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The Maryland State Arts Council and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are now accepting applications for the Health Sciences Facility III public art project. The artwork will be a three-dimensional sculpture sited on the exterior public plaza of the Health Sciences Facility III on the downtown UMB campus, located adjacent to the schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy.
Eligibility: Artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply. The artist must have completed two permanent public artworks with budgets of at least $50,000. Additionally, the artist must meet at least two of the following criteria to be considered for this commission:
The Health Sciences Facility III (HSF III) building is the third research building on the UMB campus that is intended to promote interdisciplinary and inter-professional research activity in the health sciences. It will house wet and dry research laboratories, high end imaging, faculty and staff offices. Researchers from the UMB health sciences schools will be conducting research with the goal of advancing knowledge and making discoveries that will provide cures for diseases and illnesses facing today’s society.
UMB is seeking a three-dimensional permanent artwork that is monumental and iconic. The sculpture will be located in a dense urban setting so it must be durable, easily maintained and not create public safety issues. The sculpture should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a downtown environment with pedestrian traffic, and exposure to vehicular pollution. The artist should consider the wind tunnel effect that is often present along West Baltimore Street when conceiving the sculpture. The proposed artwork may not incorporate digital technology. Lighting of the sculpture will be covered by the building construction budget and the artist will work with the design and construction team to ensure proper night lighting of the artwork. Finally, as a recognizable icon of UMB, the landmark sculpture will be in a place intended for meeting, hanging out and/or studying, and used for photo opportunities as a backdrop for special events and graduation photographs.
The artist should consider the following concepts or themes when envisioning the sculpture, which will be the first major public art commission undertaken by UMB:
· UMB mission, vision, strategic goals and core values
· Pre-eminence as an innovator
· Unique character of UMB schools and inter-professional interactions
· Dynamic university community – seven schools in one university
· Strong commitment to the neighboring communities including West Baltimore and the adjacent Bromo Tower Arts District.
· Contemporary and forward-looking but respects our campus history
· Relationship to the Health Sciences Facility III design elements, aesthetics and public plaza
· Be inspiring
· Be engaging; willing to consider movement as a component of the sculpture
· Be contextual and specific to this particular site
The Public Art Committee is seeking an artist or artist team with experience creating a sculpture that integrates well into a dense urban environment. The sculpture should utilize enduring materials that can withstand a downtown urban streetscape with pedestrian traffic, exposure to vehicular pollution and be easily cleaned and maintained in the event of graffiti or other defacing. The Committee is seeking artistic excellence and innovation in past artwork, especially examples in urban settings that integrate the themes of health or life sciences in the artwork.
The following specific criteria will be considered during the voting process for final artist selection:
How to Apply
Applications must be made through CaFE, http://www.callforentry.org There is no charge to open an account or to submit for the opportunity.
Please review the full RFQ for complete site, project and application information.
Questions? Contact Liesel Fenner, Public Art Program Director, Maryland State Arts Council, firstname.lastname@example.org
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