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HCCC Artist Residency Program

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Program Info & Requirements

Media accepted: Wood, Glass, Metal, Fiber, and Clay

Applicants must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios for two days per week during HCCC public hours:  Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  All resident artists are required to open their studios to public interaction on Saturdays and one other day of the week (TBD), as well as during exhibition openings and specific educational programs on the evenings and weekends. Applicants should consider the public facing nature of the residencies and the fact that a major goal of the program is to provide visitors with an opportunity to explore contemporary craft through engaging with working artists.

Benefits of the residency include 24/7 access to studio space, cultural and professional development opportunities, a monthly stipend that includes a small housing/materials allowance, and the opportunity to give an artist talk.

Juried selection is based on quality of creative work, ability to interact with the public, career direction, and program diversity.  Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail in late May.

  • Five-to-10 residencies awarded
  • Residencies available in three-, six-, nine-, and 12-month time periods
  • Residency cycle begins in September and ends in August
  • Residency start dates and length determined by program review panel
  • $1000 monthly stipend that includes a housing/materials allowance
  • 24/7 access to 200-square-foot studio equipped with sinks, telephones, and wireless Internet access
  • Ceramic artists have access to two electric kilns located in an outdoor kiln shed.
  • Wide variety of resources and opportunities, including teaching opportunities through HCCC and collaborative works with fellow residents
  • Ongoing professional development and enrichment opportunities with local museums, art professionals, and collectors
  • During the residency, artists have the opportunity to participate in a joint artist talk and display work outside their studios in collaboration with the Windgate Foundation Curatorial Fellow.
  • Upon completion of the residency, artists have the opportunity to show work in the annual In Residence exhibition at HCCC.
  • Additional opportunities, such as discussions with curators and gallery owners, exposure at HCCC events, and interactions with visiting art professionals

**New This Year**
BIPOC Support Grant Provided by HCCC & Crafting the Future

HCCC and Crafting the Future (CTF) introduce a new funding opportunity to support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) craft artists. Crafting the Future works to diversify the fields of art, craft, and design by connecting BIPOC artists with opportunities that will help them thrive. By banding together and pooling the resources of like-minded artists and art appreciators, CTF is making the changes they want to see in communities around the country.

Residents who identify as BIPOC can receive unrestricted funding in addition to their monthly honorarium. The additional support ranges from $500 to $1,000 and can be awarded as a one-time gift or on a scheduled monthly basis to support their practice. To apply, please complete the “Support Grant” section on the application.

Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography Artist Residency
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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and
Houston Center for Photography

The Interdisciplinary Craft + Photography (ICP) Artist Residency is designed for artists creating work at the intersection of contemporary craft and photography. This three-month residency supports artists with an experimental, multidisciplinary edge, who are testing the boundaries within both fields. ICP residents will be hosted in a studio space at HCCC and will receive all the benefits of regular HCCC resident artists.  In addition, from Houston Center for Photography (HCP), they will receive printing credits and access to the digital lab. Artists will participate in a joint artist talk and will be included in HCCC’s annual In Residence exhibition, as well as receive a feature in HCP’s spot magazine.

Applicants must be able to demonstrate and address how their practice engages the fields of both craft and photography.

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Houston Center for Contemporary Craft 4848 Main Street Houston, TX 77002
Deadline: 
01/March/2023
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New Montrose Library RFQ

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Houston Civic Art

Request for Qualifications

Civic Art Project for Montrose Library

Budget: $85,000.00

Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2023 5:00 PM CST

Location: 1001 California Street, Houston, TX 77006

Eligibility: Nationwide

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Summary

The Civic Art Program of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) requests the submission of qualifications from artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, and install a major permanent work of public art for Houston Public Library’s new Montrose Library. Commissioned works will be accessioned into the City of Houston’s Civic Art Collection.

Housed in the heart of Montrose within the new Montrose Collective development, the Montrose Library will feature reading areas, technology access, a children’s area, a teen area, and meeting spaces. This opportunity seeks artwork that will tell the story and history of Montrose through artwork that wraps the elevator core and adjacent wall above the stairwell, a primary focal point as visitors enter the library, circulate from floor to floor, and engage with the library collections, services, staff, and community.

The artwork should express:

  • The full vibrant, dynamic, and historic nature of the Montrose neighborhood

  • Themes of literacy, communication, learning, inspiration, and collaboration

  • The unique LGBTQIA+ history of the neighborhood

  • The authentic blend of culture, courage, soul, and heart of Houston

  • Bright, warm, inviting, and playful elements

The exterior walls of the elevator core and the adjacent wall above the stairwell will be designated as the canvas for this art installation. These walls will be highly visible from both floors and located in high-traffic locations requiring the use of durable materials throughout. Surface application with relief/sculptural elements, light-based media, non-traditional installations, and murals/2D work will all be considered.

The Houston Public Library System is a dynamic organization that serves one of the largest service areas – both population and area – in the country. 2.3 million residents in the City of Houston are the primary beneficiaries of a comprehensive customer-focused service delivery strategy. The system is currently comprised of 44 public service units including 31 Neighborhood Libraries, five Regional Libraries, three History Research Centers and four Express Libraries, the HPL Mobile Express, and a satellite library located at the Children’s Museum of Houston.

Scope of Civic Art Project and Artwork Requirements

This opportunity seeks the commission of a unique work of art for interior installation at the New Montrose library. The total available wall space for this installation will be 838 square feet, detailed further in the elevations linked below. Painted gypsum walls wrap the fire-rated elevator core, meaning that any artwork anchoring cannot go beyond 1 1/8” inches into the drywall/plywood studs. Any 3-dimensional elements should not protrude more than 4 inches.

Commissioned artworks will be subject to the following requirements:

  • Artworks should be family friendly and suitable for public display to a diverse and international audience.

  • Artworks must be free of safety hazards.

  • Artworks must meet or exceed City of Houston ADA requirements.

  • Artworks should be resistant to graffiti and vandalism and require minimal maintenance.

  • Artwork must have an expected life span of at least 20 years.

  • Artwork should make a significant artistic addition to the City of Houston Civic Art Collection.

Eligibility

THE FOLLOWING ARE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY:

Open to all artists and artist-teams over 18 years of age residing nationwide in the United States.

Houston-area artists and artist-teams are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Artist/Artist Teams must be able to work at the required scale and have availability to accomplish by the deadline, November 2023.

FOR GALLERIES INTERESTED IN APPLYING ON BEHALF OF ARTISTS

  • Galleries submitting applications for more than one artist must submit individual applications for each applicant.

  • If multiple artists are included in the same application the submission will be marked as ineligible

THE FOLLOWING ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY:

  • Artists currently under contract for a City of Houston Civic Art project.

  • City of Houston employees.

  • Elected City Officials, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Staff, and their immediate family.

  • Houston Arts Alliance employees, Board members, Advisory Board members, and their immediate family

Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria or application requirements will be withdrawn from consideration.

Location and Site

  1. 1001 California Street, Houston, TX 77006

  2. See linked site plans and images for more information.

  • Artwork locations, plan, elevations and renderings.

Budget

  • The budget of $85,000.00 is inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, design proposals, artists’ fees, design, engineering, permitting, insurance costs for each year of the project, permanent lighting, software, studio and project administration, travel, fabrication, all materials, installation, and required deliverables.

  • Required deliverables may include research, material samples, material mockups, finalized design details (color, imagery, material, etc.), material safety data sheets (MSDS) on certain materials or coatings, landscape plans, lighting plans, sealed engineering drawings and anything needed for permitting in the construction phase, insurance, finalized budget, preliminary fabrication and installation schedule, methods of hanging, installation costs, professional photographic documentation, and a maintenance plan.

Application Requirements

1. Artist(s) resume or CV, relevant information for any other key team members (3 pages maximum per artist or team member)

2. Artist(s) Biography (250 words maximum)

3. Statement of Intent (1,000 words maximum or under 5 minutes)

Statement of Intent - A Statement of Intent (SOI) is a declaration of your plans and your ideas for a specific project. The SOI should communicate your personality, professionalism, qualifications, and enthusiasm for the project.

4. Artist Statement (500 words maximum or under 3 minutes)

Artist Statement - An artist statement is a written description of your work that helps the audience access or understand your artistic work. The purpose of the artist statement is to inform, add context, and present process and conceptual ideas to the viewer, which may include sources, ideas, and materials in your current practice.

5. Digital images of completed artworks. Applicants should submit up to ten (10) images in JPEG format only with each image no larger than 2 MB. Each image should include information about artist, title, year completed, dimensions, material, commissioning entity, and budget or price (as applicable) for each image provided.

Selection Process

A panel of three art professionals will review qualified submissions and select a short list of up to three who will develop concept proposals for the opportunity.

Review of artist qualifications will be subject to the following criteria:

  • The artist’s work demonstrates a unique voice, perspective, or aesthetic

  • The artist’s submission demonstrates their ability to create site-specific artwork which responds to the history, culture, and identity of the surrounding community.

  • The artist’s work demonstrates an artistic voice, perspective, or aesthetic that is not substantially represented in the current Collection.

Contracting

Established in 1999, Houston Civic Art is a City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) program that contracts with Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) to manage projects. The final commission for this project will be broken out into two separate contracts with HAA, one for design and one for construction (i.e. “commission”). The selected artist must be able and willing to sign contracts for design and commission.

Sample Contracts:

· Attachment A1 – Artist Services Agreement for Conceptual Design

· Attachment A2 - Artist Services Agreement for Design

· Attachment A3 - Artist Services Agreement for Commission.

Selected artists will also be required to sign a Visual Artist Rights Act (VARA) Waiver with the City of Houston. View a sample of the waiver HERE.

Timeline

All dates are subject to change.

  • Artist Info Session # 1** Tuesday, December 6th

  • Artist Info Session # 2** Tuesday, December 20th

  • Deadline for questions: Wednesday, December 21st

  • RFQ submission deadline: Monday, January 9th at 5:00 PM CST

  • RFQ notification: Friday, January 20th

 

The following section only applies to artists who advance to the RFP phase.

· RFP released to finalists Friday, January 20th

· RFP deadline: Monday, February 20th

· Artist proposal presentations: Thursday, February 23rd

· Selected artist notified by HAA: Monday, April 3rd

· Contract released to artist: Monday, April 3rd

· Contract executed: Monday, April 10th

· Project completion: November 2023

 

**HAA will also host two (2) artist information sessions about the open call.

Session 1: Tuesday, December 6th at 12:00 PM CST via Zoom

Session 2: Tuesday, December 20th at 6:00 PM CST in-person and live on zoom at a Houston Public Library branch, details to be announced.

Contact

For questions or more information, please do not contact the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA). Direct all inquiries to: civicart@haatxhelp.zendesk.com

Houston Arts Alliance - Civic Art + Design Department

Subject Line: RFQ - Montrose Library

Please submit all questions in writing via email no later than Wednesday, December 21st to civicart@haatxhelp.zendesk.com. Questions will be answered as they are received and no later than January 6th, 2023. All answers to questions received by the question due date will be posted publicly to the Houston Arts Alliance FAQ Page for this project HERE on Thursday, December 22nd.

Prize Summary: 
$85,000
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1001 California Street, Houston, TX 77006
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09/January/2023

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Superpresent Winter Issue

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Superpresent magazine is seeking submissions on the theme of FOOD. Food not only in the literal sense but also in the metaphorical sense. What feeds us? What feeds our mind? What do we feed others? What do we hunger for? All food for thought.  www.superpresent.org

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15/November/2022

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Superpresent - Summer Issue

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The theme for the Summer 2022 issue is Signs & Symbols.  We are are seeking poetry, short stories, essays, experimental art, video, sound art, all forms of visual art as well as asemic writing and textual arts of all kinds.

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01/June/2022

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Superpresent - Summer Issue

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The theme for the Summer 2022 issue is Signs & Symbols.  We are are seeking poetry, short stories, essays, experimental art, video, sound art, all forms of visual art as well as asemic writing and textual arts of all kinds.

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01/June/2022

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Artists from Across the Americas Encouraged To Submit Qualifications for Five Major Permanent Works of Public Art at New International Terminal at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

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The Civic Art Program of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is requesting submissions of qualifications from artists and artist teams to design, fabricate and install major permanent works of public art at five locations inside the new international terminal at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, located at 2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032.

Five separate Request for Qualifications were released March 4 for key parts of the international terminal.

Departures Façade (Passenger Drop Off Area), a heavily trafficked area, where three artworks will be a major focal point with views throughout the hall and the exterior passenger drop off level. The RFQ calls for a “Panorama of Houston” that celebrates and reflects the rich and diverse local fabric that makes the city unique, such as Houston’s ecology, economy, recreation, diversity, food culture, and robust art culture. Budget: $857,000. Completion deadline: Dec. 2023.

Departure Level Garage Wall Installation, a drop off area where artwork will be a major focal point with views from the exterior drop off area and the Departures Hall. The intent is for a large wall installation that reflects the inspiration and innovation of Houston, reflecting the “Panorama of Houston” theme. Budget: $600,000[3] . Completion deadline: Dec. 2023.

Arrivals Level Garage Wall Installation, a location where passengers wait for their transportation. The intent is for a large wall installation. The RFQ calls for a “Welcome to Houston” theme that celebrates and evokes the rich and diverse local fabric that makes Houston inspiring for residents and visitors alike. Budget: $600,000. Completion deadline: Dec. 2023.

Arrivals Pet Area Sculpture, a place where passengers await their transportation in the outdoor lounge area or pet relief area. The intent is for a large-scale free standing sculpture commission that reflects the “Welcome to Houston” theme. Budget: $334,000. Completion deadline: Dec. 2023.

Arrivals Lobby Artwork (Elevator Bank), a spot where arriving passengers will view the Precleared Elevator Lobby artwork as they make their way through to the passenger pick up area. The intent is for a large two-dimensional wall-mounted artwork commission, also inspired by the “Welcome to Houston” theme. Budget: $157,000. Completion deadline: Dec. 2023.

Qualifications will be reviewed by a panel of three art professionals or artists and are subject to the following criteria:

The artist's work demonstrates a unique voice, perspective, or aesthetic.

The artist's submission demonstrates their ability to create site-specific artwork which responds to the history, culture, and identity of the surrounding community.

The artist's work demonstrates an artistic voice, perspective, or aesthetic that is not substantially represented in the current Collection.

Applicants who have questions can contact Houston Arts Alliance’s Civic Art + Design Department by sending an email to civicart@haatxhelp.zendesk.com no later than Wed., Mar. 30, 2022. Questions will be answered no later than Apr 6, 2022.

https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit

 

The Origin of Funding

Funds for the permanent work of public arts at George Bush Intercontinental Airport were allocated by a City of Houston ordinance which mandates that 1.75% of qualified and applicable Capital Improvement Project dollars be set aside for civic art. These funds reside with Houston Airport’s Enterprise Fund – a non-taxpayer, self-sustaining fund of the City. Under contract and in partnership with MOCA, Houston Arts Alliance administers these city-funded public opportunities to acquire and conserve the City of Houston's public art pieces.

About the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs guides the City’s cultural investments with policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and cultural programs in the community, attract visitors and leverage private investment. Learn more at www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs and follow us on Facebook & Instagram @HoustonMOCA.

About Houston Airports

Houston Airports is the City of Houston’s Department of Aviation, comprised of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, IAH, William P. Hobby Airport, HOU, and Ellington Airport/Houston Spaceport, EFD, Houston Airports served 24.7 million passengers in 2020 and nearly 60 million in 2019. Houston Airports forms one of North America's largest public airport systems and positions Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the South-Central United States and as a primary gateway to Latin America. Houston is proud to be the only city in the Western Hemisphere with two Skytrax rated 4-star airports. https://www.fly2houston.com.

About Houston Arts Alliance

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a local arts and culture organization whose principal work is to implement the City of Houston’s vision, values, and goals for its arts grantmaking and civic art investments. HAA also executes privately funded special projects to meet the needs of the arts community, such as disaster preparation, research on the state of the arts in Houston, and temporary public art projects that energize neighborhoods. To learn more about HAA, visit www.houstonartsalliance.com and follow us on Facebook & Instagram @HoustonArtsAlliance.

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