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Gateway Art – Call For Artists

Gateway Art – Call For Artists

The City of Roanoke seeks artists or artist teams’ qualifications to design, fabricate, and install Gateway Art. This may include a sculpture or other suitable art in a park located at Entranceway Park, 114 Wells Ave NW, serving as a gateway into downtown Roanoke from Interstate 581.

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Deadline: 15 Dec 2017

The artwork should reflect the inclusive and diverse population of the City of Roanoke. The project is funded through a one-time allocation that recognizes the tenth year of the City of Roanoke’s formal Percent for Art Program. This project is open to all artists and artist teams, age 18 and over, who are residents of the United States. All applicants, regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, origin, or disability will be considered.

Up to three finalists may be chosen from the applicants to submit a final Request for Proposal. Those finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium after their proposals are submitted if they are not chosen to construct the art. The contracted artist award is up to $45,000. The downtown gateway art will be one of the first things viewed when driers exit I-581 to come into downtown. The City will arrange publicity and PR for the chosen artist. There will be opportunities to meet local artists, city staff, and members of the Roanoke Arts Commission. The artwork will join approximately 150 pieces in the collection of the City of Roanoke and will be featured on the website.

About The City Of Roanoke

Roanoke, VA is a city of just under 100,000 people. It has a lively arts scene which includes an art museum, live opera, adult and children’s theatre, ballet, and symphony. Roanoke is known for its location in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is near the Appalachian Trail as a center for biking, hiking, and outdoor sports. The downtown is bustling with restaurants, music venues, and a farmers market. It is a very diverse community with a nationally recognized annual diversity celebration, Local Colors.

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Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition – Call For Artists

The City of Roanoke, VA seeks up to nine artists to exhibit in the fourth AIR: (Art in Roanoke), a Roanoke outdoor temporary sculpture exhibition running May 16, 2017 through November 15, 2018.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 6 Feb 2017

All artwork will be sited in Elmwood Park, a pocket of nature and vibrant urban space, in downtown Roanoke. The theme of the show is City in Motion. In addition to finished pieces, proposed work will be considered. Works submitted must be of a scale and material suitable for outdoor display. All proposed works should be designed to withstand an outdoor, high traffic, unmonitored environment. They should require little or no maintenance for the duration of the show. They must be original and suitable for family viewing. The works must be constructed so that they can be securely anchored.

There is no entry fee. Artists chosen to participate in the Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition will receive a stipend of up to $4,000 per selected artwork. In addition, one artist will receive a $1,000 Peoples Choice Award. An identification plaque will be provided for each work. The Roanoke Arts Commission will also produce publicity materials and will promote the exhibition with local media. Sale of installed works will be encouraged. Sale arrangements will be handled between the buyer and the artist. It is understood that work will remain on display for the entire exhibit.

In the past, the City of Roanoke has purchased four works from the three previous AIR exhibitions.

Roanoke Outdoor Temporary Sculpture Exhibition

About the City of Roanoke

Roanoke was born out of transportation and continues to be on the move. Downtown revitalization led to a renaissance over the last 25 years, and downtown living has increased to over 2,000 residents. With the recently announced expansion of the VA Tech Medical School and Research Institute and several craft breweries moving to the area, the City of Roanoke is on the move and the art in Elmwood should reflect that motion.

Since purchased by the city in 1910, Elmwood Park has been a gathering place where people enjoy concerts, the outdoors, or spend quiet time. Today it is well known as Roanoke’s premiere festival park with more than fifty annual events. It is also the home of the city’s main library. Improvements in 2013 included a new amphitheater and stage, interactive fountains, an arbor, terraces off the back of the library, and the Art Walk. An interactive playground with a Peter Pan theme is in the park.

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West End Gateway Sculpture – Call for Artists

The City of Roanoke is seeking an artist to design a gateway sculpture into the West End Neighborhood.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 24 Mar 2016

Already existing work will be considered.

The fee for the work is $15,000.

The City of Roanoke is located in the beautiful mountains of Virginia.

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West End Gateway Sculpture