The City of Merriam, Kansas, is seeking one or more professional public artists or artist teams for the design, fabrication, and installation of two permanent outdoor works as a part of the new Merriam Community Center project.
Budget: $243,000 (for two artworks)
Eligibility: Professional visual artists or artist teams who live and work in the United States
Deadline: February 4, 2019 11:59 p.m.
In September 2017, Merriam voters approved a bond initiative to build a new community center, including indoor and outdoor aquatics. This new facility will replace an aging aquatic center and existing community center. It will feature a variety of amenities, including indoor and outdoor aquatics, fitness, and recreation areas, and community gathering space. A key feature of the building design is an outdoor plaza that will connect the community center, a parking structure, and a future library. The new community center will be located across from the existing City Hall and Police Department complex and will replace an approximately seven‐acre park.
The site location is in the heart of Merriam and is bordered by the aforementioned civic complex to the west, multi‐family and business sites to the south, single family homes to the east, and large commercial sites (Hobby Lobby and Ikea) to the north. Specific location(s) for public art on the Community Center site have been identified in the plaza and as an element on the adjacent parking garage. More information about this project is available at http://www.merriam.org/843/Building-Community
Timeline (subject to change)
Finalists will be selected by demonstrating the following, with each criteria weighted as indicated.
What to Submit
Optional: You may include up to three selections of support materials such as reviews, news articles, and other related information.
If you are applying as a team, designate one artist to be the team leader to submit your information, along with team members’ image(s) and resume/bio(s). Submissions from artist teams should reflect samples from each artist on the team, and not exceed the overall submission limit of 12 images.
Any additional materials provided in excess of materials requested above will not be considered.
How to Submit
Submissions will be made by emailing a single PDF of the required elements to Lauren Crosby at Lauren@designinglocal.com Upon submission, you will be emailed an acknowledgement of submission. Submissions are due no later than 11:59pm PST on Monday, February 4, 2019.
QUESTIONS? Email project consultant Amanda Golden with Designing Local at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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