Call for Art Proposals: The Art of Colorado’s Natural Environment

Call for Art Proposals: The Art of Colorado’s Natural Environment

Entry Deadline: Thu., Sep. 12
Click here to apply.

OVERVIEW

The natural environment is one of our treasures in Colorado. Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is seeking proposals for an interactive, 3D, freestanding art piece that will draw attention to this resource and its conservation. The proposed piece should be eye-catching, conversation-evoking, appropriate for all ages, safe for public spaces, and moveable among Library locations. The selected piece will be featured in four PPLD Libraries with programs offered related to the theme while the piece is on display in the Library.

The selected artist will receive $5,000 to create their proposed piece. The payment will occur in installments with $2,500 to be paid on acceptance of the proposal, and $2,500 to be paid upon installation at and acceptance by the Library. The Library will own the artwork and determine how to proceed with the piece at the end of the program.

TIMELINE

Submission deadline: Thu., Sept. 12
Selection notification: Week of Sept. 23
Installation of work at Penrose Library: Week of Dec. 9
Exhibit Opening: To be determined
Program completion: Dec. 2020

While the art is on display, it will be shown at Penrose Library, Sand Creek Library, East Library, and Library 21c, spending approximately three months at each location.

SELECTION PROCESS

The selected artist will be chosen through a jury process.
Criteria for Selection:

  • Artistic merit: High quality, meaningful, innovative, engaging, thoughtful, unusual use of materials, aesthetically rich.
  • Reflection of the theme of the natural environment and conservation: The proposal states clearly why the proposed piece is a good fit for the theme and the Library.
  • Clarity of proposal and project: The proposal states clearly what will be built, what kinds of materials will be utilized, general construction techniques, and how people are intended to interact with the installation.
  • Achievability: The proposal demonstrates that the artist has a plan, knowledge of materials and methods, and resources for learning and finding appropriate support to complete the project as needed.
  • Installation needs, maintenance and safety concerns, and mobility: Describes size of project, installation requirements, how the piece will be freestanding, how the piece will be moved among Libraries, etc.
  • Incorporating technology somehow into the art is highly preferred.

The jury will be composed of a diverse group of creatives, community members, and PPLD staff. Jury members will read all applications and rank each according to how well they meet the criteria for selection.

SITE CONSIDERATIONS

PPLD is open to the public and has visitors of all demographics. Art will be on display inside the selected buildings (see below for details on size). As an interactive piece in a high-traffic area, the art should be suitable and safe for all ages. It should also be eye catching and draw patrons to interact with it.

Maximum size area available: 8’ x 8’ x 6.5’ (length x width x height)
A standard electrical outlet is available: 110 volts, 30 amps.

MOBILITY CONSIDERATIONS

As this artwork will move among four locations and need to be able to be moved through doorways, certain requirements must be met to ensure ease of disassembly and reassembly, as well as size and weight to ensure transportation and entry into the building can be facilitated.

  • The complete weight of the art may not exceed 500 pounds.

When disassembled for transportation:

  • Each piece cannot be taller than 75 inches.
  • Each piece cannot be wider than 34 inches.
  • Each piece can weigh a maximum of 75 pounds.

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS

  • You must disclose the contents of your installation known at the time of submission of application, including but not limited to: hardware, technology, construction materials and decorative elements. If selected, artist will need to disclose any additional or new contents to PPLD staff.
  • All exhibits/installations must meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility.
  • All exhibits when assembled shall be secure and safe from tipping or other dangers.
  • All artistic products within this program must be your own original work. Any copyright clearance which may be required for use of materials is the responsibility of the participant.
  • Any moving parts must be enclosed to prevent pinch points.
  • By submitting a proposal, you agree to these terms and conditions. Upon acceptance, a signed contract and W9 tax form will be required, the artist must adhere to these guidelines.
  • A minimum of two progress reports for the selected project, which could include photos or visits, will be required.
  • Artists from anywhere may submit a proposal for this call. However, funding for travel and lodging for art installation is not available.

ENTRY DETAILS

All submissions must include:

  • Full contact information: name, address, phone, and email
  • Current resume
  • Narrative description of the artwork, including title, medium/media, dimensions (in feet, height x width x depth), how it relates to the theme, how people will be able to interact with it
  • Images to help demonstrate the idea of the work, minimum of 1, maximum of 3
  • Two-paragraph maximum artist’s statement
  • Installation plan (see details below)
  • Submissions should be completed using the application form.

INSTALLATION

  • Artist responsibilities: Installation at the first site with PPLD Facilities staff; detailed plan for installation, submitted with application, and updated and brought on installation day, for moving the art and including all required equipment and supplies, any unique considerations, and other significant factors affecting exhibition for an extended period of time
  • PPLD responsibilities: Safety items, like cord covers for walkways; moving the piece to other locations throughout the rest of the program
  • Liability: PPLD’s insurance will cover any liability once the piece is installed.
  • Timing: Installation will occur on a date mutually agreed upon by the artist and library during the week of Dec. 9.

Any questions should be directed to Becca Cruz at rcruz@ppld.org.

Comments

To whom it may concern, I am very interested in it I love drawing art pictures and making handmade cards. Could I please get more information from you guys thanks again Crystalyn Shane.

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