Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Palo Alto Public Art Program: Temporary Public Art Request for Proposals for Existing Outdoor Works

Request for Proposals for Existing Outdoor Works
Application Deadline: April 3, 2015
OPPORTUNITY: The City of Palo Alto’s Public Art Program invites artists to submit proposals of engaging existing artworks in a variety of durable media for the purpose of temporary installation (a few days up to 2 years) throughout various outdoor sites in Palo Alto, CA. Proposals selected through this call will be considered for exhibition during the 2015 and 2016 calendar years.
BUDGET: Up to $5,000 per installation all inclusive. Artists are responsible for all costs, equipment and labor related to the transportation, installation, display, maintenance, and removal of the artwork.
ELIGIBILITY: The opportunity is open to all professional artists and artist teams over the age of 18 years old who reside in the United States with experience implementing projects in public space. Local artists residing in the Northern California Bay Area Region are especially encouraged to apply.
INSTALLATION DURATION: Installations may be on view a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of two years, depending on the artwork and the site conditions.
  • All installations must of the highest artistic quality and demonstrate mastery of skills and appropriateness of media and artistic concepts to a public setting.
  • Installations should be engaging to the public and may include light, sound, or invite physical interaction.
  • Installations that have a night-time presence as well as a day-time presence are encouraged.
  • Cost of the installation balanced with the impact of the artwork.
Once approved, the artists will be notified that their artwork is being considered for public installation and will be included in the prequalified pool. Selected artworks for the pool will remain active for a two-year period (2015/16).
Inclusion in the prequalified pool does not guarantee selection for specific installation sites. This call does not obligate the City to exhibit any of the proposals received in response to this call; nor does inclusion in the prequalified pool obligate the City to exhibit that artwork or artist.
1. Background Information
  • Artist Resume;
  • Artist Statement (350 words maximum) which outlines your interest in exhibiting work in Palo Alto, and provides a summary of your professional artistic experience.
2. Artwork Proposal
  • Details of the proposed artworks, including, but not limited to, the materials, dimensions (H x W x D and weight), required power sources, detailed information regarding installation method, anchoring procedure, and any necessary maintenance;
  • Up to six images of the proposed artworks featuring full scale and detailed views;
  • Budget, which should include, but is not limited to costs associated with transportation, installation, maintenance, artist fees and removal of the artwork; 
  • If previously exhibited, a list of locations where the artwork has been displayed;
  • List how long you propose to exhibit the work and when the artwork is available for exhibition.
* If the artist’s proposal is selected, then engineered drawings concerning the artwork and base and/or anchoring procedure may be required for approval.
APPLICATION DEADLINE AND REQUIREMENTS: Wednesday, April 3, 2015, by 10:59 (PST). All applications must be submitted online via CaFÉ™, an online application system for calls for entry at www.callforentry.org. There is no charge for artists to apply or use CaFÉ™. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered will not be considered.

CONTACT US: For additional information, contact the City of Palo Alto Public Art Program via email: nadya.chuprina@cityofpaloalto.org

STAY IN TOUCH: Artists interested in other public art opportunities are encouraged to visit the City of Palo Alto Public Art Program webpageand sign up for our monthly e-news.

ABOUT THE PALO ALTO PUBLIC ART PROGRAM: The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is committed to contributing to the intellectual, emotional and creative life of the Palo Alto community and seeks to increase the public’s daily exposure to art. It strives to build the City’s reputation as a dynamic public art locale with works of diverse styles and disciplines, and the highest aesthetic standards. The Palo Alto Public Art Program is administered by the Community Services Department. 


Monday, March 30, 2015

McNichols Building Public Art Project

Public Art Project
McNichols Civic Center Building Renovation
Budget: Approximately $145,000 USD
Eligibility: All artists residing in the U.S.
DEADLINE: Sunday, April 5, 2015 11:59 PM MST
The City of Denver Public Art Program is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for a public art project at the soon-to-be-renovated McNichols Civic Center Building located at 144 W. Colfax in Denver. The entry of the historic building will be re-designed in a way to create a new community gathering space and increase the visibility of the building. Construction is set to begin in August, 2015. The selection panel is interested in commissioning an artist or group of artists to collaborate with the design team to integrate artwork that can successfully connect the exterior/façade of the building with the interior activities, which include cultural and civic events, as well as private events. Artists are encouraged to view the PDF document “McNichols History and New Entry Plan” that provides a history of the building as well as the current design plan. Artists are also encouraged to view the Civic Center Master Plan Design Guidelines. These documents may be found at: http://artsandvenuesdenver.com/public-art/artist-information/opportunities/

History and Surrounding Area
·         Civic Center Park
Denver’s Civic Center Park, The City’s only National Historic Landmark, is home to several distinctive public artworks and unique and historic architectural structures.  Civic Center Park is anchored to the east by the State Capitol, and on the west by the Denver City and County Building.  The park was designed by Architect and Planner Edward Bennett in the French Beaux Arts style and represents a classical approach that incorporates a hierarchy of spaces using symmetry and balance.  A master plan for Civic Center Park was developed in 2005 and contains guidelines for its use and future development in the park and contributing buildings, including the McNichols Building.
·         McNichols Building
The McNichols Building resides in Denver’s Civic Center Park and is located in the northwest corner of Civic Center Park and bordered by Bannock Street (west) and West Colfax Avenue (North).  Constructed in 1909 in the Greek Revival Style for the then Carnegie Library as a center for learning.  Re-opened in 2012 as a contemporary hub for arts and culture for the people of Denver, the McNichols Building is poised continue the same tradition through its mission to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, art and entertainment.
·         Colfax Avenue
Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous street in the United States. It stretches 26 miles from Aurora, through Denver to Lakewood, Colorado. It has received several titles throughout the years, such as “Gateway to the Rockies,” and more recently “the longest, wickedest street in America.” The McNichols Building faces Colfax Avenue and proposed artwork should also create a visual connection from the street to the building.

Public Art: Parameters & Goals
The selection panel members have set forth specific goals and parameters for this public art project with the hope of creating a unique and inspiring work of art for those who visit and enjoy the McNichols Building.

Location: The primary location for the artwork is the soon-to-be-built new entryway to the McNichols Building. The artwork should relate to the new use of the building as a cultural venue for the City of Denver while respecting the historical nature of the site.

Materials & Media: The selection panel is open to artwork in all media and materials.

Appropriate & Unique: The selection panel seeks a unique, one-of-a-kind artwork that is appropriate for the McNichols Building and for the diverse community that utilizes it. The artwork should speak to the historical nature of the Civic Center Park, the adjacent City and County building, the State Capitol and the uniqueness of Colfax Ave. The selection panel is looking for artists that can demonstrate experience with integrating an artwork into an overall design concept.

Applying for these opportunities
In response to this RFQ, applicants will be asked to submit eight digital images, a résumé, and a statement of interest no longer than 2,000 characters via www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ™). From these applications, the selection panel will choose up to three semifinalists who will consult with the panel. Semi-finalists will receive more specific information regarding the site and have the opportunity to meet with project representatives, the design team and public art staff.  If a formal proposal is requested, the artist will be provided an honorarium to prepare and present the proposal in person. Artists/teams selected as semi-finalists will be required to submit a Diversity & Inclusiveness Form in order for their proposals to be considered, which will be provided upon notification. As directed by Executive Order 101, this form must be submitted for all city solicitations of proposals. Denver Arts & Venues Public Art Program staff can provide guidance on filling out this form. Semifinalists will be expected to pay for travel expenses from the honorarium. From the interview or proposal, an artist or artist team will be selected for this commission.  The selected artist or artist team for the commission will collaborate with the Public Art Program staff and the design team for the McNichols Building when finalizing their designs for installation.

Please visit: www:artsandvenuesdenver.com/public-art/denver-public-art-collection for examples of recent commissions.
Can a team apply?
Applicants may apply as a single artist or multi-person collaborative group. In the case of teams, please submit a single résumé for the whole team with 1 page per team member.

The budget for this commission is approximately $145,000 USD which will be allocated to one or more artists/teams selected. These funds come from the City of Denver’s One Percent for Art Ordinance which requires 1% of capital improvement construction budgets be set aside for the commission of public artworks. This contract amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: the artist’s design fee, other consultation fees such as structural engineering consultation, insurance (including Colorado Workers Compensation), tools, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, any building or site modification required, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses, and any other costs. For all work done on city property, prevailing wage requirements will be applied.

Tentative Timeline
(Except for online application deadline, timeline is subject to adjustments. All finalists are expected to stay on budget and to complete work in an approved time frame.)
Sunday, April 5th, 11:59 MST          Deadline for entry (via CaFÉ™ system)
Semifinalist Selection
Finalist Selection
Finalist Notification

This project is open nationally to all artists, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical handicap. Artists working in any media are eligible to apply. Artists are not required to have previous experience in public art. Emerging artists are encouraged to apply.

Maintenance & Durability
All applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance of public art, along with time and budget. These projects are located in the public realm and may therefore be exposed to weather and physical stresses, as well as be subject to vandalism. Public art projects should be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials. Semifinalists are encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal. Artist proposals awarded contracts will be reviewed by the City of Denver’s Public Art Committee and the Department of Construction and Engineering to ensure conformity with city standards of maintenance and durability, as well as ADA standards.

Diversity and Inclusiveness
Denver Executive Order No. 101 establishes strategies between the City and private industry to use diversity and inclusiveness to promote economic development in the City and County of Denver and to encourage more businesses to compete for City contracts and procurements. The Executive Order requires, among other things, the collection of certain information regarding the practices of the City’s contractors and consultants toward diversity and inclusiveness and encourages/requires City agencies to include diversity and inclusiveness policies in selection criteria where legally permitted in solicitations for City services or goods. Diversity and Inclusiveness means inviting values, perspectives and contributions of people from diverse backgrounds, and integrates diversity into its hiring and retention policies, training opportunities, and business development methods to provide an equal opportunity for each person to participate, contribute, and succeed within the organization’s workplace. “Diversity” encompasses a wide variety of human differences, including differences such as race, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical disabilities, appearance, historically underutilized and disadvantaged persons, as well as social identities such as religion, marital status, socio-economic status, lifestyle, education, parental status, geographic background, language ability, and veteran status.

Project Selection Panel
According to Denver’s Public Art policies, the project selection panel plays an active role in the acquisition of public art for Denver. The McNichols Building selection panel is comprised of 15 voting members and additional non-voting advisors. The selection panel is responsible for reviewing the site, establishing criteria for the RFQ, reviewing applications, and selecting and interviewing semi-finalists and finalists. 
Selection Process
Approximately three artists/artist teams will be selected as semifinalists. Those selected will receive more specific information regarding the site and have the opportunity to meet with project representatives, the design team and public art staff.  The selection panel will interview and/or review proposals from the semifinalists and recommend finalists for the commission. The semifinalists will receive an honorarium to prepare and present the proposal in person. The final recommendation of the selection panel will be presented to the Public Art Committee, the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs, and Mayor Michael B. Hancock for final approval.

Materials to be Submitted
Please read this section carefully. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted.
All materials must be submitted online, via the CaFÉ™ website (www.callforentry.org). There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system.
Digital ImagesIn order to be considered for this project, the applicant must electronically submit eight digital images of previously completed artworks through the CaFÉ™ system. Artists who wish to submit kinetic, sound or media works can contact Brendan Picker atBrendan.picker@denvergov.org for instructions.

Instructions on how to format images to CaFÉ™ specifications can be found at www.callforentry.org/imaging_tips.phtml. Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available during regular business hours by calling 303-629-1166 or 888-562-7232, or via email at cafe@westaf.org. If an artist does not have access to a computer, s/he may call Brendan Picker at 720-865-4302 to make arrangements to use a computer at Denver Arts & Venues.

Statement of InterestPlease submit a statement briefly outlining your interest in the McNichols building project and experience working on projects of this kind (2000 character maximum) via CaFÉ™. 
RésuméSubmit a current résumé via CaFÉ™, no more than two pages, that highlights your professional accomplishments as an artist. Please name your résumé file accordingly: Last name.First initial (e.g. Smith.J.pdf).  Résumés that are more than two pages will not be downloaded. If applying as a team, please submit one résumé with one page per team member.

Please direct all questions about this project to:
Brendan Picker

Friday, March 27, 2015

2015 Uptown Tree Project

Background-The City of Greeley is committed to linking the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) campus to downtown Greeley with a trail of artwork for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists to enjoy. This part of the Downtown/UNC Art Walk corridor will be in collaboration with Community Development’s 8th Avenue improvements and the Downtown Development Authority. The Uptown Tree program allows the versatility needed to help create the art corridor.The first “planting” of trees along the corridor in 2014 included ten trees that have added interest, form, color and fun. Over the next four years, this program will add twenty (20) more original sculptural art trees. Artists are invited to apply their creative energies to continue the designing and fabrication of these Art Trees.
Five (5) additional art trees will be added in the fall of 2015. The intent of the program is to purchase tree sculptures that are diverse. Maximum creativity in design and selection of materials is encouraged. All forms of media that are appropriate and complementary to the project, theme and site, that can withstand Colorado’s weather extremes, require little or no maintenance and do not invite vandalism will be considered.
There isn’t a common theme and each tree will be completely unique. Art tree designs may range from literal to surreal, to kinetic to musical and to just plain fun. There may be abstract sculptures that don’t appear to have anything arboreal about them. Any form balanced in a tree-like pose that is sculpted around a ’trunk’ and ‘rooted’ in a large planter box will meet the ‘tree’ definition of this program.
Budget- A budget of up to $10,000 to include all applicable expenses, including but not limited to design fees, execution, transportation and installation of the artwork selected is currently available for each approved art tree sculpture. Designs proposed to exceed the budget will not be considered.
Scope of Work
  • All artwork must be original or limited edition pieces.
  • Artists are required to design artwork around a steel or aluminum pole (trunk) provided by the artist. The pole must have a 6 inch outside diameter unless otherwise approved and cannot be over 20 feet high.
  • Artwork shall be fabricated and securely attached to the tree trunk pole by the artist. Pole may be painted, sculpted or otherwise modified provided that structural integrity is maintained. Artists may also create artwork around a sleeve that slips over the pole that is securely attached.
  • There will not be electrical power available at any of the ‘planting’ sites so Art Trees must be fully self-contained.
  • Artists will be responsible for the installation with assistance from City staff.
  • The City will provide the required 40”x40”x30”H concrete planter box.
  • The City will provide a 24” round 7’ deep concrete base foundation.
  • The artist will be required to weld a sheet of metal to the bottom of their pole to be bolted onto the 24” round concrete base.
  • Maximum height for any element of the sculpture is 20 feet high.
  • Clearance to walk under the lowest part of Art Trees will be 10 feet from ground level where the artwork protrudes over the sidewalk beyond the 40” square planter .
  • Any part of the Tree protruding over the street needs to be 17 ft. above ground level to avoid traffic parking along the curb.
  • Artists are encouraged to be creative in their concept, design and selection of materials while considering safety requirements common to publicly accessible artworks. The artworks must be substantially fabricated and sufficiently safe to withstand the effects of Colorado extreme weather changes including high and low temp changes, wind, rain and snow, etc. Wind load will be a major concern; artists are highly encouraged to contact a structural engineer for advice.
  • Due to City of Greeley sign code, art trees that could be interpreted as a form of advertising or signage for businesses nearby will not be accepted.
  • Sculptures will be reviewed in final form. Sculptures not built to required specifications and/or according to the contracted design may be rejected at any time before or shortly after installation upon review by the Art Commission.
  • Incomplete or late entries will not be considered.              
Proposal Requirements - Proposals from artists must include the following information:
  • Resume - submit one copy – if applicable include education, past exhibits, designs and installations, and at least one reference from a previous project client.
  • Up to 6 digital images of past works/projects; include an inventory sheet including title, medium, dimensions, location and date produced.
  • A written Letter of Intent which includes the following information:
a. Description of the expected design approach and type of materials that would be used in the artist’s anticipated work product.
b. An understanding of the physical setting and context of the 8th Ave. corridor.
c. Any experience with similar project design, construction and installation.
  • Visual example of proposed sculpture by one of the following:
a. Drawings showing three views of the sculpture or
b. A 3-D model or
c. Photos showing 3 views of artwork if it is pre-existing.
 Proposal Timeline for Top 5 Finalists
APRIL 22, 2015 – Top Five artists selected will be notified and will begin detailed design phase which includes submitting a 3-D model.
MAY 8, 2015 – 3-D models and detailed design due in Public Art office by 4pm.
MAY 12, 2015 – Final approval completed and contracting process begins.
 June– August - Monthly project reports are required to show fabrication progress.
September 2015 – Installation date to be determined..


Thursday, March 26, 2015

Sculpture Competition & Scholarships National Sculpture Society

Part of National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Celebration Conference
Objective: To successfully model a bust from life.  Modeling will be done in front of an audience (sculptors, patrons, vendors, and others who are attending the Sculpture Celebration Conference).
Eligibility: Sculptors must be between the ages of 21-35 (born between 1980-1994). All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.
Schedule: June 26, 2015 - 3 hours long
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Selection:  Up to 10 sculptors will be selected to compete
Jury:  The jury of selection will consist of three prominent sculptors.
Submission Requirements:
A biography and/or resume describing your background in sculpture (limit 3000 characters with spaces)
Six - ten images of your sculpture (of at least 5 different sculptures)
Please note that work that is inspired by nature - or figurative or realist sculpture - is preferred
Awards: Roger T. Williams Prize $1500; Walter & Michael Lantz Prize $750; Edward Fenno Hoffman Prize $350
The jury of awards will consist of three prominent sculptors.  Award winners will be announced on June 27th during NSS' Honors and Awards Dinner.
Supplies: Modeling clay, modeling stands, and materials to build armatures are supplied. However, competitors must supply personal sculpture tools and spray bottle.
Expenses:  Each competitor is responsible for his/her own meals, travel and daily expenses.  Applicants for the Head Start Modeling Competition should consider applying for NSS’ Participation Scholarships.
For young sculptors who would like to attend National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Celebration Conference.  The Conference takes place June 26-28, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.
Eligibility:  Sculptors must be between the ages of 21-35 (born between 1980-1994).
All applicants must be citizens of or residents in the United States with a social security number.
Jury: The jury will consist of three prominent sculptors.
Recipients:  Up to 10 recipients will be selected
Rewards: Two night hotel stay  (if you live outside Philadelphia)
$150 stipend
Registration fee for Sculpture Celebration Conference ($325 value)
Submission Requirements:
A biography and/or resume describing your background in sculpture (limit 3000 characters with spaces)
Six - ten images of your sculpture (of at least 5 different sculptures)
Please note that work that is inspired by nature - or figurative or realist sculpture - is preferred
The scholarships are funded by bequests from the estates of Charlotte Geffken and Roger T. Williams. Please note that each Participation Scholarship recipient is responsible for his/her own meals, travel and daily expenses.
All materials should be submitted through CaFE™ at www.callforentry.org.  You will be able to specify whether you are applying to both parts (the Head Start Modeling Competition and the Participation Scholarships) or one individual part.
There is no submission fee.
Brief guide to using the CaFE™ system: 
1. Login or new users register on CaFE to create a user name and password.
2. Format images to system specification then upload images of work.
3. After uploading images click "Apply to Calls", search for "Sculpture Competition and Scholarships", and click "Apply to this Call".
QUESTIONS?  Call 212-764-5645 ext 10 or email competition@nationalsculpture.org


Hillsboro, Oregon Shute Park Library Open Call

The City of Hillsboro Public Art Program commissions artwork to create memorable landmarks and engaging gathering places that welcome you to a city that values community and creativity.  Hillsboro is the most ethnically diverse city in Oregon, with Spanish and Vietnamese the most commonly spoken languages after English. The heart of the Silicon Forest, the city is home to companies such as Intel, Qorvo and SolarWorld, nestled in an agricultural heartland of nurseries and vineyards.
 The Project
Shute Park Library sits next to the oldest park in the city with towering Douglas fir trees. Located at 775 SE Tenth Ave, Hillsboro, OR 97123, the library has just been extensively renovated, and it is a hub of activity for the community. The location is identified as a gateway to the downtown area, with a highly visible position at the curve in the road, with traffic volumes of over 17,000 cars a day and pedestrians coming from the neighborhood to the library, park, recreation center, senior center and many Latino community businesses.
The artwork site consists of landscape areas directly in front of a prominent blank wall of the library (see plans and photos).
Project Goals
The art selection committee is made up of dedicated community members and City employees and has identified the goals of:
  • Establishing an inviting gateway to downtown
  •  Creating a dialog with the space, for example using the wall or the rhythm of the trees
  • Generating excitement through form, color or light
  • Having a strong presence both day and night
  • Inspiring viewers with an artwork that is both lively and timeless, perhaps with connections to lifelong learning and the power of the imagination, both major defining points in the library's place in the community
  • Extending a welcome to all, in particular a diverse ethnic and multi-generational community
  •  Including some form of community engagement*
* Community engagement is envisioned as a valuable way for the artist to learn from the neighbors and library patrons, to educate them about the design process and the artwork, and to build excitement about the project. Hands-on participation in the creation of the artwork is notanticipated, unless the artist desires it. The City’s Public Art Program and library staff will assist wholeheartedly in facilitating the community engagement component.

Application Guidelines and Schedule
All submitted and complete applications will be subjected to a juried evaluation process through the CaFÉ application system www.callforentry.org. There is no fee to apply.
Deadline: Monday, April 6, 2015, midnight (11:59 PM) Mountain Time

Selection criteria include:
  • Artistic excellence
  • Suitability for the site
  • Durability, maintenance and safety concerns
  • Strategy for including community engagement
All applications must include the following to be considered.
  • Artist statement, not exceeding 1000 characters, outlining your qualifications and interest in this project, a general approach to this project, and previous relevant experience.
  • Options for community engagement, describe ways that you have engaged the community in previous projects, or propose strategies that you might use to spark community engagement.
  • Visual documentation (up to 10 images) in digital format of artwork that shows your experience with art projects of this scale. CaFÉ requires that images be 1920 x 1920 pixels. Please see the Image Prep tutorial for assistance.
  • Current resume with contact information, not exceeding 2 pages for each artist.
PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE (Dates subject to change except entry deadline)
Deadline for applications through CAFÉ: April 6, 2015   
Semi-Finalist(s) selected, site visit and interview,  artist selected: April
Community engagement element, check in with committee and design development: May
Design proposal presentation: June
Development of final design,  fabrication and installation schedule: July

We are here to help, contact:
Valerie Otani | Public Art Program Supervisor
City of Hillsboro, Oregon

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

San Mateo, CA - Public Art

1990 & 2000 S. Delaware St. is a distinctive, pedestrian-friendly community that provides rental homes for working families and individuals with easy access to groceries, retail and public transportation. The 120 households may include teachers, nurses, policemen and women, city employees, and others who provide vital services to the community. The complex consists of two 60 unit buildings: 1990 S. Delaware was completed in 2013 and 2000 S. Delaware is scheduled for completion in August 2015. To learn more about the buildings, please visithttp://property.midpen-housing.org/PropertySearch and delaware2000.com.  A site visit is welcomed and highly recommended.

We are seeking proposals to create a public art installation on a prominent central area in front of the building. This location will be highly visible to pedestrian and vehicular traffic along Delaware St. We are most interested in commissioning a work of art that that is meaningful in the context of its time and place and one that resonates with the members of the surrounding community. We welcome the possibility of kinetic or solar-powered elements and we are open to a variety of mediums and techniques provided that the artwork is durable, weather and vandal resistant. Please view images of the project here:  https://midpen.app.box.com/s/bp8rb3ezji2abjjfocjf80lb9a4rlv4o

MidPen Housing is one of the nation’s leading non-profit developers, owners and managers of high-quality affordable housing. In the forty years since MidPen was founded, it has developed over 100 communities and 7,500 homes for low-income families, seniors and special needs individuals throughout Northern California.  www.midpen-housing.org

Westlake Urban is a full service real estate development company based in San Mateo, CA. Westlake Urban is committed to connecting people, places, ideas and technology to build better communities. It is currently redeveloping numerous properties in its existing portfolio around the Bay Area. To learn more about how Westlake Urban values public art, please read our blog post at:http://westlakeurban.com/connect-through-public-art/.

Palo Alto Partners has over 50 years in combined experience in all facets of the real estate field including design, engineering, construction, entitlement and marketing. Palo Alto Partners has worked with private for-profit and non-profit developers, cities and counties throughout Northern California on commercial, multi-family and single family developments, as well as infrastructure and public works projects. www.paloaltopartners.net

Artists interested in responding to this Request for Proposals must submit all of the following information by April 10, 2015

Artist Experience:
Brief descriptions of your current work should be included as well as photos of completed projects that are most similar in scope to the proposed housing project. Please include detailed information (location, medium/materials, client, timeline, budget) and photographs for at least two completed (include projects most similar scope).

Installation Proposal:
Include a description of the proposed concept for the 1990-2000 S. Delaware artwork. This should include a written explanation of how it will help to define and enliven this public space, along with at least one image to illustrate the concept.  Dimensions of the potential art area: Top: 10' x 26', Front wall: 12' x 6', Ground 12' x 6'.

Proposed Schedule:
4/10/15: Deadline for RFP
4/30/15: Interviews for finalists
May: Design Review and Preparation for San Mateo Civic Arts Committee Meeting
June-October:  Production of art work
November/December 2015: completion and Installation

Proposed Budget:
The total budget range for this artwork is approximately $70,000-$100,000, including installation.  Please include an itemized budget for the proposed project, including costs of each portion of the work, as well as the artist’s fee.

Proposals must be submitted through Call for Entry: https://www.callforentry.org

The jury, comprised of project partners and community members, will choose up to three artists to interview before arriving at a final decision.  

For questions regarding the housing project or to schedule a site visit,  call Helen Tong-Ishikawa:  650-356-2968
For questions about the Public Art Proposal, call Melissa Smedley:  831-737-5360

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts: California Jewelers Scholarship

San Francisco's Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts is offering a new scholarship for a jeweler working in the State of California. This is a great opportunity for a bench jeweler who would like to learn new skills and refine old ones. The California Jewelers Scholarship is open to anyone employed as a jeweler in the state. The winner receives free tuition for any regularly scheduled class. Jurors are looking for work that is professional and creative.
The application calls for 10 images (please identify your role in creating each piece, ie. design, fabrication, setting) and a short essay question of 50 words or less, "Why would you like to attend the Revere Academy?".
"I am pleased that we can offer this scholarship," said Alan Revere, the school's founder. "It is important for craftspeople and artists to constantly develop their skills and add new techniques to their repertoire. Here is a chance to do that on us!"
The Revere Academy is a professional jewelry trade school, authorized by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Founded in 1979, the school has trained thousands to be bench jewelers, artists, designers, technicians and craftspeople. Classes are taught in state-of-the-art studios. Students at all levels come from all over the country and overseas to train with master craftsmen and craftswomen who love to share what they know. 3-day classes are offered at all levels in jewelry fabrication, repair, design, casting, wax, setting, gemology and much more.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 App: Mural Artists for Community Engagement/International Arts Exchange

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2015.
Meridian International Center – a non-profit based in Washington, D.C. – is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Community Engagement through the Arts Exchange Program for American mural artists.
Community Engagement through the Murals Arts, an exchange program supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) at the U.S. Department of State, uses mural arts as a means for engaging youth, artists, and underserved members in communities overseas. The program advances U.S. foreign policy by addressing a local community issue, such as youth or women’s empowerment, gender-based violence, social inclusion, regional stability, and the environment.
Working with a community to develop a tangible artwork, the program reaches wide audiences, while also fostering in-depth engagement with specific groups, such as women and underserved youth. To further community engagement, the traveling American artists conduct workshops, master classes, talks, public events, and other outreach activities, in addition to designing and executing murals.
Community Engagement through the Mural Arts is being implemented by Meridian International Center. Four American artists will travel abroad to Brazil, Cuba, India, or Turkey for one month to hold workshops that reach a new community sector each week, culminating in the implementation of a joint, collaborative mural.
Meridian is currently accepting applications for projects in Brazil, Cuba, India, and Turkey.
Founded in 1960, Meridian International Center is a non-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to promoting international understanding through the exchange of people, ideas, and the arts. The Meridian Center for Cultural Diplomacy (MCCD) creates exhibitions, cultural programming, and artist exchanges that emphasize socially relevant topics and important world regions. Meridian works with the U.S. government, embassies, museums, and artists worldwide.
  • Foster arts-based international people-to-people exchanges that support and further U.S. Department of State foreign policy objectives
  • Create partnerships through artistic collaboration and professional development, enriching to both the American artists and the international participants
  • Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries
  • Provide unique opportunities for artistic collaboration, engagement and/or performance between American artists and international participants
  • Foster opportunities for educational outreach and community engagement with diverse and underserved communities, especially youth, women, and persons with disabilities
  • Convey the diversity and high artistic merit of the arts in America, and increase understanding of American art, culture, values, and society for international participants and audiences
  • Engage participants in instructive and informative experiences in the mural arts
  • Create opportunities for sustaining relationships and collaborations between U.S. and international artists and institutions that endure beyond program duration
  • Design and implement an original, mural arts-based, in-country program that demonstrates a connection to the above vision statement and program goals, around one topical issue pertinent to the local community
  • Work together with and receive logistical and administrative support from Meridian International Center, the U.S. Embassy, and an in-country partner, to complete the program
  • Foster in-depth engagement with specific and varied underserved community groups through the design of three 3-to-4-day workshops for community groups and organizations involved in the topical issue(s)
  • Execute one large mural at the end of the 3.5-week program that will incorporate all community groups
  • Incorporate master classes, talks, public events, media interviews, and/or other outreach activities as part of the 3.5-week program
  • Contribute to the social media platforms of Meridian International Center and the U.S. Embassy by providing posts and pictures that document progress throughout the program
  • Stimulate dialogue and promote cross-cultural collaboration through programming
  • Showcase the role of visual and multidisciplinary artists as vibrant, engaged, and innovative partners in addressing broader social issues important to communities worldwide
  • Emerging, mid-career, or established visual artists
  • U.S. citizens at least 18 years of age and currently residing in the U.S.
  • Strong record of artistic accomplishments with international experience; experience working in developing countries is highly preferred
  • Relevant experience working with youth and local communities, whether in urban or rural areas
  • Record of engaging with other artists, art educators, and community members through master classes, workshops, discussions, and other outreach activities
  • Must be flexible, adaptable, and organized
  • Spanish fluency is preferred for proposals specific to Cuba
Artist’s airfare, accommodations, and basic travel costs are covered by Meridian International Center. Artists will also receive an additional $5,000 honorarium for participation. Meridian International Center and in-country partners will cover public art production costs overseas. This budget will be determined during a pre-travel proposal time period, based on approval by ECA, the respective U.S. Embassy, and Meridian International Center.
All applications for this project must be submitted online through CaFE. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on March 31, 2015.
1. Project Proposal Information
Applicant should describe his/her vision for the program and demonstrate how the proposed program will engage multiple levels of community. Logistical and administrative arrangements do not need to be fully articulated at this stage, as they will be developed and approved by Meridian and an in-country partner. Reponses should be no longer than 800 words.

Keep the following elements in mind while developing the proposal:
  • Within the theme of community engagement through the arts, the project proposal should clearly state a specific social issue that it will address. Sample issues for potential programming include: gender equality, preserving indigenous cultures, youth empowerment, conflict resolution, human rights, health and sanitation, education challenges, or the environment. Applicants should indicate in the project narrative why they have chosen the topical issue, as well as previous programming experience with that issue.
  • As part of the project, applicants are expected to incorporate at least three different community groups that can relate to this issue. The proposal should indicate the three groups the applicant plans to work with, taking into consideration the country and the requirement to work with at least one underserved community. (For example, if the topic is gender quality, the three groups might be municipal workers, gender-based issue NGO, and high school students. If engaging students, outline plans to work around their academic schedule.)
2. Program Schedule/Calendar
Please attach a tentative program schedule or calendar. This must include the following activities:
  • Program Launch Event
  • Three 3-to-4-day Workshops: 1 for each group involved
  • Master Classes, at least once a week
  • Public Speaking or Media Engagement
  • Final Program Event
  • Mural Unveiling
3. Artist Background Information
Please provide a narrative description of your background. Responses should be no more than 500 words.

Artistic background narrative should highlight the following:
  • Artistic accomplishments, particularly as they relate to this program
  • Involvement in projects that have combined political issues or community needs with the arts
  • Teaching experience (ex. leading workshops, outreach activities, or master classes)
  • Leadership experiences and/or experience working collaboratively with other artists or community groups to complete a project
  • Ability to work with underserved communities, in particular women, youth, and persons with disabilities
  • International experience, in particular any experience working in a developing country or in one of the countries specified
  • Foreign language proficiency, highlight speaking and listening comprehension skills
4. Artist CV
5. Copy of valid U.S. passport
6. Work samples
Artists must submit a at least three work samples of past projects, and may share a maximum of 20 files. Arrange files in the order that you would like the images to be viewed. For each image, include the artist's name, medium, size, the year the work was completed, and a brief description of the project. If you maintain a website displaying your work, please also provide that internet address.

Should you have any questions regarding the solicitation, please email murals@meridian.org. Once the deadline has passed or an application has been submitted, Meridian staff may not discuss this competition with applicants until the entire proposal review process is completed.