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Request for Qualifications:: Artists Wanted to Create “Court Murals”
Applications Due: Monday, February 15, 2021 11:59 p.m.
Commission Fee: $6,000
The NCAA will stage the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship in Indiana, with the majority of the tournament’s 67 games taking place in Indianapolis. As Indianapolis prepares to host one of the largest college sports events in our history, all of Downtown will be turned into an exciting, welcoming site for the players, media, and local community to enjoy being safely together to experience the excitement around this unprecedented event.
Four central locations have been identified as sites for dimensional, interactive basketball-court-themed murals to serve as colorful and vibrant backdrops for visitors exploring downtown Indianapolis. Each 10’ x 10’ x 10’ “court” will have a hand-painted mural on the ground plus a coordinating printed vinyl backdrop. There will be no functional basketball goal element to the mural. Court designs should reference shapes and other visual elements of basketball courts, creating a fun and unique way to memorialize participation in this special event. NOTE: This work should thematically reference the visual elements of a basketball court, but no specific reference may be made to any venue, team, player, school, the NCAA or its trademarks, logos, or taglines.
The Arts Council of Indianapolis is looking for four artists (or teams of artists) to design these murals: one mural per artist/team. The artist/team will paint the ground plane element themselves, while the artist’s design for the backdrop will be printed and installed by the Arts Council. The vertical vinyl element design may be created digitally, or may be a hand drawn or painted work that can be translated into a digital image for production.
The mural/backdrop combination is required to last a minimum of 4 weeks, but the banner element may remain installed (in the same location or others) for up to one year. The ground plane element must be able to hold up to normal foot traffic for four weeks. Artists will be asked to thoroughly paint the ground surface with high quality products.
The commission fee is $6,000 and includes the following:
The artist will not have any responsibility for cleaning/preparing or sealing the ground plane location, removing the ground plane artwork at the end of the project, or for production of the vinyl backdrop element of the mural. The Arts Council will manage these elements using other vendors.
Paint materials are to be purchased by the artist from the commission fee.
Brushes, airbrushes, etc. to complete the painting work are to be purchased/rented from the commission fee or otherwise provided by the artist as necessary.
Full copyright to the artwork will be retained by the artist at all times. The artist will be required to license the Arts Council to produce and reproduce images of the artwork for vinyl banner creation and for promotional use, and to maintain archival documentation of the project.
The Arts Council is not responsible for any third-party infringement of the artist’s copyright or for protecting the intellectual property rights of participating artists. To learn more about how to protect yourself and your public artworks, visit the Arts Council’s Artist Resource Directory.
Arts Council staff, members of the Men’s Final Four Local Organizing Committee, the Arts Council’s Public Art Selection Committee, and partner representatives will identify the four artists/teams to create the court murals.
Should the Arts Council receive an insufficient number of entries, we reserve the right to invite artists/teams to create court murals.
How to Apply
Apply online at https://indyarts.formstack.com/forms/march_projects. You will be able to start your application and come back to it later. This form is accessible on a variety of platforms and through various devices, including cell phones.
You will need to provide:
The application deadline is Monday, February 15 at 11:59 p.m.
The application will automatically close at that time.
Contact Julia Moore, Director of Public Art, firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 624-2556
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