community art garden at the firehouse

Call for Work!

This year-round public sculpture exhibit will feature works resembling plants, flowers, fungi, insects, animals, and other organic elements found in nature. The Community Art Garden (official name TBD) will occupy approximately 300 square feet between the sidewalk and the front of the Firehouse. In addition to the original art, the garden will feature a Little Free Library, designed and built by Michael DiCamillo, connect with the space intended for the South Framingham Fruit Initiative, and provide simple outdoor seating for public enjoyment. 

Goals:

  • Create an opportunity for regional artists to exhibit public artwork 

  • Provide welcoming outdoor seating for ātac visitors and the community 

  • Meaningfully contribute to beauty of downtown

  • Generate increased visibly with artists, the community, and visitors to the area

Important Dates:

September 1, 2021: Deadline for Application

September 2, 2021: Artists drop off artworks to ātac (no shipping or deliveries)

September 2-5, 2021  Jurying process

September 6, 2021: Artists will be notified of selections

September 11, 2021: Groundbreaking party and public announcement and exhibition of uninstalled selected works

TBD: Public opening of completed garden

Guidelines: 
Sculptures must be an original creation by the artist. Up to two artworks may be submitted per artist. Pieces must be under 36” tall and have a footprint of less than four square feet. There is no minimum size requirement. The exhibit will be displayed outdoors year-round and must be both weather-worthy and able to be secured. Accepted works will be  considered part of ātac’s permanent collection. Should an artwork need repair or the garden amended or removed for any reason, the artist will be contacted. 

Jurors are informed of ātac’s goal of anti-racism and equitable inclusion.  ātac recognizes the intersectionality of artists’ identities and we acknowledge that artists may be self/community-taught, institutionally trained, or a combination of both, and we welcome all to apply. 

Submission fee: $40, $30 for members (become a member here!)
Artists whose work is selected will receive a $100 honorarium 

meet the jurors

Jamaal Eversley

Jamaal Eversley, born in 1988, hails from Randolph, MA. With a business degree in hand, from Babson College, he has decided to chase after his dreams and passionately pursue his talents as an eccentric abstract artist and intertwine business with the arts in order to serve the community. His art has been exhibited twice in Massachusetts General Hospital's Illuminations program, he has shown throughout the South Shore and Boston area and has received several public art grants to bring his colorful patterns to the community. Jamaal constantly creates to spur the juices of creative genius and put the “F” meant for “Fun” back into Fine Arts. You can see more of his work and connect with him at @SirJayEvs on all social medias.

Janet Kawada

Janet Kawada taught at MassArt for over 25 years, as well
numerous workshops around the area in addition to curating.  Her work can be
found in collections around the United States, Canada, and Japan.  Kawada is
included in the book, Artistry in Fiber, Volume 2, Sculpture.  In her recent
work she is interested in exploring the theme of place, home, and the
footprint we leave on the earth.  email:  jkawada@usa.net

Madeleine Lord 


Madeleine has worked with steel for over 30 years and has numerous permanent public art installations in New England and nationally. Work welded from scraps transforms metal pulled from a vast metal recycle center. The scraps imply the results, which may be a figure, fauna or flora where you see the image first and the ingredients second. Public Art includes Giraffe, Ostrich, Mr. Bo Jangles and Angel owned by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Earlier works are cut steel figures. These include Revolutionary Figures in Fort Washington Cambridge, MA, The Enduring American Spirit the first 9/11 permanent memorial in Whitinsville MA and recently a Chef Picking Herbs commissioned by Community Servings in Jamaica Plain. Other locations for cut steel work include Gary Indiana, Dallas Texas and San Bernardo CA.

*Two jurors representing our Framingham community TBD

landscape design

Artist Kelsey Leuenberger has generously offered her time and skill to provide us with an engaging landscape design.

Kelsey Leuenberger is a Turkish American designer, creative technologist, art director, and educator working and teaching in New York City and Boston. Her work is interdisciplinary and often utilizes innovative technology to modernize and reconstruct cultural traditions and rituals. She specializes in digital fabrication, interaction design, landscape design, photography, and cinematography. She is a recent graduate of the MFA Design and Technology program at Parsons School of Design.

in memory of Sandra Moleronek

This garden is supported by a generous donation in memory of Sandra Moleronek from her friends and coworkers at Trader Joe's. A lover of the arts and long-time member of Amazing Things, She loved live music, especially the Berkley School of Music Bob Marley ensemble. Sandra Lee Moleronek passed away peacefully, after a battle with an aggressive form of brain cancer on February 2, 2021. She will be missed within the Amazing Things community. We are deeply grateful for her friends' desire to remember her with a gift that allows us to create beauty through the arts.