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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).
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.
The Site- See the links below for photos of the installation site. View aerial view of site here
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
- Apply here https://ragdale.slideroom.com
- Project Proposal and Statement
- $40 application fee (check made payable to Ragdale Foundation or credit card)
- Work samples (10 digital files maximum)
Applicants may email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.