Gensler, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners (JLREP) are soliciting qualifications from accomplished artists or artist teams to create a site-specific WMATA public artwork for the new WMATA Regional Headquarters Facility at 2395 Mill Road, Alexandria VA. The building entry facade and lobby spaces have been identified as possible locations for the artwork in order to create the best experience for WMATA employees, visitors, and members of the public.
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Deadline: 12 Jun 2020
The WMATA Eisenhower Avenue building is a 14-story headquarters facility that will consolidate several departments including the authority’s Technology and Engineering groups. It will foster a culture that is safety-focused, customer-centric, and technology-enabled as well as create a rich, immersive employee experience. The building will feel welcoming, open, and accessible. The building’s entry lobby is a light-filled, double-height space wrapping the southwest corner of the building.
Parameters and Goals
The Authority has a history of and expectation for design excellence and, through its Art in Transit Program, has been working to obtain unique, memorable, and engaging site-specific, public artworks. The artists/artist teams shall develop aesthetically attractive public artworks that capture the Authority’s mission and reflect the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities. Consideration shall be given to creative uses of materials, massing, scale, form, texture, and detailing. Artworks shall be visually attractive, innovative, and durable. The selected site-specific artworks should impart a sense of pride within the local community and provide a stimulating and attractive environment for the people who will experience the artworks daily.
The artwork selection will follow a two-phase process referred to as Phase 1 and Phase 2. The artist selection panel seeks a pool of applicants with a successful history of public art and collaboration with public agencies and/or design build projects.
Requires artists/artist teams to prepare and submit qualifications as appropriate for the scope of work and qualifications submittal requirements as set forth in this solicitation. An artist selection panel led by WMATA and JLREP, and comprising art and design professionals, will select at least three artists/artist teams as determined by this RFQ’s evaluation criteria.
The selected artists/artist teams will each receive a $1,500 design fee to prepare and submit a site-specific artwork proposal that will comply with the prescribed concepts. These artists/artist teams will then proceed to Phase 2 of the selection process.
WMATA and JLREP will invite the selected artists/artist teams whose qualifications are deemed acceptable to receive detailed contract information for the purpose of submitting site-specific, Phase 2 artwork proposals. WMATA and JLREP expects the proposals to include all premiums required to complete the project on or ahead of the schedule listed in the present RFQ.
As part of the proposal, the artists/artist teams are expected to provide a site-specific design and the estimated costs for fabrication, installation, engineering/architectural coordination, technical, clerical, and other services necessary as well as schedules required for the fabrication and installation of the artwork. The artist/artists team’s experience and professional record should provide convincing evidence of their ability to successfully complete the project as proposed.
The artist selection panel will rank each site-specific artwork based on the evaluation criteria listed in this RFQ and make a recommendation to the WMATA General Manager for approval. JLREP will then enter into negotiations with the top-ranked artists/artist team to finalize the contract award process. If JLREP is unable to reach agreement with the top ranked artists/artist team, they will end negotiations and begin negotiations with the next ranked artists/artist team.
WMATA Public Artwork Budget
The maximum budget for the site-specific art project is not to exceed $250,000 all-inclusive of design (artist fee included), construction, and installation as well as other miscellaneous costs. The budget for artwork as outlined in this call for artists is subject to the availability of funds.
Gensler is one community. Their community is focused on improving the human experience, guided by a vision that’s committed to making a better world and realized through the positive changes they make in people’s lives. When they move forward together, the impact is real. Their incredible global team of 6,000+ people is shaping the future of cities every day. It starts with a vision: to Create a Better World Through the Power of Design. This vision comes to life across expertise in 24 practice areas, client relationships, a network of global and local leaders, and diversity of talent.
About Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro) was created by an interstate compact in 1967 to plan, develop, build, finance, and operate a balanced regional transportation system in the national capital area. Metro began building its rail system in 1969, acquired four regional bus systems in 1973, and began operating the first phase of Metrorail in 1976. Today, Metrorail serves 91 stations and has 117 miles of track. Metrobus serves the nation’s capital 24 hours a day, seven days a week with 1,500 buses. Metrorail and Metrobus serve a population of approximately 4 million within a 1,500-square mile jurisdiction. Metro began its paratransit service, MetroAccess, in 1994; it provides about 2.3 million trips per year.
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Washington Printmakers Gallery announces a call for artists for the Small Works Exhibition. Artwork submissions: hand-pulled prints, screen prints, digital prints, photographs, and three-dimensional work including artist books with print components completed within the past two years. Image may be no larger than 100 square inches with framed size of 256 square inches or less. 3D works are limited to 250 cubic inches. Open to artists 18 years and older, nationwide.
Deadline: 8 Jun 2019
- Entry fee: $35 for up to four original pieces
- Exhibition dates: August 1 – 25, 2019
- Reception and Awards: August 17, 2019, 2-4 PM
- Juror: JD Talasek, Director of Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences
Chosen artists will benefit from having their work exhibited in the gallery district of Washington DC’s fashionable Georgetown neighborhood. There will be an opening reception and other events during the run of the show.
Small Works Exhibition Prizes
- Grand Prize: Solo exhibition at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in Georgetown.
- 1st Prize: $500 cash award from Washington Print Club
- 2nd Prize: $150 Solarplate Award gifted by Dan Welden
- 3rd Prize: $100 Materials Award from Renaissance Graphic Arts
- 4th Prize: $100 Plaza Art Materials gift card
The gallery is an artist-run cooperative with a diverse membership. Our members are committed to social equity and work to promote it both through their art and their work in a range of community organizations. A small works exhibit allows the gallery to show the work of more artists and be more inclusive. In past years, this show has had diverse content, reflecting the varied lives of the artist. It has also given an opportunity to emerging artists.
About Washington Printmakers Gallery
Founded by local artists in 1985, Washington Printmakers Gallery has long been the DC metro area’s primary source for contemporary fine art prints. It has a membership of exceptional local and national printmakers, photographers, and book artists. The gallery has a full calendar of juried shows, group, and a solo exhibitions. The monthly group exhibits include the work of member artists, gallery interns, and, occasionally, guest artists. The shows are frequently reviewed in the Washington Post and other area publications. Prints, photographs, and artist books are from limited editions. Washington Printmakers is one of the Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill group.
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The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) invites artists to submit proposals for the sixth edition of its Georgetown Glow Winter Public Art Exhibition, an outdoor display of light-art installations on view in Washington, D.C. from November 2019 through early January 2020. Georgetown Glow 2019 is free and open to the general public. Installations are lit nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. in the commercial district.
Deadline: 1 Mar 2019
Georgetown Glow 2019 is part of the BID’s overall holiday programming. It includes the region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink, holiday shopping, and a holiday window competition. The event includes charming buildings, yuletide decorations, and more than 450+ stores, restaurants, galleries, and salons to shop and dine. The Georgetown neighborhood is internationally renowned. It is the D.C. area’s top stop for all things holiday.
Georgetown Glow 2019 is open to all artists including performance, video, and sculpture that creatively incorporate light as its primary medium. Light at the center of each project. Artists are encouraged to explore concepts of space and place, inspire public interaction, and utilize and respond to Georgetown. The Georgetown BID will not accept projects where light is simply illuminating your art work. The role of light must be essential and integrated with your concept.
Georgetown Glow 2019 Artist Benefits
The all-inclusive budget for each individual project can not exceed $15,000 USD. The budget includes artist fee, all labor costs to build the artwork (from concept to installation on site), all materials, all equipment, all cabling and cable covers, installation, de-installation, engineering services, testing needed for your artwork, shipping costs, permits, all travel and accommodations. The Georgetown BID will provide a discounted hotel rate at a local hotel and basic maintenance.
If the artwork requires a budget beyond that provided by the Georgetown BID, the artist is welcome to seek and propose accompanying sponsors. The artist must indicate the contribution of sponsors within the submission. Private sponsors will only be given recognition as a sponsor in our communication if a specific agreement is made and if the sponsor does not conflict with other Glow sponsors and Georgetown BID businesses.
About The Georgetown Business Improvement District
In December of 2013, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Alliance Francaise D.C., hosted four international artists who showed at the Fête de Lumieres, one of Europe’s most celebrated festivals held annually in Lyon, France, since 1852. This was the first time that any of the Lyon installations had been exhibited in the United States.
In 2014, the Georgetown BID launched Georgetown Glow by commissioning artists to re-imagine the season of light through public art. Glow’s artistic aim is to encourage contemplation of, and interaction with, the natural and historical environment of Georgetown, Washington, D.C.’s oldest neighborhood that dates back to 1751. Over the past five years, Glow has worked with 60 artists and 40 installations. Going into its sixth year, Glow is larger and a widely-recognized public art exhibition in the Washington, D.C. region.
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The Capitol Hill Art League invites artists to express what Our World means to you. This exhibit is open to 2D and 3D work, juried by curator and writer, Eric Hope. April 22nd is the anniversary of the modern-day environmental movement. What better time to honor our world. We and the world around us is in a constant state of flux, influenced by climate, inhabitants, events, time, and gravity.
Deadline: 10 Mar 2018
Artists 18 years of age or older residing in the Washington, DC metropolitan area are eligible to enter. All work must be original and signed by the artist. Any work previously shown at a Capitol Hill Art League juried exhibit is ineligible. All work must have been created within the last three years.
Juror: Eric Hope, curator and writer based in Washington, DC, gained a passion for contemporary art through volunteer marketing work at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and The Phillips Collection. In 2009, after over a decade of work at large institutions, he moved into the realm of curation, staging a variety of solo and group exhibitions at the Evolve Urban Arts Project in the H Street neighborhood of DC. He is currently a senior Contributor at East City Art, where he has extensively critiqued exhibitions throughout the metro region for the past seven years.
Cash awards will include Best in Show, Merit, and two Honorable Mentions. All awards will be presented at the opening reception and judge’s talk on April 21, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM with the juror presenting his remarks at 6 PM.
About Capitol Hill Art League
Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL), a visual arts program of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), produces and promotes exhibits throughout the year. Artists and members from the DC-metro area exhibit and sell their work at CHAW and various venues in the DC region. Member artists may exhibit in any 2D or 3D they choose.
Capitol Hill Art League:
- Supports artistic growth, especially through juror talks and feedback
- Brings members and the community together for opening receptions where artists can meet and talk about art
- Promotes growth and appreciation of the arts in the community at large
- Arranges and promotes exhibits by members in local venues outside the CHAW gallery
- Communicates to our members many opportunities for exhibiting work in other venues
- Promotes public art projects
- Offers members workshops, museum tours, and other services, such as photographing their work
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Halcyon announces a call for artists for the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship, a nine-month program established to provide emerging artists with time and space to explore new ideas and ambitious projects in an environment of independent learning, study, and collaboration.
Deadline: 4 May 2017
The Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists who desire to develop projects (at any stage) that promote meaningful social impact. It is for those who wish to follow the path of leadership in the field of socially-engaged art. Halcyon accepts six national or international fellows and two DC-resident fellows in each year of the program.
Fellowship dates: October 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018.
Fellows accepted into the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship will have access to the following:
- Dedicated studio to concentrate on independent learning and creative practice
- Competitive financial scholarship to support living and material costs
- Nine months of offsite residential accommodation (eligible for non-DC residents only)
- Curriculum of classes that provides skills training in negotiating, marketing, and fundraising
- Mentorship and critique from an experienced arts professional in the Fellow’s field
- Workshops and lectures with a broad content of art topics in the public realm from urban planning and policy to design thinking and social justice
- Mentorship with DC high school students to provide guidance, instruction, and inspiration to the next generation
- Opportunities to collaborate with fellow artists, social entrepreneurs, and our program partner organizations in Washington, DC.
Halcyon seeks and celebrates creativity in all forms. They galvanize creative individuals aspiring to promote social good. They bring together diverse groups of change-makers in art and social enterprise and provide a safe haven for their bold ideas to take flight. Halcyon offers an ecosystem of advocacy that encourages socially engaged creatives to freely experiment, sometimes fail, learn, and advance their talents and visions. In doing so, they foster new pathways to knowledge and resources and help innovators transform their inspiration into impact.
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S&R Foundation announces a call for artists for the Washington Award.
Deadline: 15 Oct 2016
Are you an emerging artist looking to further your creative development? The Washington Award recognizes talented artists working in a broad range of disciplines including painting, photography, sculpture, music, dance, dramatic arts, film, digital, and interdisciplinary arts.
Winners will be announced at the end of January 2017, and presented at the spectacular Washington Awards Gala in Spring 2017, an annual event hosted by S&R Foundation in Washington, DC.
- Winners receive a cash prize of $5,000 to support their career development.
- An additional $5,000 may be awarded to a Grand Prize-winning artist of outstanding ability.
- Award winners become part of the S&R Foundation network of artists, scientists, and social entrepreneurs.
- Award winners are eligible for performances or exhibitions supported by S&R Foundation.
The S&R Foundation’s mission is to support talented individuals with great potential and high aspirations in the arts, sciences, and social entrepreneurship, especially those who are furthering international cultural collaboration.
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Anacostia Arts Center seeks proposals for unique arts projects to inhabit one of its 500 sq ft galleries for the Immersion artist residency program.
Deadline: 1 May 2016
This project is aimed at individual artists or groups of artists whom enjoy the challenge creating site-specific installations and who need time and space to create and share their work.
The Immersion Artist Residency asks artists to create an installation experience and/or environment where they actively create work. The exhibition should inspire visitors to come back to see an evolution or make a new discovery. The objectives of the program are to offer residents and visitors a high-quality and engaging artistic experience and to allow artists an opportunity to further their practice through experimentation.
- Each exhibition will take place over 8-10 weeks, including installation and de-installation.
- Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $3,500 to include project expenses and their time spent in the gallery.
- Exhibitions must take place between July and December 2016.
If selected, the artist will:
- Work in the gallery a minimum of 16 hrs/week during the highest traffic days of Thursday – Saturday, 10 am – 7 pm.
- Attend an opening reception and hold an artist talk.
- Make a short weekly report of activities, interesting encounters, and the evolution of the work.
Anacostia Arts Center is a multi-use space that includes galleries, a Black Box Theater, and resident business including a cafe, clothing boutiques, massage and physical therapy, and artist reading room.
Our mission is to creating a home for small businesses, artists, and arts and cultural organizations to fulfill our commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia neighborhood in Washington DC.
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