Zionsville Seeks Artwork for Town Hall

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The Town of Zionsville, Indiana is seeking to commission two artworks for the entrance lobby of its new Town Hall.

Budget:  $10,000 (for up to two artworks)

Eligibility:  Artists over 18 and living in Indiana

Deadline:  Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Description of Opportunity

Located a mere 20 minutes north of Indianapolis, quaint and quiet Zionsville provides one of the most enviable lifestyles of any town in Indiana. The excellence of the school system, the strong home values, the highly educated and close-knit community, and the 400+ acres of parks and trails attract families and businesses who seek a small-town atmosphere close to big-city amenities.  A visit to Zionsville includes shopping at one-of-a-kind boutiques and stores along the historic brick Main Street, visiting a variety of art galleries of nationally-known artists, and dining choices to fit every taste and budget at locally-owned restaurants.

Town of Zionsville staff moved into a new Town Hall in fall 2017. Zionsville Town Hall is home to the following departments: Administration, Planning & Economic Development, Finance & Records, Information Technology, and Zionsville Fire Department Administration. Also located in the building is the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and Boone County Senior Services, Inc.

The Town is seeking artwork for the various building walls, most importantly, the front lobby wall. Artists may visit Town Hall to see the space before submitting their materials. Please make an appointment with Amanda Vela via email: avela@zionsville-in.gov

Artwork Information

In the front lobby there are two sections in need of sculptural artwork or paintings. Each section measures 4’3.5” wide x 9’6” tall. Art needs to be placed in BOTH sections. The artwork could be one artwork that exists as two elements (a diptych), or may be two distinct artworks that coordinate (e.g., could be two pieces from the same series, or may have similar colors or elements). Ideally, if two artworks are selected they will have been created by the same artist; however, artwork by two different artists may be selected if there is some uniformity.

Any style or medium is eligible; however, preference is given to colorful, sculptural artwork that stands out on the cream-colored walls of the building. The artist must be located in Indiana at the time of the sale and must be a resident of Indiana for the foreseeable future.

Project Budget

This is a commission opportunity for one or two artworks with a TOTAL sales, sales tax, and delivery price not to exceed $10,000. The artist will be responsible for creating and physically delivering the artwork to a designated location on or before an indicated date. The Town of Zionsville will install the artwork at its own expense.

Selection Process

A committee made up of Zionsville artists and those in Zionsville interested in the arts will review submitted artist information and will select one or two artists to create custom artwork for the space.

Selection Criteria

The committee will select an artist to commission based upon the following criteria:

  1. Artistic quality:  The artist produces work that is appropriate to the Zionsville context, and is creative, colorful, and stylistically distinctive.
  2. Aesthetic sensibility:  The submitted examples of artwork display an aesthetic that is desirable for the Zionsville community.
  3. Technical ability:  The artwork displays professionalism and skill with materials and techniques.

Project Timeline

This timeline represents the project as it now appears.  Changes may be necessary as the project progresses.

  • Release Request for Qualifications:  October 11, 2018
  • Deadline for submissions:  November 21
  • Selection panel review:  November 26 – November 30
  • Notification of status:  by December 5
  • Submission of first artwork design(s): Early 2019
  • Completion and installation of artwork:  by May 1, 2019

What to Submit

Artists must submit the following information digitally, to arrive before 5 p.m. on November 21, 2018. 

  1. Applicant Information: Submit a document with your name and contact information, including (if available) the URL for your website and how to access the public blog site or social media account(s) where you post images of your artwork (for example, Instagram).
  2. Professional Resume or CV
  3. Images of past artwork: Submit digital images (in .jpg format) of artwork that is of the style and aesthetic that you would use when creating a work for Zionsville Town Hall. You may submit up to 10 different artworks and up to three images of each artwork. It is suggested to include at least two views of each sculptural artwork.
  4. Image information sheet:  Submit a sheet with the following information about each submitted artwork:  title, date completed, commission or sale price, brief (1-2 sentences) of the maintenance needs of the artwork, and a brief (1-2 sentences) description of the concept behind the artwork.  If the artwork is available for immediate sale, please indicate in the artwork description.

How to Submit

Submissions may be mailed, hand-delivered, or shared via Dropbox.

  • Mailed or hand-delivered submissions must be on a flash/jump drive. The mailing and delivery address is:

Town of Zionsville

c/o Amanda Vela

1100 West Oak Street

Zionsville, IN 46077

QUESTIONS?  Contact Amanda Vela, Town of Zionsville Director of Communications & Community Relations, (317) 873-1585 or avela@zionsville-in.gov

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