Call for Artists

Since 1990, Bear Yuba Land Trust has been diligently building and maintaining public, recreational trails within our community, with 50+ miles to date. Our annual Celebration of Trails event during the month of June is an opportunity to engage the community through numerous trail-centric, family friendly activities. As part of Celebration of Trails, BYLT is commissioning two (2) artists to create site-specific art installations that utilize natural materials and interact with the natural surroundings in some way. The installations will be installed along a chosen BYLT held trail or preserve (list of potential sites below) and will be on view to the public throughout the month of June.

 Artwork Criteria:

Preference will be given to artworks that utilize locally sourced, naturally derived materials, in part or total. We are looking for artworks that are representative of the community and speak to its history, culture, peoples, and of course, the natural surroundings of the area. Installations must also be durable enough to withstand the elements during the entire month of June. 

Proposed artworks need not meet all of the above criteria in order to be considered, as we are open to artists’ own interpretations of what “land art” can entail. For reference, last year’s commissions went to Mekdela Maskal for “Prayer Flags” dyed with locally sourced natural materials installed along Cascade Trail; and to landscape artist Andres Amador for his installation “Still Here” in which he used natural dye to paint boulders in Nisenan basket patterns at Hirschman Trail. 

The installations also need not be new pieces of work. If you have something in mind that is already created, feel free to submit that as well. 

Submission Guidelines:

  1. A write up of your project, including a project description, the materials used, project theme, and the ways in which the project relates to the community and natural surroundings. This can be as long or as short as you deem necessary.
  2. Artist Bio and CV
  3. Two-three photos of the artwork (if already completed) or of other work in your portfolio. 

The submission process is now closed. Applications will be reviewed by a panel that consists of BYLT staff and community members. Final announcement will be made in mid April 2024.

Commission Benefits:

  1. Commissioned artists will receive a stipend of $500 to create and promote the work.
  2. BYLT will also cover the cost of materials needed for the installations. If possible, please try and gather donated materials from local stores. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase yourself as an artist in our community. 
  3. Commissioned artists will be credited in all marketing and advertising in conjunction with Celebration of Trails Art In Nature Installations. We will request a bio, headshot (or other image), and social handles for each artist to use in promotion.

Possible Lands and Trails in which artworks will be installed

  • Hirschman’s Trail (Nevada City)
  • Deer Creek Tribute Trail (Nevada City)
  • Cascade Canal Trail (Nevada City)
  • Wolf Creek Trail (Grass Valley)
  • Adam Ryan Preserve  (Alta Sierra)
  • Wildflower Ridge Preserve (Grass Valley)
  • Rice’s Crossing Preserve (Yuba County)
  • Independence Trail East (Nevada City)

For more information about these trails: https://www.bylt.org/trails-list/

Please reach out to BYLT Communications Manager Annette Muller at annette@bylt.org with any questions. Thank you for your interest!