old beam, vine, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Deb Collins’ photostream

Future Tenant, an organization which provides a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers and audiences, and Tree Pittsburgh, an environmental non-profit dedicated to protecting and enhancing our urban forest, are collaborating on a project for Arbor Aid 2013. They’ve put out a call for artists for artwork that is either made out of, or relates to, reclaimed urban wood. That wood can come from downed or removed trees, from fixtures, from flooring, from beams, etc. that have an urban source. The work will be under consideration for use in an exhibit that will be held at Future Tenant from Saturday, November 2 to Sunday, December 1, 2013. The exhibition is part of activities by Tree Pittsburgh for the 2013 Arbor Day Foundation Partners in Community Forestry National Conference and the opening night Arbor Aid event on Saturday, November 2nd.

Arbor Aid is the annual fundraiser for Tree Pittsburgh. Artists selected for inclusion for the exhibition will be able to put their work up for sale, with a 20% sale commission going to Future Tenant. Arbor Aid celebrates the creative re-purposing of reclaimed urban wood:

Rather than make mulch or firewood from urban trees that need to be removed, Tree Pittsburgh encourages giving them a longer life by repurposing them as art, furniture, flooring and everything in between.

Artists can submit up to three pieces each. It’s recommended that no work exceed 9′ x 9′ in size. Additionally, artists are encouraged to submit one piece that would fit inside a 12″ x 12″ box.

The deadline for submissions is September 1st. You can read more about the requirements here and the submission form is here.


Old Salvaged Wood Beams, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Mérida Hideaway’s photostream