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Indiana Recycling Coalition Seeks Artists for Gala Event

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Indiana Recycling Coalition Seeks Artists for Gala Event


The Indiana Recycling Coalition is looking to commission a select group of artists to create artworks made from repurposed materials, to be sold at the IRC’s annual gala fundraising event on November 12, 2016.

Six artists will be commissioned and will be able to tour a recycling facility in Indianapolis to source materials for their artwork.  Artists will also be provided with $25 gift certificates to Goodwill, $25 gift certificates to Sherwin-Williams for mis-tinted paint, and $10 to Indy Upcycle to purchase additional materials, and may incorporate found objects or repurposed materials sourced from other locations.   Each artist will create one artwork of any size or in any medium or format of their choosing, consistent with their own artistic vision and practice and available materials.

The finished artworks will have a public preview and then will be offered for auction at the IRC’s gala event, with the artist specifying a minimum bid price. If the artwork is sold that evening, the artist and IRC will split the sale price equally.  Unsold works will be returned to the artist for future exhibition and/or sale.

In addition to the sales opportunity, artworks will compete for a first, second and third prize of $300, $200 and $100 respectively, to be determined by the gala attendees through an on-site voting process.  Artists will also receive two tickets to the IRC gala ($190 value).

Detailed information will be provided to the artists selected for the commission.

Selection Process

Interested artists must submit their qualifications and images of past work made from recycled or repurposed materials to the Arts Council of Indianapolis on or before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016.  Representatives from the Arts Council of Indianapolis and the Indiana Recycling Coalition will determine the six artists to be commissioned.

Note:  while this is the intended selection process, in the event of an insufficient number of qualified applicants the Arts Council of Indianapolis reserves the right to invite artists of their choosing; and also reserves the right to cancel the opportunity entirely at any point and for any reason.

Selection Criteria

The six artists to be commissioned will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality and craftsmanship:  artist’s past work is innovative, creative and stylistically distinctive, and displays skill with materials and techniques
  • Aesthetic sensibility:  artist’s submission displays an aesthetic that would reflect well on the Indiana Recycling Coalition and its mission
  • Saleability:  artist’s submission indicates that past work has a strong sales record and future production will likely find a market at the Indiana Recycling Coalition’s gala event


Project Timeline

This timeline represents the project as it now appears.  Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.

  • Release Request for Qualifications:  July 27, 2016
  • Deadline for qualifications submissions:  August 26
  • Selection panel review:  September 6-9
  • Notification of status and issuing of agreement:  by September 12
  • Recycling facilities tour: by September 23
  • Design and fabrication:  September 25 – November 4
  • Delivery and preview exhibition setup:  Friday, November 4
  • Public preview:  Saturday, November 5 at the Stutz Building (in conjunction with IDADA First Friday Art Tour)
  • Indiana Recycling Coalition gala event:  November 12, 2016
  • Pickup of unsold artwork:  by November 18
  • Issuing of commission checks and prizes:  by November 30


How to Apply

Artists must submit the following information digitally. The Arts Council will not accept hard copy submissions.

1.     Applicant Information: Complete the form below and submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.  An editable copy is available on request.

2.     Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 3 typed pages.  Submit in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.

3.    Examples of previous artwork: Submit 2-10 digital images in .jpg format of past work. Please limit the file size of each image to 2MB or less.  Include images of at least 2 previous artworks made from recycled or repurposed materials, and which have been sold to patrons in the past.  You may submit any number of artworks and any number of images for each artwork, but do not exceed the maximum of 10 total images.

4.    Image information sheet:  Submit a sheet with the following information about each submitted artwork:  title, date completed, sales price, and a brief (1-2 sentences) description of the materials and the concept of the work inspired by the materials.  Please ensure that the titles in the image information sheet correspond with the filenames of the artwork images.  NOTE:  this is NOT the work to be commissioned for this project.  Successful applicants will be creating NEW work!


Delivery of Submissions

Submissions may be mailed, hand-delivered, or shared via Dropbox.  Choose only ONE of these methods.  The Arts Council will not accept materials via email.

Mailed or delivered submissions must be burned to a single CD, DVD or flash/jump drive. CDs and/or flash/jump drives must arrive at the Arts Council’s offices by 5:00pm (EDT) on Friday, August 26, 2016.  The mailing and delivery address is:

ATTN:  IN Recycling Coalition Commission

c/o Julia Moore, Director of Public Art

Arts Council of Indianapolis

924 N. Pennsylvania St.

Indianapolis, IN  46204

A Dropbox share link must be time-stamped before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016 and sent to with a message indicating it is for the Indiana Recycling Coalition project.  All materials must be available in the folder as of 5:00 p.m. on August 26. If any item is missing or the upload timestamp for any item is after 5:00 p.m. on August 26, the entire submission will be disqualified.  The Arts Council is not responsible for transmission delays or service outages resulting in the Dropbox share request being delivered after the deadline.  Please ensure that all materials are uploaded before the share request is sent, and that you start your transmission of the share request in plenty of time to allow for delays or outages.

Questions? Contact: 

Julia Moore, Director of Public Art, Arts Council of Indianapolis, (317) 631-3301 x240 or

Carey Hamilton, Executive Director, Indiana Recycling Coalition, (317) 632-5915 or





Indiana Recycling Coalition Gala Artwork Commission

Applicant Artist Information Form

Please limit the information provided on this form to one typed page.


Artist Name:

Mailing Address:          City/State/ZIP:

Day or Mobile Phone:          Evening or Home Phone:

Email Address:

Website (if applicable):


Do you have a personal or professional connection to the Indiana Recycling Coalition?  If so, what is it?






How do you see this project fitting in with your past work, personal interests, artistic interests, and experience?