PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY! – REQUEST FOR SCULPTURAL PROPOSALS – PROJECT BUDGET $80,000
Deadline to apply: December 31, 2017
The Green Bay Public Art Commission is searching for artists to bring a unique public art piece to the city. Through a generous donation from the Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) Foundation, the Commission will task an artist with creating a work that embodies Green Bay’s sense of place.
The sculpture will be located at the corner of N. Washington St and Northland Ave, a highly visible location in the downtown Green Bay area where residents and tourists can interact with it. The size of the area is approximately 25 feet by 25 feet.
This sculpture should feature and or utilize lighting as an artistic component and should capture the essence of Wisconsin Public Service’s commitment to the City of Green Bay. You can learn more about the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation here.
Your opportunity as an artist is to bring this story to life in a sculpture. Below you will find the RFP detailing more information on the project.
Please email Laura Schley at firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 920-448-3142 if you have any questions regarding this opportunity.
Mission Statement: The Green Bay Public Arts Commission (GBPAC) promotes the arts, culture, and creative identity of Green Bay through awareness efforts, provisions and exhibitions. The GBPAC exists to fund artistic activities and support cultural programs that integrate and advance arts and culture as an essential part of life in Green Bay.
The GBPAC defines “public art” as any art readily available for public viewing unimpeded by barrier or entry. Public art includes work on both public or private property.
The GBPAC works to support the arts through three main ventures; the Rotating Art Program, the Annual Grant Program, and Letters of Support. Please see below for more information on these programs and how to apply for them.
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If you have questions about the Public Arts Commission (PAC), please contact the chair, Kent Hutchison at email@example.com or the Public Arts Coordinator, Laura Schley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rotating Art Program
The GBPAC created the Rotating Art Program (RAP) in order to beautify our community, promote our cultural identity and to encourage artistic engagement. We intend to elevate neighborhoods and other areas of our city with art. The GBPAC has installed five 5′ by 5′ concrete foundations throughout the city to serve as platforms for temporarily installed works of art. Work will be fastened to the platform via threaded rod that is set into the concrete using epoxy adhesion. Each site is in a heavily trafficked area and is highly visible.
Prospective RAP Locations
Greenspace south of Mason Street at Hartung Intersection
Intersection of 12th Avenue and Mason Street
Corner of Irwin Avenue and East Shore Drive
Fisk Park at Dousman Street
Near Seymour Sign on Walnut Street
Greenspace at Newhall Street and Main Street
Wildcat Place near West High School
Accepted applicants will receive a $300 stipend to help facilitate the installation and deaccession of the work. The rotation period is one year from the installation date. While on display the installed art work will have the option of being for sale at an 8% commission fee to the GBPAC.
Artists may submit existing art or art that they can create specifically for an RAP location. The GBPAC will review each application and rate them based on certain criteria. Eligible RAP work must:
- fit within the boundaries of the concrete pad (larger pieces will be individually reviewed).
- be safe to the public.
- be weatherproof and resilient for northeast Wisconsin’s climate.
- weigh less than 400 pounds.
- be installed by the artist/art team.
- be maintained by the artist throughout the rotation period.
- all repairs to the piece will be made by the artist
- any vandalism will be re-mediated by the artist
- be deaccessioned by artist/art team at the conclusion of the rotation period
If you’d like to apply for this program, please fill out the application below.
Annual Grant Program
The Annual Grant Program’s (AGP) purpose is to help fund public art works, art performances, and events that promote and/or employ public art. Projects can be temporary or permanent.
The AGP can fund up to 50% of any type of public art pursuit up to $1,500. Awarded funds are available for use up to one year from award date. The artist(s)/applicant(s) who are seeking funding are expected to create a budget for their project and raise part of the costs on their own.
The GBPAC Annual Grant program funds artist’s fees, legally required royalties, production expenses, space rental, marketing costs, purchase of expendable supplies, required insurance, city-related expenses such as street closures, and police/fire protection. The Annual Grant program does not fund prizes or awards, scholarships, tuition, permanent equipment, travel outside Green Bay, refreshments, and/or debts incurred for past activities.
An artist’s proposal for the annual grant program will be assessed on the following: originality, theme, budget, experience (of the artist), public art value, and overall aesthetic.
- Originality: Does the motif of the work resemble the artist’s own impressions? Can the overall design be understood with a simple viewing?
- Theme: Does the art convey a message or a feeling, evoke curiosity, or encourage reflection in the viewer?
- Budget: Does the artist’s budget align with the GBPAC budget? Did the artist include paying him/herself in the total project cost?
- Experience: Does the artist demonstrate experience in the chosen medium?
- Public Art Value: How is the art relevant to the space in which it would be installed? Does it convey a relevant message?
- Overall Aesthetic: Is a high level of craftsmanship exhibited? Is the imagery compelling, does it create a “tension” in the viewer?
Selecting a Site
It is the artist’s responsibility to select a site for the installation of the art or the performance. The Arts Coordinator will play an advisory role and shepherd the artist through approvals, especially if the site is city-owned property. Project costs should include acquiring the site and preparing the site for the work.
Maintenance of the Art
All visual art, once installed, is the property of the GBPAC. The city will maintain the piece and, if necessary, deaccession it should it fall into disrepair.
What makes a successful application to the Annual Grant Program?
- Discuss your project with the Arts Coordinator before submitting an application. Contact Laura Schley by email at email@example.com or by phone at 920-448-3142.
- Evidence of prior successfully completed projects and installations (curriculum vitae) including photos and perhaps letters of recommendation.
- The artist has matching funds, equal to the grant request, of both cash and in-kind donations.
- The art should meet the GBPAC’s definition of “public art.”
- Successful interview with the commission.
- Project documents (project budget, scope, models, work plan, permissions, insurance, other legal documents).