Arts Council of Indianapolis Mural Artist Prequalification Program
Submission deadline: April 9, 2018
In 2015, in an effort to more quickly respond to late-breaking mural opportunities, the Arts Council of Indianapolis established a juried pool of highly qualified mural artists to refer to community members and to use for its own projects. This pool was to be re-juried every three years. This call is to seek a new pool of highly qualified artists and artist teams to be referred for projects starting in 2018 and until the pool is rejuried in 2021.
Artists who are prequalified will be eligible for selection for mural projects with budgets up to $100,000. Budgets are inclusive of design, travel, artists’ fees, materials, labor, rentals, insurance coverage, subcontracts, and all other costs associated with the design and production of mural artwork.
What does being “prequalified” mean?
Being named as a prequalified artist means that you will automatically be considered for all unpublished Arts Council mural opportunities. In addition, when a new open call comes out for an Arts Council project, you can simply email the Arts Council by the given deadline and indicate that you want to be considered. The Arts Council will make sure the selection panel sees the materials you have on file. The selection panel has already reviewed and approved your aesthetic, experience and technical skill and in most cases you will automatically move into the finalist group for that call.
For some calls we will automatically notify the prequalified list of the opportunity, but to be sure you know of all opportunities, check our opportunities website frequently at https://www.indyartsguide.org/classified-type/public-art/
If selected, you are only prequalified for Arts Council projects: other open calls sponsored by other organizations may require a fresh application. If in doubt, please contact the Arts Council for clarification.
Am I guaranteed a commission if I am on the prequalified list?
No. The entire finalist pool—prequalified artists as well as artists who applied at the time of the open call—will be reviewed for a good match between artist, site and community. There will almost always be more interested and qualified artists than there are commission opportunities, so some finalists, including prequalified artists, will not receive commissions. This is not a reflection of your quality, but is a result of the preferences of the sponsor and the community.
Can I change the materials you have in my file after I am prequalified?
Yes! You can send us updated materials anytime in the three years you are prequalified.
If I am not prequalified now, when will be my next chance to try again for a commission?
Simply apply to the next open call for mural artists. Open calls are listed on our website and in our weekly Opportunities e-newsletter: sign up at https://indyarts.org/indyarts-e-news
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:
Artist must submit the following via WeTransfer.com or Dropbox.com. Please do not email materials as attachments, due to strict limits imposed by our email server. Your email may be rejected without notice.
Additional questions? Contact us!
Julia Muney Moore
Director of Public Art
(317) 631-3301 x240
Public Art and Artist Services Coordinator
(317) 631-3301 x214
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