The Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative invite emerging and mid-career artists to submit qualifications to be considered for a temporary public art project to be installed along Connecticut Avenue in 2020.
Budget: $35,000 all inclusive (must include structural drawings stamped by a DC-licensed engineer; max. fee to artist/team $7,000)
Eligibility: Professional artists residing in the US (DC artists preferred in cases of identical scoring)
Deadline: 09/09/2019 10:59 PM Central Time
This temporary artwork will be on Connecticut Avenue and K Street, a prestigious and highly visible location in one of the most vibrant and bustling corridors in DC and the Golden Triangle neighborhood. This project builds on the success of the 2018 collaboration between the Golden Triangle BID and the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. Additional info on that collaboration is here.
The selected Artist or Team will:
The Golden Triangle BID and Smithsonian Institution will include the artist or team’s information on its website, social media outlets, and other various media outlets. A weather-proof plaque/label with pertinent information and approved text will be installed with the artwork. The Golden Triangle BID and Smithsonian reserve the right to photograph the artwork for educational purposes, brochures, and other publicity. All copyrights remain with the artist. The Golden Triangle BID will host a public dedication ceremony in early 2020 upon installation of the artwork.
The Smithsonian launched the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative—Because Of Her Story—in 2018. The initiative is one of the country’s most ambitious undertakings to research, collect, document, display and share the compelling story of women, which is inclusive of all persons who identify as female or have a history of being designated female but identify differently.
We’re seeking one project that aims to pay tribute to women and their history in our shared public spaces. The artwork will relate to the integral themes and goals of The Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative and will lend itself to related programming and public engagement. Both new and existing works are eligible. The artwork will:
Artwork Location Description
The artworks will be located in the heart of DC’s central business district on the Connecticut Avenue Median (at K Street NW). The artwork should optimize this space to achieve the goals of the project.
The Golden Triangle BID will convene an Advisory Panel to recommend artists based on their qualifications, artistic merit, prior work experience, and professionalism necessary to complete these projects. Representatives from the Smithsonian Institution, the area community, and other experts in the field will review submissions. Up to five semi-finalists may be selected to create concept proposals. The final design proposals will be subject to the review of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts (CFA), National Capital Planning Commission, and DC Department of Transportation. Upon approval of the concept design, the selected artists, and representatives from the Golden Triangle BID will determine the best strategy for obtaining the required permits. The artist whose design is approved will then enter into an agreement with the Golden Triangle BID for the fabrication, installation, and programming of artwork. The artists/teams may subcontract with artwork fabricator(s) and installer(s). These projects are contingent upon funding availability and permitting.
ARTISTIC CONTENT (40%)
CAPACITY AND SUSTAINABILITY (30%)
AUDIENCE ENGAGEMENT AND IMPACT (30%)
What to Submit
How to Submit
Submit the indicated material ONLINE ONLY via this form.
QUESTIONS? Contact Karyn Miller, 202-684-8924 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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