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Artist Sought for Public Park Design Team

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Artist Sought for Public Park Design Team




Metro Nashville Arts Commission is issuing a national Call to Artists for a public artist to be a part of the design team for Metro Parks’ Southeast Regional Park.

Budget: $250,000

Eligibility: Professional artists working or living in the United States

Deadline: 2/5/2018, 11:59 p.m.

Download full RFQ document with project site images here.

Project Description
The selected artist or artist team will participate on the Park’s design team and collaborate with the design process for the Park. Artists will be asked to make technical recommendations during the design process for public art opportunities within the Park. The selected artist will also design, fabricate and install at least one permanent public artwork for Phase I of the Park. During the course of the design and community engagement process, the artist may discover and make technical recommendations for future public art in subsequent phases of the Park.

Mentorship Role: Throughout the project, the selected artist will work with a local, associate artist as part of a mentorship initiative recommended in the Metro Arts Public Art Community Investment Plan. The goal of the mentorship initiative is to provide opportunities for artists who are new to the field of public art to gain technical and administrative experience needed to compete within the field of public art locally, regionally and nationally.  Metro Arts will work with the selected artist to identify a local, emerging public artist and establish a scope of work for that artist.  The responsibilities of the associate artist will be determined by the selected, lead artist and may include attending local planning and community meetings; project documentation; conducting research regarding the local community, materials, design and building codes; and other duties that relate to the community engagement, design, fabrication and installation of the artwork.

Community Outreach: The lead artist or artist team will be expected to attend a minimum of three (3) community meetings and/or public engagements in Nashville near the project site. Meetings and engagements will be promoted and coordinated by Metro Parks and Metro Arts.  The lead artist is encouraged to contribute their own research approaches to help identify assets and needs in the community in collaboration with the design team.

Project Timeline
The following projected timetable should be used as a working guide for planning purposes. Metro reserves the right to adjust this timetable as required during the course of this Call to Artists process.

  • Call to Artists Opens: January 5
  • Call to Artists Deadline: February 8
  • Selection of Semi-Finalists: February 9-12
  • Semi-Finalists presented to PAC for approval: February 13
  • Interviews & Final Artist Selection: February 26 – March 9
  • Final Artist presented to PAC for approval: Early March
  • Commission Review: March 15
  • Artist Contract Awarded: March
  • Contract Negotiations/Vendor Registration: April

Selection Process

The selection panel will conduct an online review of all submissions. Following the initial online review, the panelists will meet in person to review artist submissions and determine a list of semi-finalists. The selection panel will recommend a list of semi-finalists to the Public Art Committee for review and approval. The semi-finalists will be invited to join the selection panel for either an in person or video interview. Following the interviews and further discussion, the selection panel will recommend the final artist for approval to the Public Art Committee and Arts Commission.

Selection Criteria
Artists will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • artistic merit;
  • artist’s ability to engage with, connect to and understand the community for which public artwork is intended;
  • a deep understanding of public art planning, design, construction and community engagement processes;
  • evidence of experience successfully working in a collaborative spirit on large-scale public projects; evidence of ability to be accountable to project partners, schedules and budgets.

How to Submit

Apply online only through Submittable.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Donald Hardin, with Southeast Park in the subject line, or call (615) 862-6739.  Questions will be taken through Friday, February 2 at 4 p.m.


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