Call for Proposals: Ragdale Ring Project

Contemporary Redesign of Historic Performance Space at Artists' Retreat

Ragdale, the nationally acclaimed artists’ residency in Lake Forest, Illinois invites architects,
designers and artists to apply for the opportunity to design, build, and exhibit the 2018 Ragdale
Ring, a temporary outdoor theatre to house summer concerts, performances, and events.
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 a garden theatre.

Key dates:
March 9 Deadline for submissions
March 12-23 Jury process
March 23 Notification of winning team
April/May Off-site Production
May 28- June 15 Design/Build residency
June 15 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.
Residency: Includes a large studio, room and board for up to 10 individuals for 18 days.
Information: See application and complete RFP for project guidelines, eligibility, application instructions and visuals at

Questions? Call 847.234.1063 or email:

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The Ragdale Foundation
Ragdale is a non-profit artists’ residency 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 18-25 day residencies each year, making it the one of the largest interdisciplinary artist communities in the country.

Basic Info
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Deadline or Post Expiration: 
Friday, March 9, 2018
Contact Information
Contact Name: 
Cynthia Quick
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Contact Address: 
1260 N. Green Bay Road
Lake Forest  Illinois  60045
United States