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Whitespace Collection Call To Artists For “Outside The Box3”

Esteemed collector Elayne Mordes is gearing up for the next installment of “outside the box” artworks, in a biennial of outdoor, site-specific art. “OUTSIDE THE BOX 3” is the third biennial to be hosted at the perfectly situated scenic waterfront site of her enviable collection, Whitespace, in Palm Beach. The Rickie Report shares the application for this Call For Entries here and a review of “OUTSIDE THE BOX2” (2014). 


Whitespace Collection

Seeking Artists for


Outdoor Art Installation Biennial

Whitespace–The Mordes Collection

Send inquiries to:
Lisa Rockford,

Whitespace – The Mordes Collection

2805 N. Australian Avenue  West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

T: 561.842.4131


Martin Casuso, Best In Show, OUTSIDE THE BOX2, 2014

Martin Casuso, Best In Show, OUTSIDE THE BOX2, 2014



$1000 in prizes

Application Deadline: November 1, 2015

Exhibition Dates:

Friday & Saturday, April 1 – 2, 2016   8-11 pm


OUTSIDE THE BOX3, curated by Lisa Rockford, will be the third biennial exhibition of outdoor, site-specific art in Palm Beach County, FL. This unique and alternative format, situated on the grounds of the  prestigious Whitespace – The Mordes Collection, is seeking 35 innovative contemporary artists to create site-specific installations that interact with the landscape & outdoor environment. Whitespace is located at 2805 N. Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach. 





This temporary outdoor art happening will take place April 1 & 2, 2016, as part of the season’s closing festivities of Whitespace.  The distinctive and alternative format of the exhibit asks artists to propose temporary work, suitable for outdoors that will respond creatively to the site, or be interactive in nature.  The installations should interact with the unique landscape & outdoor environment, ranging from large-scale sculptures, interactive installations, inflatables, video art, performances, and more.





Lisa Rockford, an exhibiting artist and Professor at Broward College, has worked with over 100 artists from South Florida and beyond.  She has curate many Contemporary  group exhibitions, including “The Triumph of Detritus, Humoritorium: The Art Of Whimsy”, and “Appropriated gender” among others. Lisa Rockford was named a “Rising Star”in Gold Coast Magazine’s 2014 article, “40 under 40” for her community building art events.


Cat Del Buono's "Swimming Upstream" OUTSIDE THE BOX2, 2014

Cat Del Buono’s “Swimming Upstream” OUTSIDE THE BOX2, 2014


One of the most talked about works of OUTSIDE THE BOX2, 2014 was a video installation by Cat Del Buono, titled “Swimming Upstream”.  Many onlookers did not realize that they weren’t looking at a real pool of water in the ground.  Video art by Cat Del Buono will be featured in Whitespace’s next annual exhibit which will open in November, 2015. Please visit for up-to-date seasonal programming.





Prizes total $1000, including $500 Best in Show, $300 Second Place, and $200 Third place.
Prize Jury Panel: Lisa Rockford – Curator Outside the Box 3, Marisa J. Pascucci – Curator of 20th Centruy & Contemporary Art- Boca Museum of Art, Bryan D. Walsh – Gallery Director DTR Modern Galleries, John J. McGurk – Independent Curator NYC.


Open call for proposals from artists in proximity to South Florida working in installation art, sculpture/mixed media, inflatables, video art, new media, sound, and performance. The curator will give preference to installations that include interactive and/or multi-sensory elements, and incorporate or adapt well to the site. Installations should incorporate a light source and have visual impact/high aesthetic appeal.

The Site

Whitespace, The Mordes Collection is located on a lake waterfront with a sand beach, and features a landscape with a long stretch of grass, elements of bushes and trees and a building with concrete walls and a wrap around tarmac. To get a better visual, please view images from the 2014 OUTSIDE THE BOX2 exhibit here: or


Factors to consider:

  • All exhibition spaces are outside and will be presented in the twilight hours. Artists should incorporate lighting as part of the presentation. (This will be discussed/finalized during the site visit).
  • All installations must be site specific and proposals must consider nature’s unpredictable elements. Artists must have a storm/rain plan. Any artwork in the water must be anchored.
  • Selected artists will be given the space that is best suited for their proposal, and artists will be given the opportunity to visit the site and view their allotted area at least 4 months prior to installation.
  • The exhibition committee comprised of Directors of Whitespace, Elayne and Marvin Mordes, and Curator; Lisa Rockford will make all exhibition selections. If necessary, in some cases the exhibition committee may suggest or request adaptations to the methods or materials proposed.

    Important Dates

  • Proposals will not be accepted after November 1, 2015.
  • Selected Artists will be notified by November 29, 2015.
  • Selected artists must be available for the following dates:

o Site Visit: Artists are required to view their assigned space on December 11 or 12, 2015.

o Installation Dates: March 31, 2016 (5 pm – 10 pm) or April 1, 2016 (8 am – 4 pm)

Earlier installation may be possible upon request if the setup requires more than 8 hours of installation time.

o De-Installation: Saturday, April 2 , 2016 (after exhibition closing) and/or Sunday April 3, 2016 by 1:00 p.m.


Submission Instructions

All application materials should be sent by Email to Lisa Rockford at Include the following in ONE Email:

  1. Signed, Completed Artist Application Form (below), (Take a photo or a scan of it and attach to email).
  2. Curriculum Vitae or Artist Resume/Bio
  3. Documentation of previous artwork, and/or website link where more artwork can be viewed. 5 or more images should be in .jpg, .png, .tiff, or .pdf format and at least 500k. Maximum 20 mb Total can be sent in one email.
     Images should be titled:FirstName-LastName_Artwork-Title_1.jpg,FirstName-LastName_Artwork-Title_2.jpg,etc.
     Videoart,documentationofperformances,orsoundfilesshouldbesentviawebsitelinks.
  4. Sketch of proposed installation: Please provide a detailed drawing/sketch, or digital mockup of the work you are proposing to create for the exhibit. If you want to exhibit pre-existing works, specify which images represent the work to be shown, and a description or sketch of how you propose to show the work in this exhibit.
    Proposal Images should be titled: FirstName-LastName _Sketch_1.jpg, FirstName-LastName _ProposedArtwork_1.jpg, etc.
  5. In body of the email, add a Typed proposal/ detailed description of the concept. Include the following:
    • Explain the specific type of space needed or preferred: In water, on sand, on Grass, in bushes, hanging from tree, on asphalt driveway, projected on blank wall, etc.
    • Explain the approximate size of the area needed (height, width, depth, etc).
    • Give detailed installation plans including the specific materials you intend to use, and description of installation methods to be used. Note: All installations must be temporary. NO use of nails, screws etc. may be used.
    • Explain how lighting will be incorporated into the installation. Solar lights are recommended if lighting is not incorporated into the piece.
    • Explain if your work is weatherproof, or your plan if it storms or rains.
    • Discuss how the viewer will interact with the work.
      Note: Artists may submit more than one proposal for consideration.
  6. Note in the email how payment was made. Applications will not be considered without payment of the jury fee. $30.00 required payment for the first proposal through PayPal or by mailed Check. Add $5.00 more for each additional installation proposal. Send PayPal payment to
    You will need to have an existing PayPal account or sign up for a free account at mail check/money order to Lisa Rockford, 661 NW 16th St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060


The OUTSIDE THE BOX2 biennial event in 2014 featured installations by 37 artists from throughout Florida, attracted hundreds of art enthusiasts and was covered extensively in local media.




For more information about Whitespace Collection please contact:

Elayne Mordes, ASID AAA

Whitespace Art Adventures

2805 N. Australian Avenue West Palm Beach, Florida 33407

T:561.842.4131 F:561.842.4132 E:

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Rickie Leiter, Publisher

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Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420


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