2013 Artistic Rain Barrel Program Guidelines
Artists considering participation should review the following:
To participate must be willing to donate time, creativity, a short biography and interpretation of design, paint, and the use of brushes or other application tools. In exchange, the Artistic Rain Barrel Program will provide a fully assembled and primed rain barrel, top coat, free publicity, a location to display your work, and an Artists Reception.
- January 23rd, 2013: A completed application must be submitted to the Artistic Rain Barrel Program for consideration.
- January 24th, 2013: The Lincoln Children's Zoo and City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division will choose artists based on their application form and will notify the successful artists.
- January 30th or 31st, 2013: Selected Artists must pick up their guidelines between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., fully assembled and primed rain barrel and top coat on at the City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division, 901 N. 6th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508.
- February 5th, 2013: Support information part 1 is due of artist's bio and photo. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 1st, 2013: Support information part 2 is due of title and interpretation of the piece. Email to email@example.com.
- March 8th, 2013: Completed barrels are due back no later than 4:30 p.m. to the City of Lincoln Watershed Management Office at 901 N. 6th Street. Please return the painted barrel in the provided bubble wrap for the barrel.
- March 18th through April 19th, 2013: Barrels displayed at SouthPointe Pavilions. The location of each barrel will be available on the City of Lincoln's website, lincoln.ne.gov, keyword: rain barrel
- April 20th, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.: The Lincoln Children's Zoo will host an Artist Reception at SouthPointe. This is a chance to celebrate your work with friends, family, and other artists. Contact Adam Rhoads for more information at 402-475-6741 ext 129 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 20th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: The Artistic Barrels will be auctioned at SouthPointe, with all auction proceeds for the Lincoln Children's Zoo to support summer classes, educational information for exhibits and other environmental education programs at the Zoo.
Painting and Planning Guidelines:
- The spigot on the rain barrel will serve as the front. Usually, the back will be against a wall. The barrel must be returned to the City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division with the spigot and overflow parts in place.
- Completed rain barrels must be functional and able to withstand the weather. Artists are not allowed to adhere anything (such as paper, tiles, etc.) to the barrels.
- After acrylic paint is applied, allow at least 48 hours of drying time before applying the 2 full cans of top coat. This helps protect and preserve the art! For example, finish painting on March 1st, do not apply the top coat until March 3rd.
- Artwork does not need to have an environmental theme. Artwork may include one small logo (if desired), but theme cannot be commercial or advertisement. However, please avoid topics of a political, religious or sexual nature.
- The finished barrel must be approved by the Artistic Rain Barrel Program selection committee before it is displayed.
- Artists are limited to one barrel.
- Decorated rain barrels are displayed at SouthPointe Pavilions during March and April 2013. Barrels are displayed with interpretive signage and handouts that explain the benefits of rain barrels and the date of the auction. Each sign includes the artist's name, photograph, the artist's interpretation of their work and acknowledgement of the program sponsors.
- The City of Lincoln Watershed Management Division and the Lincoln Children's Zoo are not liable for any damage to the barrel during the display period.
- The artist relinquishes ownership of their artwork upon delivery of the finished barrel to the City for auction purposes.
For More Information
Contact: Ellen Wright at email@example.com or (402) 441-7075