Prospectus #227 AIPP Purchase Initiative

Entry Deadline: 9/23/13
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 3

AIPP Mission Statement The Art in Public Places program enriches New Mexico’s public spaces through innovative and diverse public art. Over 3,000 works of art have been placed in public spaces across New Mexico through the program. A variety of media by artists from all cultures and backgrounds reflects the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation to create a diverse and dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico. Through a fair and open public process, committees made up of local and regional representatives work with New Mexico Arts staff to select artwork for their communities. The Art in Public Places program then commissions large-scale projects that are designed for integration directly into the architecture of a building, or the program purchases existing original artwork to be placed in public buildings permanently or on loan. Project Intent The objective of the Purchase Initiative is to diversify the state's public art collection by purchasing artwork from artists in all stages of their careers. All media in all genres, suitable for both interior and exterior display, will be considered for purchase. Artwork must be durable, permanent, low-maintenance and in compliance with ADA guidelines upon installation. Eligibility This project is open to professional artists who are residents of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, and Oklahoma. Galleries located in these states may submit qualifications on behalf of artists represented by the gallery, regardless of residency. Finalists may be required to submit verifiable proof of residency prior to being awarded a purchase contract. Site Information Artwork will be purchased for publicly accessible buildings throughout the State of New Mexico. The facilities encompass a broad range of use including, but not limited to, amphitheaters, animal shelters, community centers, courthouses, educational institutions, fire stations, healthcare facilities, recreation complexes, rest areas, senior centers, etc. Participating sites will have a total budget equal to 1% of recent capital outlay allocations for new construction or renovation projects. New Mexico Arts will administer a maximum of two purchase contracts per site. Project Amount $1,000 - $40,000, all inclusive. Purchase contracts will be limited to a $1,000 minimum for each piece or each series. Upon submission, the price of the artwork is considered all inclusive of the following: materials, labor, insurance, taxes, commissions, fees, delivery, travel, museum quality framing under Plexiglas, security-hanger installation, pedestal for small and large 3-dimensional works, Plexiglas bonnet for small 3-dimensional works, project plaque, as well as written and professional photographic documentation of the artwork. Participating sites have a predetermined 1% budget so price fluctuations will not be allowed after the submission deadline. Please remember to price the work accordingly! Framing, installation and project plaques must adhere to the following guidelines. Selection Process and Criteria A Submission Review Committee of artists and arts professionals will score applications based on the selection criteria listed below. All New Mexico Arts public art projects are fair and open competitions; therefore not all applicants who apply will be included in the final pool of artwork shown to statewide Regional Buying Committees. Regional Buying Committees are made up of representatives from the owner and/or user agencies of eligible sites. This group of individuals will be responsible for selecting the artwork to be displayed in their facilities. Artwork included in the final pool is not a guarantee of sale. Multiple artwork selection meetings will be conducted statewide during the course of this purchase initiative. Artwork submitted for consideration does not need to be removed from other sale opportunities. However, if a submitted piece is sold through another venue, the artist or artist’s representative is required to notify New Mexico Arts immediately so the work can be removed from the final pool prior to subsequent selection meetings. Artwork installed at the site must be the same piece selected for purchase by the Regional Buying Committee. Substitutions and/or price fluctuations will not be allowed after the submission deadline. Artists/galleries whose work is selected for purchase will be required to enter into a purchase contract with the State of New Mexico. A sample purchase contract is available on New Mexico Arts website. Payment will be made upon completion of the terms of the purchase contract and once a site visit has been conducted by an Art in Public Places staff person to verify that contract requirements have been met and that a project plaque was provided. The selection criteria shall include, but is not limited to:

  • The professional qualifications of the artist as evidenced by the supporting materials.
  • Ability to create art of unique vision and of the highest caliber.
  • A developed and consistent style.
  • Artistic merit and superior caliber craftsmanship as evidenced by the images.
  • The final pool of artwork will reflect a wide range of cultural, ethnic, and artistic diversity.

Submission Requirements Please read the following information carefully as incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. Supplemental information beyond what is requested will not be reviewed by the Submission Review or Regional Buying Committees. Failure to provide any of the published requirements will result in disqualification from the competition. All materials must be submitted according to the specifications outlined on CaFÉ. Please note that only one application per artist will be considered.

  • A succinct artist's statement that provides an introduction to your art, the medium, and an explanation of your techniques. You might discuss your conceptual approach and inspiration; the statement should be used as a marketing tool relevant to the artwork being considered. There is a 5000 character limit, including spaces.
  • A current resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating relevant employment, exhibition record, fellowships, grants, publications, public and privately funded commissions, residencies, etc. Please note that a biography or an autobiography will not fulfill the requirement of a current resume.
  • Three images of previously completed work that is currently available for purchase. Complete image citations shall include the title, media, dimensions, price, year of completion, description and if applicable, edition size and print/casting number. Please review and follow the Image Preparation page on CaFÉ when formatting your images. Tutorials can be downloaded using the links near the bottom of the page.

Artists may submit a total of three images of available work.Galleries may submit for as many artists as they wish but please remember there is a limit of three images per artist and that each artist will need a unique CaFÉ profile. Galleries must use the artist's first and last name on the profile, with a contact person at the gallery listed as a partner. Please contact New Mexico Arts prior to completing an application if the artwork is smaller than 11" (height or width) or larger than 80" (height or width). Project Timeline (subject to change)

August 2013........................................................................Project announced September 23, 2013...........................................................Deadline for submission November 2013..................................................................Notification of finalists November – May 2014.......................................................Notification of purchases January – July 2014...........................................................Artwork installed

Questions/Follow Up Questions regarding the project should be directed to Michelle Laflamme-Childs, AIPP Project Coordinator, at 505-827-6490, or 800-879-4278 (statewide), email:

If you would like to have your submission materials reviewed by an AIPP staff person, please make an appointment no less than two weeks prior to the submission deadline. Technical assistance calls increase dramatically during the final two weeks of the open submission period; therefore we cannot guarantee review during the final two weeks of the competition. Submission materials will not be reviewed on the day of the deadline.

Deadline for Submission: Midnight (Mountain Time), Monday, September 23, 2013

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