ART moves LOUISVILLE Seeks Artists' Projects

ART moves LOUISVILLE Seeks Artists' Projects



 Unknown, Kentucky, Unknown

One of the key needs of a healthy, vibrant and functional community is ease of mobility. Streets, sidewalks, transit, bike paths and trails all form a network that allow us to get where we need to go. It is a network we often take for granted, until it ceases to serve our needs or has a negative impact on our quality of life.

ART moves LOUISVILLE is an opportunity for artists to present new work, performances, and ideas around the issue of transportation and mobility in public spaces throughout the city. From the submitted responses to this Request for Information (RFI), up to five artists will be selected to develop project concepts for short-term, long-term, and event-based projects initiated in fall of 2016. The budget for the overall project series is $100,000. Individual artists’ project budgets will be determined by the artist selection panel upon review of submissions.

This RFI is an open call for artists working in visual art, performance, written and spoken word, site-specific interventions, sound, and digital media. Professional artists who are new to the field of public art and/or have experience interacting with the community are encouraged to apply. This RFI is open to professional artists and designers nationally, working individually or as a team.

Artists are invited to transform our experience of transportation systems and pedestrian corridors by addressing the following goals:

  • Imagine a multi-modal Louisville
  • Activate target corridors and activity nodes
  • Present engagement and value for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Break down barriers to our usage of public transportation
  • Invite dialog and interaction in our public spaces
  • Create arts experiences that appeal to a broad audience

Artists are asked to provide an estimated budget range in this submission. Selected artists will develop a full project budget in their concept proposal. Each project budget will include all costs of creating the artwork, including but not limited to artist fees, travel, design, fees paid to performers and others, insurance, engineering, fabrication, site-work, shipping, installation costs and the cost of removing the work and returning the site to its original state. In addition, artists will be expected to participate in related programming and events, including at least one public lecture related to this project series. 

Criteria for artist selection includes:

  • Artistic excellence – Does the quality of previous work submitted demonstrate compatibility with the project series?
  • Project goals – Does the previous work submitted demonstrate an ability to create artwork that responds to the goals of the project?
  • Approach – Applicants are asked to submit a brief letter describing their interest in the project, how they would approach the project, what ideas they would like to explore, and confirming their availability to meet the project timeline. Does the applicant clearly articulate their ideas and understanding of the project? Are the ideas they are interested in exploring compelling and relevant?
  • Experience – This project will require projects to be designed, fabricated, installed, de-installed, and performed on time and on budget. Does the applicant have proven experience (confirmed by submitted references) to execute this project?

Anticipated Timeline (dates subject to change)

Thursday, June 9, 2016                            Submissions Due

By June 27, 2016                                      Artists Selected

Week of July 11, 2016                               Artist Site Visits

August 2016                                              Artist Present Concept Proposals (specific dates TBD)

Fall of 2016                                                Installation and Unveiling 


To apply, please send the following materials by June 9, 2016:

  • A brief letter describing your interest in the project you are applying for, how you would approach the project, what ideas you would like to explore, and confirming your availability to meet the project timeline. 
  • Your estimated project budget (select from $5000 or less; $5000 – $10,000; $10,000 – $15,000; $15,000 – $30,000; $30,000 – $50,000; $50,000 – $75,000; or $75,000 to $100,000). A final budget will be requested as part of the selected artists’ concept proposals.
  • A CV/resume and the names, titles, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of 3 to 5 references that we can contact.
  • Up to 15 jpeg images and/or up to 3 video samples documenting previous work (please provide links to online videos, do not include digital video files).
  • A corresponding image/video list with title, medium, dimensions, brief description, location, date of work, commissioning entity and budget.

Please save written materials as a PDF and images in JPEG format (at least 300 dpi). You may send us your materials on USB flash drive, compact disk (CD), or via email. If you email, please use a file sharing service such as an FTP or Dropbox. If you have any questions, please email or call Sarah Lindgren at 502.574.1554.


Please send or email your materials to:

Sarah Lindgren

Public Art Administrator

Metro Development Center

444 S. 5th Street, Suite 600

Louisville, Kentucky 40202