Indy Arts Council (formerly Arts Council of Indianapolis), in partnership with the Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), invites artists to provide their qualifications and statements of interest in creating an artwork on a newly-installed, 14,000-square-foot fence adjacent to the approach road to Indianapolis International Airport (IND). This artwork will serve to welcome people who are driving out to the airport, and will remain installed for up to four years.
COMPENSATION: $18,000 for design and installation (materials provided by airport)
ELIGIBILITY: Indiana artists over 18 who are legally allowed to work in the U.S.; preference for artists living in Marion and adjacent counties
DEADLINE: Sunday, February 20, 2022 11:59 p.m. (upload)
APPLICATION WORKSHOP: Monday, January 31, 2022, 6:00 p.m. (virtual: register here)
Please see attached full RFQ for complete information and application tips.
DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
Capital improvements at IND have necessitated the temporary construction of a large concrete plant, which will remain operational for up to four years. A chain-link fence, approximately 10 ft. high and about 1,400 feet long (14,000 s.f.), has been installed to help screen the plant from public view and will remain in place for the duration of plant operations.
An artist is sought to design and install an artwork on this fence to further screen the concrete plant, using the product known as “Put-In-Cups.” (https://www.putincups.com/) This is a snap-in plastic unit available in multiple colors, typically used on school fences for athletic spirit displays but which is equally accessible to professional artists for creating one-of-a-kind original artwork. The material was selected by the IAA for its long-term durability given the exposure of the site to wind and weather, and for easy maintenance by the airport. This project would be the largest art installation ever created using the product.
The artwork is intended to provide an aesthetic encounter as people drive along the approach road from I-70 and proceed to the airport terminal. As the air gateway to the region, IND prides itself on its ability to share the best of central Indiana through arts, culture, food, and retail experiences, and anticipates that this project will reflect the care taken for offerings within the terminal building itself. For many travelers, this artwork will be the first one they encounter on the airport campus and sets the expectation for the quality of artwork they can expect to see within the airport terminal itself.
The selected artist/team will receive compensation of $18,000: $5,000 as a design/project administration fee and $13,000 for installation, which may be done personally by the artist/team and/or using subcontracted assistance as preferred. The approximate material cost of $77,000 will be purchased and managed by the Airport team directly with the product vendor.
The artist/team will be required to hold $5M in insurance for the duration of on-site work, as will their hired installation assistant(s). If the artist is not personally working onsite and chooses to subcontract installation, the subcontracted installer will need to provide evidence of $5M insurance. Indy Arts Council can help you find a resource for the required insurance.
Applications will be reviewed by a racially diverse selection committee that includes curators, arts administrators, artists, IAA staff, and other community stakeholders including Indy Arts Council staff. One artist/team will be selected and commissioned to create the work. If appropriate, the committee may identify up to three finalists to create design concepts as part of the selection process: this design work will be compensated.
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
Artists’ applications will be reviewed with the following in mind:
HOW TO APPLY
Eligible artists should apply online using this form. The form is accessible via a smartphone or tablet as well as a traditional computer.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
You will be able to start your application, save it, and come back to finish if you need to make changes before uploading it. We recommend waiting to attach your images until you’re ready to upload: any attachments will disappear from saved applications!
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