Burlington City Arts

Of Land & Local 2015 Request for Proposals

Exhibition Concept
Of Land & Local is an annual multidisciplinary, state-wide exhibition designed to initiate a dialogue about issues surrounding the Vermont landscape. With Shelburne Farms and the Vermont State Parks as exhibition partners, Of Land & Local 2015 will focus on supporting artists to make and exhibit new work through unique residency opportunities.  

To this end, we are seeking proposals from artists to engage within a variety of pre-selected locations throughout the state. Proposals should be community minded and should provide visitors to the residency locations with an opportunity to critically engage with contemporary artwork as it reflects on and exists within the Vermont landscape. The artistic process and/or product should attempt to offer viewers the chance to contemplate the significance and strength, as well as the vulnerability and fragility of our environment.

Artists will be in residence at various State Parks and locations across Vermont and will have the opportunity to stay in camping-style accommodations. More specific details about each possible residency location are included below.  While several residency sites offer camping accommodations, it is not required to stay on premise. Commuting to a residency location is a possibility.

Residency lengths will vary depending upon the proposed project. Ideally residencies would last three to eight weeks.

Artwork created during residency will be exhibited at The BCA Center in downtown Burlington, VT as well as in the Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms.  Exhibition dates will vary in length but will begin no earlier than 9/21/2015 and conclude no later than 12/1/2015.

All submissions should be received no later than April 20, 2015. See below for details and to apply.

Criteria for Selection - Proposals will be judged as follows:

Aesthetic Considerations

  • Innovative use of selected site
  • Exhibits strong artistic concept, design, and craftsmanship
  • Considers elements of existing architecture and infrastructure of the location in design choices

Thematic Considerations

  • Explores ideas related to art and the environment that are unique and thought provoking


  • Proposal is coherent and well presented
  • Previous experience in residency environments 
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects on budget and on time

Suitability to the Site

  • Compatibility with the uses of the site, which may include a high level of pedestrian and traffic or long periods of isolation
  • Efficient use of space
  • Respects concern for public safety

Execution and Maintenance

  • Demonstrated ability of artist to carry out the project within budget and on time, with strong consideration of the artist(s) ability to work within given timeframe
  • Project’s maintenance requirements

Locations for Consideration
Please note that these residency locations are tentative. If project concepts relate to a specific state park from the list below, please note that in the formal proposal.  It may be possible to work at several sites if the residency locations are close to one another. 

Button Bay State Park
Vergennes, Vermont 05491
Button Bay is a scenic park on Lake Champlain and is especially known for it’s button-like clay secretions found along the shoreline. The stone building at the end of Button Point contains a potential studio space (with electricity)  Button Bay Park has wide, sweeping views of Lake Champlain and is located 30 miles from located Burlington, VT. 

Kingsland Bay State Park
Ferrisburgh, Vermont 05456
Formally an elite girls camp, Kingsland Bay State Park is located on Lake Champlain. Now partially a YMCA camp, the park contains a quiet bay favored by sailboats and a designated natural area with a nature trail and mature trees. Kingsland Bay State Park is located 25 miles from downtown Burlington, VT. 

D.A.R. State Park
Addison, Vermont 05491 
DAR state park is located on southern Lake Champlain and has a history of being the first Euro-American agricultural settlement in Vermont. A recent archaeology dig on park lands unearthed several artifacts from the Revolutionary War.  The land around the park is primarily agricultural land and is located close to historic Chimney Point. DAR State Park is located 35 miles from downtown Burlington, VT. 

Brighton State Park
Island Pond, Vermont 05846
Brighton State Park is located on Spectacle Pond in the Northeast Kingdom. There is a refurbished garage (with electricity) available for studio space. The park has a day use area located on the much larger Island Pond, and is accessible to the Clyde River and the Northeast Kingdom. Brighton State Park is located 110 miles from downtown Burlington, VT. 

Branbury State Park
Brandon, Vermont 05733
Branbury State Park is located on the shores of Lake Dunmore and is adjacent to the Moosalamoo Recreation Area in Green Mountain National Forest with a wide variety of hiking trails, waterfalls and remote lakes. There are two enclosed shelter areas with electricity that can be used for studio space. Branbury State Park is located 45 miles from downtown Burlington, VT. 

Grand Isle State Park
Grand Isle, Vermont 05458
Grand Isle State Park hosts one of Vermont’s largest campgrounds and is located on Lake Champlain in the Champlain Islands. The waterfront park offers paddling, swimming, boating and biking. There is large nature center, part of which could be used for studio space. Grand Isle State Park is located 25 miles from downtown Burlington, VT. 

Jamaica State Park
Jamaica, Vermont 05343
Jamaica is located along the West River in Jamaica,  Vermont. This park is entrenched in Native American history and a recent archaeological dig found many early artifacts. A rail trail runs beside the river and offers access to Hamilton Falls, one of Vermont’s most well known waterfalls. Jamaica State Park is located 160 miles from downtown Burlington, VT. 

Shelburne Farms
Shelburne, Vermont 05482
Shelburne Farms is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. Located along the shores of Lake Champlain in Shelburne, Vermont, its campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark.  The Farm collaborates with educators, schools, and other partners to advance education for sustainability in Vermont, nationally, and internationally. Shelburne Farms is located 10 miles from downtown Burlington, VT. 

Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park
Woodstock, VT 05091
Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. The park preserves the site where Frederick Billings established a managed forest and a progressive dairy farm. The Billings Farm & Museum is adjacent to the park and a gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage. A permanent Artist in Residence studio has been established at the park. The studio, in the rehabilitated Rockefeller Horse Shed, is off the grid with a vertically integrated 230 watt solar photovoltaic system. The project was designed by SAS Architects of Burlington, Vermont, the same firm who designed the Forest Center, the park's Platinum LEED certified classroom and meeting space. Our partners, and the park's previous artists-in-residence were consulted in the design process to address the needs of current and future artists at the park. The Horse Shed, designed by Theodor Muller and built in 1961, was originally constructed to house Mary Rockefeller's horses: Marsh Billings is located 87 miles from downtown Burlington, VT.