Ends on March 31, 2017

ARTSCAPE 2017: Art Cars (Campers, Caravans and RVs) - Call for Entries

The 36th annual Artscape, America's largest free arts festival, returns July 21-23, 2017. The festival's theme for 2017 is...

Camp Artscape: Adventure Awaits! offers wondrous possibilities for festival-goers to experience the visual and performing arts in a variety of ways. For many, one of the most exciting parts of summer is taking time to engage in new experiences. Whether at an away camp or a local summer program, it’s something to look forward to all year—truly a staple of the summer season. The same goes for Artscape; it’s just not summer without it! The theme allows all involved to step out of their comfort zone, learn something new, and experience the adventure that awaits in Baltimore. 

Artscape hours of operation are Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 23 from 11am-9pm and Sunday, July 23 from 11am-8pm. Artscape After Hours returns on Friday and Saturday nights on Charles Street (from Preston Street to North Avenue) from 9-11pm. Artscape takes place rain or shine.


Artscape invites art car artists and all artists to be part of the annual Art Car Show and Art Car Parade in Baltimore. Artscape will be offering commissions for the creation of new cars, bikes and other wheeled vehicles.  Limited travel stipends for out of the area cars will also be considered.

In keeping with Artscape’s 2017 theme around camp, art cars, bikes and other wheeled vehicles with a camp/camping theme are strongly encouraged; campers, caravans, RVs, small trailers, or any vehicle designed to (theoretically) explore the great outdoors. Priority for inclusion in this year's show will be given to vehicles that are relevant to the theme of camp. These vehicles would be on display for the duration of the festival and also take part in a parade within the festival footprint on Saturday, July 22 in the late morning/early afternoon.

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, March 31, 2017.

Submitting an application does not automatically imply acceptance.

Have questions about applying to Artscape? Attend an Artscape Information Sessions:

  1. Thursday, December 15th; 5:30pm at Motor House (120 W. North Avenue)
  2. Thursday, January 12th; 5:30pm at Impact Hub (10 E. North Avenue)
  3. Wednesday, February 1st; 5:30pm at Creative Alliance at The Patterson (3134 Eastern Avenue)

Our Information Sessions are designed to give anyone interested in submitting a proposal or application for Artscape an opportunity to ask questions about the process, hear more about requirements for submitting a proposal, learn more about the festival’s theme, meet up with potential collaborators and hear about locations in the festival footprint that may offer inspiration for a proposal. 

All sessions begin at 5:30pm and are one hour in length; patrons are responsible for own parking. Please RSVP to rsvp@promotionandarts.org and indicate session 1, 2 or 3. For more information, email artscape@promotionandarts.org or call Susan Fortkiewicz at 443-263-4347.

Guidelines for Vehicles and Travel Stipends

  1. This exhibition is open to artists working anywhere.
  2. Honoraria of up to $500 will be awarded for the modification of cars. Honoraria of up to $200 will be awarded to creation or modification of bikes and other wheeled vehicles. Final honoraria awards will be decided by the curator. It is also possible that a non-running car can be made available for modification.
  3. Travel stipends will be determined by the distance that the car is from the show.  Stipends will be limited and will not be offered to all applicants.
  4. If you are interested in participating or are planning to make an art car, you must fill out the online application form at https://promotionandarts.submittable.com/submit/50248
  5. Vehicles will be selected based on their relevancy to the overall theme for Artscape.


For more information contact Lou Joseph at 443-263-4339 or ljoseph@promotionandarts.org.

Artscape's Art Cars are a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. (BOPA). Artscape is produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. on behalf of the Baltimore Festival of the Arts, Inc.

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