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ARTSWIN Seeks Sculptural Furniture

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ARTSWIN Seeks Sculptural Furniture




The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana is seeking an artist or team of artists to create sculptural furniture for the new 212 Main Street Rooftop Art Deck, to be opened in spring of 2019.

Budget:  $30,000

Eligibility: Artists or professional craftspeople over 18 with previous experience constructing furniture

Deadline:  February 21, 2019 4:00 p.m. CST

NOTE:  This opportunity requires submission of developed designs as part of the application process.

View full RFP here.

Program Specifics

The ideal proposal(s) will use weatherproof materials to create seating and tables to be permanently located on the Art Deck.  Furniture must be functional sculpture or artistically designed, and must have a guaranteed lifespan of at least ten (10) years. The Art Deck will be used for outdoor events, receptions, concerts, and other performances and gatherings, and will be open to the public during Arts Council business hours.

Proposals may be submitted for multiple elements totaling the entire budget, or for individual elements totaling a percentage of the budget.  (For example, a proposal may be for a bench (or other element) totaling $10,000, or a proposal may be for all elements totaling $30,000.) Size of the sculptural furniture pieces is to be determined by the artist(s).  Some elements may be visible to pedestrians on Main Street, depending on placement and size.  The artist(s) is expected to budget all costs associated with the development and installation of the artwork. This includes supplies, shipping, travel, lodging, equipment, etc. Supplies specific to the artist’s technique or process should be included in artist’s budget.

Selection Process

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana will create a committee that will review artists’ proposals and award the commission.

Selection Criteria

The selected artist will be chosen based upon the following criteria:

  • Work of the highest caliber and effective execution
  • Experience of working within Program Specifics and Selection Criteria
  • Ability to complete work within a specified timeframe and budget
  • Visual impact of the proposed sculptural furniture
  • Representation of an artistic vision that acknowledges and embodies the current climate in contemporary public art and embraces a broader social consciousness about the community
  • Presentation of an artistic vision that displays an awareness of the Art Deck as a curated public space
  • Appropriateness of content (should be appropriate for all audiences)

Project Timeline

The project will follow this timeline:

  • February 21, 2019, 4 p.m. (CDT) Request for Proposals Deadline
  • February 28, 2019, selection committee reviews proposals
  • March 1, 2019, artists are notified of selection.
  • May 2019, artwork is delivered and installed

What to Submit

Artists must submit the following information via email.

  1. Applicant Information: Complete the form below.
  2. Statement of Proposal: This letter should be no longer than one typed letter-sized page using 12-point font and 1 inch margins on all sides. Briefly outline key concepts related to Program Specifics and/or materials you will incorporate into the sculpture.
  3. Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 4 pages
  4. General Budget: Include an itemized budget outlining all costs involved with the creation & installation of the sculpture including budget for contractors and/or equipment.
  5. Proposal Images: (Digital images – up to 5 images)  Include copies of muse, sketches, or examples of related or proposed artwork.  Jpeg or pdf files ONLY, good quality, no smaller than 72 dpi and no larger than 2 MB each. If you are unable to create a mock-up digitally, you may scan your drawings to jpeg or pdf format.  Name your digital files according to the following format: LastName_Concept_01.jpg, LastName_Concept_02.jpg, etc.
  6. Previous Work Sample List and Images: (up to 5 images):  Submit examples of artwork that best represents your experience, style, and ability. You may also submit images of any other work (large scale or otherwise) that best represents your work of the past 5 years. Include a list of work samples and as much information about each of the samples as possible (include name/title of piece, location, medium, process, dimensions, year completed, and any other pertinent information). Here is an example of a Work Sample entry: 1.     Flowers of the Lake, 234 N. Main St., Evansville, bronze, 1’ x 2’ x 3’, 2014, JavierArtist_01.jpg
  7. Previous Work Images (up to 5 images, same considerations as the proposal images):  Name your submitted digital files according to the following format: FirstLast_01.jpg, FirstLast_02.jpg, etc.

How to Submit

Each artist must submit via email, with subject line “212 MAIN SCULPTURE PROJECT.”  All submissions must be received by 4:00pm (CDT) on February 21, 2019. Submissions MUST be emailed to Andrea Adams,

QUESTIONS?  Call (812) 205-0927 with any questions.


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