Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Brooks International Fellowship Programme

- See more at: http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/brooks-international-fellowship-programme/#sthash.3mREm09A.dpuf
Tate, in collaboration with Delfina Foundation, invites applications for the Brooks International Fellowship Programme 2016. Now in its second year, the programme will enable three individuals (curators, researchers, art historians or other museum professionals) from beyond Western Europe and North America to work with Tate colleagues in the UK over a three month period commencing in January 2016, complemented by activities at Delfina Foundation.
During this period, the Fellows will be part of a Tate team in the UK, actively participating in gallery projects and discussions, and gaining first-hand experience of working within the organisation, with special access to its collection, programme, archive, staff and networks.
The Fellows will reside at Delfina Foundation, where they will have the opportunity to participate in the public programme, presenting their research at Tate to a range of audiences.

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2015

These fully funded opportunities are made possible by the generous support of the Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Foundation.
Fellowship opportunities
Three fellowships are available in 2016 and the opportunities are set out in detail on the website. Applicants are asked to carefully consider their skills and experience against the requirements before making an application for one of these opportunities. Only one application per candidate is permitted.
Brief details of the Fellowship Opportunities – please read all details on the website to make your choice (NOTE – you need to request an application form for the particular opportunity you wish to apply for):
Opportunity 1
We encourage applications from candidates with expertise in contemporary art and specialist knowledge of photography, who are currently working in Africa, Asia, Latin America or Russia, to work on a photography research project.
Opportunity 2
We encourage applications from candidates currently working in Commonwealth or former Commonwealth countries, to work on research around migrant artists from these countries in the post-war period (1945 to 1960).
Opportunity 3
We encourage applications from candidates currently working outside North America and Western Europe, in contemporary art, with experience in research, exhibitions and displays, to support exhibition research and the development of collection displays at Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives.
Opportunity 4
We encourage applications from candidates currently working in South East and East Asia to support the creation and delivery of a professional development programme for early-career museum professionals.
Opportunity 5
We encourage applications from candidates currently based in Africa, ideally in South Africa, to support the development of a new learning initiative.
Essential requirements
To apply for a Fellowship, candidates will need to meet the following requirements:
• At least a postgraduate level qualification relevant to the selected Fellowship theme;
• Proficient English language skills;
• Recent professional experience in the relevant field;
• Ongoing research and/or practice relevant to the selected Fellowship theme;
• Proven ability and willingness to work collaboratively;
• Ability to demonstrate how this Fellowship opportunity may benefit the applicant’s practice and career development.
The three selected candidates will receive:
• A three month Fellowship commencing in January 2016 based at Tate Britain or Tate Modern;
• Participation in a thematic residency programme at Delfina Foundation, including accommodation;
• Economy return flights, visa support, a bursary for per diems and a local travel allowance;
• Access to Tate’s collection, archive, staff and networks and the opportunity to collaborate with Tate and Delfina Foundation peers;
• Opportunity to present research at Tate and Delfina Foundation events, and contribute to wider activities at both organisations.
- See more at: http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/brooks-international-fellowship-programme/#sthash.3mREm09A.dpuf

Monday, June 29, 2015

Poland | Billboard Art Moves Festival | open call

International call for the Art Moves Festival of billboard art, held in Torun, Poland. The ten most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city and be eligible for a cash award. Artists are invited to prepare an artwork in response to this year’s competition theme What has real value? Can money buy everything?
There is no entry fee. The Competition is open and all artists interested in billboard art are invited to take part. The works should be submitted by the 22 July 2015, 0:00 CET via electronic mail to the address:artmoves(at)tlen.pl
10 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space during the Art Moves Festival in September / October 2015 in Torun, Poland. The author of the most interesting work will receive the Main Award in the amount of PLN 5.000 (about EUR 1 236, USD 1 377).
This competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor of all the processes taking place in the world today. What has value in the modern world? Which gives meaning to human existence – values or money? Can love, freedom, truth, beauty be bought? Is money an end in itself or a means to an end? What’s the point of having money if it, not we, starts dominating in the modern world? Is the world, whose guiding principle is to maximise profits, able to survive? And even so, will there be people – feeling creatures who think? Could we start viewing money as a tool that helps humanity develop and not as a superior value that organises the modern reality? What would we want the modern, better and more sensibly organised world look like? What goals and values should we put into practice so that humanity does not die under pressure of social inequalities, nationalisms or ethnic and religious conflicts?
- See more at: http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/poland-billboard-art-moves-festival-open-call/#sthash.TlTAkZsi.dpuf


Friday, June 26, 2015

Germany | curatorial project and residency call

A call for proposals for a cooperation project of ifa Gallery Stuttgart and Akademie Schloss Solitude: a curatorial residency and exhibition project dealing with arts and crafts, addressing issues of European art history and non-European perspectives. The project should be undertaken as a form of dialogue, with co-curators presenting diverse areas.

Deadline for submissions: July 10th, 2015

We are pleased to announce the call for applications for a cooperation project of ifa Gallery Stuttgart and Akademie Schloss Solitude, which includes a residency in Akademie Schloss Solitude, conception and realisation of an exhibition in ifa Galleries Stuttgart and Berlin, and a publication dealing with the question of art and crafts.
European art history sees art and crafts as two different matters, in the canon, in training and teaching, and in research. Works of art and crafts are usually collected, bought and sold, and exhibited in independent and separate museums. Attempts have been made to break with this division of two worlds, by the Arts and Crafts movement in England in the nineteenth century, and by the bauhaus. But in other parts of the world and cultures this European definition and distinction has been more or less imposed, at least in institutional terms in the academies and museums.
The dualism and antagonism of art and crafts has become obsolete today, at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The practice of categorizing works as either art or crafts is no longer undertaken from a Eurocentric perspective. In different cultures this kind of definition and allocation either was never or is today not done, or completely different criteria are used in processes of categorization.
A cooperation project between the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (ifa) and Akademie Schloss Solitude will focus on specific cases with the aim of investigating and presenting the following:
– how is the relationship between art and crafts seen from non-European perspectives?
– have other cultures seen and do they still see a distinction between art and crafts?
– how and by whom is the art market, which is traditionally dominated by European art history and a Western norm, altered, transformed, or avoided?
The project includes research, planning, an exhibition, and a publication:
– Akademie Schloss Solitude offers a five-month bursary in (December 2015 until February 2016 and September/October 2016), which could be shared by three curators / co-curators if appropriate.
– ifa Gallery Stuttgart offers to plan and realize the exhibition and the accompanying publication within the scope of the available project budget. The exhibition will take place in October 2016 at ifa Gallery Stuttgart, and in spring 2017 at ifa Gallery Berlin
Further information on ifa.de
- See more at: http://culture360.asef.org/opportunity/germany-curatorial-project-and-residency-call/#sthash.stplWxeo.dpuf

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

City of Golden Transit Shelter Project

The scope of work includes providing identification and refinement of a community based design meeting the project goals and creating a community design statement. In addition to the above stated information all necessary services to manage all aspects of the project in compliance with local inspection requirements from start of construction through completion are required. The work includes base materials compilation, conceptual final design, engineering design support and construction.

The Transit Centers are intended to provide a unique presence at Parfet Park in an effort to serve a number of community goals, including:

  • Increasing awareness of transit options (both current and enhanced over time) as an alternative for residents, employees, and visitors to the downtown area.
  • Using such awareness to boost transit usage in support of goals within Golden Vision, the Comprehensive Plan, the Downtown Development Authority Plan, and the current Downtown Parking Plan. 
  • Enhancing our community culture and image through the choice of higher impact design for public amenities.
  • Such public amenity choices may also serve as a community statement of values or identity.
  • City Council has recently articulated an enhanced demonstration of creative design as a desirable change for our downtown streetscape.

Proposals should address the following factors:

Essentials:    The Transit Shelters should provide an acceptable level of protection from the elements, which include sun, snow, rain and wind. The project should accommodate or provide visible, user-friendly transit and way-finding information. Electrical access can be provided, but alternate power sources are preferred and encouraged. Interior and/or exterior furniture should discourage use as a sleeping area. 

Appearance: The Transit Shelters, while not identical, shall be similar in appearance and inviting to users. The appearance should not mimic any specific historic style. The shelters should not take up usable park space. The Transit Shelters should be of a creative and artistic design that is unique to Golden.

Access:    The shelters must meet ADA guidelines for access. Shelters should be accessible from both the park and the sidewalk areas. 

Aesthetics:    The Transit Shelters shall be constructed with attractive, desirable and durable materials. They should be artful and inviting. Lighting should be incorporated for both aesthetics and safety. Transparency should also be considered for safety. They should provide space, inside or outside, for trash and recycling receptacles. Designs using alternative power sources will be given extra consideration.

Durability:    The Transit Shelters should be able to withstand Golden’s normal environmental conditions for a period of up to 15 years with reasonable maintenance required. Additional consideration will be given to designs that discourage vandalism. 

Past Work: It is required that you submit ample evidence of past work that is related to this project, such as images. 


  • Propose at least three (3) different alternate design options in compliance with project goals for City review. (The submittal options will be evaluated by a review committee, with no formal public input activity required.) 
  • Refine the selected design option to the point of conceptual construction plans, and preliminary cost estimates.  
  • Prepare a bid package documents, including project plans and specifications.


  • Developing a master construction schedule, and monitoring and updating construction schedule. Conducting weekly construction meetings with the contractor, City, and other involved parties. 
  • Preparing and distributing all required notices, and responding to complaints and resolving problems as necessary. 
  • Managing all construction activities and project controls. 
  • Managing contract cost accounting system. 
  • Ensuring the project is implemented per the approved set of plans, and preparing as-built drawings at the completion of construction.


  • Maintaining proper project files and documentation.
  • Coordinating close out of the project in coordination with the City.
  • Delivering a final completed project to the City which is in compliance with all applicable codes, standards and requirements per the RFP.
  • Presenting to the City a complete project close out file.

The time period for the work described in this scope of work covers the period from July 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. The contract duration may be adjusted based upon the award of the contract and the completion of the work by the contractor. If work is required night and/or day, on weekends, holidays, and/or on a split shift basis, payment for this work shall not be at a rate different that the standard 40-hour week.

Work shall not commence until the written Notice to Proceed is transferred to the contractor, and shall be completed in the time specified. Notice to Proceed might be issued in phases. 

The contractor shall provide the following on a regular basis:

  • Monthly billing formats, suitable to the Community and Economic Development Director, for all contract activities performed by the contractor.
  • Periodic reports and billings as requested by the Community and Economic Development Director.

The Consultant shall monitor the fiscal status of the Consultant’s contract with the City, and advise the Community and Economic Development Director of any potential for supplementing the contract or negotiating additional task orders.

The contractor shall furnish all personnel, materials, equipment and transportation required to perform the work. Contractor personnel shall have appropriate vehicles (equipped with flashing amber beacon), cellular phone, computer and miscellaneous equipment (calculator, office supplies, safety equipment, etc.) required to perform the work. Personnel qualifications, staffing level, and number and types of vehicles shall be subject to the approval of the Community and Economic Development Director. The contractor shall assign personnel for the duration of the Contract unless otherwise approved by the Community and Economic Development Director. Personnel provided by the contractor who do not meet all of the specified requirements, or who fail to perform their work in an acceptable manner, shall be removed from the project when determined and directed by the Community and Economic Development Director.

Upon request, the Consultant shall provide documentation for all billings associated with the work, including detailed accounting for all personnel involved with the project.

The Consultant shall provide a Professional Engineer registered in the State of Colorado who will be in responsible charge of the Construction Plans and Specifications. This Engineer shall be required to affix his/her seal and signature to the final construction plans and specifications as affirmation that the plans and specifications have been developed to the above-mentioned project standards.

The City shall not be liable for any pre-contractual expenses incurred by any proposer or by any selected contractor. Each proposer shall protect, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the City from any and liability claims, or expenses whosoever incurred by, or on behalf of, the entity participating in the preparation of its response to this RFP. The City reserves the right to amend, withdraw and cancel this RFP. The City reserves the right to reject all responses to this request at any time prior to contract execution. The City reserves the right to request or obtain additional information about any and all proposals.


City of Chicago Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library

The City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), working with the Chicago Public Library invites professional artists to submit their interest in a public art commission for the new Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library. This commission opportunity is to create a site-specific artwork that responds to the community’s clearly stated desire that the public art for their library be reflective of intellectual curiosity, creativity and a thirst for knowledge expressed in a visually sophisticated manner. Uniquely, this library is a partner in Pocket Con, a comic conference held in the neighborhood for Chicago teens and focusing on underrepresented populations in the comic genre. The local youth and parent awareness of Anime and graphic novels is high. All media will be considered but it is essential that it have low maintenance requirements. The panel has identified the large wall in the main entry and the “frieze band” wall sections immediately over the bookshelves in the Reading Room as primary sites for consideration. There is also an outdoor reading garden. Artists may propose for any public area of the library and grounds. The panel will select semi-finalists in June who will be paid honoraria to develop proposals by September with finalist being selected in October. Installation by the commissioned finalist is expected within one year of contracting.
RFI due in CAFÉ by June 14, midnight CST.
Semi-finalists selected in July.
Proposals due in September.
Finalist selected by October.
Total project budget: $44,335.00
Application deadline: 11:59pm CST, June 14, 2015
Please note: If you have previously submitted materials to DCASE’s Artist Registry, you still need to apply to this call in order to be considered for the opportunity at Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library. DCASE’s Public Art Program reserves the right to commission artists who do not apply.
1000 E. 73rd Street
The Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library is located at the 100 East 73rd Street. The 8,800 square foot full-service facility opened to the public in 2011 and is now a very well used community resource. It is LEED Gold certified and was designed by the architectural firm of Lohan Anderson.
Link to Public Building Commission website with information and photographs about the library. Please note that the decorative painted “Sullivanesque” frieze band in the images of the Reading Room has been removed and where it was located is one of the primary sites available for this commission.
Link to Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library website: http://www.chipublib.org/locations/172/
Community Demographics: Today Greater Grand Crossing is a largely residential community with a few businesses. It is located in the 5th Ward represented by Alderman Leslie Hairston and protected by the 3rd Chicago Police District. According to the City of Chicago Census Report, as of 2010, Greater Grand Crossing has a population of 32, 602. The U.S. Census 2010 Demographic Profile Data Report reported that 97.4%of the population is African-American and has a median household income of $33,632.
Library History: The Chicago Public Library Greater Grand Crossing Branch opened to the public on Saturday, April 23, 2011. It is an 8,900 sq.ft. environmentally sustainable building that came complete with a $500,000 collection, 24 Internet computers, one community meeting room, rooftop garden, and public reading garden. It is the first library to be built in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood and the first construction of the new 8,900 prototype branch. The Comer Family Reading Garden located to the left of the library opened to the public on April 19, 2012. The garden contains three designated reading areas highlighting the themes of classic literature, Chicago authors, and popular children’s literature.
The Chicago Public Library Greater Grand Crossing Branch serves six elementary schools, three high schools, one private school, and two Chicago Park Districts. The library is also surrounded by many churches.
Library Service Highlights
Children and Young Adult Programming: The Children Services Department now headed by Elizabeth McChesney, introduced the new Summer Learning Challenge Full STEAM Ahead program in 2013. A significant change from the summer reading program in past years, the Summer Learning Challenge encourages learning throughout the summer with a specific focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Some of the programs the Greater Grand Crossing branch provided to the community were STEAM Time (consists of reading, Five Minute Science, and a Creation Station for hands-on science and engineering projects); Mini Mad Science; and Goo, Globs, & Guts. A great surprise at the end of the Summer Learning Challenge was a donation of $704.43 from the Greater Grand Crossing Neighbors Organization to congratulate the kids for all their hard work during the summer. The donation was presented to the library by President Shirley Woodard at the Summer Learning Challenge Awards Party.
Another great program led by the Children’s Department is Book Buddies. This program invites teenagers to come to the library and help younger kids practice their reading. We had 171 teen and elementary kids participating in Book Buddies by the end of December 2013.
Two major teen programs happened this year. Greater Grand Crossing Library and the Gary Comer Youth Center hosted its 2nd annual Pocket Con- a single day comic convention for teens that focuses on work by artists of color. Kendra worked with Elgin from GCYC to organize and host a variety of panel discussions, author presentations, and cartooning workshops all promoting literacy through the graphic novel format. Pocket Con took place on Saturday July 6 at both Greater Grand Crossing and Gary Comer Youth Center locations. It had 120 attendees.
In response to the major violence plaguing Chicago’s South Side, the Young Adult Services department presented Teen Volume: How Long Will I Cry at the Gary Comer Youth Center on March 3, 2013 and 300 people attended. Presented by the Steppenwolf Theater Company, this performance portrayed first-hand accounts of the tragic consequences of youth violence.
Adult Programming: Adult programming decreased a bit in 2013 as Shenita Mack was promoted to the Branch Manager position at the North Austin branch leaving only one librarian in the Adult Services department. Kimberly Hagen took over the Grand Crossing Community Book Club in June 2013 and since then it has averaged about four participants each month. Titles read in 2013 included Black Water Rising by Attica Locke, Fire Sale by Sara Paretsky, and The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson.
Although adult programming did decrease somewhat in 2013, a strong connection was developed with the Renaissance Adult Day Center on 79th and Greenwood Avenue in Chatham. Led by program director Cynthia Armand, a group of 10-12 seniors visit the library twice a month to participate in different craft activities, film screenings, and library performances. These activities help seniors who suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases to retain their social skills, memory, and some physical coordination. Kimberly also visits the adult day center quarterly for book discussions in which the seniors participate whole heartedly. The discussions are very enjoyable. This year the seniors read (and listened to on audio CD) The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
There were other popular programming for all adults in 2013 as well. Greater Grand Crossing presented its first foreign film screening, Quarantina (Iraq) as part of the Global Lens Film Project in January. The Art Institute of Chicago presented They Seek A City: Chicago and the Art of Migration 1910-1950 in February. Curator Shahrazad Shareef presented an art lecture on foreign and southern-born artists and their contribution to the art landscape in Chicago. In October, Al DeGenova presented Bob Prosody, Jazz, and the Practice of Spontaneous Poetics. This workshop introduced patrons to the relationship between jazz and poetry.
Outreach: The Chicago Public Library Greater Grand Crossing Branch continued its outreach efforts in 2013 by making school visits and attending various Beat 324 CAPS meetings. Children and Young Adult Services cancelled our outreach with Woodhull Park District due to inconsistent staffing at their location.
Collection Highlights: The collection of the Greater Grand Crossing Library includes Fiction and Non-Fiction books for adults, juveniles, and young adults; magazines and newspapers; fiction and nonfiction DVDs; access to Chicago Public Library databases; and adult and juvenile reference materials. The branch also has WIFI connectivity. Our most popular collections are still African-American fiction, cooking, and exam testing collections.
Uber Urban Fiction: Our most popular collection is our African-American fiction collection which contains books written by black authors from historic classics to contemporary urban fiction.
Crazy for Cooking! We have over 200 books in our cooking collection from new cookbooks to old favorites. The cooking collection covers a spectrum of food interests such as vegan/vegetarian cooking, baking, slow cooking, and cooking for diabetics.
In 1978, Chicago City Council unanimously approved a Percent for Art ordinance that requires 1.33 percent of municipal construction or renovation costs be allocated to commission public art at the facility. The art budget for this project is $44,335.
DCASE’s Public Art staff will oversee the process and developed the selection panel in consultation with the Chicago Public Library.
The art advisory panelists are:
Dr. Carol Adams
Dr. Jeffreen Hayes
Cecil McDonald, Jr.
Joyce Owens
Three Public Art Community Forums have been held to gather community input to inform panelists during the selection process. 
On May 13, 6 PM, a community forum about the RFI and the CAFÉ application process for artists interested in applying for the project will be held at the Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library. Please watch our website for more information.
After the application deadline, submissions will be reviewed by the selection panel. That process will identify a short list of semi-finalists to whom honoraria will be paid to develop formal proposals. Semifinalists will be contacted in June, and their proposals will be due in September.
After the panel interviews the semifinalists and reviews their proposals, they will recommend a finalist(s) for commission. A final Public Art Community Forum will be held for discuss with the community the recommended proposal.
Deadline = 10:59pm CST, June 14, 2015
All applicants must submit the following:
1.            A letter of interest that indicates why this specific opportunity at the Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library is a match for the applicant’s work. Applicants are encouraged to review the attached information and visit the library before applying. In addition, applicants should elaborate on how their work may embody the community and panel’s interest in intellectual curiosity, creativity and the thirst for knowledge in a manner that appeals to all sectors of the library’s audience, youth and adult alike.
2.            A resume that clearly highlights the applicant’s past experience and training relevant to this opportunity (no more than 3 pages – saved as a .pdf or .doc file).
3.            6-10 images of past work that best demonstrate the applicant’s skill and craftsmanship.
One video, edited to no more than 2 minutes in length, may also be submitted but is not required.
4.            An annotated image list that includes the title, media, year completed, dimensions, and retail or commission price (if applicable) for each corresponding image. If a video is submitted, please include 2-3 sentences that describe its context.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Salt Lake City, UT: Regent Street Public Art RFQ

Submission Deadline: Monday, June 22, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. MDT
The Salt Lake Art Design Board announces a new public art opportunity, funded by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, to be located on Regent Street in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. 
A new state-of-the-art performing arts center, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, will open in downtown Salt Lake City in the fall of 2016. The theater will become the region’s premier entertainment venue and a contemporary landmark for Utah’s capitol city. The construction of the theater has generated an exciting development opportunity to redesign and revitalize the adjacent street, Regent Street, which is one of downtown Salt Lake City’s most interesting streets – both historically and culturally.
Regent Street is a small street on the east (back) side of the Eccles Theater situated between two busy, highly developed streets; Main and State Streets. Formerly named Commercial Street, it was one of the first streets to be cut through Salt Lake City’s large city blocks. The new street became home to some of the valley’s earliest immigrant groups who arrived to work on the railroad system in the early 1870’s. Greeks, Russians, Poles, Chinese, Japanese, Swedes, English and Mexicans congregated in this small downtown hub to work and live. The street was colorful, lively and provided culturally diverse experiences not found elsewhere in the overall conservative downtown business district that was prominent during that period. The street featured a variety of small markets, businesses and shops, restaurants and saloons and Salt Lake City’s first brothels.  
In the early 1920’s, the street’s name changed to Regent along with the overall character as it became the center for publishing Salt Lake’s two daily newspapers, The Salt Lake Tribune and The Deseret News. For over 80 years the two papers’ printing presses ran on Regent Street as well as other professional businesses including an engineering/landscaping firm, law offices, and a local electrical company.
The redevelopment of Regent Street offers an opportunity to merge history with the contemporary to create a welcoming, dynamic urban environment unlike any other found in Salt Lake City. Led by the local firm GSBS Architects, the project design team is developing Regent Street into a new public experiential gathering place that will engage its visitors as they shop, dine, socialize and stroll. Regent Street is a place where well-conceived ideas and projects are focused on activating the street and enhancing the public spaces. It will become a hub for unexpected experiences with permanent and temporary public artwork and installations. The spaces will play host to festivals, performances and interactive opportunities celebrating Regent’s exceptional stories of past and present. Regent will also become the place for locally-owned restaurants, clubs, bars and boutiques as well as a mixture of surprising micro-shops and specialty food carts.
Recognizing Regent Street’s important role in history as the center for publishing and printing Salt Lake City’s two daily newspapers, the design team incorporated “press sheet” imagery in the streetscape. The press sheet begins at each of the four entry points as wayfinding markers, is embedded into the street and sidewalks, on some vertical surfaces and, in a few locations, emerges into steel bench seating elements on the sidewalks. 
Regent Street will be used in a variety of ways. In addition to functioning as the back stage door and load-in for the theater, the plaza will also be used for events, festivals, temporary art installations and performances and daily passage for workers. Regent Street may be temporarily closed off completely to accommodate some events and festivals.
In addition to the Eccles Theater and Regent Street projects, there are two new privately developed, commercial projects on adjacent properties.
The first project, which is under construction, is a 23-story, 440,000 square foot office tower on the corner of Main Street and 100 South; the north side of the Eccles Theater. The construction will be complete in the summer of 2016.
The second project, currently in the planning stages, is a 14-story, 146 guest-room boutique hotel with condominiums on the top four floors. The hotel will be located on the southeast corner of Regent Street and 200 South. Architectural drawings are not available at the time of issuance of this Call for Artists however they may be available for the finalists’ site visit in July. The hotel is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017.
The Call for Artists is open to all professional artists and/or artist-led teams, based in Utah, nationally and/or internationally. Interested artists will have demonstrated experience in innovative placemaking and are welcome to propose work in all media and materials that meet the “ARTWORK CRITERIA” and are durable and suitable for Utah’s variable climate.
The commission budget is $1,400,000.00 - $2,000,000.00 USD. Budget is inclusive of all artist’s fees, travel, design, engineering, insurance, permits, fabrication, labor, shipping and installation.
Issue Call for Artists:     Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Submittal Deadline:     Monday, June 22, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. MDT
Finalist Selection:         Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Finalist Notification:     Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Finalists’ Site Visit:         Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Finalists’ Written
Materials Deadline:     Tuesday, August 25, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. MDT
Finalists’ Interviews &
Proposal Presentation: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Artist Selection
Notification:                 Thursday, September 3, 2015
Contracting Process:   September
Project Completion:    June 2016
This project, including the selected integrated artwork, will serve as a catalyst for positive economic and social change and enhanced quality of life in the downtown business and cultural district. The artwork is considered a part of the architectural whole and requires cooperation with architects, project partners and others. The artwork should exemplify strong, imaginative design and content and should contribute to a visually stimulating environment that lends itself to thought and adds character to the site. Artists are encouraged to consider an element of interactivity in their artwork to extend the spirit of performance art and/or street theater. The artwork should be prominent at all hours and proportionate to its surroundings. The artwork could be suspended and/or attached to existing, permissible buildings. Permanently installed or integrated elements on the street may be considered as long as access to and the function of the street is not compromised. The artist will likely work with the Design Board and project design team to further conceptualize the project including determining preparation of the site, i.e. structural, electrical requirements, city codes, etc. and the method in which the work will be installed or integrated.
The Public Art Program, which commissions artists' work for City-owned buildings and public spaces, was established by ordinance in the early 1980’s. Its purpose is to add to the value and experience of the built environment and spaces with original, high quality and site-specific artwork. The Salt Lake Art Design Board is the advisory group of five citizens with related expertise that oversees the Public Art Program. By ordinance, they make recommendations to the Mayor for final approval for all artist selections for each City public art project.
The Salt Lake Art Design Board will review all of the artists’ submissions and select the finalists based on the materials submitted. Attending the Review Meeting, in addition to the Salt Lake Art Design Board, will be representatives from the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City, GSBS project design team, Layton Construction and Salt Lake City Corporation.
The selection of the finalists will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artist’s consideration of and experience in creating artwork that incorporates multimedia elements, e.g. light, digital, sound, and/or may have an interactive component in its design.
  • Artist’s professional experience represents a developed and successful body of site-specific public art projects of a similar scope as demonstrated by visual documentation.
  • Ability to understand sense of place and design in a context-sensitive manner as demonstrated by visual documentation.
  • Willingness of the artist to consult and work with the design and construction teams to successfully integrate the work into the site and meet any construction requirements, schedules and deadlines.
  • Ensure that the artwork is of a permanent nature, does not require excessive maintenance or repair costs and meets public safety issues and Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Up to four finalists will be invited and required to visit Salt Lake City for a full-day site orientation on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 (9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided).  The site visit is meant to orient the artists with the project and to hear from and ask questions of the architects, the design team and project partners. Additional materials will be made available to finalists during the site visit. Finalists will receive a $1,500 travel stipend which is inclusive for travel expenses, hotel, meals, etc. Artists traveling internationally will receive a $2,000 stipend. Utah artists will receive a stipend based on receipts (stipend payments will be issued within two weeks following the visit).
On Tuesday, September 1, 2015, each finalist will present their conceptual proposal to the Design Board and Review Committee. Finalists’ site-specific proposals should convey their ideas and plans through scale designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes, in detail, the project's intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, project schedule and an itemized budget.
All written materials and a color rendering of the concept must be emailed to the public art program by Tuesday, August 25, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. MDT. Materials will be distributed to the Design Board and Review Committee prior to the finalists’ presentations.
A $4,000 honorarium will be awarded to each finalist for their proposal and is all inclusive for design, travel expenses, shipping, etc. (honoraria payments will be issued within two weeks following the proposal presentations).
The selected artist/team will enter into a two-party Agreement between Salt Lake City Corporation and the artist/team. The selected artist/team will be required to provide General Liability and Auto insurance as specified in the Agreement.
The Salt Lake City public art program uses the CaFÉ online digital application and selection process.  Full application information can be found at www.callforentry.org
Deadline: The application, images and other required materials must be submitted electronically by midnight (MDT), Monday, June 22, 2015
Contact:                       Roni Thomas, roni.thomas@slcgov.com
Website:                       http://saltlakepublicart.org/for-artists/calls-for-artists/
The Salt Lake Art Design Board and Salt Lake City Corporation reserve the right to reject any or all applications, to reissue the Call for Entries, or to terminate the selection process or project at any time without prior notice.