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Artist Sought for Corner Plaza Redesign Project

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Artist Sought for Corner Plaza Redesign Project
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Ogden City’s Public Art Program seeks to commission an artist or artist team to work with the Ogden City Arts administration and the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee to explore public art opportunities for the Corner Plaza Redesign Project. The selected artist or artist team will help design and create public art that will be placed on the site or be integrated into the plaza design. The selected artist or artist team will be expected to collaborate with The Corner Plaza Design team and Ogden City Arts.

BUDGET:  $130,000

ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists over 18 who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents

DEADLINE: August 31, 2020

Project Background
The corner of Washington and 25th Street is a focal point of downtown Ogden. Over 70,000 cars and a high density of foot traffic pass by each day making this location key for celebrating the arts in Ogden. The new information Kiosk aptly named The Corner is located here and is part of the “Nine Rails Creative District.” The Corner kiosk is a hub for visitors and locals to obtain arts, culture, and event information. This plaza remodeling project will enable Ogden City to offer its citizens a creative and vibrant location for meetups, information gathering, small performances, and more.

Artwork Goals
The public art selection committee’s goals for this public art project is to commission one site-specific artwork integrated into the plaza. The selection committee is seeking to commission work that is timeless and forward-thinking. Artists are welcome to propose work that is abstract in concept or may incorporate components relevant to the diversity of the Ogden community and history. The Committee is hoping to commission work that is not in the bronze traditional and figurative aesthetic.

The plaza location provides opportunities for a variety of art contributions that could include many different types of three-dimensional works. For example, chosen artwork might be ground, and/or concrete based, sound, light, projection, text, interactive, and/or technology-based, or purely sculptural works. The commissioned work, as part of this public plaza, will hopefully be touchable, approachable, and created with materials that are suitable for the
outdoor environment and long-term display.

All proposed work should consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance. This project is located in the public realm and will be exposed to weather, physical stresses, and possible vandalism. Artworks should be fabricated of highly durable, low maintenance materials.

Timeline

  • Submission Deadline –August 31, 2020
  • Finalists Notified –September 21, 2020
  • Finalists Presentation –October 26, 2020
  • Artist Selection and Notification –November 6, 2020
  • Artwork installed –Starting Fall 2021/Spring 2021
  • Official Unveiling –Late Spring 2022

Selection Process
The Public Art Selection Committee will review all material properly submitted. Up to three artists or artist teams may be selected to share preliminary concepts, research, and how they may be integrated into the site design. Artists will be paid an honorarium for this work. This honorarium will be applied toward the commission amount for the artist(s) awarded the commission. From these submissions, one artist or artist team will be selected to work with the design team to create a public artwork for the site. The final recommendation of the Public Art Selection Committee will be presented to the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee, and the Mayor of Ogden for final approval. All decisions of the City of Ogden are final.

The Public Art Selection Committee reserves the right to not choose any of the artists or artist teams if they are deemed unacceptable.

Once selected as the winning proposal, Ogden City Arts will work to provide as much information and access as possible to assist in the artist’s research while developing their artwork/project.

What to Submit

  1. Letter of interest of not more than 700 words. This letter should include the artist’s reasons for interest in this project in particular. In doing so, the artist should also describe how his/her work and/or experience relates to the project. For instance, the artist may include a description of how your past work informs how you would approach this project.
  2. CV/Resume: Submit a current resume (no more than two pages in PDF format) that highlights your professional accomplishments as an artist. If applying as a team, please submit one resume with one page per team member.
  3. Professional References (up to three): Provide the contact information for references that have in-depth knowledge of your art and working style in the public realm.
  4. Up to ten (10) images of previous site-specific public work. All image formats must comply with the CaFE specifications and sizes.

How to Submit

Submit ONLINE ONLY through the CaFE system.

QUESTIONS? Contact Lorie Buckley at 801-629-8718 or lorieb@ogdencity.com

 

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