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Visions of Lewis and Clark Kite Exhibit in Omaha and Council Bluffs, Summer 2014


Omaha/Council Bluffs Coyote Kite Design Competition

Dates: July 7 – August 20, 2014

Flight Date: Saturday August 23

Submission Deadline: July 8, 2014

Competition & Exhibit Description

The Lewis and Clark Trust, Inc. in partnership with Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail are accepting submissions from artists working in the Omaha and Council Bluffs metropolitan area for a juried design competition. The designs should be based on, or illustrate the event described in the 1804 journal entry listed below. The design should be easily converted into a kite. Examples of kites already in the collection and other kites can be referred to for shape and scale. The kites in the show range in size from 2'x3' to 14'x8'. Styles range from simply constructed 2 dimensional models to complex 3 dimensional structures. Five design proposals will be selected and mounted for exhibit from Friday 7/21 to Wednesday 8/20, 2014. From the five semi-finalists selected, a winning entry will be chosen.

The artist of the winning design will be awarded $600 to convert the design into light weight fiber art, or a decorative fabric piece that will serve as the "skin" of a functional kite. The completed skin will be sent to SKYWINDWORLD's curator and kite engineer, Drake Smith, for conversion into a functional kite and flyable work of art. The kite will be entered into the Visions of Lewis and Clark Kite collection to represent Omaha and Council Bluffs. The kite will become the property of SkyWindWorld to be exhibited along the Lewis & Clark Trail, and other locations nationwide.



Visit the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail visitor center (south of the Bob Kerry Pedestrian Bridge, for information about the expedition and to view a 30 minute video overview, located at 601 Riverfront Dr. Omaha, NE.

Examples of kites already in the exhibit, an introduction to the non-profit, SkyWindWorld LLC, and other information about the kite show can be found at the following links:

The theme of the kite has been selected by public vote and should be based on the journal entry by William Clark quoted below which was written as they passed through this area as they traveled up the Missouri River (also presented in modern language edition for clarity).

Kite Design Theme: Coyote

QUOTE: "August 12, 1804 [ Clark] a Prarie Wolf Come near the bank and Barked at us this evening, we made an attempt but could not git him, this Animale Barks like a large feste {feist} Dog." [This was the First sight of a Coyote the explorers were camped in either Monona or Woodbury County, Iowa, near the county line.]

August 12, 1804 [Clark] A Prairie Wolf came near the bank and barked at us this evening. We made an attempt but could not get him. This animal barks like a large Feist dog.


Design submissions due – Tues. 7/8 22 days

Judging and display preparation – Tues. 7/8 until Mon 7/11 8 days

Design illustrations display – Mon. 7/21 until Wed. 8/20 30 days

Execution of 1st place design – Fri. 7/11 until Fri. 8/1 21 days

Kite construction – Mon. 8/1 until Tues. 8/20 20 days

Dedication Ceremony and first flight – Sat. 8/23 1 day


Submission Requirements and Process:

1. All submissions can be made online. E-mail images with "KiteShow" followed by your last name on the subject line; e-mail us ; images can be no larger than 25MB combined, so more than one email may be necessary; please indicate by stating "1 of 4" "2 of 4" in each email subject heading; If one image is more than 25MB please mail your submission "overland" to :

Joanne Ryan
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

601 Riverfront Drive
Omaha, NE 68102

2. Submission must include: Images of illustrations, name and contact information, and a statement describing your interest or connection to the Lewis and Clark story of 1804-1806.

3. Submissions may include up to 4 designs.

Five semifinalist designs will be printed in large format and mounted on public displayed for 30 days. The winning entry artist is responsible for shipping completed piece to kite builder by 8/1 (through overnight or priority service) and be available for associated communication with kite builder. Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail will coordinate with SkyWindWorld, LLC for unveiling of final piece and 1st Flight of the Omaha/Council Bluffs Kite on August 23rd, 2014. Participation in the August 23rd flight event is requested.


Paige Reitz - Union of Contemporary Arts

Michael Hollins - Kaneko

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