City of Seattle:Prequalified Emerging Artist Roster for 2014|2015 Sited Projects


Entry Deadline: 11/20/13
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INTRODUCTION The Office of Arts & Culture will form a roster of approximately 40 pre-qualified emerging artists for future art projects at city utility facilities, in the parks, in the street right of way and other locations. The roster will be one of the means of selecting artists to develop temporary and permanent, free-standing or site-integrated artwork projects in a variety of sizes and complexities, with budgets under $45,000. To be eligible to apply, applicants must show experience with a previous art exhibit, project or event that was open to the public. Artists selected for the roster may also receive scheduled training on topics related to working in the public art field. A glossary of public art terms is available here . BACKGROUND The Office of Arts & Culture commissions a variety of public artworks through its 1% for Art program. The public art program works with several city departments engaged in capital construction projects. With a number of projects launching through the city’s utilities, parks and transportation departments, a pre-qualified emerging artist roster for select projects will streamline the selection process and will be used when appropriate. SCOPE OF WORK The roster will be a juried listing of pre-qualified emerging artists who can create free-standing or integrated site-specific artwork for locations managed by Seattle City Light, Seattle Public Utilities, Parks and Recreation and other Seattle city departments. The Office of Arts & Culture will use the roster as a resource for public art selection panels as they identify artists to design and fabricate site-specific artwork for projects throughout the city. The roster will be used to select artists for certain 1% for Art projects with budgets under $45,000. Artists who apply for the roster should have an interest in working in the public art field to reveal spaces as meaningful in new ways: revealing histories, highlighting current and future contexts and uses, and pushing for new possibilities. ELIGIBILITY This call is open to emerging artists living in Oregon and Washington state. The Office of Arts & Culture defines an emerging artist as: an artist who is at an early stage in their career, who may/may not have specialized training in the art form, and who has created a modest body of artistic work. To be eligible to apply, applicants must show experience with a previous art exhibit, project or event that was open to the public. Artist should be interested in creating art in public places. Applicants must be over 18 years old and interested in working collaboratively in public settings. Students are not eligible to apply. The Office of Arts & Culture is committed to reflecting the cultural richness of our city by promoting opportunities for emerging and diverse artists. Artists whose work is already well represented in the city’s collection are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. BUDGET Emerging artist roster-based project budgets will range under $45,000. APPLICATION DEADLINE Wednesday, November 20, 2013 (Pacific Standard Time). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Letter of interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Please read the prompt in CaFÉ before uploading your letter of interest

Please include in your letter of intrest

  1. Your experience with one or more public or gallery exhibits, projects or events.
  2. Why you are interested in being part of this roster, and what you wish to gain from it if accepted.
  • Résumé
  • Three references
  • Up to 16 images.
  • Image Identification List (not to exceed 500 characters for each image). If you completed a project as a team member, the image identification should indicate your role for each image submitted. Do not omit the Image Identification List or your application will be incomplete.

SELECTION CRITERIA Artists will be selected for pre-qualification on the basis of the following criteria:

  • strength and artistic merit of past artworks
  • creativity of approach
  • letter of interest
  • experience with a previous art exhibit, project or event that was open to the public
  • experience or potential for fabricating and installing temporary or permanent artwork
  • ability to complete a project on time and on budget
  • references

SELECTION PROCESS The selection of a Projects Roster is a one-step process. In January 2014, a panel of art and design professionals and departmental representatives will review applicants' slides and other materials and select a list of artists who will be considered to be pre-qualified. When selected public art commissions become available, staff will present artists’ qualifications to a stakeholder-based selection panel who will select candidates to interview or to commission for a proposal. In some cases, staff from the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs will contact roster artists for a particular project prior to being presented to a panel. The selected artist will be commissioned for the project on the basis of the interview or proposal and references. Artists selected for the emerging roster-based commissions will be removed from the roster until the awarded commission is completed. Note there is no guarantee that artists on this roster will receive a commission. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by e-mail by mid-February 2014. The Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants for the roster or for subsequent projects. WE’RE HERE TO HELP Please contact: Marcia Iwasaki at (206) 233-3946, Marcia.Iwasaki@seattle.gov or Kelly Pajek at (206) 684-7311, Kelly.Pajek@seattle.gov. GETTING HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION

  • Attend a Workshop The staff of Arts & Culture will explain the application requirements and each step of the CaFE application. If available, bring your draft application to be reviewed by a staff member. Please bring your materials on your own computer, a flash drive, CD or as a hard copy.
  • Read the Public Art Roster Call Guidelines, the online instructions and, if need be, contact CaFE for technical assistance at (888) 562-7232 or cafe@westaf.org, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
  • Talk with the staff. Discuss questions, problems, and budget specifics. It is fine to call before you have the application written. We can help! The earlier you contact the project manager the better.

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS (optional) – 2 opportunities We strongly encourage you to attend one of these workshops, especially if you are a first-time applicant. We will cover the same content at each workshop. Project Overview: Free, optional workshops will be available offering an introduction to the public art program with the Office of Arts & Culture and CaFE online application system. Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, south classroom, room 111 4408 Delridge Way S.W., Seattle, WA 98106 Parking lot available on site www.youngstownarts.org/ For parents wishing to attend the Oct. 24 workshop: Supervised art activities and snacks will be provided for school age children. To sign up for this free service, RSVP with the Office of Arts & Culture at (206) 684-7372 by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 22. OR Wednesday, November 13, 2013, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Phinney Center, Room 6 6532 Phinney Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103 Parking lot available on site www.phinneycenter.org/ For parents wishing to attend the Nov. 13 workshop: Supervised art activities and snacks will be provided for school age children. To sign up for this free service, RSVP with the Office of Arts & Culture at (206) 684-7372 by 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 11 Call Opens Wednesday, September 18, 2013 Call Deadline 11 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013. (Pacific Standard Time) Applications submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed. Artist Notification Mid-February 2014



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