City of Asheville: U.S. Cellular Center Terrazzo Floor Project
PO Box 7148
Asheville, NC 28802

Entry Deadline: 5/5/13
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 5
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 5

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The City of Asheville is seeking to commission a qualified artist to create an original, integrated terrazzo floor public artwork for the U.S. Cellular Center lobby.

The U.S. Cellular Center, formerly known as the Asheville Civic Center, is a regional destination for outstanding entertainment, trade shows and events. The U.S. Cellular Center offers Western North Carolina diverse entertainment from rock concerts and sporting events to family shows and performing arts.
The Thomas Wolfe Auditorium is located within the main entrance and lobby of the U.S. Cellular Center. The auditorium holds performances that range from Broadway shows to some of popular music’s most legendary artists.

The U.S. Cellular Center will be undergoing a series of renovations. The lobby and box office will be revamped in an effort to provide its visitors with a more functional layout as well as a more modern aesthetic appearance.
A major component of the lobby renovation is the installation of new epoxy terrazzo flooring. The area highlighted to feature the artist terrazzo component is approximately 30’ x 32’ concentrated in the lobby at the entrance way of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
The artist’s design must enhance and be integrated within the rectangular pattern of the lobby flooring. The design needs to be abstract in nature, directionally accentuating the entrance to the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, serve as a gathering point and create a sense of place. The design must take in to account the prominent art deco terrazzo floor that is directly within the entry of the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium.
The selected artist will be required to conduct a site visit prior to floor construction in order to get a full sense of the artwork scope. A second visit may be required in order to consult in person during inception of the installation of the terrazzo floor.

This is a nationwide call. The project is open to all qualified artists with experience in the public art realm. Artists who have experience designing or installing terrazzo floors in high traffic settings are preferred. The commissioned artist must be able to work in close collaboration with the building architect, terrazzo floor construction crew, as well as the city appointed review committee.

The 5-person review committee for review/recommendation will include:
-The U.S. Cellular Center Project Manager
-The project architect
-1 Public Art and Cultural Commission member
-2 Asheville area arts professionals

Submitted materials will be reviewed by the appointed review committee in consultation with the City of Asheville’s Planning and Development Superintendant and the Cultural Arts Administrator.
Once finalists are selected, artists will be required to enter into a contract with the City of Asheville and the proposal process begins. Finalists will be paid at a rate of $800 for their preliminary designs. The selected finalists will retain copyright over his/her original design; the City of Asheville will retain rights to promote and reproduce the completed work in print and electronic form on a non-commercial basis. Coordination work up front between the final artist and the terrazzo floor company will be vital and should head off any potential problems that may occur during installation. The terrazzo floor company will execute and install the final artist’s design.
The City of Asheville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The City of Asheville prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age or disability.

The approximate budget for this project is $20,000. The budget includes all costs: i.e., design, materials, fabrication, installation, meeting costs, and travel.

-Closing Call: May 5, 2013
-Select 2 finalists for proposal: May 8, 2013
-Proposals due June 10, 2013
-Hire Final Artist: June 12, 2013
-Floor Installation Slated for July 12-August 9, 2013

1. Submit digital images of artwork portfolio
Artists are required to submit up to five images or videos of their work. All artists must own the copyright of the materials they submit.

2. Digital Image Preparation
Instructions on how to format images to CaFE™ specifications can be found at

3. Submit one copy of a current résumé

4. Letter of interest
Artists are required to submit a one-page letter expressing their interest in the project. The letter should highlight their approach to public art as well as any relevant experience with projects of a similar scale highlighting partnerships with experienced professionals.

5. Image list
Please include an annotated image list including title, artist name, media, image name/number, and any other relevant information.

6. References
Please include at least three references that can speak to artistic ability, reliability, and professional conduct.
Incomplete or ineligible submissions will not be reviewed.

All application materials must be submitted electronically through CaFÉ™ at
Hand delivered, mailed, emailed, or faxed applications will not be accepted.
Application closes promptly on Sunday, May 5, 2013 midnight (Mountain Time Zone).
There is no application fee when using the CaFÉ™ online application system

The City of Asheville is committed to delivering an excellent quality of service to enhance your quality of life.

Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts is a department within the City of Asheville that is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all Asheville citizens by providing diverse cultural and recreational experiences.

Asheville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts receive funding authorized by the City Council through budget appropriations. Additional funding is provided through fundraising. Through these means parks, recreational programs and cultural arts services are provided and maintained for the citizens of Asheville.

For questions, please contact:

Basil Punsalan
Cultural Arts Administrator
City of Asheville
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department


Al Kopf
Parks, Planning and Development Superintendent
City of Asheville
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Department

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