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HeART and Sole of Downtown Batesville is seeking qualified mural artists or artist teams to create outdoor permanent art projects for multiple locations in downtown Batesville, Indiana. At least one art installation is planned before September 25, 2020.
BUDGET: $50,000 (for up to 2 projects)
ELIGIBILITY: Amateur or professional artists age 18 or older
DEADLINE: March 30, 2020
Our Town Public Art is a subcommittee of Batesville Area Arts Council’s (a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization) NEA Our Town Grant – HeART and Sole of Downtown Batesville. BAAC OUR TOWN – HeART and Sole of Downtown Batesville serves as an arts‐based civic engagement process that promotes downtown Batesville and is intended to engage audiences of all ages.
The HeART and Sole initiative seeks to build upon the successes of recently completed public art and placemaking projects. This project’s focus will be to continue to enliven downtown Batesville by building the concept and design for a Living Walnut Street Corridor, which includes a plan for streetscape transformation with a public art component. The project aligns with initiatives identified by the community, Batesville Main Street, and the City of Batesville’s strategic plan for attracting investment and creating a more vibrant and thriving downtown.
The artwork will enhance the overall character and atmosphere of the downtown core and support a welcoming environment. The design of each project should take into consideration the location of the wall, the architecture of the structure, the viewing angles of the surface and the impact on the surrounding area. Local, regional and national artists and designers are invited to submit design ideas, total size not to exceed a dimension that equals the same total surface area, for spaces identified below.
Artists who have demonstrated experience will complete the project independently and/or with a crew, if approved by project organizers . The Public Art selection team for HeART and Sole will meet with the mural team for a design consultation and provide initial oversight and timeline.
Our Town Batesville strives to create artwork which reflects aesthetic and technical quality, innovation, site-specificity and civic engagement. To ensure that the artwork meets the expectations of staff, neighborhood residents, and other stakeholders, the selected artists may be required to participate in a local design process. This process includes place-based research, site visits and design meetings.
Click here to view images of the proposed artwork sites.
The selection process will include a review by a peer panel and advisors who will review all interested applicants’ proposals and materials. Up to 4 designs and their artists will be short-listed for interviews for each location opportunity based on the qualifications and criteria listed in this call for artists. Finalists will be asked to make a formal presentation before the review panel. The 4 Finalists will each be provided a $250 award to cover costs for submission of a full proposal. A finalist/artwork proposal will be selected from a short presentation and interview. Note: Applicants must complete a separate application for each location
Artists will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, as demonstrated by the quality of their past work and suitability of their artistic expression for each particular site. Artists’ applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:
What to Submit
How to Submit
Apply online through the CaFE system. If you are applying using CaFÉ for the first time we suggest applying in advance of the application deadline to allow for formatting of your images and uploading of all application requirements. Do not wait until the last days as problems frequently occur and may cause your application to become ineligible.
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