Ragdale Ring Project 2014 – Call for Proposals

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Contemporary Redesign of Historic Performance Space at Artist Retreat

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 the 2014 Ragdale Ring, a temporary theatre to house summer  concerts, performances, events and their audiences. Ragdale seeks proposals for a  full-scale project and installation 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.  A jury of architects, artists and arts administrators will select a single project to realize at full scale on the Ragdale grounds.

Key dates:
February 21   Deadline for submissions
March 10         Notification of winning team
April/May         Design/Build  residency
June 1          Ragdale Ring complete

Location:     Ragdale, 1260 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Production grant:  The recipient will receive a $15,000 production grant to fund the project,

Design/build residency: Includes  a large studio, room and board for 8 individuals for up to 6 weeks.

Information:     See complete RFP for project guidelines, eligibility, application instructions and visuals at

For questions, call 847.234.1063 ext. 26 or email: r.igloria@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.  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

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