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Art on the Campus 2021

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OVERVIEW

The West Des Moines Public Arts Advisory Commission and Parks and Recreation Department invite regional artists (Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota) to submit an Artwork Application to participate in the 9th annual Art on the Campus public art exhibit. Art on the Campus is a temporary outdoor exhibit, displayed on the West Des Moines City/School Campus from April to November each year. 

EXHIBIT DETAILS

Selected artists are paid a $2,000 stipend for the use of their artwork. 

A selection panel will choose up to 12 original works of art for installation.

The artist retains ownership of their work and agrees to loan it to the exhibit.  During the exhibit, the artwork will be covered under the City’s insurance for the retail value of the artwork; however, artists must also carry standard liability insurance coverage. Artists are required to provide proof of liability insurance if selected. 

A People’s Choice vote will be taken throughout the duration of the exhibit. When the exhibit is complete, the People’s Choice artwork will be named and shared with the public, and the People’s Choice winner will receive a $500 award.

A recognition event will be held at which members of the community, WDM City Council, WDM Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and featured artists are invited to celebrate 2021 Art on the Campus exhibit.  Invited guests will have the opportunity to view the selected works. Artists are asked to attend and give a brief oral description of their artwork. More details to come.

The Art on the Campus exhibit will be promoted in the local media. Marketing efforts will include but not be limited to:

· An article in WDM Magazine (direct mailed to all WDM households and businesses)

· News and information on the WDM City Web Site (www.wdm.iowa.gov)

· WDM Parks and Recreation Department’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts

The Art on the Campus exhibit is a listed feature on the Otocast app, a mobile audio guide. Selected artists are required to work with Otocast staff to record a short narrative about their artwork.

*The City of West Des Moines reserves the right to photograph and reproduce images of the artwork on exhibit for promotional and educational purposes. 

EXHIBIT LOCATION

The West Des Moines City/School Campus is a centrally located area that is home to several facilities utilized by the community including an elementary school, freshmen high school, the WDM City Hall, the WDM Public Library and the WDM School District’s Learning Resource Center and the new Jamie Hurd Amphitheater. A half-mile walking trail encircles the centrally located pond. Selected works will be installed on 4’ x 4’ concrete pads that are located around the pond and adjacent to the walking trail. 

INSTALLATION OF ARTWORK

Artists are responsible for all costs, equipment, and labor necessary for the delivery, installation and removal of their work and assume all risk and damage to their work before and during installation and during and after removal. Work not appropriate for installation onto a 4’x4’ concrete base will not be allowed. Lighting and power will not be provided at the artwork locations. The artist shall affix their artwork to the concrete pad in such a way that non-authorized removal would not be possible. The City of West Des Moines will not provide labor nor equipment for install.     

SALE OF ARTWORK

Each selected piece of artwork must have a pre-determined purchase value or sale price that is set by the artist. If someone desires to purchase one of the displayed artworks, 15% of the sales price will be paid to the City of West Des Moines. These funds will provide future funding of public art in West Des Moines. The $2,000 stipend provided to the artist is not part of any sales transaction. Artwork must remain on display throughout the duration of the exhibition.

ARTWORK CRITERIA

All artwork must be the original work of the artist (in concept, composition, and execution) and suitable for outdoor public display. Works will be selected by a selection panel comprised of WDM Public Arts Advisory Commission members and local citizens, artists, and business representatives. The following criteria will be used in the selection process:

Required Artwork Characteristics

·Artwork that is suitable for public viewing

·Artwork that displays high quality technical skill, imagination, and innovation

·Artwork that is suitable for outdoor display in adverse weather conditions

·Artwork that has soundness of construction, is durable, and is safe for viewing

Desirable Artwork Characteristics

·Artwork that creates a sense of discovery, surprise, and emotional connection

·Artwork that uses kinetic devices, optical effects, dynamic shapes, or bright colors to create a vibrant and interesting exhibit

 

People’s Choice Winner 2020

“The Sacrifice”

 

·Artwork that is participatory

·Artwork that is whimsical, uplifting, and creative

*Decisions by the selection panel are final and not open to negotiation.

ART ON THE CAMPUS 2021 EXHIBIT TIMELINE*

Call for Artists issued                                                                        August 31, 2020

Artwork Applications due                                                                 October 30, 2020

Selection panel deliberations and recommendation               November 2-13, 2020

Notifications of selection to artists                                                By December 15, 2020

Delivery and installation of artwork                                               April 1-14, 2021

Exhibit open to the public                                                                 April 15–November 15, 2021

Removal of artwork                                                                           November 16-30, 2021

*The City of West Des Moines reserves the right to change the project timeline.

ONLINE APPLICATIONS ONLY. APPLY AT www.wdm.iowa.gov/CallforArtists

Applications due by 5:00pm on October 30, 2020

Contact Allison Ullestad (Arts, Culture, and Enrichment Supervisor) at 515-222-3455 or allison.ullestad@wdm.iowa.gov with questions.  View the current Art on the Campus exhibit at www.wdm.iowa.gov/AOC.

Prize summary: 
$500
Prizes Details: 

$500 for People's Choice Award Winner

Deadline: 
10/30/2020

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Submit to Have Your Art on the Streets of Brooklyn

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Papergirl-Brooklyn (PGBK) is an art project with an emphasis on social, sustainable, and cultural engagement that takes place in public spaces around Brooklyn. 
Artwork submissions must be rollable, high-quality, and non-commercial. 
Submissions are documented and shared on our website and social media. 
Copies of the artwork are printed onto large banners and are wheat-pasted in ten Brooklyn neighborhoods in an exhibition with an audio program component. 
The original artwork is rolled up and delivered in the style of newspaper delivery “paperboys” on bicycles at random and for free to people on the street. This action connects communities, decommodifies art spaces, and includes the public in a joyful action of giving. 

For a more detailed explanation of this project or to see other versions of this project, please visit our website 

Deadline: 
08/31/2020

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DC Local Artists Wanted for Public Mural

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Living Classrooms Foundation of the National Capital Region (Living Classrooms) seeks a muralist to create conservation-themed murals for five cement bridge panels along the Benning Road Ethel Kennedy Bridge near the Benning Road entrance to Kingman and Heritage Islands. Kingman Island is an incredible natural resource and recreation area and was designated a state conservation area by Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2018. 

The purpose of this project is to beautify access to the Islands by creating an attractive passage, while simultaneously increasing stewardship from the local community. The commissioned murals are planned for the areas of the bridge closest to the Island’s entrance. In addition to the murals, community members will be stenciling wildlife images on panels along the full span of the bridge. Note that the mural sites will be prepped by Living Classrooms staff and volunteers.

Eligibility:

  • Visual artists age 18 and older.
  • Preference given to District residents, especially of Wards 7 and 8.
Prizes Details: 

$1,250 for the five murals at the completion of the project, with all work taking place in spring 2020, completed by end of May 2020.

Deadline: 
02/14/2020

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Public Art for Downtown McCall, ID

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Public Art for Downtown McCall, ID

Call to Artists

The City of McCall is seeking an artist or artist-team to engage the community in the design and creation of public artwork to complement the recent reconstruction of its downtown core.

Application Deadline for request for qualifications (RFQ):

Monday, November 25, 2019

Budget: $60,000

Project Intent: The City of McCall, in Idaho’s West Central Mountains, invites artists to apply for an opportunity to design and fabricate artwork to complement the recently-completed reconstruction of 2nd Street at the heart of the city’s downtown core.

Mail or deliver applications to:

City of McCall

Att: Downtown Public Art

216 E Park Street

McCall, Idaho 83638

Questions:

Delta James

Economic Development

Phone: 208.634.7142

 

Deadline: 
11/25/2019

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Request for Exhibitions at Cherry Street Pier

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The Delaware River Waterfront Corp (DRWC) is requesting proposals for exhibitions at its newest public space Cherry Street Pier (CSP). DRWC is a nonprofit with a mission to design, develop, program and maintain public amenities along the central Delaware River Waterfront. We aim to transform the waterfront into a vibrant destination for recreational, cultural, and commercial activities for the residents and visitors of Philadelphia.

The organization is excited to use this new attraction on the waterfront to highlight the great art in and around Philadelphia. CSP is a multi-use space with artists-in-residence, numerous public events, video screens, flex spaces, and a 2000-square foot Gallery. DRWC is looking to work with artists, curators, collectives, peer arts organizations, writers, and creative individuals, regardless of background or location to showcase their work in the gallery space for one (1) month intervals.  

Considerations:

  • The Pier is not climate controlled. Exhibitions should be able to withstand wide temperature ranges. Previous successful installations include large mural panels, photographs printed on waterproof paper, dried floral exhibition, and sculpture.
  • The Gallery itself is 2,000 sf and is contained within the larger 55,000 sf CSP. The most successful installations to date show large pieces or multiple pieces that can fill the wall space. There are approximately 120’-0” of wall space available to artists.
  • Please note that the space is constructed from shipping containers and the walls are corrugated metal with a limited number of hanging and installation systems. We strongly recommend looking at the photos below, visiting the site, or contacting us to discuss installation techniques. Artists will be responsible for installing their show in conjunction with DRWC staff.
  • Each show will run for one (1) month. DRWC is looking for exhibitions through the end of Winter 2019.
  • DRWC encourages incoming artists to activate the space by holding events such as receptions, screenings, artist talks, performances, or workshops.
  • The artist will be responsible for the transactions involved in selling their pieces. Artists receive 100% of their sales. DRWC will not take a commission fee.
  • The artist should take into consideration that CSP is a relatively new public space with the potential to see high-volumes of visitors (estimates an average of 20,000 per month).
  • The artist should keep in mind that the public will interact with their art whether or not that is the intention.
  • While  CSP has security during its open hours, the Gallery does not have dedicated security to monitor the pieces. Of note, DRWC is not responsible for damage or loss of property while the exhibition is on the Pier.  

Budget: Up to $500 for installation fees. All shipping and transportation costs are the responsibility of the artist.

  • Funding/support beyond the above is not guaranteed, but we are happy to provide letters of support and will work to connect selected artists with local resources that may provide additional funding/connections.

Location: Cherry Street Pier, 121 N. Columbus Blvd. (see picture and map below for Gallery location)

Dimensions: 80’ wide x 24’ deep

Timeline:

  • Friday, May 24th: Proposals due EOD
  • Wednesday, June 7th: Proposals selected and applicants notified

Proposal Details:

  • The proposal should include:
  • A brief bio or description (250 words or less) of the organization/individual
  • 300 word description of proposed exhibition
  • Eight (8) hi-res  images or links to videos
  • Please note if you are planning on holding an opening reception, artist talk, or any other type of activation

Fee for Proposal: None

Selection Criteria: DRWC will use a jury consisting of staff, CSP artists-in-residence, and local artists and arts organization representatives. They will be choosing shows to create a calendar that is:

  • Representative of multiple different types of artistic disciplines
  • Representative of Philadelphia and the region’s artistic communities
  • While all proposals will be seriously considered, highest priority is generally given to those that fully use the uniqueness of our space and offerings.
  • Able to fit within the restraints of the pier (high traffic, environmental conditions, security)
  • Large enough to fill the space
  • Include additional activations of the space such as artists talks or interactive activities
Deadline: 
05/24/2019

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