Artist Guidelines

Boonton Arts invites you to become a part of an exciting public art project. Dog Days of Summer is a unique opportunity for artists to use their talents for the benefit of the community, animals in need, and the arts. Sponsors supply the dog or cat and you provide the idea, transforming a blank dog or cat form into a work of art. The finished sculptures will grace the town of Boonton from May through September 2019 and will be available for adoption at Boonton Arts' Etsy store

This call to artists is open to artists of any level. All approved submissions will be available for sponsorship at the Dog Days of Summer Sponsorship Reception taking place February 6th from 6-8 at Speakeasy Art Gallery. Following the sponsorship reception, the Dog Days of Summer committee then narrow down the submissions that will we will continue to seek sponsorship for on Etsy. Submitting a design for this project does not guarantee that you will get to participate in making a 3D sculpture, your design must be sponsored first. Boonton Arts will do our best to get your design sponsored, but seeking sponsorship on your own is certainly encouraged.

- Download the appropriate Artist's Packet here:
    or at the bottom of this page 

- Then Click here to register and upload your design(s) and paperwork when ready. Completed original designs can also be mailed to Boonton Arts (mail flat, do not fold), 816 Main Street Boonton, NJ 07005 but the online registration form must still be completed. Registrations and designs must be received by February 9, 2019.

Artists also have the opportunity to create a dog or cat from scratch, rather than using a blank fiberglass dog or cat. The submission process for the DIY dogs or cats would be the same as for the fiberglass dogs or cats. A concept drawing or photos of the finished dog or cat and a proposal would need approval from Boonton Arts. DIY design proposals and examples are due no later than February 9, 2019. DIY Artists need to also fill our the artist and copyright agreements in the 2019 Dog Days of Summer Adult Artist Packet or 2019 Dog Days of Summer Student Artist Packet then upload them along with your designs to the online registration form.

The dogs and cats can be sponsored beginning at our sponsorship reception and showcase taking place February 6th at Speakeasy Art Gallery and online at Boonton Arts' Etsy store. Once sponsored, the artists who created the design will be contacted and pick up their blank dog or cat to begin work. The completed dogs and cats must be dropped off at Speakeasy Art Gallery Thursdays through Saturdays from 11am-5pm, or by appointment no later than April 13, 2019. 
Outdoor sculptures require time to be clear-coated and photographed, therefore finished sculptures must be dropped off by the deadline.

When the dogs and cats are completed and unveiled on May 3rd, they will attract viewers from all over the county and beyond. For the duration of the summer, the dogs and cats are available at Boonton Art's Etsy store for a donation benefiting the NorthStar Pet Rescue, Boonton Arts, local schools and artists. Any sculptures that are not purchased by the end of the summer are then auctioned at the Boonton Arts Dog Days of Summer Art Auction & Closing Reception in October. One-third of the donation for adopted dogs will be paid to the artist. In the case of student designs, one-third of the donation for adopted dogs will go to the school that they attend. 


To do before February 9, 2019
___ Download the appropriate Artist's Packet here:
or at the bottom of this page
___ Create a sketch of your concept
___ Click here to register and upload your design(s) and agreements when ready, 
you may also mail it (flat not folded) to Boonton Arts, 816 Main Street, Boonton NJ 07005 
(Please consider sending in your original design if you would like to donate it to the Art Auction)

Timeline of Events

February 9, 2019 - Artist Concept Drawing and Registration Due 

February 13, 2019 - Sponsor Party & Artist's Reception

February 15, 2019 - Finalists Announced and Distribution of Blank Forms

April 13, 2019 - Last Day for Dog/Cat Drop Off

May 3rd, 2019 - Dog Days of Summer 2019 Opening Reception

   Adult Design Templates   

          Extra Large Breeds         

Lying Labrador
(light textured finish - 43"Lx15"Wx22"H)

Irish Setter
(deep textured finish - 34.25"Hx11.45"Wx47.25"L)

(light textured finish - 40"Lx13"Wx 36"H)

Belgian Malinois
(light textured finish - 38"Lx9"Wx 35"H)

         Large Breeds         

Sitting Pup
(smooth finish - 21"Lx11"Wx22"H)

Standing Pup
(smooth finish - 23"Lx11"Wx19"H)

Playful Pup
(smooth finish - 29"Lx7"Wx17"H)

Staffordshire Terrier
(light textured finish - 18"Lx12.5"Wx21.75"H)

(light textured finish - 34"Lx11"Wx27"H)

Border Collie
(deep textured finish - 29.25"x13.5" Wx28.25"H)

        Mid-size Breeds        

(light textured finish - 34"Lx8"Wx18"H)

Life-sized Standing Cat

(smooth finish - 16"Hx7"Wx18"L)

         Small Breeds        

Fancy Cat
(deep texture finish - 10"Lx12"Wx15"H)

Cat Walking
(smooth finish 14"Lx5"Wx19"H)

Bulldog Puppy
(smooth finish 15"Lx8"Wx14"H)

   Student Design Templates   

        Large Breed       

Student Labrador
(smooth finish - 19"Hx7.5"Wx11"L)

        Small Breeds       

Student Boston Terrier
(smooth finish - 8"Lx5"Wx11"H)

Student Boxer
(smooth finish - 7"Lx4"Wx12"H)

Student Dachshund
(smooth finish - 10.5"Lx4"Wx8"H)

Student Chihuahua
(light textured finish - 12"Lx6.75"Wx6"H)

Student Cat
(smooth finish - 5.5" x 4.75" x 10.75")
Paul Jach,
Feb 6, 2019, 6:41 AM
Paul Jach,
Jan 1, 2019, 6:55 PM