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Indianapolis International Airport Seeks Video Art

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Indianapolis International Airport Seeks Video Art



Please review the full RFP for important information!

The Indianapolis Airport Authority (IAA), in consultation with the Arts Council of Indianapolis, invites artists working in film and/or video to submit proposals for temporary (6 months) screening on the big screen above the main escalator/stair between the Ticket Hall and Baggage Claim at Indianapolis International Airport, the IAA’s flagship site. This solicitation is for screenings to occur during 2019 and 2020.  All work screened must be suitable in form, material and content for a mixed-ages audience that will include young children.  Preference will be given to Indiana artists* and to displays that engage and/or reflect the diverse culture and environment of Central Indiana.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  The deadline for 2019-2020 screenings is September 1, 2019.

*For the purposes of this process, an Indiana artist is one who was either born or raised in Indiana, pursued higher education in Indiana, or lived in Indiana as an adult for a significant period of time. The IAA is particularly interested in working with artists who have a strong connection to Central Indiana (defined as Indianapolis/Marion County and the following adjacent counties:  Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Madison, Morgan, Shelby).

Video works are screened for a period of six months, either January 1 – June 30 or July 1 – December 31.  It is possible to break a six-month period into two three-month screenings for similar or coordinating works by one artist.  The IAA provides a presentation fee of $1500 for existing video works (or for existing still works adapted to the big screen format) or $2500 for new video created for the airport site.  The artist is responsible for all costs and expenses necessary to create new work.

The final video length must be exactly 60 seconds (including artist and production credits), which is the time it takes for a visitor to experience the screen when descending on the escalator.  Sound is not supported by the existing presentation technology.

Proposals must include the following, on a single CD or other portable media, or via or Dropbox (to

A.   A PROPOSAL COVER SHEET, completely filled out. (please download the cover sheet: Video Form)

  • Current artist’s resume or narrative biography. This is not to exceed two typed pages.
  • Artist’s statement. This statement should describe the artists’ general approach and past work. Please do not exceed one typed page for this statement.  If the artist is not based in Indiana, be sure to explain any Indiana connection(s) for either the artist or the work.
  • Clips of past video work. Please submit a minimum of four, but not more than ten, 2-minute (maximum) clips of representative film or video work completed within the last five years. If you cannot edit your past work to this length, please submit links to where the full works can be viewed online. Please do not submit PowerPoint slides or presentations, PDF documents, or images embedded in a word processing document. Clips of past work should be presented in WMV or Quicktime format.
  • References. Please list three professional references, including complete contact information (name, address, telephone number, and email if available).


  • Narrative description of the artwork.
      This should include the tentative title for the work and a description of the theme, issue, content, concept, and imagery. This description is not to exceed five (5) typed, single-spaced pages.
  • Visual documentation of the proposed work, if available. If the artwork is pre-existing, please submit the exact 60-second clip you propose to screen. If the artwork is yet to be created, please submit a storyboard, source images, or other visual ideas of what you propose to screen. Non-video visual documentation should be submitted as JPG files with a minimum 72dpi resolution and a maximum file size of 2MB per image.  These images should be submitted on the same CD as the images of past work referenced under “B” above. If no visual documentation is available at this time, please provide a highly detailed description of the look of the proposed work in the narrative statement. or submissions should be sent to:

CD submissions should be mailed or hand-delivered to:
Julia Moore, Director of Public Art
Arts Council of Indianapolis
924 N. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, IN  46204




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