Boxed In/Break Out 2017 – Call for Submissions!


Telfair Museums invites Chatham County artists to submit proposals for the second annual call to artists Boxed In/Break Out. This project involves activating six windows at the Jepson Center that face Barnard Street through original art. The artist chosen would have a detailed plan for how to utilize all six windows in a cohesive manner through self-created art. This project is a museum-sponsored opportunity to create a site-specific work of public art.

Boxed In/Break Out is intended to highlight and provide an exhibition opportunity for the work of a local artist through public display, promotional materials, and an artist talk. Boxed In/Break Out is part of Telfair Museums’ #art912 initiative, which strives to bring more focused attention to local artists.

The window installation will be up from Friday, April 7- Sunday, October 15, 2017 and must be able to withstand temperature changes and direct sunlight for a sustained period of time. It will be installed from the interior of the Jepson Center, but will only be visible from the outside of the building.


Proposal Deadline
Monday, January 16, 2017 (Winner will be notified by e-mail by Monday, February 13, 2017)

Application Fee

Email proposals to:, Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator with the subject line Boxed In/Break Out

Must be at least 18 years old and be a resident of Chatham County (proof of residence will be required if selected)



Exhibition Conditions
Artists applying are encouraged to stop by the museum and examine the space from Barnard Street (currently the windows are used for promotional banners). Boxed In/Break Out will utilize the six windows closest to the Jepson Center’s Oglethorpe entrance (the windows on the other side of the lane are used for the museum gift shop display). One window may be used for a text panel or banner describing the project if the artist would like that as feature.

The window space at the Jepson is unable to be climate controlled. It is daily exposed to direct sunlight. Each window space is accessed through two door panels on the interior of the Jepson Center that open into a hallway. Electricity is limited. Two of the windows have outlets inside, and there is an additional outlet in the interior hallway from which the windows are accessed. Each window has a fluorescent light bulb at the top lighting the space that will be available to illuminate the installation during the workday and at night.

Window Dimensions
95” high x 63 ½”wide x 13” deep
The panels at the back of the windows must be able to close to adhere to fire code.

Artists are responsible for the installation of their work in consultation with the museum’s registrar/collections manager.

Artist must be present for a short presentation about his/her work and an artist talk in the Jepson Center on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 6:00pm.

All type of media are welcomed (exceptions: live animals, performance, live plants).


What to send:

Part 1: The Written Proposal/Illustrations (Word document or pdf)

  • Contact Information
    • Full Name
    • Address
    • Telephone Number
    • Email Address
  • Illustration(s) of proposed work
    • Proposals must contain between 1 to 5 original sketches of the proposed work.
  • Detailed project description (1 page maximum)
    • Please provide information about the proposal including what materials will be used, a description of the concepts in the installation, and any maintenance the piece might require.

Part 2: Support Materials/Previous Work

  • Resume or CV (pdf or Word)
  • Previous Work Samples/Image List
    • 1 to 5 images of previous work (JPGS, 72 dpi listed by Last name_# ex: Smith_01). Please provide a separate list in a word document or .pdf with the titles, medium, year, and location.


Summary of Proposal Requirements

  1. Contact Information
  2. Illustration of the proposed work
  3. A one page description of the project
  4. Previous work samples
  5. Resume

Incomplete proposals will not be considered


Selection Process

The winning proposal will be selected by guest curator Jaime DeSimone, who has no affiliation to the Chatham County area. Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Creativity and originality, feasibility, resourcefulness and suitability in the space, as well as visual appeal.

With over ten years of curatorial and exhibition experience in contemporary art, Curator Jaime DeSimone conceives and implements the exhibition program and manages the Permanent Collection. At MOCA Jacksonville, DeSimone has curated Project Atrium: Shinique Smith and Confronting the Canvas: Women of Abstraction, the first museum show to focus on contemporary female abstract painters. She was previously the exhibitions project coordinator at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where she managed a portfolio of exhibitions, including Calder and Abstraction and FreePort No. 008: Celeste Boursier-Mougenot. From 2005 to 2012, DeSimone served as the assistant curator at the Addison Gallery of American Art, located on the campus of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where she curated a number of exhibitions, including Flash Back: November 23, 1963 (2013), The Civil War: Unfolding Dialogues (2011), and Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) (2008). She holds a master’s degree in American contemporary art from American University (2005) and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Bates College (2001).

If you have any questions regarding the proposal guidelines, contact: Erin Dunn, Assistant Curator, 912.790.8842,



I live outside of Chatham County. Am I still eligible to apply?
No, this opportunity is available only to Chatham County residents. If you are selected, you will be asked for proof of residence and it is desirable that you remain a resident of Chatham County throughout the run of the installation.

Is there an age limit?
You must be 18 years or older to submit your work.

Do I have to be a professional artist?
No, you do not have to be a professional artist, but previous examples of your art and/or examples of your ability to execute art projects will be required.

Am I allowed to have assistance for installation purposes?
You are allowed to have help with your installation, but will not receive additional funds to reimburse helpers. You will also be required to provide names and background information for additional help.

How are the windows accessed?
The windows are accessed through the interior of the Jepson Center. Each window has two large door panels that open outwards into the hallway behind.

Can the doors be left open to allow more room for the installation?
No, the doors must be able to be shut to adhere to the fire code.

How do I apply?
Submit an email proposal to by 5:00pm on Monday, January 16, 2017 with the subject line Boxed In/Break Out. Late and/or incomplete entries will not be considered.

Can I submit more than one proposal?
Yes, you may submit up to three proposals for Boxed In/Break Out.

Who will decide the winning submission?
The winning submission will be decided by a guest curator.

How long will the project be up?
The project will be displayed from April 7, 2017-October 15, 2017.

Am I responsible for deinstallation?
Yes, you will be responsible for taking your materials down after October 15, 2017. If the work is not removed by Friday, October 20, 2017, the materials will be disposed of.

What does it cost to send in a proposal?
There is no application fee.

Is there material reimbursement?
No, there will be no material reimbursement.

What mediums are accepted?
Most mediums will be accepted excluding live animals, live plants, or performance.

I still have questions.
Please call Erin Dunn at 912-790-8842 or send a message to

Will I receive an email informing if my piece has been selected?
You will receive an email indicating that your application has been received. The winner of the project will be informed by an email on. Unsuccessful applicants will not be notified.


Telfair Museums reserves the right to refuse any or all submissions, and/or to withhold the honorarium should it be determined that submissions are not adequate.