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Ragdale Ring Project

The Ragdale Ring Project – Call for Proposals

Ragdale, the nationally acclaimed artist residency program in Lake Forest, Illinois invites architects, artists and designers to apply for the opportunity to design, build, and exhibit the 2014 Ragdale Ring, a temporary theatre to house summer concerts, performances, and event. We are seeking inventive, site-responsive, large-scale submissions that explore intersections of architecture, sculpture, landscape, public art and performance disciplines. Proposals that consider contemporary, fanciful and functional interpretations of the original Ragdale Ring, designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912 as an outdoor garden theatre are encouraged (see Shaw’s design below).


Shaw Drawing


A jury of architects, artists, and architectural historians will select a single project to realize at full scale on Ragdale’s grounds. The recipient will receive a $15,000 production grant to fund the project as well as a design-build residency for a team of up to eight individuals for up to six weeks. The residency will include a large studio, housing, and three meals per day in April and May, 2014. The project must be completed by June 1.

Proposals must be submitted by the February 21, 2014 deadline.

See complete RFP for deadlines and application instructions.

The Site- See the links below for photos of the installation site. View aerial view of site here

Back Lawn

Looking east

Looking west

Looking south

Looking north

Looking towards the Ragdale House from the site

The Jury

Zurich Esposito, AIA Chicago

Frank Flury, Illinois Institute of Technology

Stephen Dietrich Lee, Architect of the 2013 Ragdale Ring

Walker Johnson, Lohnson-Lasky Architects

Judith McBrien, The Archimedia Workshop

Ann Merritt, Ragdale

Phillip Rosborough, Rosborough Partners, Inc.

David Woodhouse, David Woodhouse Architects

Jeffrey Meeuwsen and Regin Igloria, Ragdale Project Directors



Feb. 21 Deadline for submissions

Feb.22-Mar.9 Jury process

Mar.10  Notifications to winning team

March/April Off-site Productions

April/May Design/Build residency               

June 1 Ragdale Ring complete

June 14  -  Ragdale Ring Gala


Application Checklist


Applicants may email questions to

About the 1912 Ragdale Ring

Howard Van Doren Shaw designed the original Ragdale Ring as an outdoor theatre to accommodate the plays of his wife, Frances.  Audiences of over 200 to 300 guests sat on Shaw-designed benches in a circular orchestra paved with grass and surrounded by a low limestone wall.  The raised stage featured wings formed by evergreens and columns topped with baskets of stone fruit. During performances, banners and Japanese lanterns were displayed around the theater. Shaw also crafted a sophisticated lighting system with tiers of floodlights and spotlights as well as many of the theatre’s props and costumes.

 Pipes of Pan performance