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The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) invites artists to submit proposals for the seventh edition of its Georgetown GLOW Winter Public Art Exhibition, an outdoor display of light art installations on view in Washington, D.C. from Friday, December 4, 2019 through Sunday, January 10, 2021. Georgetown GLOW is free and open to the general public, with installations lit nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. in the commercial district.
BUDGET: $15,000 (8-10 artists selected)
ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists working in video, performance, and sculpture + light
DEADLINE: April 17, 2020 11:59 p.m.
Download full RFQ here.
Note: This is a Request for Proposals. Applicants must submit a designed artwork and itemized budget as part of the application process. Applicants are not compensated for this up-front design work.
In December of 2013, the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with Alliance Francaise D.C., hosted four international artists who showed at the Fête de Lumieres, one of Europe’s most celebrated festivals held annually in Lyon, France, since 1852. This was the first time that any of the Lyon installations had been exhibited in the United States.
In 2014, the Georgetown BID launched Georgetown GLOW by commissioning local, regional and international artists to re-imagine the season of light through public art. GLOW’s artistic aim is to encourage contemplation of, and interaction with, the natural and historical environment of Georgetown, Washington, D.C.’s oldest neighborhood that dates back to 1751. To learn more about historic Georgetown, please visit the BID’s official website, www.georgetownDC.com.
Over the past six years, GLOW has worked with 70+ artists and over 50 installations and draws an estimated 140K+. Going into its seventh year, GLOW is a widely-recognized public art exhibition in the Washington, D.C. region and a popular, established holiday tradition for Washingtonians. To view past exhibitions, please visit www.georgetownglowDC.com.
Georgetown GLOW is part of the BID’s overall holiday programming, which includes the region’s largest outdoor ice skating rink, and holiday shopping, happenings and events. With its charming buildings, yuletide decorations, and more than 450+ stores, restaurants, galleries, and salons to shop and dine, the Georgetown neighborhood is internationally renowned, and the D.C. area’s top stop for all things holiday.
The exhibition aims to highlight and juxtapose the historic Georgetown neighborhood through the lens of engaging and contemporary light art. It is essential that each art work consider and respond appropriately to the surroundings of Georgetown and captivate its visitors.
We would like each artist to consider the notion that there is a light within all of us and that when sparked can spread warmth and delight. It is our aspiration that the selected works when activated ignite a little spark within the viewer that encourages interactivity, merriment and joy. Through this exhibition, we will embrace a diversity of ideas focused on the power of light by looking to local, national and international voices within the setting of historic Georgetown.
We are looking for artwork that will delight and amaze our visitors’ experience in Georgetown. In most cases visitors will be able to view your piece very closely. Many visitors love to interact with the pieces or at least see some sort of movement/change. Installations must be durable over the time period it is up for, and built for possible extensive interaction. The more interactive your piece is, the more durable it needs to be.
With light at the center of each project, artists are encouraged to explore concepts of space and place; inspire public interaction; and utilize and respond to
Georgetown. We will not accept projects where light is simply illuminating your art work; the role of light must be essential and integrated with your concept.
Installations will be located in visible and historic sites throughout the Georgetown commercial district. Multiple projects can be installed at some locations.
Maintenance of Artwork
Each artist must ensure their installation meets all GLOW requirements (e.g. electrically and physically sound). Each artist must also provide a Maintenance Plan/Guide providing BID staff instructions on how to operate and maintain installation during artist’s absence. If an issue arises with an artist’s installation that the BID is not able to fix, artist will agree to come to Georgetown within 24 hours, at artist’s expense, to make the necessary fixes. If artist is located out of town and unable to get to Georgetown within 24 hours, they will be required to make arrangements with a local technician (BID can provide local recommendations for installation and maintenance assistance). These fees will be covered by the artist.
Selection Process and Criteria
A selection committee including Georgetown BID staff, BID members, community stakeholders and curator, will select approximately eight to ten artists for the 2020 GLOW exhibition. The committee will consider the following in selecting the final projects for the 2020 GLOW exhibition:
What to Submit
To be considered, each applicant must submit:
How to Submit
All proposals must be submitted to the curator, at GeorgetownGLOW@gmail.com with the subject line “2020 Georgetown GLOW Exhibition Proposal” by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, April 17, 2020.
QUESTIONS? Contact GLOW Curator Deirdre Ehlen MacWilliams at GeorgetownGLOW@gmail.com.
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