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Art in its Natural State

February 16, 2017 · 6:30 PM – Mar 1, 2019 · 5:00 PM

Arkansas is the “Natural State,” and Petit Jean Mountain makes it easy to see why. From towering pines to open fields to sparkling lakes, Petit Jean offers stunning vistas at every turn. The Art in its Natural State competition is a regional competition for the creation of 10 temporary, outdoor artworks to be displayed among that natural beauty here at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute and Petit Jean State Park. Artists compete by submitting a design mock-up, build plan and artist statement created specifically for one of the sites below. The best fit for the competition will likely be structural, sculptural or landscape art, but all outdoor works will be considered and judged by a panel of representatives from the Arkansas Arts Center; Arkansas Arts Council; Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; University of Arkansas at Fort Smith; University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and representatives from the Institute and the Park.

Whatever work is conceptualized, we challenge the artists to work in harmony with the chosen sites, either through complementing the natural landscape of the mountain or highlighting the environment’s beauty with aesthetically pleasing contrasts. Both approaches will require careful thought and consideration for each of the unique worksites.

Proposals from artists across the South will be accepted until Monday, Sept. 4. Winning artists will be contacted in early October and will be awarded $5,000 to cover materials and costs related to transporting and installing their work.

All artwork will be installed in April 2018, with a kickoff event scheduled for April 28, 2018. Click here for a full description of application requirements, competition rules and to see 360-degree images of the potential installation sites.