Call For Entry for the Sculpture Trail

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Next Exhibition Dates: April 28 2022 – April 25, 2024

Deadline for entries has ended

Results are in from the Selection Committee

After a review of the entries by the Selection Committee nine new sculptures will be part of the 2022-2024 Sculpture Trail. The themes of these nine sculptures are diverse and show the creative thinking and craftsmanship of the sculptors.

The new sculptures will be installed on April 28th.

About the Trail

Beginning its 19th year of public art, the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail is now a two-year outdoor juried exhibit. The Cloverdale Performing Arts Center, producers of the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail and its coordinators, invites sculptors/sculptor teams to submit entries. Each sculptor selected to exhibit will receive $250 from a sponsor to assist with expenses.

If you are not familiar with Cloverdale, it is a town 80 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101. Cloverdale is known for its small-town ambiance, history,  and burgeoning arts community. Sculptures in Cloverdale wander through the easily walkable downtown area and beyond

The goals of the Cloverdale Sculpture Trail are to promote public art that is available to the Cloverdale community and visitors, bringing awareness of public art to all ages and ethnicity.  Additionally, to ignite the imagination and foster conversation and interaction.

To bring awareness to the Sculpture Trail and the exhibiting sculptors each year we provide the following:

  • Public releases and calendar listings include print, online media, radio stations, art organizations, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau, and art galleries throughout California.  Plus, a listing in the Sonoma County Visitors Guide, and a Sculpture Trail newsletter.
  • Printed brochures distributed in key tourism areas in Sonoma County and downloadable from our web site
  • We have an active Facebook and website. Reports show the website is viewed worldwide with China being number two after the United States
  • Sculptures for sales are noted on sculpture signs next to each sculpture and at our website. In 2022 there will be a sales flipbook at the website.

Exhibit Selection Committee

Harvey Brody – Harvey has been a studio artist for 40 years creating art in France and Northern California and exhibiting in France, New York, and San Francisco. Twenty-five of those years were spent working with clay, including stoneware, porcelain, and low-fire ceramics, creating both functional and sculptural work.  His studio pursuits after 1986 included mixed media jewelry and mixed media functional and sculptural work as well as collages.  His painting career began in 2010. 

Janet Howell – Owner of J. Howell Fine Art Gallery located in Healdsburg, on the Plaza. Many years, before opening the gallery in Healdsburg, she was Director of the Carmel Art Association. Janet produced three books on early California art featuring artists E. Charlton Fortune, Percy 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. Sandy produced an art book, Joe Draegert, An American Artist.

Prize money

Each sculptor selected to exhibit will receive $250 from a sponsor to assist with expenses.

Three sculptures will be selected by the judges to receive an award, a $1,000 “Best of Show” award, a $500 “First Place” award and a $250 “Honorable Mention” award.

Video and Otocast

Each year we produce a video on the participating sculptors to show at the opening reception and then viewed at our website and You Tube. A narrated, audio (English & Spanish), self-guided walking tour with audio from the actual artists will be available through Otocast. The Trail can be explored worldwide by downloading from Google Play or Apple App Store the free Otocast app and search for Cloverdale. 10 countries besides the U.S. have taken the tour.

If you are not familiar with Cloverdale, it is a town 80 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 101. Cloverdale is known for its small town ambiance, history, wine tasting and burgeoning arts community. Sculptures in Cloverdale wander through the easily walkable downtown area and beyond.

If you have a smart phone with a QR code app you can access the Otocast Sculpture Trail by using the code which is on the our brochure and on the sign next to each sculpture. Use your camera to take you to the Otocast Trail.

Exhibition Timeline

April 28, 2022
Installation of selected 2022-2023 sculptures
By May 8, 2020
Winners notified
June 4, 2022 – 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Opening Reception for 2022-2023
April 25, 2024
Removal of the 2022-2024 exhibit sculptures

How to Enter – Criteria

  • *Please note that all entries for the next Trail have been received and gone through selection. This information is available as an FYI and for future interest.
  • 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, no moving sculpture parts, etc.). Note: Most sculptures will be placed on concrete sidewalks & must be free standing. No bolting into the sidewalks. A few areas are available for staking.
  • 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 jpg format not to exceed 1.5 MB in size.
  • 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.
  • Selection is at the discretion of the Selection Committee. Selected pieces 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. We cannot provide liability insurance contact your insurance carrier.