STNDRD presents a program of exhibitions, interventions, and projects that are conceptually inspired and physically determined by alternative sites -- and the cultural, historical, and architectural significance of the communities and landscapes that surround them.
STNDRD is accepting proposals for its flagship program in Granite City, Illinois, where artists and cultural producers examine the power and potential of flags – as richly evidenced by history and use within contemporary art – as cultural objects that abstract, encapsulate, and canonize. Proposals will be reviewed for inclusion in both the 2023 and 2024 program. Exhibitions and projects are presented year-round and run for roughly six to eight weeks.
Proposals to STNDRD should respond to the site: a 15’ flagpole that resides outdoors and on the campus of the Granite City Art and Design District (GCADD). The flagpole is framed by surrounding grounds and its placement within a landscape environment created by landscape architect Chris Carl. Beyond the immediate features and identity of the site, artists may elect to respond to Granite City as a site that sits across the Mississippi River from downtown St. Louis and is part of the greater metro area. Granite City is a historically white and working-class steel town. This industrial legacy continues today and informs the urban landscape of Granite City.
STNDRD welcomes proposals that explore traditional and experimental forms of flag-making, and we especially encourage proposals that consider the concept of a flag as one that is open to interpretation, and/or the flagpole as a prompt that is open to interpretation as a site. We also encourage proposals that integrate, or rely upon, the surrounding grounds.
STNDRD encourages applications from artists from all backgrounds, including underrepresented groups that include (but are not limited to) artists of color, LGBTQ artists, women artists, non-binary, transgender and gender nonconforming artists, and artists with disabilities.
Application materials must be received by April 23, 2023. Please submit proposals or questions by email: email@example.com
Please compile the following materials into a single PDF file:
A one-to-two-page proposal that details your plans for the site and that addresses the conceptual framework of the work
Materials used must take into account continuous display outside, in the elements, for the duration of the exhibition
Preferred dates or seasons within the year (multiple options encouraged)
If the work relies on a relationship with seasonal conditions, please specify this in your proposal
5 to 10 work samples with captions
For video or sound works samples, please provide a link to your submission
Installation and project support
Promotion of exhibition and opening reception
STNDRD does not provide support for shipping, travel, or insurance.