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Rotating Sculpture Program (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

Rotating Sculpture Program (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Keller Public Arts Board announces a call for artists for the 2022 Old Town Keller Rotating Sculpture Program, aiming to install sculptures that are diverse in style and media. The Board hopes to expose the local community to different types of art, increase tourism, and encourage visitors to the Old Town area by providing a dynamic and engaging exhibit.

The Keller Public Arts Board seeks six sculptures that are appropriate for public viewing and support the family friendly atmosphere of the City of Keller. Sculptures remain under the artist’s ownership and are loaned to the exhibit for a two‐year period. All sculptures must be “family appropriate” and pose no risk to public safety; no sexual, bloody, or violent content shall be accepted. Sculptures must be made of materials that can withstand the harsh Texas weather and require no maintenance by the City of Keller.

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Enter by: 14 Mar 2022

The Old Town Keller area originally developed along the railroad tracks that served as the impetus for the founding of Keller. Once the site of a bustling train depot, city leaders now aim to establish Old Town as a destination for pedestrian-oriented businesses offering a variety of shopping, dining, and other services.

Artists must reside in Texas. All works must be original.

Artwork Specifications

  • Base must fit on 5’x5’ concrete pad.
  • Max Height of 12’
  • Max Weight 2,500 pounds
  • Sculpture must be ready for installation no later than June 1, 2022

Rotating Sculpture Program Artist Benefits

A $1,500 honorarium shall be awarded for each piece for the installation, exhibition, and removal of the artwork for a two‐year period. One‐half of the stipend will be provided to the artist upon
selection. The remainder shall be paid upon successful installation. One Best in Show winner shall be awarded an additional $500.

The existing 5’x5’ concrete pads shall be used for display and the City of Keller may provide some assistance with installation and removal of the artwork.  The artist will receive recognition via a plaque with their name at the pad site, and a photo of the sculpture, location, and contact information on the City’s website and Facebook page.

The selected artists may participate in the Keller Art Walk on November 12, 2022. The Old Town Keller area, where the sculptures are installed, is the backdrop for the festival where artists of all genres display and sell their work. The chosen artists have the opportunity to participate in the event with the free booth space and canopy provided them.

About the City of Keller

Keller, Texas is home to over 45,000 people who enjoy quality schools, thriving businesses, an award-winning parks and trails system, and excellent, efficient, and innovative municipal service. In 2001, the development of a Public Arts Program was a natural progression in the flourishing Keller community. Since then, public art has become an increasingly prominent feature in Keller thanks to the efforts of the city, private individuals, local businesses, civic organizations, and the community at large.

Keller has established a notable collection of sculptures and an annual schedule of family-friendly art events. Neighboring communities have used similar approaches to public art by pursuing permanent pieces, often for city facilities or as part of capital projects, and by establishing recurring, signature art events and festivals. The Keller art community regularly leverages available cultural resources in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area to bring a broader spectrum of art to Keller, often in creative or uncommon ways in order to distinguish the local arts program, and the city, from other areas.

The mission of the Public Arts Program is to support and promote a process that will encourage visual and performing arts in public places and to define the programs, policies, and guidelines for acquiring and commissioning of arts of the highest standards to enrich the quality of life for all residents and visitors of the City of Keller.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com.

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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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Keller Art Walk Plein Air Artists (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

Keller Art Walk Plein Air Artists (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

The Keller Public Arts Board is seeking six artists to paint or sculpt during the Keller Art Walk event. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. Artists will be expected to work in their booth space, viewable to the public, for the duration of the event, excluding reasonable breaks for lunch. Artwork created during the event must be appropriate for public viewing and support the family friendly atmosphere of the City of Keller, Texas. In addition to plein air artists, the event will feature a kid zone, live music, and vendors. Artists not selected as plein air artists by the Board may participate in the event with a regular paid vendor spot.

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Deadline: 21 Jun 2020

The Keller Public Arts Board will host the fourth annual Keller Art Walk on November 14, 2020 in the city’s recently updated Old Town area. The Board is offering free booth space and a $150 stipend to six artists selected as the event’s plein air artists. The Keller Art Walk is an arts and music festival designed to give local artists an affordable opportunity to showcase their work while attracting people to experience Keller’s burgeoning arts and entertainment district.

Although the Keller Art Walk is open to vendors of all types, all vendor recruitment is directed at artists and the Board sincerely hopes the event can be of benefit to the participating artists. The Keller Art Walk is held in the Old Town Keller West area, located on the west side of U. S. Highway 377 near the city’s border with Fort Worth. The Keller Public Arts Board has sole discretion on booth location for each artist.

Keller Art Walk Plein Air Artists Honorarium

Each selected artist will receive a $150 honorarium on the day of the event. Selected artists will receive booth space, inclusive of a 10 x 10 canopy (optional), at no charge for displaying and selling additional work. Artists’ names and website/social media contacts will be posted on the event website, Facebook page, and on-site signage. Booth space includes set up and tear down.

About Keller Public Arts Board

The Board is committed to making Keller a community that embraces and benefits from the arts.  The Old Town Keller area originally developed along the railroad tracks, which served as the impetus for the founding of Keller. Once the site of a bustling train depot, city leaders now aim to establish Old Town as a destination for pedestrian-oriented businesses offering a variety of shopping, dining, and other services.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com

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