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Ragdale Seeks Proposals for Redesign of Historic Performance Space

Submitted by Ragdale

Ragdale, the nationally acclaimed artist residency program in Lake Forest, Illinois invites architects, designers and artists to apply for the opportunity to design, build, and exhibit a full-scale Ragdale Ring, a temporary structure intended to house a mix of summer performances, events and their audiences.

Ragdale welcomes proposals for full-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary, fanciful and functional interpretations of the original Ragdale Ring, designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912 as an outdoor garden theatre for plays written by his wife, Frances Shaw.

Proposals must be submitted through the ArtsApp online portal: www.artsapp.com/ragdale by the deadline: Thursday, February 28.

A jury of architects, artists and arts administrators will select a single project to realize at full scale on the Ragdale grounds. The recipient will receive a $10,000 production grant to fund the project as well as an outdoor studio, room and board for the design team in May, 2013. The winning team will be notified by March 12, the installation/residency will take place in May and the project will
be completed by June 1.

For the complete RFP, visit www.ragdale.org/RagdaleRingProject.

For inquiries and information, contact Ragdale at 847.234.1063 or info@ragdale.org

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The Ragdale Foundation
Ragdale is a non-profit artist residency program located on Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s country estate in Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago. In 1976, Shaw’s granddaughter Alice Judson Hayes transformed her family’s summer home into an artist’s retreat to provide time and space for artists to create important new work. Today Ragdale hosts up to 150 artists, writers and composers at all stages of their career for 2-6 week residencies each year, making it the one of the largest interdisciplinary artist communities in the country. Ragdale offers a peaceful setting where at any given time, a dozen creative individuals experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work, a supportive environment, dynamic artist exchanges, 50 acres of idyllic prairie and a family-style dinner each evening. www.ragdale.org



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