Call Detail





City of Seattle: Public Artist Roster


Entry Deadline: 4/12/17
Days remaining to deadline: 17

REQUIREMENTS:

Media Images: 12




INTRODUCTION
The Seattle Office of Arts & Culture (ARTS) is creating an artist roster of approximately 160 emerging, mid-career and established artists who will be pre-qualified for future art projects at city utility facilities, parks, street rights-of-way and other locations. This roster will be one method of selecting artists to develop temporary permanent, free-standing or site-integrated artwork projects in a variety of forms, sizes and complexities, outdoors and indoors, with budgets up to $175,000. This call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be practicing professional artists or artist teams residing in the United States. Applications are due 11 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (Pacific Standard Time).


BACKGROUND
The Seattle 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 several projects launching through the city’s utilities, parks and transportation departments, this pre-qualified artist roster will streamline the selection process and will be used when appropriate. In addition to using the roster, for selection ARTS will continue to issue open and invitational calls for artists.

How will the roster be used?
The Artist Roster will be used as a pre-qualified pool to select an artist when a project’s requirements render it useful to rely on a roster: an expedited selection process, need for a specific skillset, or a curated opportunity.  Selection of an artist off the roster will be based on the appropriateness of the artist’s media and experience for a specific project requirements and the artist’s availability. We may occasionally ask for roster artists to provide a statement of interest for specific projects.

Once an artist has been selected for a project off the roster, they are not eligible for additional roster projects, but may continue to apply to open calls. Note there is no guarantee that artists on this roster will receive a commission.

When select 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, ARTS staff will contact roster artists for a project prior to being presented to a stakeholder-based selection panel. The selected artist will be commissioned for the project based on the interview or proposal and references.

Eligibility for other calls for artists?
Artists who are pre-qualified for the roster may apply to open calls issued by ARTS provided that they meet eligibility requirements. Artists included in the Artist Roster must apply separately to additional open calls issued by ARTS if they wish to be considered. Once an artist has been selected from the roster for a project, they are not eligible for additional roster projects, but may continue to apply to open calls.


SCOPE OF WORK
The Artist Roster will be a juried pool of pre-qualified emerging, mid-career and established artists who can create temporary, free-standing, integrated, or site specific artworks that may include community engagement, social practice, or performances as part of the process in developing the artwork.  Potential artwork locations include sites 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 create artwork for projects throughout the city. The roster will be used to select artists for certain 1% for Art projects in 2017-2020 with budgets up to $175,000.    


ELIGIBILITY
This call is open to professional artists residing in the United States. Artists who apply as a team may not also apply as individual artists.

The Office of Arts & Culture encourages diversity in its collection. Artists whose work is 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. Artists must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Students are not eligible to apply.


BUDGET
Project budgets for roster-based selections will range up to $175,000, depending upon project complexity.


APPLICATION DEADLINE
11 p.m., Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (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 CaFE before uploading your letter of interest.
  • Resume (limit to 1-2 pages)
  • Three references (please include a brief statement about your working relationship to the reference)
  • Up to 12 images (If an artist does not submit 12 images, they will need to submit blank slides. Click here to download a blank slide.) Do not include more than two images of the same artwork. We will not accept composite images. Please note: The online webinar contained a discrepancy and incorrectly stated that 16 images are required for this call - only 12 images are required.  
  • 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 based on the following criteria:
  • strength of past artworks, in a variety of expression and media
  • experience working in private and/or public settings
  • letter of interest
  • experience fabricating and installing temporary or permanent artwork
  • ability to complete a project on time and on budget
  • references

SELECTION PROCESS
The selection for the Artist Roster is a one-step process. In June 2017, a panel of art and design professionals and departmental representatives will review applicants' slides and other materials and select a varied list of artists ranging from emerging, mid-career and established, who will be pre-qualified.

The Office of Arts & Culture defines emerging, mid-career and established as the following:
  • An emerging artist who is at an early stage in their career, who may/may not have specialized training, and who has created a modest body of artwork.
  • A mid-career artist has created an independent body of work over several years and who has received regional or national commissions. A mid-career artist may have had a significant number of solo exhibitions at galleries and museums, located nationally or internationally. “Mid-Career” doesn’t refer to the age of the artist or even a specific number of years in their careers.
  • An established artist is an artist who is at a mature stage in their career and who has created an extensive body of independent work. An established artist has had several permanent public art projects or has had significant number of solo exhibitions at galleries and museums, located nationally or internationally. “Established” doesn’t refer to the age of the artist or even a specific number of years in their careers.
The Office of Arts & Culture will select approximately 160 artists with a range of experience.


NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS
Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision by e-mail by late July 2017. Inclusion in the pre-qualified artist roster for 2017- 2020 does not guarantee a commission of artwork.

The Office of Arts & Culture reserves the right not to select any of the applicants.


WE’RE HERE TO HELP
Please contact: Marcia Iwasaki at (206) 233-3946, Marcia.Iwasaki@seattle.gov or Elisheba Johnson at (206) 684-0181, Elisheba.Johnson@seattle.gov.


GETTING HELP WITH YOUR APPLICATION
  • Attend a Workshop. ARTS staff will review 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 Call Guidelines, the online instructions and, if need be, contact CaFE for technical assistance.                                            
  • Talk with the program 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.
  • Submit your application early – do not wait until the last day to avoid errors or technical difficulties.

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS (optional) – 2 Opportunities
We strongly encourage you to attend one of these free and optional workshops, especially if you are a first-time applicant. We will cover the same content at each workshop.

Project Overview:  Introduction to the Public Art program with the Office of Arts & Culture and CaFE online application system.

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 12:00PM – 1:30PM(PST)
The Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Ave South
Seattle, WA 98118
https://hillmancitycollaboratory.org/

AND

Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 11:00AM – 12:30PM(PST)
Online Webinar
Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3351381091680466945
Webinar ID:  966-346-235
Please note:  The online webinar contained a discrepancy and incorrectly stated that 16 images are required for this call - only 12 images are required.

For assistance with the CaFE online application process, contact CaFE tech support at (888) 562-7232 or cafe@westaf.org, Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.