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The Washington State Arts Commission’s (ArtsWA) Art in Public Places program (AIPP) works with K-12 public schools, colleges, universities, and state agencies to obtain artwork for their campuses and buildings. The Public Artist Roster—a list of pre-qualified, professional artists—is the main tool for choosing artists to create artwork. Local Art Selection Committees choose artists from the roster for roughly 40 new projects each year. Artists are added to the Roster every three years through the Public Artist Roster Call for Applications, which is open now. The next open call will be in 2021.
Full information about this call is available online.
Eligibility: Professional visual artists working in the U.S. or the province of British Columbia, Canada
Budget: No fee for being on the roster; if selected, project budgets range from $45,000 to over $200,000
Deadline: June 26, 2018
Applying for the Roster indicates a willingness to:
ARTSWA PUBLIC ART PROJECTS
Project funds can range up to $200,000 or more, though most budgets generally fall between $45,000 and $125,000. Funds cover all design/proposal costs, engineering, transportation, fabrication, installation, and other related costs. Artworks created through the program become part of the State Art Collection, managed by ArtsWA. When an artist enters into a commission contract for fabrication and installation with ArtsWA, they become ineligible for new projects managed by the program for a period of two years.
BUDGET LEVEL REVIEW CATEGORIES
To ensure that the Roster includes a range of artists working within budgets that are proportional to projected project opportunities, ArtsWA will divide applications into two categories for the panel review:
Please allow sufficient time to develop and submit the application prior to the deadline. You can complete the application in more than one sitting; save the application and return later. ArtsWA staff is unavailable after 5pm (Pacific) or on weekends to provide technical support or retrieve passwords.
Artists should carefully consider and review all materials. If accepted to the Roster, submitted portfolios will be the same ones reviewed by local Art Selection Committees.
The following materials are required:
The online application includes more detailed information. Applicants should keep a digital copy of submissions for reference.
APPLICATION REVIEW PROCESS
Program staff will pre-screen applications to confirm each meets the eligibility requirements as stated in the “Eligibility” section above. This includes the receipt of completed, on-time materials and residency. Staff will forward complete and eligible applications to the selection panel.
The panel will review and score portfolios based on the following criteria:
HOW TO SUBMIT
Visit the online submission site to upload your materials. Deadline is June 26, 2018.
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