March 9: Deadline for submissions
March 12-23: Jury process
March 23: Notification to winning team
April/May: Off-site production
May 28 to June 15: Design-Build residency
June 10: Architects’ Open Studio
June 15: Ragdale Ring complete
Production grant and residency: A $15,000 production grant to fund the project as well as studio space, room, and board for up to 10 individuals for 18 days.
We encourage you to visit the Ragdale campus and develop a proposal that responds to the site. A range of options exist on the nearly 5-acre campus. Projects may not be located on the Shaw Prairie. Past projects have been installed in one of two locations:
In 2013 Ragdale launched an international competition to reinterpret Shaw’s Ring as a temporary, experimental environment. This annual competition provides artists, architects, and designers with the unique opportunity to devise and construct a performance venue and gathering place on the historic Ragdale campus. Each year we seek inventive, large-scale submissions that explore intersections of architecture, sculpture, landscape, design, public art, and performance disciplines. Howard Van Doren Shaw designed the original Ragdale Ring in 1912 as an open-air theatre for the work of his playwright wife, Frances Shaw.
THE ORIGINAL RAGDALE RING, 1912
Architect Howard Van Doren Shaw designed the original Ragdale Ring as an outdoor theatre to accommodate the plays of his wife, Frances. Audiences of over 200 to 300 guests sat on Shaw-designed benches in a circular orchestra paved with grass and surrounded by a low limestone wall. The raised stage featured wings formed by evergreens and columns topped with baskets of stone fruit. During performances, banners and Japanese lanterns were displayed around the theater. Shaw also crafted a sophisticated lighting system with tiers of floodlights and spotlights as well as many of the theater’s props and costumes.