About the project
The Storefront Art project is a collaboration of community artists to transform empty storefront windows into engaging attractions for pedestrian viewing. The purpose of this project is to eliminate empty storefronts that bring negativity to the city by installing art into storefronts.
The Pump House Regional Arts Center and the City of La Crosse Arts Board are continuously accepting exhibition proposals for the Storefront Art project.
Open to all artists at least 18 years of age. Eligible artwork includes 2D, 3D, mixed media, installations, sculpture, and fine crafts though excludes live art and individual property owner constraints (nudity, content, etc.). Storefront specific proposals are encouraged.
In exchange for complimentary exhibit space, artists are expected to participate with tasks to their ability including art installation, rotation, removal, advertising, or storefront paperwork. Additionally, artists agree by contract that they are responsible for insuring their own artwork.
Displayed artwork will generally be for sale. All sales are noncommissioned, and handled exclusively between the artist and the customer. Artist bio and contact information will be on a sign in the storefront window so the public can contact the artist if interested. Sold artwork will remain in the storefront until the 30-day exhibition period is up.
What to Submit
Please submit a CD containing the following information (CD will not be returned):
- Artist Bio & Artist Statement: Please be sure to include your personal contact information, including telephone number, email address, mailing address and website (if applicable). (Copied on CD, formatted in .doc or .rtf)
- Artists Interest: Submit a one-page letter indicating your intended title and plans for your exhibit.
- Sample of work: Please include a maximum of 10 photos representing work you intend to include in the Storefront Art project. These should be in .jpg format at 72 dpi. resolution. Images should be titled Lastname_Firstname_Number.jpg.
- List of works: Please include a document listing the title, media and dimensions of the works and corresponding number. (Copied on CD, formatted in .doc or .rtf)
Please return submission by April 12 if you would like to be included in the art walk program.Label CD and CD case clearly. Mail CD with above information to:
Attn: Storefront Arts Committee
119 King Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Selected proposals will be notified and assigned to a suitable storefront. Artwork rotation will occur every 30 days with the exception of some special installations. The property owner has rights to request removal of artwork at any time due to property leasing or other reasons. They must inform the Storefront Arts committee three days in advance.
Thank you for your interest in exhibiting your work with the Storefront Art project.