Re:NEW Fest 2016: Call for Artists

Published On May 9, 2016 | By Cassie Majewski | The Arts
Re:New Festival Pittsburgh

Photo Creds: Re:NEW Festival

The Pittsburgh Arts Council welcomes artists, performers and intellectual explorers for a month-long celebration of creation at Re:NEW Festival this summer and fall.

This unique celebration will make its way downtown from September 9-October 9. During this time, Pittsburgh artists and tastemakers will contribute projects representing three main concepts: Creative Reuse, Sustainability, and Transformation.

Re:NEW will be shaped largely from the surrounding community and consist of many spectacles at various venues in the city–including the North American premiere exhibition of Drap-Art and the International Recycling Art Festival, among others.


Drap Art

Founded in 1995, Drap-Art is a non-profit organization created to promote creative recycling. At the annual International Recycling Art Festival, established international artists exhibit multi-media artwork created with reused materials. During Re:NEW, Drap-Art will be displayed in Phillip Johnson’s Wintergarden at PPG Place; be sure to stop by and check it out.

Embracing the spirit of limitless creativity, Re:NEW organizers are now actively seeking artist submissions in all mediums and genres. Check out the breakdown below for more details:

Juried Exhibition


Alberto Carvajal, Drap Art

Gallery-based works including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and installation works can be submitting through the juried exhibition application. Artists are allowed up to three submissions which must address the themes of the Re:NEW Festival—creative reuse, transformation and sustainability. Video works will be displayed on monitors and installation work must be installed by the artist for a max of two work days. This year’s team of jurors include Eric Crosby, Carnegie Museum of Art’s Richard Armstrong Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; DS Kinsel, Artist and Co-Founder of BOOM Concepts; and Kilolo Luckett, Art Historian and Cultural Producer.

Call for Artists: Project Proposals


Javier Abdala, Drap Art

This year’s project proposals should address Re:NEW’s themes of creative reuse, sustainability and transformation in engaging ways. There is no media or genre restriction, so anything from costumes to performances will be considered. With a wide range of indoor and outdoor venue options available, proposals should be as detailed as possible, including who it’s intended for, possible audience size, what the project will consist of, and what type(s) of space would work best. All U.S. based artists of any career level are encouraged to apply. (This year’s max budget is $3,000.)

Call for Organizations- Program Proposals

All nonprofits, artists or others that wish to create programming around festival themes are welcome to submit proposals. The maximum budget is $3,000 and possible ideas include (but are not limited to) lectures, music, workshops and tours. Festival staff will work with the selected organizations to locate an appropriate venue.

Submissions for project proposals will be accepted until May 31, or until the entry limit of 300 submissions is met. More specific guidelines for proposals are also available on the Re:NEW Fest website.

Let your creativity run free and submit your proposal online; or feel free to contact for further questions.

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