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Artists and artist teams are invited to submit qualifications for the design and installation of artwork for an Oklahoma Art in Public Places project at the new Sallisaw Veterans Center.
ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists
DEADLINE: October 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. C.D.T.
The Center is a 175-bed facility designed to provide daily care and treatment for Oklahoma’s heroes in a home-like, family-friendly setting. The Center will be located on a 90-acre plot of land on the south side of Sallisaw, west of U.S. Highway 59 South and south of Drake Road. Sallisaw is a vibrant community located within the boundaries of the Cherokee Nation. It is the county seat of Sequoyah County. The Sallisaw Veterans Center is a project of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA).
Areas of interest for public artwork include, but are not limited to:
ABOUT OKLAHOMA ART IN PUBLIC PLACES
Signed into law in 2004, the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Act reserves 1.5 percent of eligible state capital improvement project budgets for investment in public art that represents the history and values of Oklahoma. Administered by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the program advances state economic development goals and enhances public spaces for Oklahoma residents. In its management of the program, the Oklahoma Arts Council facilitates a process that brings together state government entities, artists, and local citizens in the commissioning or acquisition of artwork reflecting the history and values of individual communities.
The selected artist or artist team will work with the project design team to finalize plans and determine the timeline for installation of the artwork. Construction of the Sallisaw Veterans Center will begin Summer 2020, with plans to open for residents Summer 2022.
SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
RFQ applications will be reviewed by the Oklahoma Arts Council Director of Art in Public Places to identify a list of qualified artists to be considered for the project based on the following criteria:
The list of qualified artists will be presented to the Public Art Selection Committee for the Sallisaw Veterans Center, consisting of one representative of ODVA, the Oklahoma Arts Council Director of Art in Public Places, the project architect, one artist, one arts professional, one art educator, and four community representatives. The Committee will identify 3-5 finalists who will be invited to develop conceptual site-specific proposals after attending an orientation session with the project team and key stakeholders. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium of $2,000 for the development of a conceptual design proposal, plus the reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses approved by the Oklahoma Arts Council prior to travel arrangements being made for the orientation and panel interview. The Committee will submit rankings of finalist proposals and recommendation for consideration and final approval to the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Oversight Committee.
ARTIST SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS
The Oklahoma Art in Public Places program is open to all artists regardless of age, race, class, national origin, creed, gender, gender expression, religious affiliation, physical or mental ability.
WHAT TO SUBMIT
Application materials include:
HOW TO SUBMIT
Applications must be submitted through the Oklahoma Arts Council website. Please allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted after the October 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. (Central Daylight Time) deadline.
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