Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Open Call to Artists - Mass Ave Ligthbox

Open Call to Artists - Mass Ave Ligthbox

The Arts Council of Indianapolis, in partnership with the Indianapolis Theatre Fringe Festival (IndyFringe), seeks visual artists to submit proposals for the 26-foot lightbox installation at the historic Survive Alive Fire Station (748 Massachusetts Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204).

A jury will select the artist, who will receive a fee of $2,000. The selected artwork will be printed to a size measuring 9 1/3 feet tall by 25 3/4 feet wide and be installed in the lightbox for at least 12 months.

IndyFringe will feature the selected work as part of its annual IndyFringe Festival, taking place from August 19-28, 2011. The Festival’s 2011 theme is “Light Up Our Lives.” Submitting artists have discretion as to whether to incorporate the theme into their proposed work. IndyFringe will highlight the selected work on the front cover of its 40,000 festival programs, buttons, posters, postcards, fliers, and website.

Applications will be accepted until April 4, 2011.

Artists specializing in all visual art forms and artistic styles are welcome to apply.

Submission forms are available at both websites for the Arts Council (indyarts.org) and IndyFringe (indyfringe.org).

For further information, contact Hugh Vandivier, Arts Council of Indianapolis Public Art Manager, at hvandivier@indyarts.org or (317) 631-3301 ext. 214.


Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. EDT, April 4, 2011 with a completed submission form. Late entries will not be accepted. This is not a postmark deadline.


A jury of event, art, and design professionals will judge submitted entries. The selected artist will be notified in mid April 2011.

Submission Specifications

· Artists must live in central Indiana (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, Morgan, or Shelby county).

· Artists can propose new or existing artwork for consideration.

· Artwork should be submitted digitally.

· Your original design may be inspired by or incorporate a range of materials and media such as sculpture, photographs, paint, paper, textile, or digital imagery, but, if selected, your final submission must still be a two-dimensional representation of these ideas, one that is available in a large, high-resolution file.

· For existing work, submit up to five images in JPG format. Images do not need to be high resolution, just good quality and no larger than 72 dpi and under 1MB each.

· For new work, submit sketches and mock-ups (up to five images in JPG format, no larger than 72 dpi and under 1MB each) along with a brief but detailed (50-100 word) description of your proposed piece. Selected artists creating new work are expected to make final submission by May 20, 2012.

· The submitting artist must produce the artwork, and the artist must own the copyright for the images or have permission to use copyrighted images in the design.

· The selected artist will give the Arts Council and IndyFringe limited use rights to use the artwork for the uses stated in this call as well as for additional promotional uses related to their programs. The artist retains full copyright of the work.

How to Submit

Artists must submit entries electronically to hvandivier@indyarts.org, Subject: Mass Ave Lightbox.

About the Arts Council of Indianapolis

Since 1987, the Arts Council of Indianapolis has been working to build central Indiana through the arts. The Arts Council regrants public and private funds to artists and arts organizations; provides arts marketing services including a comprehensive website with information about arts groups, events, and artists; provides the Artsgarden Cultural Concierge service, an arts information service; serves as a resource to government agencies, corporations, and the general public regarding local arts issues; provides direct services to arts organizations and artists; leads and/or participates in collaborative community arts projects; manages and directs the city's public art program; develops arts policy initiatives; commissions arts research and information projects; and manages and programs the Indianapolis Artsgarden in the heart of downtown Indianapolis.

About IndyFringe

In 2011, the IndyFringe celebrates seven years of Fringe activity. With hundreds of independent artists participating in more than 300 shows, and audience attendances over 20,000, the ten-day IndyFringe immerses Indianapolis in the latest in new and cutting-edge performances and is one of the most lively and challenging festivals of its kind in North America.

For the complete Call to Artists and Submission Form, go to http://www.publicartindianapolis.org/artistopportunities.aspx.

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