Call For Entry for the Sculpture Trail

2019-2010 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail "Call" available January 2, 2019


Eclipse – Do you recognize the sculptor?

Next Exhibition Dates: May 1, 2018 – May 2, 2019

The Cloverdale Sculpture Trail is a year-round outdoor exhibit (sculptures change each May). The Cloverdale Historical Society & History Museum, the producers of the Sculpture Trail, invites sculptors to submit proposals.

Two sculptures will be selected by the judges to receive an award, a $1,000 "Best of Show" award and a $250 "Honorable Mention" award. Additionally, the viewing public can vote for their favorite sculpture in Cloverdale. The winners will receive a "People’s Choice" award, a gift basket with various items and gift certificates from Sonoma County Businesses.

Exhibit Selection Committee

Debra Lehane
Independent Curator, previously curator for the Voigt Family Sculpture Foundation and Collections Manager for the SF Arts Commission where she developed and administered the Civic Art Collection Program.
Janet Howell
Owner of J. Howell Fine Art Gallery located in Healdsburg, on the Plaza, and for many years former Director of the Carmel Art Association founded in 1927. Janet has produced three books on California artists, E. Charlton Fortune, Perry Gray and Rip Matteson.
Sandy Erickson
Co-owner and director of the Erickson Gallery in Healdsburg. The gallery showcases contemporary paintings, sculptures and mixed media works by local and internationally known artists, with an emphasis on artists from Northern California.

Exhibit Judges

Harvey Brody
Has been a studio artist for 40 years creating art in France and Northern California. He has produced art using clay, drawings on paper, collages and reverse paintings on plexiglass. Harvey has exhibited in France, New York and San Francisco. Currently he is in charge of art education at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts, which he has revived into a thriving program of art classes for children and adults.
Donna Seager
Has an art history background. She has worked in galleries in New Orleans, Boston and the Bay Area until she opened up her own gallery in 2005. Currently Donna is co-owner of the Seager Gray Gallery, a cornerstone of the Marin arts community. She has given lectures on the art of the book at international fairs in Miami and San Francisco, and recently curated an exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library called “Ten Years of Artists’ Books.”

Exhibition Timeline

February 25, 2018
Deadline for receipt of entries
By March 9, 2018
Artists will be notified of selection – artists selected will receive $250
April 26, 2018
Installation of selected 2018-2019 sculptures
May 4, 2018
Winners notified
June 2, 2018
5:00 to 7:30pm – Opening Reception at the Cloverdale Performing Art Center, 209 N. Cloverdale Blvd. Introduction of sculptors, announcement of winners and celebration of 15 years of sculptures in Cloverdale.
May 2, 2019
Removal of the 2018-2019 exhibit sculptures

How to Enter & Criteria

2019-2010 Cloverdale Sculpture Trail "Call" available January 2, 2019

  • How to Enter – Criteria
    • No Entry Fee
    • Multiple pieces may be submitted. Fill out an entry form for each piece you are going to submit.
    • Submit a photo of the completed sculpture(s) to be entered, or a detailed sketch if not yet completed (jpg accepted).
    • Submit a description of the work(s): size, composition, how it will be stable and safe for the viewing public. (No sharp edges, etc.). Note: Most sculptures for Cloverdale will be placed on concrete sidewalks & must be free standing. A few areas are available for staking and two portable pads for bolting (68" diameter and 6" deep.)
    • Submit a resume.
    • Submit a specific artist statement about work(s) to be entered; maximum of 200 words per each entry.
    • A general artist statement; maximum of 200 words
    • 2 photographs of recent work identified by sculptor’s name in jpeg format not to exceed 1.5 MB in size. Images will be returned if sent by mail.
    • Sculptures must be maintenance free, able to withstand heat, sun, wind, sprinklers, rain, children, and crowds. Size should be of sufficient scale for an outdoor, open-air exhibit space.
    • Selection is at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Selected pieces for Cloverdale will be reviewed by the City of Cloverdale for the viewing public’s safety.
    • Each artist will be responsible for set-up and costs beyond the $250 provided each sculptor. If you need extra hands, please bring them along. A forklift can be scheduled to off-load and place sculptures, and to reload at the end of exhibit. There is no charge for the use of the forklift. All reasonable care & precaution will be taken to ensure the safety of the sculptures. Insurance to cover loss or damage of sculptures will not be provided. We encourage you to arrange your own loss or damage coverage. Exhibiting artists are required to sign a Waiver, Release and Indemnity Agreement form prior to installation. It is recommended you have liability insurance. Liability insurance is available through State Farm, and online at Fractured Atlas, If you know of other insurance companies providing liability, please contact Joyce Mann, or call 707-894-4929.

The PDF Call For Artists Entry Form can be filled out and automatically sent by email using the "Send Form" button at the top of the form. If you prefer it can be printed and mailed to the address supplied on the form.