Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Capital Grille to Hold Second Annual Art Competition

Proceeds to Benefit National Charity; Winner to Travel to Napa Valley
August 31, 2010, Orlando FL – Calling all artists and wine enthusiasts. The Capital Grille the nationally renowned fine-dining restaurant known for its dry aged, hand-carved steaks, fresh seafood and award-winning wine list today announced that they will once again celebrate the unique convergence of the worlds of fine wine and fine art by inviting artists everywhere to enter their second annual Artist Series competition.

From September 7 through October 8, submissions of original artwork will be considered in a search for a label for The Capital Grille’s exclusive Artist Wine Series. This limited production Cabernet Sauvignon is made by acclaimed winemaker Thomas Peffer of Atalon Vineyards, who has been crafting world-class wines in Napa Valley for over 25 years. With the help of the restaurant’s own Master Sommelier, George Miliotes, Peffer has blended a distinctive Cabernet originating from vineyards located atop the two mountain ranges that form Napa Valley’s borders, the Vaca range to the East and the Mayacamas to the West.

"We are committed to providing a distinctive, accessible and personal wine experience," said Miliotes, one of only 170 Master Sommeliers in the world. "We created" The Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon to give our guests at The Capital Grille an incomparable opportunity to experience a magnificent vintage with deeply aromatic, mineral fragrances, deep notes of cassis, cherry and soft rounded tannins and the complexity and balance expected of a fine Cabernet."

The Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon will be available exclusively at all 41 locations of The Capital Grille, and will complement The Capital Grille’s award-winning wine program, which is routinely recognized by Wine Spectator magazine. Featuring more than 350 Old and New World selections housed in floor-to-ceiling, temperature-controlled wine kiosks, The Capital Grille also offers a Captain’s List of 125 collector wines. Guests also have the opportunity to lease a wine locker, personalized with an inscribed brass nameplate.

The Capital Grille will donate a portion of the proceeds from each bottle sold to Share Our Strength, in support of its mission to end childhood hunger in America. Sales from last year’s Artist Series wine resulted in over $180,000 donated to the charity.

The Capital Grille will also offer a Grand Prize to the winning artist. In addition to the prestige and publicity of having artwork displayed on these limited edition bottles of wine, the winning artist will receive a case of the wine and an all-expenses paid, four day/three night trip to Napa Valley to enjoy personalized tours of some of the world’s top wineries. For more information on how to enter, visit www.thecapitalgrille.com beginning September 7.

Press contact: Heather Dratler, 212.871.3020 ext. 110 or hdratler@jgordonassociates.com

Call for Entries: Artlink Gallery in Ft. Wayne posts 2 calls

Artlink Gallery in Ft. Wayne, Indiana has two calls for entry.

You can find the Calls for their 8th Regional Exhibition and their Toy and Book Illustration Exhibition by clicking [here].

Irina Smulevitch, Art Center Instructor and Current Exhibiting Artist

Did you know that the Art Center has a general blog as well as this one? Visit it to read about Artist Member Irina Smulevitch by clicking [here] (you can also check out the link on the right side of the blog anytime)

Best of 2009 Student Show Winner Martin Friedman on his Exhibition

Monday, August 30, 2010

Call for Artists: Zionsville Autumn Artscape Seeks Artists for Second Annual Art Fair

Event Date: Saturday, October 9, 2010, 10 am to 5 pm

The Zionsville Autumn Artscape is pleased to offer regional artists an opportunity to showcase their work in a historic setting.  It also provides the public an opportunity to meet artists and view and purchase original art in a variety of mediums. Artists are requested to submit three images of their work plus one booth shot to Ray Cortopassi, Executive Director, Zionsville Chamber of Commerce.

Mail images on CD to the Chamber office at:
135 South Elm Street
Zionsville IN 46077

or email high-resolution images to the Chamber at info@zionsvillechamber.org with "Zionsville Autumn Artscape" in the subject line.

Images should be consistent in style and quality with the art that will be exhibited at the Autumn Artscape. Do not include the artist/business/studio name in the images. Booth Fee is $50.00. Please include check with application, made out to Zionsville Chamber of Commerce. Check will be cashed upon acceptance into the fair.

All work displayed must be made by the accepted exhibitor and must be original. Artists may display only work in the medium in which they juried. The Zionsville Autumn Artscape reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work not consistent with submitted images and application rules or guidelines. Booth space is 10 x 10 feet, located on pavement at the newly landscaped corner of Main Street and Pine Street. Artists must be able to provide a white tent (weighted, not staked) and be prepared for inclement weather.

Call for Entries: "First Come, First Hung" Exhibition at SullivanMunce Cultural Center

Saturday, September 25
$15 Entry Fee (free ages 17 and younger)

The SullivanMunce Cultural Center is pleased to announce the theme and dates for the 29th annual "First Come, First Hung" exhibition. The first forty artists through the doors on Saturday, September 25, 2010 will automatically be accepted into this exhibition that allows both amateur and the professional artists the opportunity to showcase their talent in a gallery setting.

This year's theme of "Halloween" is open to interpretation by participating artists. There is a $15 entry fee for adults and no fee for artists ages 17 and under. All types, styles and mediums are accepted - oil, watercolors, photography, sculpture, graphics,  ceramics, stitchery, textiles, quilts, hand painted decorative items, etc. All work must be original and each artist is required to submit his or her own work in person. Only one submission per artist will be accepted

The largest acceptable size is 4' x 4'. All 2D artwork must be framed (with the exception of gallery wrapped canvas), wired and ready to hang. All works may be made available for sale. The artist receives 70% of the sale. Sold pieces must remain on display through the conclusion of the exhibit. Artists are asked to pick up their work on Saturday, October 31, 2010 from 1 - 4pm.

The SullivanMunce Cultural Center reserves the right to not accept entries that are offensive or distasteful. Popular Prize Awards of $50 in adult and youth categories will be presented by the SullivanMunce Cultural Center. Entry date is Saturday, September 25, 2010, 10 am - Noon. Opening Reception is Friday, October 1, 2010, 5 pm - 8 pm. Exhibition runs Friday, October 1 - October 31, 2010.

The SullivanMunce Cultural Center is located at 205 West Hawthorne Street in Zionsville, IN. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please call 317.873.6862 or visit www.sullivanmunce.org for more information.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Call for Artists: Holiday Arts & Crafts Ensemble

Saturday November 20
Canton, Michigan
Plymouth High School
8400 Beck Rd. 9 am to 4 pm

Deadline: when full

Sponsored by the Plymouth-Canton Music Boosters, a 501c3 organization

90 exhibitors

Canton is in the metro Detroit area, right here 

Several years ago, with funds from the school district drying up that supported a nationally recognized band program, the parents rallied and started fund raising so their children could continue to be enriched by participation in the music program. Their drive to provide an excellent music program for their children is illustrated in their similar efforts to provide a quality craft show. The juried arts and crafts event is held annually to support the music/band programs at the Plymouth Canton Educational Park. A bake sale, raffle, concessions, and entertainment will also be available. All funds raised go to the band programs at all three Plymouth-Canton High Schools, including the nationally-acclaimed Plymouth-Canton Marching Band that ranked 7th in the Nation in 2007.

What does this mean for you?

  • a small quality event

  • low booth fees

  • easy in and out in one day

  • solid support by the community

  • resulting in a day well spent by you

  • Interested? click [here]

    Call to Artists: 7th Annual Orlando Downtown Art & Living Expo

    February 19-20, 2011
    7th Annual Orlando Downtown Art & Living Expo
    Orlando, Florida
    175 Artists

    Application Deadline:
    December 15th
    February is one of the most wonderful months of the year in Florida with 76 degree temperatures and delightful sunshine weather. Each year the Art & Living Expo has grown and we have some exciting plans in store for our next edition.

    This year's Expo will feature 175 juried artists on Robinson Street and North Eola Drive along Orlando's signature location Lake Eola Park. Because of its success we are growing again to accommodate the thousands of attendees and for more spacious artist locations.

    Art Lovers of Central Florida have strongly supported the festival. So, to make sure we are presenting the Best Art Talent, we are rewarding you with more Art Awards:

    (1) $1,000 - Best of Show
    (6) $500 - Awards of Excellence
    (3) $250 - Judges Choice
    (4) $100 - Awards of Merit

    Our jurist panel will consist of three independent judges selected through our event partner ArtistsRegistry.com and the Downtown Orlando Arts District.

    What you can expect:
    • The festival will also feature live entertainment, street performers, children and family activities in the Park with the Orlando Museum of Art and the Orange County Regional History Center and so much more.
    • The Art & Living Expo will be strongly promoted throughout Central Florida, with newspaper, radio, social media and cable/TV promotion.
    • Exhibitors will be allowed to drive up to their booth locations to unload and load.  We will offer early set-up on Friday February 19 at 3pm or first thing Saturday morning of the event at 6am.
    To find out more information on our festival and review our Artist Applications visit: www.downtownorlandoproperties.com

    Jim Barton
    407 592 0002
    Orlando Downtown Art & Living Expo

    Learn more about this event: www.downtownorlandoproperties.com

    Monday, August 23, 2010

    Exhibition Opening: Indiana Glass Arts Alliance 2010 Glass Arts Exhibition

    Indiana Glass Arts Alliance
    2010 Glass Arts Exhibition
    Indianapolis Artsgarden

    This juried exhibition showcases some of the best emerging and established glass artists from Indiana. This free event is open to the public from Thursday, September 2nd through Friday, September 24th at the Indianapolis Artsgarden located at 110 West Washington Street, Indianapolis IN. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Sunday, noon - 6:30 p.m. Artwork may be purchased.

    Opening Reception for IGAA members & participating artists
    Thursday, Sept. 2
    5:30pm - 8:30pm

    For membership information, call Judy Wells at 317.592.1755

    Call for Artists: Artisphere

    May 13-15
    Greenville, South Carolina
    West End Historic District
    120 Artists

    October 7 - paper applications
    October 21 - online applications

    Greenville is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the northwest corner of South Carolina, halfway between Atlanta and Charlotte. Is is one of those lucky U.S. cities impacted positively by high tech development where industries such as BMW, General Electric and Fluor are flourishing.

    What to expect:
    • Since 2005 the Purchase Awards Program provided an average of an additional $17,500 in art sales
    • An extensive advertising and publicity effort that publicizes the festival throughout the state and the Southeast region with media sponsors in print, radio, television and billboards. The festival will also be marketed through direct mail, social media and paid advertisements in tourist publications
    • $10,000 in prize money
    • a well-educated audience who have good jobs
    • great time of the year for pleasant Spring days
    • Artisphere is the centerpiece of Greenville's Arts Weekend
    Artisphere 2010 whose mission is to provide a high-quality event that attracts, entertains, educates, inspires and enriches a diverse audience, and thus brings the community together through the arts. This is an event definitely "gets" the connection between the arts and economic development.

    Proceeds are used to produce the annual arts festival and are also distributed back to local non-profit arts organizations as part of Artisphere's Volunteer Arts Partnership Program.

    On the fence about applying? Visit: www.Artisphere.us

    For a prospectus and more info, contact Liz Rundorff, Program Director/Artisphere, 864-271-9355, or liz@greenvillearts.com

    Download the application: www.artisphere.us

    Last Call for Artists: 26th Annual Key West Craft Show

    Last Call for Artists:
    26th Annual Key West Craft Show

    January 29-30, 2011
    Historic Old Town - Key West, Florida
    100 artist booths

    Application Deadline: September 1

    The Key West Art Center, a non-profit community art center, sponsors the show that highlights 100 artist exhibitors. Locals and tourists alike flock to the Old Towne to see what's new each year and to see old favorites. 

    Cruise boats dock just blocks from the show and passengers are dropped onto the street a block from where the canopies line the beautiful tree lined streets. Running parallel one block from famous Duval Street and its famous bars and restaurants, is an added bonus.

    In its 26th year now the show has grown and changed from the local funky street bazaar to a wonderfully eclectic mix of skilled and fine craft. Like Key West itself, this show has a wonderful mix of styles and traditions and the locals and tourists alike find their favorites.  January's warm tropical breezes bring tourists of all kinds to our tiny island city and many of them plan their trip around the Key West Craft Show.

    The 100 juried artists set up on Whitehead and Caroline Streets in the historic district and through the famous Presidential Gates into the private residential community known as Truman Annex. This compact arrangement makes it easy for visitors to walk the entire show.

    This show is run by artists for artists, and strives to bring all the right things together for everyone to have a great show.  Advertising is done throughout the Keys and South Florida with support from the Florida Keys Tourist Development Grant and the Key West Art Center.

    Applications available at Key West Art Center

    Please feel free to call for more information. We are happy to answer all your questions and hope you come visit!

    Please note that this show does not have an online application process - so, if you want to participate you'd better get that application downloaded and in the mail asap!

    Lois Songer - Director

    Friday, August 20, 2010

    Call for Presentation Proposals for the Glass Art Society 2012 Toledo, OH Conference

    Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass "Roots" in AmericaGlass Art Society 42nd Annual Conference
    Toledo, Ohio, June 13-16, 2012

    PROPOSAL SUBMISSION DEADLINE: OCTOBER 25, 2010 www.glassart.org/calls_for_conf_proposals.html

    The Glass Art Society Board of Directors is requesting proposals for lectures, demonstrations, lec-mo's and panels for the Toledo, Ohio conference relating to the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Studio Glass "Roots" in America.

    In recognition of the Toledo Museum of Art's role as the cradle of the American Studio Glass Movement, GAS will be holding its 2012 conference in Toledo, Ohio. In 1962, two experimental glass workshops held at the Museum proved that glass was a medium suitable for the expression of artistic ideas in a studio environment. They launched a movement that was propelled by an unprecedented collective enthusiasm and since has turned into an international phenomenon that continues to inspire experimentation. Toledo, America's Glass City, is welcoming again artists from around the world to celebrate the achievements of the past and to explore the seemingly endless possibilities of glass. Proposal submissions should recognize this historic year for studio glass, while reflecting the innovative spirit, diverse viewpoints, and current concerns of the Glass Art Society community at large.

    - Online through the GAS website
    - or on Disc mailed to the GAS office

    Please visit www.glassart.org/calls_for_conf_proposals.html (Call for Conference Proposals webpage) for complete details including:

    DESCRIPTION of the theme and location - Toledo, OH

    SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - What to submit and How


    SUBMIT your proposal online (if submitting more than one you will need to make separate submissions for each) 

    Please contact the GAS office with any questions. Monday-Friday PST 9am-5pm.
    Glass Art Society
    6512 23rd Ave NW
    Suite 329 

    Seattle, WA 98117 

    F: 206-382-2630

    Artist Member Myles Murphy featured online

    Indianapolis Art Center Artist Member Myles Murphy was recently featured on www.emptyeasel.com. You can read the article by clicking [here].

    Murphy also blogs about his experience as an artist. Visit his blog by clicking [here].

    Visit his website by clicking [here].

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Call to Artists: Two Pheonix Arizona Public Art Opportunities

    The City of Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs

    Applications must be received at the Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs by 5:00 p.m. M.S.T. on Friday September 3, 2010 This is not a postmark date.

    The Phoenix Public Art Program invites artists to apply for the Avenida Rio Salado/Broadway Road Public Art Project, to work with the Office of Cultural Affairs, the Phoenix Street Transportation and Water Services Departments, the project design team and the community to design improvements for a major city of Phoenix street.

    Avenida Rio Salado/Broadway Road Public Art Project
    A professional artist will be selected to participate on an engineering team to design streetscape enhancements along a segment of Avendia Rio Salado/Broadway Road (ARS) from 7th Street to 51st Avenue. This is a federal aid project, and will be coordinated with the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The overall project intent is to design and build a new six-lane urban arterial roadway along some sections of the existing corridor, and expand existing two-lane roadways to six lanes, providing three lanes of travel in each direction with a raised median.

    The selection panel will be looking for an artist with the savvy and vision to be a part of a major design team effort. The selected artist will work with the design team, the Office of Cultural Affairs, the above-mentioned city departments, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) and neighboring communities to develop final project enhancements, which may include but not be limited to transit shelters, sidewalk and trail enhancements.

    Estimated Budget:
    $892,000 (includes design, engineering, construction and administration)

    This project is open to all professional artists living in the United States. Applicants must have the demonstrated ability to integrate art with urban infrastructure and amenities, and to work effectively in a team and with communities. Professional artists living in Arizona are strongly encouraged to apply for this project. City of Phoenix staff and their family members, and selection panelists and their family members, are excluded from applying for this project.

    Artists for this project will be chosen by a selection panel that includes community representatives, artists, arts professionals, and a staff member from the funding department. There may also be non-voting advisors on the panel. The Public Art Program staff facilitates the selection process, but does not vote. The final recommendation of the selection panel must be approved by The Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission and the Phoenix City Council prior to the award of a contract. The applicant pool for this project may be considered for other City of Phoenix public art opportunities.

    The primary criteria for selection will be the artistic excellence of previous projects, as demonstrated through the images submitted to the selection panel. Professional experience an the statement describing the artist’s project approach will also be considered. Up to six finalists may be selected to develop proposals for this project. Finalists will be given four to six weeks to produce proposals for final consideration by the artist selection panel

    To be considered for the Avenida Rio Salado/Broadway Road Public Art Project, artists must submit:
    1. Ten digital images of previously completed artwork, presented in a PowerPoint on a PC compatible CD-ROM formatted as follows:
    PowerPoint Slide background-Black
    Slide # 1-Artist name(s) only
    Slide 2 thru 11-One image per PowerPoint Slide, with a title (at the top)
    Titles should correspond with titles on the printed image list

    2. One copy of an annotated, typewritten image list identifying images by number and listing media, size of the work (H x W x D), title, date and a brief description of the artwork if necessary.

    3. The resume should be no more than two pages and printed on white paper in no less than 10-point font.

    4. Application materials and CD’s will not be returned upon completion of the selection process. If you strongly feel you need the CD back please include a stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage for the return of your CD.

    5. One copy of a written preliminary statement, not to exceed one page, which addresses your interest in this project (please specify) and a preliminary statement describing how you would approach the project (NOTE: this is not intended to be a description of a specific proposal/idea, selected finalists will be accorded the opportunity to develop a proposal). The statement must be submitted on white paper and in no less than a 12-point font.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to retain a complete copy of their application for their records. Late applications will not be considered. Do not bind or staple materials. Every effort will be made to ensure the safe handling of materials submitted. However, the Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of Phoenix will not be responsible for any loss or damage. Submissions will be accepted only in Power Point Format. DO NOT STAPLE OR BIND any of the written materials.

    Mail to:

    Office of Cultural Affairs
    Public Art Program
    ATTN: Avenida Streetscape
    200 W. Washington St.
    10th Floor
    Phoenix, AZ 85003

    The Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs reserves the right, as its best interests may appear, to reject any or all applications or proposals, to reject any finalist, to waive informalities in applications or proposals, or to terminate the selection process for any project without prior notice. Application to any project advertised by the Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs constitutes agreement to these conditions.

    For additional information on this project or a copy of this information in an alternate format, contact Raphael Ngotie, Project Manager, at (602) 534-8334, Raphael.ngotie@phoenix.gov or Jeanine Garcia, Public Art Program Assistant, at (602) 534-5084, Jeanine.garcia@phoenix.gov; or through City of Phoenix TTY Relayat (602) 534-5500.

    The Phoenix Public Art Program invites artists to apply for a major new public art project to design enhancements for street bridges spanning the city’s canals.

    Arterial Crossings Public Art Project
    A professional artist will be selected to work with the Street Transportation Department to enhance the design of major street bridges that cross the Salt River Valley canals in Phoenix. The designs will be expected to focus on the bridges’ concrete abutments and metal railings, and address the essential role the canals play in the history and life of Phoenix. The designs will be incorporated into retrofits of the bridges as funds become available in the coming years.

    Estimated Budget:
    $386,000 (includes design, engineering, construction and administration)

    Same Requirements and Contact Information as above for this call

    Mail to:
    Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs
    Public Art Program
    ATTN: Arterial Canal Crossings
    200 W. Washington St., 10th Floor
    Phoenix, AZ 85003

    Tuesday, August 17, 2010

    The Third Art Festival Newsletter National Survey: Art Festival Artists: Who We Are

    We [The Art Festival Newsletter] invite you to take part in the third 2010 artists' survey conducted by The Art Festival Newsletter. The subject is "Art Festival Artists: Who We Are" You need not be a newsletter subscriber to participate.

    This survey is designed to provide artists--for the first time--with a comprehensive understanding of the community we comprise. As independent entrepreneurs, as well as artists who generally create their work alone, art festival artists have few avenues for expressing their identities in a way meaningful to their careers. "Art Festival Artists: Who We Are" will establish a broad-based portrait of art festival participants, telling every artist where they fit in our nationwide community.

    Your responses are completely anonymous. Responses are automatically collated and tabulated. Neither The Art Festival Newsletter, nor anyone else, knows who participates in the survey or what their answers to questions are.

    You will receive the results of the survey. In addition, with the goal of assisting shows in their efforts to respond to artists' needs and viewpoints, we will make the survey report again available to nearly 1,000 festivals across the United States

    This is the third of four national surveys we will conduct this year, the only ongoing survey environment in the art festival industry. Our goal is to gather and provide information you can use to increase your success in art festivals.

    We sincerely hope you decide to join us in this important endeavor.

    Please click [Here] to make your voice heard in the art festival industry.

    Marc Duke, Editor

    Request for Proposals: The New Evansville Arena Project

    Application Deadline: October 15, 2010

    In November 2011, Evansville, Indiana will celebrate the grand opening of a new 11,000-seat, multi-purpose arena. The focal point for a downtown revitalization, the new arena is designed to become the premium sports and entertainment venue in the area. The open-air plaza adjoining the entrance to the new arena has been identified as the location for a major piece of public art. The New Evansville Arena Project, in cooperation with the Evansville Public Art Commission and the Evansville Arena Advisory Committee, intends to award a commission to an artist or artist team to design, plan, create, fabricate, transport and install a work of public art on this open-air plaza adjoining the entrance to the new Evansville arena. The commission is open to all artists or artist teams authorized to work in the United States. Accordingly, the Arena Project requests that any interested party submit a proposal for consideration for this commission in accordance with this request.

    Description of the Desired Work
    This competition seeks an aesthetically pleasing, imaginative, innovative, site-specific piece of art that has a purpose and a belonging, a sculptural piece that will have a positive impact on the location. The winning design must make a strong visual statement, must convey a sense of progress, and must be inviting, intriguing and thought provoking without being imposing. The winning sculpture will be a focal point not only for the new arena but also for the entire city. As a destination point for residents and visitors of all ages, it will become a visual identity for the City of Evansville. As part of the City’s collection of public art, the City will have complete ownership of the work.

    The selected design must be appropriate to all the varied activities that will take place in the arena and the surrounding area. A single focus will not serve all audiences. The winning design will support the arena and not compete or detract from its architectural prominence. To encourage the greatest range of artistic creativity and possibilities, proposals may employ any medium. However, the successful sculpture will be durable, easily cleaned, low-maintenance, and suitable in form, material and content for a mixed-ages audience that will include young children.

    The commissioned work will be installed in the arena plaza, located near the corner of Sixth and Main Streets in downtown Evansville. A dimensioned drawing of the plaza is attached to this RFP. Also consult the website: http://www.evansvillearenaproject.com/

    Subject to the nature of the project and the skills of the artist and the artist’s team, fabrication and installation will be included as part of the Artist’s contract. The payment under the contract will be all-inclusive, covering design, construction and/or fabrication, delivery, site preparation, lighting other than basic ground level illumination, insurance, consultant fees, and installation. Artist(s)’ travel (if applicable) and all other costs associated with the project including artist(s) fee are included in this amount. Routine basic ground level illumination of the work will be provided by the Arena project outside of the budget for the acquisition of the piece. If the work requires integrated lighting, elevated lighting, or elaborate ground-level lighting, the cost of that element should be included by the artist in the proposed acquisition cost of the piece. The artist(s) will submit final designs to the Arena Project design team and City of Evansville for architectural and engineering reviews. Installation of the piece must be concluded on or before October 1, 2011.

    Proposal Process
    Artists are invited to respond to this notice through the submission of a proposal that provides the information described below, including material about the artist, a narrative description of the proposed work, graphic material, information on conservation and maintenance, and the proposed acquisition and installation cost, including the artist’s fee.

    Proposal Contents

    Proposals must include the following:
    • Contact Information
    • The name, address, telephone number and email address of the artist(s). In the case of an artist team, one contact person should be designated as its representative.
    • Team Composition (if applicable):
    • Names, specializations, and resumes of all members of an artist team must be submitted.
    • Resume
    • Full resumes for artists and all members of the artist teams are required. Artist(s) must indicate past experience with production of commissioned art projects; any past experiences with public art projects, particularly in consulting with governmental or other agencies; and the successful completion of previous projects on time and within budget.
    • References
    • Contact information (name, address, telephone number and email address) for three (3) professional references for the artist or other key individuals involved in the production of the art are required.
    • Images of Past Work
    • Artists must submit images of three to five (3 to 5) previous works for review. Images must be provided in digital format with printed copies.
    • Narrative Description of Proposed Work - The narrative should describe the proposed work’s physical attributes, including materials, fabrication methods, size and configuration and method of installation; the artistic intent of the piece; how viewers will relate to and/or interact with the work; and how it relates to the arena.
    • Images of Proposed Work
    • Drawings, site drawings, and a small model may be submitted to convey the essential characteristics of the proposed work and its relationship to the arena. All materials are submitted at the risk of the artist, who will be solely responsible for any loss or damage to drawings or model, including any loss or damage caused by the negligence of the individuals receiving the submission or handling the submission following receipt.
    • Conservation or Maintenance Requirements - The artist will provide information on recommended maintenance; anticipated durability of the work; and its projected lifespan. This portion of the narrative should include how the design and materials of the work will minimize potential damage and the need for repairs resulting from weathering, public use – including touching – or potential vandalism. Artists should project anticipated costs for annual care, maintenance and conservation.
    • Fee and Budget - The submitted budget should include all costs associated with the artist(s) fees, materials, fabrication costs, site preparation, transportation, installation, supportive on-site infrastructure and materials regarding electricity and/or lighting, and a projected cash flow of payments, recognizing that the final payment will not be made until after the installation of the work is complete. The budget must make appropriate provisions for security for the work during installation and for contingencies.
    The proposal may also contain other information the artist believes will be helpful to the selection process. Focus and brevity will be positively considered.

    The proposal must provide a timeframe for completion of proposed work including its installation. The schedule may assume that selection will be announced by February 1, 2011.

    Form of submission
    Each submission should consist of one original and eight (8) hard copies, plus an electronic copy. Any confidential material should be separated from the non-confidential material.

    Submissions should be presented as 8 ½ x 11-inch documents or as documents easily folded to that size. Oversize documents, presentation boards, or elaborate models are not favored at this stage in the process. Each submission should clearly identify the artist(s) making the submission. Each submission should also clearly identify the point of contact, including all relevant contact information.

    Each submission should be addressed and submitted to:
    John J. Kish, Arena Project Director
    Office of Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel
    One N.W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Suite 302
    Evansville, Indiana 47708

    Submissions must be received prior to 5 p.m. CDT on Friday October 15, 2010. Written questions concerning this RFP may be submitted through the Arena Project website at http://www.evansvillearenaproject.com/content/contact-us. Questions received fewer than 10 days prior to the due date identified above may not receive a response.

    Submission of materials in response to this request constitutes agreement with the provisions of the selection process. Artists are solely responsible for all costs they incur in preparing responses to this RFP. Materials submitted in response to this request will not be returned unless prior arrangements are made with the Arena Project team.

    Review and Selection Process
    All proposals submitted in accordance with this RFP will be reviewed for consideration. However, proposals that indicate an acquisition and installation cost in excess of $200,000 may not be evaluated further. The fee and budget proposal must include a complete cost of acquisition and installation, established at a level sufficient to cover the artist’s fee and costs of creation, shipping and installation of the piece. In addition to budgetary issues, proposals presenting concepts that illustrate or reference negative images or behaviors or present individuals, groups, companies or institutions which are or could be specifically identified are not likely to be evaluated further.

    Proposals submitted in response to this request will be reviewed by a group of individuals identified by the Arena Project, the Evansville Public Art Commission and the Arena Project Advisory Committee. That group, which will not include any artists seeking consideration, will select some of the proposals for further development and presentation to the Arena Project Advisory Committee and the Evansville Public Art Commission for comment. Following receipt of those comments, a final recommendation will be submitted to the Evansville Redevelopment Commission (ERC).

    Commission Contract
    The artist or artist team commissioned for this effort will be compensated for the work and its finished installation through the commissioning contract. Under the terms of the contract, the selected piece will be acquired by the Evansville Redevelopment Commission, together with all rights to display it, reproduce it and display derivative works in perpetuity. The Commission shall also acquire the right to relocate the piece, including the right to end its display, at its sole discretion.

    All decisions made during the selection process are final, subject only to review of the resulting recommendation by the Evansville Redevelopment Commission. The right is reserved to reject any submission, or terminate or modify the evaluation and selection process at any time for any reason without prior notice. The Commission additionally reserves the right to waive any deficiency in a submitted response.

    Other Information
    This request is intended to publicize the availability of the opportunity. The new Evansville Arena Project, the Evansville Public Art Commission, and the Arena Project Advisory Committee are conducting this process for the purpose of making a recommendation to the ERC. The selection of an artist and the selection of a work and the award of any contract of the type described herein are within the judgment and sole discretion of the Evansville Redevelopment Commission. This notice is intended to initiate the process to provide the ERC with information helpful in the exercise of its judgment to evaluate the qualifications and proposals of various artists and to determine the actions to be taken to advance its best interests.

    Neither the Arena Project, the Advisory Committee, the ERC nor any other person or entity create any obligation, expressed or implied, by issuance of this notice, or by receipt and consideration of any responses. You should be aware that this is a publicly owned facility and the selection of the artist and piece will be accomplished in a transparent process. Additionally, materials contained in submissions responsive to this announcement may be subject to the Indiana Public Records Act, IC 5-14-3 et. seq., and subject to disclosure following the conclusion of the period of time during which the selection is being deliberated. Responses that the artist seeks to protect from disclosure are requested to be made in two distinct parts, only one of which may contain material that is considered confidential. Any such confidential submission will be subject to evaluation under the Public Records Act and all such information must be clearly marked "Confidential" and must specify which statutory exception provision applies. ERC reserves the right to make its own determinations of confidentiality. If the ERC does not agree that the information designated as confidential should be withheld from public access under the Act, it will so advise the person submitting the information. Overly burdensome claims for exemptions from public access may cause the ERC to reject the submission.

    Monday, August 9, 2010

    Artist Member Vandra Pentecost to Exhibit Work

    Artist Member Vandra Pentecost has some exhibits currently on display and scheduled through the Fall. 

    Sept 3 - Nov 7
    Contemporary Realisim Biennial National Exhibition FWMoA (Ft. Wayne Museum of Art)

    Aug. 12 - Oct. 17
    Hoosier Salon, Indiana State Museum (2 works)

    Aug. 4 - 22
    Indiana State Fair Professional Division:
    1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention - Computer/digital
    HM - Pastel

    Aug. 1 - 26th
    Pike Performing Arts Gallery 7 - "Transformations"
    Nuvo "...boundry-pushing digital art."