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Glow In The Park – Call For Artists

Glow In The Park – Call For Artists

Fairmount Park Conservancy seeks to commission one artist or artist team to create a temporary outdoor art installation for the 6th annual Glow in the Park. Event to be held at the Reflecting Pool at the Fairmount Park Horticulture Center.

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Deadline: 6 Sept 2017

Fairmount Park Conservancy is looking for a piece with a sense of fun, spectacle, and intentionality. The artwork should speak to its setting and create a unique experience for those attending. This commission is part of a larger effort to forge new connections between artists and cultural partners with communities and the public realm. The conservancy is working to engage the power of the arts to enhance treasured city parks and to provide a new lens through which to see, understand, and experience them.

Chosen Glow In The Park artist(s) will receive an artist fee. The total project budget is $7,000 which is inclusive of all artist fees and fabrication costs.

About Fairmount Park Conservancy

Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion Philadelphia’s parks. They lead capital projects and historic preservation efforts, foster neighborhood park stewardship, attract and leverage investments, and develop innovative programs. They are located throughout 10,200 acres that include Fairmount Park and more than 100 neighborhood parks around the city. Philadelphia has one of the largest urban park systems in the world. It provides residents with extensive health, environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefits.

Through sustained leadership, significant investment, and strategic efforts, Fairmount Park Conservancy positions Philadelphia’s park system to become a world-class, preeminent park system. It is a national model for urban revitalization, sustainability, and civic engagement.

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Public Art Installations – Call For Artists

Public Art Installations – Call For Artists

The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID) seeks creative proposals for public art installations. Proposed artwork will be installed on either a wall space or traffic box.

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Deadline: 8 Sept 2017

All artists interested in participating in this program must complete and adhere to the guidelines in the Request for Proposal (RFP). It is a competitive process allowing all artwork and artists an equal opportunity to be selected.

Chosen artists will create public art installations within the Central Avenue shopping district in the Jersey City Heights. The artist with the winning mural design(s) will receive agreed monetary compensation and be featured on the Jersey City Heights’ website. Media exposure may include an interview or presentation at a press conference. Jersey City, NJ has a vibrant artist community. The new art installation will be centrally located in Hudson County.

This public art installations program is organized and administered by the CASID and made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the national Endowment of the Arts. It is administered by the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Hudson County Executive Thomas A. DeGise, and the Board of Chosen Freeholders.

About The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation

The mission of the Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID) is to guide and promote the positive social growth and economic revitalization occurring in the City of Jersey City. It provides supplemental management, maintenance, and improvements to the Central Avenue business district. It is also known as the “Central Avenue Special Improvement District” (Central Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and North Street).

Formed in 1992 by municipal ordinance, the CASID was one of the first Special Improvement Districts in the State. It was the first of six in Jersey City. CASID was initiated by the efforts of involved business leaders and commercial property owners within the district. It functions as a public/ private partnership between the City of Jersey City and private stakeholders to supplement, not substitute, government services. Such services include, but are not limited to, administration, marketing, maintenance, capital improvements, and other operations. An elected board of seven (7) trustees from within the district volunteers their valued time to govern the CASID.

In a traditional neighborhood setting, there is a sensitive relationship between local commerce and the surrounding population. One can not thrive without the other. For this reason, it is imperative to be a key player in the community and take a general interest in local matters to better advocate on behalf of our main street community. With over 450 united members (defined as commercial property owners and/ or commercial tenants of assessed properties within the district), the CASID is one of the strongest business organizations in the City. The CASID works alongside community leaders, civic organizations, and elected officials. They guide the growth of Jersey City and its highly valued traditional neighborhood quality in the Heights.

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722 East Pike Street – Call For Mural Artists

722 East Pike Street – Call For Mural Artists

Johnson & Carr and Urban ArtWorks invites experienced public artists to paint a mural at 722 East Pike Street. This is on a new live/work and retail development in the heart of Seattle’s Capitol Hill/Pike Pine neighborhood.

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Deadline: 26 Aug 2017

The Pike Pine corridor is a heavily trafficked area both day and night. It is home to many local businesses and serves as the main access point to Seattle’s famous Capitol Hill neighborhood. This call for artists provides a unique opportunity to work on a large scale as the building is one of the tallest and most visible in the area. Also, the historic neighboring building, Pike Motorworks, will have a public facing courtyard that includes this wall, creating an unobstructed canvas. Three finalists will submit concept designs for public voting. The final design will be selected upon public input.

Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Urban ArtWorks will provide insurance for artists who do not have it. The stipend is $7,500. Scaffolding and safety equipment will be provided.

722 East Pike Street Mural Timeline

  • Deadline for submissions August 26, 2017
  • Finalists selected and announced – September 2, 2017
  • Finalists submit fully developed designs – October 2, 2017
  • Voting by the public will begin October 10, 2017 and commence December 29, 2017
  • Finalist notified and announced – January 5, 2018
  • Artwork installation – May 2018 (exact date to be determined)

About Urban ArtWorks

Urban ArtWorks is a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for contemporary artists and local youth to work together to create public works of art. Their goal is to empower young people through professional opportunities in the arts.

Since 1995, Urban ArtWorks has collaborated with more than 2,000 youth to bring art to spaces throughout Seattle neighborhoods. Their pre-employment training and subsidized employment programs foster a renewed sense of self-esteem, self-motivation, and self-sufficiency in the young persons. As they expand their reach throughout the city, they look forward to continuing to help nurture strong communities by bringing contemporary public art to the streets of Seattle and beyond.

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2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program – Call For Artists

2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program – Call For Artists

The 2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program at Fort McMurray is requesting proposals for this year’s mural at Timberlea Community Park.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 27 Apr 2017

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) intends to commission an artist/artist team to design and install murals on four storage sheds in Timberlea Community Park. The murals will cover the entire exterior of each shed.

The artwork must adhere to the following design parameters:

  • Installation process does not pose a risk of injury to the public
  • Finished with a graffiti resistant coating (provided by the artist/artist team)
  • Appeal to a wide, culturally diverse audience and be suitable for all ages
  • Located in the public realm, therefore subject matter must be considered

As part of an ongoing effort to promote and cultivate local art and artists, the artist/artist team commissioned to install the Timberlea Community Park murals will be expected to host two community workshops during the installation process. The parameters of the workshops include the following, but are not limited to:

  • Provide a hands-on, on-site workshop specifically for local teens
  • Host an on-site hands-on workshop for the general public
  • Cost to facilitate the the workshops (plus any promotion) will be covered by the RMWB

2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program artist benefits

The budget for the project is $30,000.00 CAD, all inclusive. The budget includes all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to, artist design fee, travel/accommodations, meals for the artist/artist team, materials, equipment costs, transportation, and installation.

2017 Graffiti Abatement Mural Program artists/artist teams will also have the opportunity to work with (and mentor) local youth while creating a significant contribution to the local art collection within the region. If so inclined, artists may establish relationships with other artists and arts organization in Fort McMurray. Fort McMurray is a close-knit community with a small-town feel.

About the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo

Wood Buffalo is a large, scenic region in Northeast Alberta. The region stretches from north central Alberta east to the borders of Saskatchewan and up north to the border of the Northwest Territories. It covers 10% of the province, spanning almost 70,000 square kilometers. It has extensive natural resources and is filled with natural beauty including beautiful clear waters and expansive forests.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is one of Canada’s youngest and most dynamic communities. It is one of the largest municipalities in North America. Fort McMurray is the urban service center for the area. Smaller communities within the region include Anzac, Conklin, Draper, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort Mackay, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier, and Saprae Creek.

Approximately 5,000 years ago, the region was inhabited by two distinct First Nation people including the Chipewyan and the Cree. In 1778, a fur trader named Peter Pond traveled to the region and it became known for its abundance of good quality furs. This led to other explorers visiting the region and to the discovery of bitumen, a natural resource that, when refined, can be converted into petrol. The discovery of these large deposits of bitumen, commonly known as the oil sands, led to rapid growth and development. In the last century, the population has grown from a sparsely populated area to over one hundred thousand people.

Wood Buffalo boasts a rich and diverse culture. It is home to a population with a variety of ethnic backgrounds and cultural beliefs. The arts and culture scene, including live theatre, historical centres, cultural societies, and visual arts, continues to grow within the region. Outdoor festivals and local art shows are commonplace year-round. In support of the increasing interest in Wood Buffalo’s arts scene, the Municipality recently approved a Public Art Policy.

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2017 Downtown Mural Project – Call For Artists

2017 Downtown Mural Project – Call For Artists

The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency (URA), in cooperation with several private property owners, are seeking artists to participate in the 2017 downtown mural project.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 Mar 2017

The Downtown Mural Project committee has identified two locations for murals this summer:

  • West side of the Graffiti Records building (403 N Front Street, Elk Street side), and
  • Anderson Warehouse located at the intersection of 2nd and F Streets, across from Broadway Burger Station.

The process for application this year includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from interested artists. From the submitted 2017 Downtown Mural Project RFQs, the committee will select three artists for each project site to develop proposals. Artists will be compensated $150 each for concept development. The committee will select one artists (or team) for each project site from the concepts presented.

A stipend of $7,000 is available for the Anderson warehouse. An additional $2,500 is available if the west end of the building is incorporated. A stipend of $2,500 is available for the Graffiti building.

About Rock Springs Main Street

Rock Springs Main Street is responsible for Downtown redevelopment. Part of which is the addition of public art in the downtown area. Last fall, a Kickstarter program was utilized to raise funds for murals. It surpassed the goal of $7,500 by raising nearly $20,000. The community support for more art and murals in our community has been overwhelming. There is a huge sense of excitement about the program within our community.

The Rock Springs Main Street/URA is charged with the redevelopment of Downtown Rock Springs. As part of their mission, there are four standing committees – Economic Restructuring, Organization, Promotions, and Design.

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Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant – Call For Artists

Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant – Call For Artists

John Fluevog Shoes is putting out an open call for artists for the Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant. Send in design ideas for a wall installation to be displayed in their new Edmonton store, opening on Whyte Avenue in late March.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 13 Mar 2017

Opening in a refreshed heritage building with brick walls from the 1920’s, Fluevog Edmonton will have a historic vibe to it with:

  • Reclaimed wood furnishings in various tones and textures
  • Grey floral and burgundy crocodile leather furnishings
  • Touches of brass
  • Wood floors
  • A large mirrored back wall

The available wall space for this art installation spans 68′ long and 6′ high with a backdrop of historic brick.

Fluevog Edmonton Artist Grant benefits

The chosen artist’s work will be a prominent fixture of our newest location in Edmonton, helping to shape the overall feel of the shop. The work will be shared through our social media channels. It will be seen by visitors to the store and Fluevogers worldwide. Our hope is for the artwork to be a long-term installation that ties the store to the local arts community in Edmonton. With $10,000 to cover the cost of installation and the artwork, this is a rare opportunity to design something original and creative that will reach a large and diverse audience of customers.

About John Fluevog Shoes

John Fluevog is an independent designer and retailer of forward-­thinking footwear and accessories. Since 1970, he has been steadfast in creating ‘unique soles for unique souls’ that have been seen everywhere from the feet of Madonna and Jack White to the runways of high fashion. John has used his belief in creative expression and ingenuity to turn his vision into a successful enterprise currently celebrating its 45th year in business. Traditionally made in old world factories; Fluevog shoes are produced in small runs; are fully repairable; and, with their look of quality and timeless luxury, always stand out in a crowd. John Fluevog Shoes uses eco­‐friendly, vegetable tanned leathers and water based glues wherever possible. In keeping with John’s motto: good soles leave small prints (no matter what your shoe size).

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Midtown Detroit’s Dlectricity 2017 – Call For Artists

Midtown Detroit announces a call for artists for Dlectricity 2017, a biennial nighttime outdoor festival of art and light that showcases extraordinary art by artists and creative design professionals in Detroit’s public spaces.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 28 Feb 2017

Up to 25 site-specific, outdoor projects for Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Corridor will be selected through this call. Midtown Detroit is looking for high-quality projects that will activate the outdoor, nighttime landscape of their Woodward Corridor including:

  • Light art
  • Video art
  • 3D video mapping projections
  • Multimedia installations
  • Projects that use technology or interactivity and community engagement
  • Works that utilize mobile platforms (smart phones, tablets)
  • Performance (art, dance, theatre, music)

Criteria for selection will include creativity, innovation, and suitability. The selected projects will be announced in May 2017.

This two-day festival was last held in September 2014. The open call process attracted over 360 proposals from artists representing 38 countries. 39 projects were presented. 28 artists were selected from the Open Call and 11 other artists were invited to participate by our Curatorial Committee. Over 3,400 cyclists participated in our signature Light Bike Parade and 150,000 people attended th3 second edition of Dlectricity.

Accepted projects will be funded up to 3,000 USD. Artists will receive a 1,000 USD honorarium.

The media coverage extended beyond the Detroit market for this festival. The Dlectricity social media channels have a large and growing audience. The website is frequently visited. Each artist is well represented on the website and all project info is archived.

The goals of Dlectricity 2017 include:

  • Introduce thousands of people to innovative contemporary art. Awaken them to the potential impact of art on public spaces.
  • Showcase diversity in the arts by working with more artists of color.
  • Provide a platform and a real budget for emerging and international artists to develop new work. Further support the artistic community by employing other artists and tech people to help the participating artists realize their installations.
  • Strengthen the community and economy over the festival weekend. On a broader scale, Dlectricity plays a positive role in shining a spotlight on the success of Midtown, generating unprecedented excitement for the City of Detroit, and building upon Detroit’s reputation as being a world destination for the arts.

Dlectricity is produced by Midtown Detroit, a nonprofit planning and development agency charged with the revitalization of Detroit’s Midtown District.

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Dlectricity 2017 - Call For Artists


Art Takes Manhattan Fair 2017 – Call For Artists

Art Takes Manhattan Fair 2017 announces a call for artists for Frieze Art Week in the heart of Chelsea offering 6,000 sq ft of living art by living artists.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 Dec 2016

The New York Landmark site is an unavoidable meeting point for collectors arriving at Frieze Art Week, adjacent to the world famous High Line walking park, and three blocks from the revolutionary Hudson Yards.

The curatorial board will review all proposals and respond on a rolling basis. Selected proposals will receive a minimum of 4 linear feet or 16 square feet and a maximum of 33 linear feet and 137 square feet at a rate of $320 per linear foot and $80 per square foot. Larger proposals may be granted special conditions.

Participation in Art Takes Manhattan Fair 2017 requires filling out the application form before January 1st and paying the exhibiting area fee in full before January 15th.

Participation includes, but is not limited to:

  • Agreed upon space and lighting
  • Onsite marketing materials such as art captions, cards, and flyers
  • Onsite support by art handlers and administration personnel
  • VIP opening reception (5+ tickets per exhibitor)
  • Public relations professional outreach
  • Advertising in major art magazines
  • Digital marketing campaigns and dedicated personnel
  • Social media multiplatform promotion for all exhibitors
  • Art fair catalog inclusion for all exhibitors

Art Takes Manhattan‘s mission is opening Manhattan’s art market to the world beyond.

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Art Takes Manhattan Fair 2017


ArtsAlive Oak Bay 2017 Public Art Program – Call For Artists

ArtsAlive is Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture’s annual public sculpture program where pieces are selected to be shown outdoors in our municipality of Oak Bay, BC (Canada) for approximately one year.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 20 Jan 2017

In 2017, Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday, and many communities across the country will make plans to mark the occasion. The Oak Bay Public Art Committee is looking for sculptural works of art to be placed in our community, based on the theme Transitions. We invite artists to submit proposals for sculptural works that engage notions of community transitions, especially as they apply to the unique experience of life in Oak Bay – a community with a strong sense of cultural identity rooted in the past, lived dynamically in the present, and greatly engaged in its future.

Some ideas could include still and kinetic representations of or allusions to historical figures or events, references to eras of the natural environment, depictions of everyday people and familiar items (past, present, and future), and displays of local iconic names and symbols. Any of which can be imagined through the unique, ironic, comic, or thoughtful lens of the creative artist.

All fine artists are invited to submit proposals for the ArtsAlive Oak Bay 2017 Public Art Program.

  • Proposals will be reviewed by a jury of art professionals and citizen enthusiasts.
  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year.
  • Up to 13 pieces to be selected and installed in secure, highly visible outdoor locations.
  • The public will be invited to vote on a People’s Choice Award.
  • Through this annual program, Oak Bay intends to develop a public art collection for permanent display.

Artist benefits

The ArtsAlive Oak Bay 2017 Public Art Program is an excellent opportunity for artists to showcase their work, imagination, and talent. The municipality, local media, Tourism Victoria, and Tourism Oak Bay will promote this show throughout the year. Related art events like art walks, paint-ins, and celebrations will be organized to encourage excitement and community participation.

It is our hope to provide successful bids with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery budget of up to $500. This is dependent on the number of community sponsors who sign on to support the ArtsAlive Oak Bay program and as such is not guaranteed. We hope to be able to confirm this in January 2017.

Works selected by the committee will also be eligible to be chosen for the Peoples’ Choice Award. This winning piece will be considered for eventual purchase and inclusion in Oak Bay’s permanent public art collection pending municipal budget approvals. Therefore, artists must also agree to make their piece available for the municipality to purchase for fair market value (to a maximum of $18,000). Should such funding approvals be successful the purchase would take place in 2017.

Artists may sell or lease their works at the end of the show (with the exception of the People’s Choice winner).

About the Oak Bay Recreation, Parks, and Culture

The municipality of Oak Bay, part of Greater Victoria, is located on the south eastern tip of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Surrounded by beaches and parkland, its scenery includes splendid views across the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Salish Sea. Oak Bay is legendary for its fine domestic architecture, picturesque gardens, and for old world atmosphere. This geologically fascinating area is also home to the unique and rare Garry Oak Meadow ecosystem. Our 18,000 residents have a deep attachment to our natural and built environment. We have a majority of the region’s art galleries and many resident artists and arts enthusiasts. Now in its third year of development, the ArtsAlive Oak Bay 2017 Public Art Program, with its Arts Laureate position, is an expression of our municipality’s support for a flourishing arts environment for the economic, social, and personal benefit of our entire community.

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ArtsAlive Oak Bay 2017 Public Art Program


Metamorphosis Public Art Program – Call For Artists

The City of Fremont, California is seeking one sculpture to display for the Metamorphosis Public Art Program, for a period of two years from March 2017 through March 2019 in Downtown Fremont.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 12 Dec 2016

Artists are asked to submit applications for placement of their sculpture on the intersection of Fremont Boulevard and Capitol Avenue, a main gateway into Downtown Fremont and a main intersection in the city.

All Metamorphosis Public Art Program submissions must be previously completed artworks. This opportunity is open to professional artists residing or working in California; age 18 and older.

Downtown Fremont is being built from scratch and envisioned to serve as the central gathering space for the community. As part of the Downtown Community Plan, an art fund was established with the vision of providing funding for public art installations. This temporary installation opportunity is focused on metamorphosis as the theme.

Throughout the year, Downtown Fremont hosts events such as: the Fremont Festival of the Arts, the largest free festival west of the Mississippi; the Fremont Fourth of July parade; the Festival of India; and Fremont Street Eats, a weekly gourmet food truck event from May through October. The opportunity will not only help define the character of the Downtown as the central gathering space and heart of the City, but also provide significant exposure for the artwork as well as for the artist.

Artist benefits

The selected piece will be prominently featured on the City’s social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as well as highlighted in print media and the City’s newsletter which is distributed to all Fremont households.

The total amount paid to the artist for the Metamorphosis Public Art Program will be $5,000 paid in quarterly installments of $625 throughout the two-year exhibition period. It is the responsibility of the artist to deliver the artwork to the premises with an agreed upon date with the City of Fremont for installation with modifications as requested by the City and implemented by the artist. The artist will be responsible for the transportation, installation, and de-installation of the artwork and will be provided with assistance for the installation and de-installation from the City.

About the City of Fremont

The City of Fremont is the San Francisco Bay Area’s fourth largest city with a population of 225,000. The City incorporated in 1956 merging five separate townships together. Since its incorporation, the community has longed for a central gathering place. The City has recently completed Phase I, the infrastructure build-out of the Downtown with the extension and transformation of its main street, Capitol Avenue, into a multi-modal street complete with bike lanes, wide sidewalks, and inviting landscaping to promote outdoor areas as public space.

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Metamorphosis Public Art Program


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