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Call to Artists – Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Project Title: Welcome Race Fans 2017
Budget (per artist): $2,000
Deadline for Submissions: Friday, February 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT)
With the wide-ranging success of the inaugural Welcome Race Fans collaboration between the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Arts Council of Indianapolis to incorporate Indiana artists and original artwork into the 100th Running of the Indy 500 celebration, we are pleased to announce Welcome Race Fans 2017. The original concept called for the commission of 33 painting by 33 Indiana artists to celebrate the once-in- a-lifetime event, the 100th Running of the Indy 500. The art program garnered attention from news media regionally and nationally as well as interest from other cities and race tracks around the country including the Texas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and The Grand Prix held in St. Petersburg, Florida. Out of the 33 original artworks, 11 of the artworks sold to new patrons during the celebration. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of these artworks went directly to the artists. To learn more about the initial program and see the artwork, visit www.WelcomeRaceFansIndy.org
In an effort to build on this success we are announcing a new program for the 101st Running of the Indy 500 that will commission 5 artists to create 5 new artworks in a similar fashion as the original program. As with the original program, we plan to highlight one of the most visible and iconic visuals associated with May in Indianapolis – the blanketing of the city with “Welcome Race Fans” signs. Some are corporate sponsored ads, while others are hand crafted by loyal fans. This iconic symbol of Hoosier hospitality will be used as the basis of another citywide art initiative to present commissioned artworks from 5 Indiana artists.
Each of the 5 artists will be paid $2,000 each and asked to create their own version of a “Welcome Race Fans” sign in their own style and medium. The artists will retain ownership and copyright in the work, but during the month of May of 2017, the original artworks will appear in key locations around the city including the Indianapolis Artsgarden and the 500 Festival offices and finally installed for race week at the iconic Pagoda at the Speedway. In addition, reproductions of artworks will be used to create limited edition commemorative posters and banners to be shared with the community as visual reminders of the highly visible collaboration of art & motorsports.
Artists will be asked to create a unique piece of artwork that reflects their own style and practice. Racing need NOT be a part of your artwork design. To see the wide range of artworks commissioned last year, visit www.WelcomeRaceFansIndy.org.
To qualify for this program, artists must:
Artwork Considerations and Requirements
Artists will be asked to create an artwork with imagery and materials of their choosing. The imagery does not necessarily need to be racing related. This project is meant to showcase the original styles of Indiana artists while welcoming visitors to Indy for the citywide celebration of the 101st running. Though racing imagery is not a requirement, if you choose to include it, the Arts Council and Indianapolis Motor Speedway will advise artists on how to properly use copyrighted photos and other material with required permissions.
Completed artwork should adhere to the following standards:
Once qualifications are received from interested artists, representatives from the Arts Council’s Public Art Selection Committee and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will assist the Arts Council in reviewing artists’ qualifications and will make recommendations. Selected artists will be notified shortly thereafter. The Public Art Selection Committee consists of prominent experts in their respective fields and includes artists, arts advocates, curators, administrators, and other arts and community development specialists.
The artist fee for the project is a flat $2,000 per artist. Artists are expected to cover all expenses for materials, supplies, labor, photography, and equipment needed to
complete and ship/deliver their artwork and a high-quality digital photograph of it. The fee also includes compensation for licensing the Arts Council to reproduce the artwork as part of the project, including creating a commemorative poster that will be provided free to the public. Neither the Arts Council nor the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will profit from any reproductions of the artist’s work.
All artwork should be for sale. The Arts Council staff will make every effort to try to sell the artwork during the program, but will not take a commission if artwork is sold. Artists will receive 100% of the sale price of the artwork.
The project will follow this timeline:
(Send the link or transfer to email@example.com):
All images should be professional quality photographs of your work. If you need a referral to a professional photographer who specializes in working with artists, please view the Artist Resources Directory at http://indyarts.org/resources/category/vendors-list
Delivery of Submissions
All required materials must be received by 5:00 pm (EDT) on Friday, February 17, 2017. Send the link or transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Art and Artist Services Coordinator
For more information about the Arts Council of Indianapolis, please visit www.indyarts.org.
Applicant Information Form:
If you live outside of Indiana, what is your connection to the state?
Demographic Profile (optional)
O Over 60
Highest Level of Education Attained:
O Some High School High School/GED
O Some College 2-Year College (Associates)
O 4-Year College (BA, BS) Masters Degree
O Doctoral Degree Professional Degree (MD, JD)
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