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A unique collaboration between the Greensboro Science Center and the Public Art Endowment is underway for the creation of a public work of art that represents how science and art are intertwined. The sculpture is intended to engage viewers’ imaginations and symbolize a spirit of discovery and learning.
Eligibility: Professional artists age 18 or older
Deadline: 10/11/2019 5:00 PM Central Time
This project is a partnership between the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro’s Public Art Endowment (PAE) and the Greensboro Science Center (GSC) to create an iconic outdoor artwork for the renovated entry plaza of the GSC facility located at 4301 Lawndale Drive in Greensboro, NC. Descriptors for the project include: kinetic, playful, child-friendly, wayfinding, approachable, interactive or reactive.
Goals of the project include:
The Greensboro Science Center (GSC) is committed to excellence in science education by providing the community with a dynamic, experiential and family-focused attraction designed to inspire scientific curiosity and encourage personal discovery about life and the natural world. It is North Carolina’s only nationally AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) and AAM (American Alliance of Museums) accredited science institution. In 2018, the GSC welcomed over 440,000 visitors to its campus with over 85,000 of those being students in Guilford County School groups. The GSC has a goal to sustain an annual visitation of 500,000+ upon completion of the Master Plan 2019 which will include the Greensboro Rotary Carousel, a new front entrance complex, an outdoor Komodo Dragon lair, a breeding center for Malayan tigers, phase one of Battleground Parks District, and Revolution Ridge- our zoological expansion.
The selection process will proceed via a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and include visits, interviews and presentations by a select number of artists. Artists are invited to submit images and a resume to be included in the pool of artists for initial review by the consultant and the PAE Artist Selection Committee, then presented to the Sculpture Committee. The Sculpture Committee presents 7-10 semi-finalists to the PAE Endowment Trustees and together narrow the group to a maximum of three finalists. Each selected finalist will travel to Greensboro to visit the site and meet the Sculpture Committee and site architects. They will also make a presentation to the full group of PAE Trustees, select GSC donors and the Sculpture Committee to convey their thoughts on this project, their philosophy of public art and to review past projects. This group will vote on the final artist. The finalists will be paid an honorarium ($500) for their time and presentation, as well as all travel and accommodation costs while in Greensboro.
The artists will be selected based on the following criteria, as evidenced in application materials and conversations with listed references:
What to Submit
Note: If submitting as a team, compile all résumés into a single document.
Slides, prints or any physical submissions of artwork will not be accepted.
How to Submit
Submit ONLINE ONLY via CODAworx.
QUESTIONS? Contact Cheryl Stewart, 336-601-2062
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