Maine Arts Commission Seeks Proposals for two Percent for Art Calls
The Maine Arts Commission currently has two Percent for Art Competitions with January deadlines that are open to all artists. Abbreviated details of these two calls can be found below. Full details of these and other Maine Arts Commission opportunities can always be found at http://mainearts.maine.gov/opportunities.aspx.
University Commons, University of Southern Maine, Portland, Percent for Art
The Maine Arts Commission is making an open call to all artists to submit proposals to design, create, and install artwork at the University Commons, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Total project budget is $50,000; submissions deadline is January 4, 2010.
The Percent for Art University Commons call for artists asks applicants to consider addressing one of three opportunities for the placement of art: Option A. exterior sculpture situated between the two buildings addressed in this call: the Osher Map Library / Glickman Library and the Muskie School/Wishcamper Center. Option B. the interior sites of the two buildings individually: the FORUM at the Muskie School/Wishcamper Center and the LIBRARY ARCADE in the Glickman Library/Osher Map Library. One or two artists or artist teams will be selected for the commission. The selection committee is interested in proposals that relate to the University’s interaction with the Portland community at large and its role in the state university system. Applicants should also consider that the work should be welcoming to the neighborhood, visitors, student population and community at large. Works of art that are too literal or predictable will not be favored.
More information about the site can be found at :http://www.usm.maine.edu/dfm/pages/engineering.htm
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There is approximately $50, 000 in Percent for Art funds available for this project. These funds will be used to commission work(s) from one or two artists. An artist’s budget proposal must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses, including any building or site modification associated with the artwork.
All professional artists may apply for consideration to this project. Preference will be given to artists who are Maine residents. Artists who are employees of the University of Southern Maine or are members of the art selection committee and their immediate families are ineligible for Percent for Art projects at this location. The project is open to all artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Contact Alison Ferris, Assistant Director, with questions at 207/287-2710, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The full prospectus can be found at MaineArts.com by following this link: http://mainearts.maine.gov/oppdetail.aspx?Id=8202
Peaks-Kenny State Park Percent for Art
The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists or artist-teams living in the United States to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at Peaks-Kenny State Park in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. Special consideration will be given to Maine artists. Total project budget is $20,000; submission deadline is Friday, January 29, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.
BACKGROUND: Peaks-Kenny State Park lies on the shores of Sebec Lake just north of Dover-Foxcroft, Maine. The 839-acre park lies in the Central Maine Highlands, an area renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor opportunities with Moosehead Lake, the Appalachian Trail, and the southern end of Baxter State Park. The Park encompasses more than a mile of shoreline along the clean, deep, spring-fed waters of Sebec Lake. A sandy swimming beach offers lovely views across the lake to Borestone Mountain, a 1600-acre nature sanctuary. The park is home to stately trees (old-growth hardwood forests, hemlock and pines) and large, magnificent glacial boulders. For more information about the park, please search for Peaks-Kenny State Park from: www.parksandlands.com.
The Percent for Art committee is interested in commissioning art that deeply responds to (rather than competes with) the park’s natural environment. In addition, the committee would like the art to enhance or heighten visitors’ experience of the park’s landscape and nature. The committee is open to all art forms and all media with the exception of two-dimensional work simply because there is no facility at the park in which it can be installed or exhibited. The art can be sited anywhere in the park as long as it is sensitive to the environment and to the manner in which visitors use the park.
Peaks-Kenny State Park is closed for the winter; however, the site may be visit by contacting Mike Leighton, Regional Manager of the Northern Region Parks at 207-941-4014 to set up an appointment. All other questions can be directed to Alison Ferris, Assistant Director of the Maine Arts Commission at: email@example.com
Full details are available from MaineArts.com by using this link: http://mainearts.maine.gov/oppdetail.aspx?Id=8223