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The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission is seeking an artist to design and create a permanent centerpiece artwork for Merschel Park in downtown Winston-Salem.
Eligibility: Professional artists over 18
Deadline: 05/10/2019 11:59 AM Central Time
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The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission is seeking an artist to design and create a permanent centerpiece artwork for Merschel Park in downtown Winston-Salem. The park is named after Wanda Merschel (1950- ), a Winston-Salem City Council Member from 1997-2013. Always a consensus builder, Merschel struck a balance between citizen services and capital investments to help revitalize downtown Winston-Salem and ensure the city’s future prosperity. As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated career in finance and politics, Merschel has continuously been a strong advocate for women. “I have been fortunate to learn from women in all walks of life who taught me that calmness, patience, and serenity will always yield a better outcome.” It is her hope that this namesake park will be a place where people can reflect on the inspiring roles and qualities that women have brought to public service.
The artwork is envisioned to be the centerpiece of Merschel Park (122 West Fourth Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101), which is under construction in downtown Winston-Salem. The park is located at the intersection of Fourth and Trade Streets, between two mid-rise condominium buildings and a new hotel. The eastern section of the park will be built over an underground Merschel parking structure. The County’s new children’s museum and science center is slated for construction on the park’s southern edge. The artwork should take advantage of sightlines from Trade Street south into the park as well as from the entrance to the park from between the hotel and condominium building to the east.
The review committee is composed of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission members and stakeholders associated with Merschel Park. The committee will evaluate all qualifications and recommend up to three finalists to make proposals. Each finalist will receive a $1,500 honorarium and a travel stipend, the amount of which will be determined based on the artist’s location, for an in-person interview.
The artist’s statement of interest, professional work history, and submitted work examples will be evaluated by the selection committee. The committee will review applicants on the basis of:
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Kelly Bennett, Public Art Administrator
PO Box 2511, City-County Planning
Winston-Salem NC 27102 United States
QUESTIONS? Contact Kelly Bennett, email@example.com or 336-747-7062
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