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Share Your Response To The Art Preserve (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

Share Your Response To The Art Preserve (Sheboygan, WI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The John Michael Kohler Arts Center invites you to submit a proposal for a project that shares a personal response to one or more artworks on the first floor of the Art Preserve, the home of the Arts Center’s collection of artist-built environments. Every visitor to the Art Preserve connects to the work in a different way. How can an emotional response become a poem, a nostalgic connection be translated into dance, musings of future dreams and visions be interpreted in song, or newfound questions about our world be depicted through sculpture?

Sharing these responses fosters new understandings about the collection, each other, and ourselves. The Arts Center invites makers of all mediums to submit proposals for work that makes tangible their response to the first floor of the Art Preserve.

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Enter by: 16 May 2022

Accepted proposals will be exhibited at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

  • Notification of Acceptance by Friday, June 10, 2022
  • Completed Projects Due by Monday, August 29, 2022
  • Exhibition: October 2022–February 2023, exact dates TBD

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is world-renowned for artist environments and generating a creative exchange between artists and the public. Artists selected will have the chance to create responsive art based on the Art Preserve exhibitions and be featured alongside other talented artists selected to show the impact that art makes. Additionally, artists who have a connection to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center receive regular communication regarding additional opportunities.

About the John Michael Kohler Arts Center

The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a lively visual and performing arts complex dedicated to generating creative exchanges between an international community of artists and a diverse public. JMKAC’s original exhibitions, commissioned works of art, performing arts, community arts initiatives, education programs, and publications promote appreciation of and engagement with the work of contemporary and self-taught artists. The Arts Center actively nurtures emerging and mid-career artists, giving them a range of opportunities to create new work including the internationally respected Arts/Industry residency program.

For more information, contact xfiss@jmkac.org.

Image: Installation view of works by Carl Peterson (foreground) and Eugene Von Bruenchenhein at the Art Preserve, 2021.

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ArtsAlive Public Art Program (Victoria, BC) – Call For Artists

ArtsAlive Public Art Program (Victoria, BC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture announces a call for artists for the annual ArtsAlive Public Art Program. Now in its seventh year, the Oak Bay Public Art program, ArtsAlive, is an expression of Oak Bay’s support for a flourishing arts environment for the entire community. Sculptures are selected by a peer jury to be displayed for up to a year at outdoor sites in the District of Oak Bay. They are on temporary loan by the artists who are sponsored by a local business or community group.

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture has installed outdoor sculptures in a variety of locations around Oak Bay — from stylized realistic pieces to the purely abstract, in various media including static and kinetic sculpture. They have been greatly appreciated for their artistic merit and have challenged viewers to pause and reflect about living in this special seaside community, proud of its distinct heritage even as it contemplates its future as a vibrant place to live and work. The permanent sculptures frame views, animate parks, streetscapes, and viewpoints.

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Enter by: 11 Mar 2022

This is an excellent opportunity for both mid-career and emerging artists to conceive and showcase their work, creativity, skills, imagination, and talent in a public space. Artist’s work will have exposure to thousands of residents and visitors in this high-profile program. The municipality, local media, and Oak Bay Tourism will promote this show throughout the year. Related arts events like art walks, paint-ins, concerts, and celebrations will be organized (pending public health orders), generating more excitement and building community.

  • Artists based in Western Canada are invited to submit an application for the 2022-2023 outdoor public art program
  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year
  • Proposals will be reviewed by an artist peer jury
  • Pending community sponsorships, up to 6 works may be selected and installed in highly visible outdoor locations open to the public
  • Successful submissions will be provided with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery reimbursement budget of up to $500.

About Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture

Since the public art program, ArtsAlive, was launched in 2014, Oak Bay has built a legacy of permanent public art in the community, acquiring one or more permanent public art pieces each year. Between the years 2014 and 2020, the former Oak Bay Arts Laureate, Barbara Adams, in collaboration with Municipal staff and the Public Art Advisory Committee, contributed to making Oak Bay a destination for arts and culture.

For more information, contact apass@oakbay.ca.

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North Benton Street Mural (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

North Benton Street Mural (Woodstock, IL) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Woodstock, Illinois, seeks artists’ proposals for the North Benton Street Mural as part of an outdoor dining and entertainment area in its historic downtown district. The commissioning of a new mural in the historic district is part of the City’s ongoing efforts to give residents and visitors opportunities to engage with the arts.

The mural will be attached to the exterior, west-facing facade of a privately owned building at 220 North Benton Street. The proposed mural site is located on a street adjacent to the historic Woodstock Square and within the historic district. During summer months, the street is closed to vehicular traffic. It is used as an outdoor dining and entertainment space by several nearby restaurants. The site has high visibility and a significant amount of pedestrian traffic.

Residents and visitors come to the historic Woodstock Square to attend performances at the Woodstock Opera House and private music and movie venues, as well as numerous special events throughout the year. The award-winning Woodstock Farmers Market, locally owned shops, and popular bars and restaurants attract people to the Woodstock Square in large numbers.

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Enter by: 25 Feb 2022

Timeline:

  • Finalists selected: By March 4, 2022
  • Design submissions: By March 25, 2022
  • Mural agreement available: By April 15, 2022
  • Project completed: By July 15, 2022

There is no submission fee. Artists may submit more than one proposed concept. Designs must be the artist’s own work and must not violate any copyright restrictions. Any artist with previous mural design and installation experience is eligible to submit a proposal. All correspondence and contracts are part of the public record. By submitting materials you are (1) consenting to the release of those materials by the City in response to requests under the Public Records Act and (2) agreeing to indemnify and hold harmless the City for release of such information.

Artists shall submit the following for consideration:

  • Artist Application
  • Resume
  • Link to portfolio
  • One to two paragraph narrative describing design concept, including substrate
  • Reference

City staff will review applications for completeness and eligibility. The City Council will determine final project award and contract terms. Designs may also be subject to review by the City’s Historic Preservation Commission and the City’s Arts Commission. After review by an art advisory group, finalists will be selected and notified to submit a full-color design for consideration. A $500 design fee will be paid to those artists not chosen as the finalist.

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Artistic excellence, vibrancy, and originality of the artist
  • Appropriateness of the design for its site in Woodstock’s entertainment district
  • Documented experience of the artist in completing similar projects

The mural will be mounted to the west-facing brick façade of a historic building. The space available for the mural is approximately 30 feet by 12 feet. Permission from the building owner has been secured. It is clean and in good condition for an installation. The wall abuts the sidewalk; there are no obstructions. The City will work with the selected artist to accommodate requests for access to power and water as well as overnight storage of materials. The mural should be installed to withstand weather and other site conditions for a term to be agreed upon by the selected artist and the City in the mural agreement. The mural is subject to removal by the City at any time during or after the agreed upon period.

Policies:

  • The selected artist must show proof of liability insurance prior to beginning mural installation. The City of Woodstock, Benton Street LLC, and any other parties participating in installation must be named as additional insured entities.
  • Proposed designs remain the property of the artist unless the design is selected by the City. The selected design and installed mural will be the property of the City of Woodstock. As such, no royalties or fees, beyond the initial artist’s fee, will be attached to its ongoing use by the City.
  • Any unapproved substitutions or deviations from the approved final design or proposed materials may result in termination of contract, removal of imagery, and non-payment of any amount due. City staff will monitor mural installation.

North Benton Street Mural Artist Benefits

The artist stipend is $12,000. This amount must cover the artist’s design fee, supplies and travel. The City of Woodstock will pay for the substrate and equipment necessary to complete the project onsite. One-third of the amount will be paid when the mural agreement is signed; one-third at the project mid-point; and one-third when the project is completed.

Woodstock prides itself as McHenry County’s epicenter of artists, creative entrepreneurs, and those who appreciate imaginative expressions in an area rich with visionaries. Located in a collar county, Woodstock is a commuter rail stop away from Chicago and acts as a uniquely urban city surrounded by rural amenities such as agri-tourism farms, designated scenic drives and conservation areas nestled within glacial topography.

Woodstock’s rich history and vibrant sense of community provide a far-reaching opportunity for interested artists to express themselves, spark conversation, and capture the essence of a modern place rooted in its rich past.

Interested artists will find that Woodstock’s far-reaching marketing and recognizable Real Woodstock brand, along with community support for the arts, is tailor-made to propel commissioned works to the forefront of national awareness. Coupled with City support through its newly formed Arts Commission, artists commissioned for inaugural exhibits will be featured prominently as the public arts program continues to gain momentum through well-curated 2-D and 3-D art installations.

About the City of Woodstock, Illinois

Woodstock is the arts and culture focal point of McHenry County, Illinois. The Historic Woodstock Square is home to the Woodstock Opera House, Stage Left Café, and numerous other arts and entertainment venues. In its most recent downtown development plan, the City identified the creation of public art in the Woodstock Square Historic District as a goal.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized as a Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and named a Preserve America Community by the White House, Woodstock is a community unlike any other. The Historic Woodstock Square offers many shops and retail establishments in a unique and nostalgic atmosphere.

Throughout the year, Woodstock is host to many events, festivals, and fairs, from Fair Diddley Art Fair, to Summer Band Concerts, award-winning Farmer’s Market, to HarvestFest, and Groundhog Days–celebrating Woodstock’s starring role as Punxsutawney, PA in the 1992 Bill Murray classic movie Groundhog Day. The beautiful Gothic style Opera House serves as the cultural entertainment center of Woodstock, featuring plays, concerts, and performances throughout the year, including the Midwest Mozart Festival each summer.

For more information, contact kcoltrin@woodstockil.gov.

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Kinetic Art (Elgin, Illinois) – Call For Artists

Kinetic Art (Elgin, Illinois) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces a call for artists to install a new piece of public kinetic art. The art call is open to artists of all levels, worldwide.

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Enter by: 4 Mar 2022

The ECAC will review and evaluate each kinetic art application based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, technical competence, narrative support, appropriate relationship to the function of the site, and long-term feasibility. These criteria may not apply to every application and do not represent the only means of evaluation.

The City of Elgin offers the following in the form of support for the selected artist:

  • Access to the installation site for artwork creation purposes
  • Support for the installation and de-installation (as necessary) of the work
  • Maintenance support as is feasible, reasonable, and adheres to the plan as proposed by the artist
  • Publicity support for the proposed artwork
  • Signage for the artwork
  • Unveiling event after or at the time of installation

The City of Elgin will not provide insurance for the artwork.

About the City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission

The City of Elgin’s Cultural Arts Commission embarked on a Public Art Plan in 2017. It has successfully installed several murals and sculptures since that time. Additional public art programs consist of wrapping utility boxes in original printed artwork, painting storm drains, creating a walking map, and developing a grant program for neighborhoods to acquire their own artwork. Beyond the public art initiatives sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission, several events and festivals are held each year to celebrate the various forms of art.

For more information, contact culturalarts@cityofelgin.org.

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Bates Street Public Art Benches (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

Bates Street Public Art Benches (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Keller Public Arts Board announces a call for artists for the Bates Street Public Art Benches, selecting up to 12 artists for the design and installation of unique outdoor benches located along Bates Street in the city’s Old Town Keller district. The goal of the project is to add seating that is both functional and artistically interesting. The Board seeks designs that are original alternatives to traditional public street benches that complement the overarching goals of the city’s Old Town Keller Improvements Project.

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Enter by: 18 Feb 2022

The imagination of the artist is the guide. There is not a theme for the benches. Selected artists will have their sculpted bench, with recognition, installed at the Bates Street Park and festival street. The chosen artists will receive $8,000 per bench to include design, fabrication, and installation of the bench. Selected artists shall receive one-half of the honorarium upon execution of the contract and one-half upon delivery and installation of the work. The artists bench will be listed along with all other permanent sculpture in the Keller Public Arts permanent collection on the website.

About Keller Public Arts

Keller Public Arts (KPA) is a growing arts program within the City of Keller, Texas. Throughout its history, KPA has acquired 15 permanent sculptures and 11 sculptures, half of which rotate out every 2 years through a call for art. The program boasts 5 gallery art shows in the Town Hall yearly, displaying a wide variety of art in multiple genres. The big event of the KPA is the annual Keller Art Walk in November. Artists, musicians, and dancers come together for a fall festival celebrating the arts.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com.

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Courthouse Expansion (Concord, NC) – Call For Artists

Courthouse Expansion (Concord, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Cabarrus County, North Carolina is seeking artists or artist collaborations to create innovative, original, and site-specific artwork for the Cabarrus County Courthouse Expansion that is currently under construction in downtown Concord, NC.

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Enter by: 20 Dec 2021

The Art Selection Committee for this project is seeking an artist or artist team who can understand and express, in a suspended, permanently-installed, large-scale piece, the Courthouse’s role in providing sound and fair justice. The location of the art will be in the main public lobby, where high windows afford views of the artwork from outside the building on three sides, as well as inside.

The total public art budget for the Courthouse Expansion project, including all aspects of design, fabrication, transport, and installation, is $350,000. One (1) to three (3) finalists will each receive a $2,500 stipend to cover design costs for their proposal and travel/ presentation.

About the Cabarrus County Courthouse

When completed, the new Cabarrus County Courthouse will be a 313,000 SF court facility that includes a new 240,000 SF addition to the existing 1975 courthouse. Together with the new construction, the existing 73,000 SF facility will undergo complete interior renovation and repurposing to fulfill long-term, multi-generational space requirements.

As noted in the Designers’ Narrative for the project, “While the existing courthouse fronting Union Street will be completely renovated, a new addition and public entry (off Means Ave Pedestrian Plaza) will reshape the identity of the courthouse campus. The intentional siting of this new primary entry is the defining element of the concept.”

Similarly, the artwork commissioned for this project will reshape and help define the perceptions of those entering or passing the Courthouse and frame a new experience of a ‘house of justice.’
The artwork will not only complement the architecture of the building, and provide an attraction – and distraction – for those entering; but also it shall help shift mindsets.

For more information, contact kdbilafer@cabarruscounty.us.

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Central Avenue Artwork Installation (Jersey City, NJ) – Call For Artists

Central Avenue Artwork Installation (Jersey City, NJ) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation (CASID), in partnership with the City of Jersey City and the Hudson County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs Office, is pleased to announce a new call for artists for a Central Avenue Artwork Installation, aiming to expand the outdoor art gallery along Central Avenue, Jersey City.

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Deadline: 30 Jul 2021

The CASID is seeking well-executed proposals for its main street community. Proposals should be family-friendly and suitable for all ages. Selected artwork will be commissioned for installation late summer/ early fall 2021 and paid upon completion. Central Avenue is a ¾ mile main thoroughfare consisting of 240 storefronts and is centrally located in Hudson County (estimated population 672,400).

The Central Avenue Artwork Installation artwork should complement Central Avenue’s main street environment and contribute to positive energy, boost morale, and upbeat attitudes among residents, visitors, and shoppers. This project will further the neighborhood’s long-term goal of adding art destination to Hudson County’s distinct resume.

The artist with the winning mural design(s) will receive agreed monetary compensation and be featured on the organization’s website and other social media accounts such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Artists will have the opportunity to address the public at a press conference.

“My wife and I found this so appropriate since the people of Jersey City were incredibly friendly and appreciative. People either walking by or shouting from their car windows said Thank You. WOW! I should be thanking them. The people of Jersey City were so engaged; this made the artwork for us. We painted a traffic box, but the people gave it the meaning we intended. That is, people being connected, sharing, and helping one another. Another observation was that the people were wearing their face masks – the caring for one another was evident. Thank you to the people of Jersey City and to Alexa, Executive Director of Central Avenue SID Management Corp.” – Micheal Cooper artist for “Together Again & Again” located off of Central and Bower St in September 2020.

About Central Avenue Special Improvement District Management Corporation

Central Avenue in Jersey City prides itself on the outdoor art gallery along the shopping corridor. New Jersey Advance Media named Central Avenue the most eye-popping one mile walk in Jersey City in 2019. This year will mark Central Avenue’s twelfth consecutive year installing artwork. With over 20 art pieces on the avenue, colorful artwork is appreciated by hundreds of shoppers each day. Heights neighborhood as a hub of culture and commerce. This new installation will add to a flourishing outdoor art gallery which already includes art on seven traffic boxes and five splendid murals. The main street shopping district in adjacent to the Riverview Arts District and this project will further the neighborhood’s long-term goal of adding “art destination” to Hudson County’s distinct resume.

For more information, contact ALima@jcheights.com.

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Meredith Pier Public Art Project (Bodega Bay, CA) – Call For Artists

Meredith Pier Public Art Project (Bodega Bay, CA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Creative Sonoma announces a call for artists for the Meredith Pier Public Art Project in Bodega Bay, CA. This opportunity is for a public art installation located at the site of the former Meredith Pier. The Meredith Fish Company pier and cannery building was originally built nearly 80 years ago, which was abandoned and then fell into disrepair. The site was formally condemned in 2004 as physically and environmentally unsafe posing dangers to residents, visitors, the water surrounding it, and its ecosystems. The pier is currently being demolished, leaving behind a cement “footprint” on which this public art project will be sited.

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Deadline: 12 Apr 2021

Bodega Bay is the ancestral land of the Coast Miwok Native Americans. The community has a rich and diverse history of cultures, industries, and economies. Potential themes for the artwork include, but are not limited to:

  • Acknowledgement of the area’s history and the heritage that carries forward
  • Homage to the lives of the people who have and currently populate the area, as well as those who have lost their lives at sea as an opportunity for reflection and contemplation by their friends and families
  • Celebration of the ecology and conservation of the Bodega Bay waterway

A Sonoma County artist will have the opportunity to install art on a site that holds a lot of history, and something for the future. Projects will be funded up to $10,000. This should be inclusive of artist fees as well as all expenses related to design development including engineering, fabrication, transportation, installation of the artwork, insurance, and other project related expenses.

About Creative Sonoma

Creative Sonoma provides programs and services to help their creative community do what they do better. They believe that creativity lives in us all – it just takes a little care and feeding. They believe that the people who have spent a career exercising their creative muscles make the community more vibrant, interesting, provocative, and satisfying. In this case, they believe that more is more.

Creative Sonoma defines the creative community as individuals, organizations, and businesses whose work is creative at its core. That means artists, craftspeople, nonprofits, and business enterprises working across all creative disciplines and genres. They consider writers, actors, dancers, musicians, filmmakers, technologists, design firms, galleries, recording studios, metal workers, instrument manufacturers, and many more to be a part of the creative community.

For more information, contact creativesonoma@sonoma-county.org.

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Brush to Table Picnic Table Project (Milford, MA) – Call For Artists

Brush to Table Picnic Table Project (Milford, MA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Milford Cultural Council (MCC) announces a call for artists for the public art Brush to Table picnic table project, seeking artists to design and paint a series of 10 picnic tables to be displayed in various areas in Milford, MA. Brush to Table is the MCC’s first public art initiative. They look forward to showcasing a diverse range of talent. Table sponsors will negotiate stipends with artists. Artists and sponsors will be recognized on an engraved metal plaque attached to each table. Finished tables will be put on public display in mid-July. The tables are one piece with benches attached, all made from pressure-treated wood. Dimensions are given in the entry form.

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Deadline: 16 Apr 2021

Artists must complete the entry form, which includes a template for depicting their proposed design. Design proposals should be positive, original, and colorful as well as (but are not required to) reflect the following: the immediate environment in which the table is located, the character or culture of the Town of Milford, the history of the area, community pride, and creativity. All design proposals must be family friendly and; therefore, appropriate for all viewing audiences. Designs cannot include letters or numbers.

Brush to Table Artist Benefits

Chosen artists will receive a stipend between $250-$500 to be negotiated with the sponsor. Their work will be showcased in five different parks in town, therefore being viewed by thousands every year. Plus, the artist’s work will be highlighted in local media including print, radio, and TV. Although this project will be the first public art initiative in Milford for quite some time, Milford, MA is the proud host to an equestrian statue by Daniel Chester French. It sits atop a pedestal by Henry Bacon. All artists who present proposals will be added to an artist database for reference for future projects.

About Milford Cultural Council

The Milford Cultural Council seeks to promote excellence, inclusion, education, and diversity in the arts, humanities, and sciences to foster a rich cultural life for all Milford residents, thereby contributing to the vitality of the community and economy. This year, MCC awarded over $15,000 in grants for a diverse range of projects, events, and performances including photography, music, local history, ballet, choral music, online art exhibitions, lectures, and environmental science internships for high school students.

For more information, contact culturalcouncil@townofmilford.com.

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Making Space Social Justice Mural (Elgin, IL) – Call For Artists

Making Space Social Justice Mural (Elgin, IL) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Elgin, IL Social Justice Collective is searching for a mural artist for Making Space, work with the community to design and install a permanent mural based on the business board ups that were put up in Downtown Elgin in anticipation of protests during the summer of 2020. The mural will be installed in Downtown Elgin in an historically significant location.

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Deadline: 22 Feb 2021

The artist(s) will work directly with the Elgin Social Justice Collective and the community to design and install a permanent mural. The mural will be painted by the community members with the help and guidance of the mural artist. The mural installation will serve as a space for the community to engage in conversation about social justice and using art as a creative outlet. The artist(s) will be assisted in the project by all of the partners and the City of Elgin.

About the Elgin Social Justice Collective

What space can we make to allow for further artistic expression? How can we create a lasting reflection of the activities of the summer of 2020? What space can we make to allow for peaceful and impactful gatherings of community members to engage? How do we elevate equity in our community? An ad-hoc group of community individuals (now known as the Elgin Social Justice Collective) came together and worked to identify a project that would address those questions. The project consists of four parts: a mural, a documentary, a Juneteenth partnership, and a scholarship.

For more information, contact culturalarts@cityofelgin.org.

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