: 750 pixels x 500 pixels *These are the photos that will be used in our catalog if your work is selected.
Please send images that are properly photographed and show your sculpture to its advantage.
View the Sculpture Garden Brochure. Learn about the artwork and discover more about the artists.
The Garden was years in the making and generously brought to life through private donations. What began as a wonderful gift to The J has become a gift to the Tucson community – a place to come, enjoy, and celebrate art.
Thanks to our wonderful Sculpture Garden Task Force, this group of volunteers has worked hard to ensure that the Garden is a premiere arts venue in Tucson.
In addition to The J’s permanent collection, artists from around the world submitted pieces for consideration. The final pieces were selected by a jury and the inaugural temporary exhibition debuted in November 2009. All pieces from the juried exhibition and some of the permanent acquisitions are for sale with a portion of the sales going back to The J. An annual juried exhibition is held each spring, with more than a dozen new pieces being rotated into the garden.
Our collection of sculptures by Norma Lewis was a generous gift from her family. For more information on the artist, please visit LewisSculpture.com.
This beautiful outdoor space is also the perfect setting for cocktails, wedding receptions and offers unlimited seating options.
Sculpture Garden Hours:Sunday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays and holidays
Tours led by a docent are available by reservation. Please call Barbara Fenig, the Director of Arts & Culture, at 520-299-3000 x236 to schedule a tour.
Donations to the Sculpture Garden
Thanks to the generous support of donors to the Sculpture Garden, The J was able to be the home for art from around the world with no effect on our annual operating budget. We feel fortunate to be able to support the arts, especially during this tough economy.
Every dollar makes a difference. From infants to seniors and everyone in between, your gift helps provide an aesthetically gorgeous place for the many faces of The J. There’s no better time than now, and there’s no better reason than the Sculpture Garden!
For prospectus, applicant information or to address any other questions, please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts and Culture, at (520) 299-3000, x236 or email email@example.com.