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Thirteen Annual Philbrick Poetry Award

August 4th, 2010

The Providence Athenaeum
Thirteen Annual Philbrick Poetry Award

Winner will receive:

  • $500
  • Publication of chapbook
  • Publication of chapbook as an ebook on the Providence Athenaeum website
  • The opportunity to read at the Providence Athenaeum with the contest’s judge.

2010 Judge:

         Dana Gioia

Previous Judges :

Richard Wilbur, C.D. Wright, Robert Creeley, Michael Harper, Stanley Moss, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, John Ashbery, Robert Pinsky, Martin Espada, D.H. Melhem, Forrest Gander, Marilyn Nelson, and Marge Piercy.

Submission Guidelines:

1. Deadline: Submissions must be postmarked no earlier than July 15, 2010 and no later than October 15, 2010.

2. A check for the entry fee of $10.00 must be enclosed with the submission (includes free chapbook of a previous winner). Multiple submissions by the same poet are considered a separate submission and each entry should be unique.

3. Manuscripts should be 15 to 25 pages. Please send two copies.

4. Eligibility is limited to residents of the New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont) who have not had a poetry book published. Should you become published after submitting an entry to this contest, please contact us to withdraw your submission.

5. The Philbrick Award honors a spirit of fairness and integrity among poets. If you have been a student of the judge within the last five years or if you have a close personal or professional relationship with the judge, please wait until the next year to submit your work.

6. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

7. Please enclose with your submission two cover sheets with the following information:

Cover sheet #1
Title of manuscript
Author’s name and address
Telephone numberEmail address
  Cover sheet # 2
Title of manuscript

8. Please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope for announcement of the winner. Manuscripts will not be returned.

9. The winner will be announced in February 2011.

10. The reading by the winner and judge will take place at the Athenaeum in April 2011.

Send manuscripts to:

Philbrick Poetry Award
Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903

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Wet Paint 2010

August 3rd, 2010

Presented by William Vareika Fine Arts Ltd

Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22
 

No matter what medium you work in, we invite you to hit the streets, beaches and byways on Saturday, August 21 to create original works of art for Wet Paint 2010, our popular public art event and fundraiser.

“Still wet” artworks in a variety of mediums, created by hundreds of regional artists on Saturday will be sold during silent and live auctions on Sunday, August 22 at the Newport Art Museum. Proceeds benefit the Newport Art Museum’s extensive education, exhibition and community outreach programs.

In the spirit of ‘Wet Paint’, we hope you will submit work created outdoors, or your most recent work.  

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Connanicut Island Arts Association Call for Members and Submissions

August 3rd, 2010

The membership of the Connanicut Island Arts Association is looking forward to its 36th Annual Members Show, taking place at the Jamestown Community Center, on the waterfront at 41 Conanicus Ave.  Entrants may register and drop works off on Monday August 9 from 10am to 4pm.  The show opens Wednesday evening from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, and will run through Sunday, August 15th, 10am to 4pm.  For the first year in its history the CIAA will be accepting members from beyond Jamestown, so the show promises to fill the Community Center.  All media are accepted, and the art works will be judged by Newport painter William Heydt, who will choose the top three artists as well as honorable mentions.  All prize winners and the membership’s choice of Peoples Choice Award will be announced at the openning.  Celtic harpist Mary King will perform at the openning.

Artists may enter 2 pieces for hanging, and works must not exceed 48″ in any dimension.  Artists may also submit up to 15 unframed original works for bin placement, not exceed 18″x36″.
Email Lance lance@kalastyle.com for more information

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Aroho Prize

August 2nd, 2010

http://www.aroomofherownfoundation.org/orlando.php

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Newport Baroque discontinues operations

August 2nd, 2010

We note with sadness the following message from Paul Cienniwa, Artistic Director of Newport Baroque.  It’s been a pleasure and honor to support their efforts these past several years, and we wish Paul all the best with his performing career.

Dear Friends of Newport Baroque,

I am writing to let you know that the Board of Newport Baroque and I have agreed to discontinue operations. As artistic director, it has become increasingly difficult to fit Newport Baroque concerts into my performing schedule, and I have found that I was putting important performing opportunities on hold for the sake of Newport Baroque. Rather than find the organization in a situation where my own interest and time would be fading, the Board and I have agreed that it would be best to end Newport Baroque on the high note of eight successful seasons of historical music in Newport.

I am grateful to you as an audience member for making Newport Baroque important to Newport. And I am equally grateful to the hard-working Board of Directors for its exemplary leadership. Founded with a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Newport Baroque Orchestra (later Newport Baroque) had its first concert at Trinity Church in the spring of 2003. In its time, Newport Baroque performed works from Arne to Zelenka, including performances of Bach cantatas and Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas and collaborations with the Providence Singers, the Tufts Chamber Choir and Providence College. With grants from Target, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, the Apple Pickers Foundation and private donors, Newport Baroque Orchestra gave eight successful concert seasons of baroque music on period instruments.

Once again, I thank you for your support of Newport Baroque over the years. It is now time for others to carry the torch for quality off-season classical music for Newport County and beyond. Please support those who carry on this mission!

Sincerely,

Paul Cienniwa, DMA

Artistic Director

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ARTISTS NEEDED TO TEACH

August 2nd, 2010

Are you an artist who would like to teach others your art? The North Kingstown Arts Council is seeking artists to teach in the Fall 2010 Take an Arts Break program, a series of classes in the arts for North Kingstown residents. Artists design their own classes; the Arts Council arranges teaching space, advertises, and registers students; the artists teach; and the Arts Council pays the instructors. Further information is available at www.NKArtsCouncil.org or 294-3331 X241. Proposals are due by August 20th.

Proposals may be sent directly to North Kingstown Arts Council, North Kingstown Town Hall, 80 Boston Neck Road, North Kingstown, RI  02852 or by email to info@NKArtsCouncil.org.

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State Arts Council Applauds Lt. Governor Roberts for national arts recognition

July 30th, 2010

Lt.Gov. Roberts receives national arts award from Wisconsin Lt. Gov Lawton and Americans for the Arts Jay Dick

Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts received recognition from Americans for the Arts and the National Lt. Governors Association for her work promoting the arts and its role in our state’s economy.

A special award ceremony was recently held at the National Lt. Governor’s Association conference in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Congratulations, Lt. Governor Roberts!

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Pawtucket Arts Festival Seeks Artists

July 30th, 2010

Looking for Ten more artists, painters, sculptors, to share and sell
their work at the 12th Annual Pawtucket Art Fest 2010 on the
Slater Park grounds September 11 and 12. Pass the word.

http://www.pawtucketartsfestival.org/events/September/11/2010/arts-fest

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Call for Entries | Annual Open Juried Exhibit

July 29th, 2010

  

 Juror:  Jason Brockert, painter
Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery

175 Main Street, Pawtucket

 

Exhibit:  August 22 through September 17, 2010

 

Reception:  Thursday, September 9, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Lecture:  7:00 pm – Joshua Enck, Sculptor

 

Open to all artists.

All media accepted.

Submit actual artwork, no reproductions, no slides, and must be ready to hang.

Artists must review and sign the Exhibit Policy & Procedures.

Entry fee: $10 for one OR $20 up to three submissions.

Size limitation: no larger than 48″ in any direction.

 

Submission Dates:  Friday, August 13 & Saturday, August 14, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Drop off location: The PAC OFFICE, 260 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI

Pawtucket Arts Collaborative (www.pawtucketartscollaborative.org) is dedicated to supporting, promoting and developing the highest level of the arts for the community and its artists. We do this by creating awareness, education and involvement through our members. All exhibitions take place in the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative Gallery, a showcase of RI’s artist community exhibiting all disciplines and media, located at The Blackstone Valley Visitor Center at 175 Main Street in Pawtucket, RI.

All questions should be directed to the Gallery Co-Chairs:

Amy Jean Romero, earthboundart@gmail.com

or

Holly Gaboriault, holly@madammeow.com

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PRINTMAKING RESIDENCY PROGRAM – October 1, 2010

July 29th, 2010
The Lower East Side Printshop offers free yearlong studio residencies for emerging artists. The Keyholder Residency includes free 24/7 access to a large shared studio with printmaking facilities, $500 stipend, storage space and basic supplies, exhibition opportunities, educational programming, and support services. Artists from all disciplines are eligible: printmaking skills are recommended but not required, and basic instruction in printmaking is available at no cost.

For more information:

Lower East Side Printshop
306 W 37th St 6th Floor
New York NY 10018

212-673-5390
http://www.printshop.org
info@printshop.org

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Call For NE Writers Or Sound Artists/Musicians

July 29th, 2010

August 23, 2010

Budget: $15,000. Five to ten finalists will receive a $500 honorarium to develop a proposal for public exhibition at the 10th Annual Open Studios in Lowell on September 24, 25 and 26, 2010. One artist/ designer/ team will be commissioned for the project. Trinity Financial invites artists/ designers/ teams to forward qualifications for an artwork to be permanently installed in the four-story atrium of the Appleton Mills redevelopment, an historic textile mill.

Contact:

Christina Lanzl
Project Manager
UrbanArts

617-879-7973
http://www.massart.edu/Documents/www.massart.edu/about_massart/urban_arts_institute/Appleton_Studios_Cafe_due_08.23.10.pdf
christina.lanzl@massart.edu

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Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts Seeks LISC-Americorps Communications Associate

July 27th, 2010

 Location: 172 Exchange Street, Pawtucket, RI 02860

Salary:

Start Date: September 1, 2010

unspecified

Temporary

Job Description

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Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts

LISC AmeriCorps Member

The mission of the LISC AmeriCorps program is to transform distressed

neighborhoods into healthy communities by placing AmeriCorps Members with

Community Development Corporations (CDCs). LISC helps CDCs assist in the

revitalization of underserved neighborhoods across America by providing

financing and technical know-how to CDCs in order for the groups to develop

affordable housing, spur commercial investments, create jobs and expand

other services that improve the quality of life in the low-income

communities where the live and work. AmeriCorps is one component of LISC’s

human capital agenda and seeks to attract talented individuals to serve for

one year at CDCs to help build organizational capacity.

The Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts (Armory Arts), which was founded as

the Pawtucket Armory Association in 2001, is a 501 (c)3 non-profit

organization overseeing the rehabilitation and management of the historic

Pawtucket National Guard Armory on Exchange Street, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The continuing rehabilitation, started in 2002, will see the conversion of

the Armory into an active and vibrant center for the arts and arts

education. The final phase of reconstruction will take the form of a

340-seat performance space in the large Drill Hall area. Completion of this

design will provide a new and permanent home for The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm

Theatre and resident partners, as well as a state-of-the art facility for

other regional and community arts groups, making the City of Pawtucket a

cultural hub within easy reach of larger population centers to the North and

South and spurring the city’s continued economic growth.

Member Activities

The member at Armory Arts will serve as Communications Associate. Reporting

to the Director of Development, the Communications Associate takes a lead

role in communicating The Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts’ mission and

activities to a broad audience. Focus areas include web content creation

and management, desktop publishing, graphic design, social networking and

other forms of communication. The Communications Associate will also have a

key role in the work of the Armory Arts District Study Group, which is a

collaboration between the public and private sectors in the strategic

development of the Armory and surrounding real estate.

Key responsibilities include:

. Drafting press releases to engage Armory Arts stakeholders and

elevate organizational awareness

. Developing Op/Eds for publication in media outlets

. Maintaining and improving company press list, while cultivating

press relationships

. Arranging special press events

. Collaborating with marketing committee on annual marketing plan

. Writing, designing and distributing monthly e-newsletter and bulk

emails

. Overseeing and updating Armory Arts’ website

. Maintaining organization’s facebook page and effectively manipulate

social networking opportunities

. Taking minutes of all marketing and p.r. strategy sessions

. Coordinating all marketing mailings and identifying target

constituencies

. Designing Armory Arts advertisements and promotional materials

. Engaging in periodic IT, photography and videography activities

. Acting as a community liaison and marketing supervisor for strategic

partnerships, tenants and other cultural entities.

. Volunteer management

. Database management

. Working with community stakeholders in support of the Armory Arts

District Study Group’s work

Minimum Qualifications

. High School degree, GED certificate or agree to achieve GED within

the year

. Minimum of 18 years of age, US citizen or permanent resident status

. Desire and ability to work with a diverse group of people,

particularly those living in low-income distressed neighborhoods

. Ability to work independently and in a team environment

. Computer skills

. Good written and oral communication skills

. Ability to work a flexible schedule (some night and weekends may be

required)

 

Member Benefits

Part-time members are required to serve a minimum of 900 hours and a full

year at the Pawtucket Armory Center for the Arts. Members are invited to

attend a national orientation the week of October 24, 2010 and monthly

meetings and training hosted by the local LISC office. Armory Arts will also

make additional training opportunities available. Members will earn a

stipend of $9,000. Upon successful completion of the service year, members

will be eligible for a $2,675 educational award to pay off existing student

loans or return to school.

 

How to Apply

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To apply, please send resume to

derek@armoryartsri.org

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Mudstone Studios has 3 great workshops coming up

July 27th, 2010

Coming up soon is the Surface decoration workshop.  Once you have learned to throw a pot or sculpt a piece, what’s next?  Do you want to learn more about glaze applications, layering matt, glossy, transparent and opaque? Use wax or latex as a resist.  How about some interesting slip decoration techniques and effective texturing tools?  When is it best to carve in my clay, burnish it or cut out pieces?  We’ve got some fantastic ways to do Trompe l’Oeil effects and appliqué.  This 4 week, Saturday workshop will be instructed by Jeanne Loewenstein, Ellen Blomgren and Rose Esson Dawson
Saturdays, August 14-September 4th 1-4:pm
$200 + $50 for materials  20% discount for members

The second Pit Firing workshop will happen in October, dates to be announced.  Guest artist, Jason Fong will show us how to make terra siggillatta, apply it to greenware and burnish work.  He’ll guide us in preparing the pit and ware for firing and there will be a scheduled unloading of the pit and discussion about the finished work.  Bring some of your greenware and make some during the workshop
2 Saturdays and a Sunday in October, dates still to be announced  (tentative dates: October 23, 30 &31)
$175 per student materials are included.   20% discount for members   www.bocretion.com/clay

 
And, lastly, Mudstone will have a Raku Firing on Halloween night 6-9:pm.  Pay $20 per load, the kiln is 17 inches by 17 inches by 17 inches.  Use the space all to yourself or split it with friends.  Work must be ready for glaze, drop in ahead of time to create and bisque fire work or bring something.  Feel free to bring friends!  Please sign up in advance, kiln space is limited.

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Open Call for Hispanic and Latino Artists

July 26th, 2010

On behalf of General Electric Company, we invite you to submit works for GE’s 4th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Art Exhibition.  The exhibition opens September 13, 2010 and runs through October 29, 2010.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to exhibit your artwork in a prominent Fairfield, CT corporate headquarters location, and also on GE’s Cultural Online Gallery for worldwide distribution.  The works are available for sale.       To view past exhibitions visit:  http://www.picture-that.com/Corporate-Galleries/index.html   THE PROCESS  Submit the materials required by August 5, 2010.  We will confirm receipt of your materials within 72 hours of receiving.  Final selections will be made by August 27, 2010.  Works must be shipped/delivered to our Stamford, CT studio the week of August 30, 2010. Please take this timeline and location into consideration when evaluating whether this opportunity is a good fit.  Shortly after finalists are confirmed, we will communicate details on logistics, commission structure and drop-off procedures.     MATERIALS REQUIRED:    1. Artist Bio/Statement including name, telephone# and web address.
 2.  Five digital jpg files of artwork including the frame.   If the work isn’t framed, describe how it will be installed.  The file size should be ~ 150 dpi.  The name of the jpgs should reflect the name of the artwork.   3.  A listing of the five works including title, year created, medium, size and insurance value.     Send all materials via email to opencallforartists@picture-that.com.  Format the subject of your email as follows: GEHISPANIC_YourLastNameYourFirstName_YourCityYourState.  For example, GEHISPANIC_DoeJane_StamfordCT.    Contact us with questions via email at opencallforartists@picture-that.com.     Interested in keeping abreast of Picture That projects, future opportunities and services/products offered?  Click on the icons below to FAN our Picture That Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter.  Thanks for your continued interest !

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CALL FOR PRESENTERS

July 26th, 2010
NEMA EdPAG Museum Education Marketplace

This is the time of year many of us let out a sigh of relief after a long school year of education programs. It’s a

time to relax (well, kind of), reflect, and plan for the next year of visitors and learning. As you reflect on the past

year, please consider some of the ways that you have built community through your projects and programs that

you might like to share with your colleagues at the 2010 NEMA Conference this November.

The NEMA Education PAG will once again be hosting its

present and talk to peers about your latest projects and programs. There is space for twelve to sixteen

presenters from museums throughout New England. Presenters are arranged at tables in an informal,

marketplace setting to offer one‐on‐one discussions, displays, and handouts to help inform attendees about

selected programming and projects.

In keeping with this year’ conference theme, we are seeking presenters who will address how their education

initiatives evoke the same wonder and possibility of a Dr. Seuss book and how these inspired learning

experiences serve as measurable “roof”of their museum’ value to audiences and communities large and

small. Whether the “roof”is attendance, evaluation, or a smiling visitor, share why your institution matters.

Since the description above is a general one, it allows for a great variety of content. We are glad to speak with

you before the proposal deadline to answer questions and work out your ideas!

Museum Education Marketplace, an opportunity to

CONFERENCE DATES AND INFO

The Museum Education Marketplace takes place:

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

11:00 am–12:30 pm

General Conference Information:

New England Museum Association Annual Conference

Museums Matter, Yes They Do – The Proof is in the Pudding, Too

November 3‐5, 2010

Springfield, Massachusetts

See: http://www.nemanet.org/conf10/index.htm

HOW TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

Submit your proposal for the 2010 Education Marketplace by emailing a brief (paragraph or so) description of

your project to both:

Elisabeth Nevins: enevins@seed‐ed.com

Wendy Somes: wsomes@springfieldmuseums.org

Please send proposals no later than

to speak with you before then to help you work out your ideas! We will review all proposals and confirm your

participation by mid‐September.

Friday, August 27, 2010 and include your contact information. We are glad

THANKS!

We hope you will consider volunteering to present at this year’s Marketplace. There is great value in sharing

ideas and past experiences with our peers!

successes and challenges as you navigate the complex world of museum education!

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Membership Development Coordinator, Steamship Historical Society of America

July 26th, 2010
Membership Development Coordinator, Steamship Historical Society of America (East Providence, RI)
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Great Job Available in Providence, employment, historic preservation, Steamship Historical Society
Contributed By: Matthew Schulte
Email The Author: mschulte@sshsa.org

 

Overview: The membership development coordinator creates, implements and distributes SSHSA membership communications; develops and submits grant applications for sustainability; and provides general support and guidance to a small non-profit staff charged with accomplishing a great deal. The coordinator cultivates planned giving efforts, annual appeal mailings, membership renewals, and will provide support for a potential major capital campaign. Above all, this trusted individual serves as the “right-hand” person for the SSHSA executive director.

Apply via e-mail by August 1, 2010 to: Matthew S. Schulte, Executive Director, mschulte@sshsa.org

Specific Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the executive director, sets realistic goals, develops strategies, and coordinates initiatives to meet objectives
  • Assists in providing high-quality written communications, and education and outreach products, including: formal correspondence, press releases, maritime articles, and organizational fact sheets
  • Represents SSHSA at local, regional, and national meetings
  • Organizes an annual conference for membership and coordinates fundraising activities throughout the year
  • Creates and manages membership communications and messaging for the organization, including outreach materials and membership solicitations
  • Coordinates in-house interns and volunteers
  • Develops and helps implement overall communication strategies of the organization to the stakeholders as well as to broader audiences through social media websites
  • Represents SSHSA at public events, forums, and other venues
  • In coordination with the executive director, trains staff and ensures that individual performance goals are met 
  • Supervises certain office staff, volunteers and interns
  • Assists with grant writing aimed at supporting day-to-day operations which includes researching and applying  for capacity building grants and opportunities for sustainability
  • Maintains relationships with affiliated partners and museums helping to reaffirm our goals, mission, and existence while simultaneously creating distribution points for our publications and increasing membership benefits
  • Coordinates major fundraising initiatives and special member development-based events
  • Serves as the in-house PastPerfect software expert and teaches other employees skills to correctly maintain membership database

Qualifications: Master’s degree preferred but will consider applicants with Bachelor’s degree and at least five year’s related experience.

Salary: Full-time position with competitive pay and generous benefits including healthcare, retirement, and the potential for performance-based bonus

  • Assists the executive director with special projects or needs that may occur
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Public Art Call, DMV Cranston

July 26th, 2010

Rhode Island State Council On the Arts Request For Qualifications

Public Art For the Department of Motor Vehicles, Forand Building, Pastore Center, Cranston, RI

Budget: $88,000

Deadline: July 30, 2010

 

Digital Images: http://llbarch.com/project-catalog/featured/rhode-island-division-of-motor-vehicles/

About the Institution

With branches throughout the State, the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles manages every aspect of vehicular administration including accidents, documents & forms, disability parking, inspections, emissions, licenses, id’s, operator manuals, registrations, suspensions, titles, vanity plates, and school buses.

About the Building

 

The building is named after Aime Forand, who was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Rhode Island in 1936 and served from January 3, 1937 to January 3, 1939, having lost his re-election campaign in 1938. He sought election to the House in 1940 and won, and won re-election nine subsequent times, serving from January 3, 1941 to January 3, 1961.

The Forand Building sits atop a hill that affords a view of Providence and the surrounding area. It is currently under construction and will officially open on August 24th.

The first floor will house Operator Control, the second, licensing and registration, and the third, business offices and hearing rooms.

The following is a partial description of the building from the website of architect Lerner/Ladds & Bartels:

“The three-story, 69,000 sf building, located in the Pastore Government Center of Cranston, had been in continuous use as an office facility for the State’s Department of Human Services since its construction in 1970. During that time several building systems had been repaired and upgraded, including the recent replacement of exterior glazing…Programming designs for the building required the ability to process a large quantity of public patrons, accounted for via enhanced entrances able to accommodate large numbers of patrons and staff…The large lobby and atrium opens up to a custom-designed 12’ wide monumental stair of architectural grade steel and art glass”.

The core of the building contains a central atrium that rises three floors and is topped by pre-existing skylights. A central ramp leads up to a large stair case. There is open space under the stairs on each level. Architect Chris Ladds described the foyer as a “mixing box”, the main place where people enter and disperse to various locations throughout the building.

The first floor will house a cafeteria with chairs and tables on the north side. The south side will contain the Operator Control area and a waiting room. Wands of light in steel bases will rise from the floor and hang suspended from the ceiling. The smallest distance between the lights is 18’, the largest is 24’.

On the 2nd and 3rd floors, bridges connect the east and west sides. The bridges are bordered by stainless steel railings.

Most of the business of the building is conducted on the 2nd floor. A 28’ elliptical service counter will occupy this area. Behind the counter, windows will overlook RI Route 2. Ceilings in this room will be 9.5’ in height.

The top floor is occupied by administrative offices. Panelists do not wish to commission work for this floor.

The building is completely accessible to those with disabilities.

The website for the DMV: http://www.dmv.state.ri.us/

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Project

 

In accordance with the guidelines of Rhode Island’s 1% for Public Art Law, a five member art selection panel has been appointed by the State Council on the Arts. It is composed of one representative of the Department of Administration, a representative of the community, two artists, and the project architect. The panel has met to discuss aesthetic and thematic concerns for the project and they have selected sites appropriate for the installation of public art.

Possible sites include:

  1. The 1st floor atrium
  2. The wall liner in the hallways on the first floor
  3. The outside entry and vestibule

 

  • Panelists expressed a desire that the commission not block the natural light which fills the space on every level.

 

  • Panelists would like the public art component to be an experience. The selected commission will be more than “just an object”.  

 

  • The scope will include all labor related to the artist’s installation, permit fees, equipment, supervision, testing services, RI engineer’s stamp, and all other costs incurred in the delivery of the finished installation.

 

  • ADA requirements apply to the final commissioned work.

 

  • Artwork must accommodate children and should be sustainable, safe, and extremely durable. Designs with elaborate maintenance requirements should be avoided.

 

  • No water installations will be considered.

 

  • A sound installation will undergo particularly scrupulous review by the selection panel. A winning sound commission would not be sited near employees and/or customers and would be a voluntary experience that could be turned on or off and would be of 60 to 90 seconds maximum duration.

 

Submission Requirements

Please note: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in the DMV public art selection process. 

RISCA will conduct the DMV Public Art application process online, with all materials submitted in digital format through CaFÉ (see below). There is no charge to the artist for applying or for submitting digital images.   At this preliminary selection stage, we are requesting submissions from artists or art teams consisting of six (6) images representing current work (completed within the past five years), resumes, and very brief descriptions of potential site-specific proposals.  If an artist wants to apply as an individual as well as part of a team, two separate CaFÉ profiles and two separate CaFÉ applications must be completed (i.e., one application submission for you and one application submission for your team). Applications consisting of six images, answers to designated questions, and resumes will be reviewed by the DMV Public Art Selection Panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work, interest in their proposal idea, and the artist’s ability to carry out a substantial public art commission.

Applicants are asked only to provide a short description of their proposal for artwork at the site along with a rough outline of expenses for the design and construction totaling no more than $88,000. Three finalists will be selected from the pool of RFQ applicants and those finalists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $2,500. This stipend includes all travel expenses: hotel, transportation, mileage, etc., for both the site visit and the subsequent presentation meeting. Finalists will not be reimbursed separately for any travel costs.

No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. First time CaFÉ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline. CaFÉ surveys have shown that it takes approximately 2-4 hours to prepare images and submit an online application, dependent on a variety of factors.

Each application must be submitted via the CaFÉ ™ web site (www.callforentry.org) and must include:

  1. A current resume for each artist. If you are applying as a team, include all team member resumes within one document.  

 

  1. Six digital images of relevant artwork. In the Description of Image, accompanying image annotation must list media, size, title, date of completion and a brief description of the artwork if necessary.  Please do not present more than one view of artwork per image.  If you wish to show a “detail”, include it within the six (6) artwork images.

 

  1. A written statement, not to exceed 3000 characters, that addresses the artist’s/team’s preliminary concept or potential approach for creating site-specific public art for the DMV as well as the proposed project budget.  The artist’s budget must list artist’s team commission fees, anticipated cost of the installed work, and anticipated administrative costs.

 

Estimated Timeline:

 

July 30, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Deadline for submissions

August 2010: panel meeting for selection of finalists; artist notification

September, 2010 (TBA): Finalist site visits

October 2010: Finalist presentations to selection panel; artist notification

November, 2010: Final approval by RISCA Council

tba: Contract signed

tba: Work installed and completed

According to law, final recommendations of the selection panel will be presented to the governing council of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts who will have final approval of the public art selection.

Finalists’ site-specific proposals should convey artists’ ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Artists chosen as finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated.  The finalists will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the DMV. A site visit as well as a meeting with the architect and the DMV administration will be scheduled for the finalists.  An honorarium of $2,500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, RISCA reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.

The Public Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right to not accept any final proposal submitted. If the recommendations of the Public Art Selection Panel are approved by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the selected artist/s will enter into contract with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by the State of Rhode Island.

 

 

 

Selection Criteria:

The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:

  1. Artistic Quality: Quality and suitability of the final proposal in relation to the project description, program goals and site descriptions.

 

  1. Ability of the Artist’s Team: The artist’s ability to carry out the commission, to keep the project within budget, and to complete and install the work on schedule.

 

  1. Value: The quality and scope of the proposed completed work in relation to the commission and fees paid to the artist’s team.

 

  1. Durability of the Work: Permanence and durability of materials for this heavily used public facility. It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that all artwork meets safety standards, adheres to building codes and other state regulations. Artworks must be durable and require minimal maintenance.

 

  1. Collaborative Spirit: Willingness of the artist to consult with the architects, civil engineers, general contractor and building staff (or designated representatives) to assure smooth integration of the artwork into the site and to make necessary adjustments in relation to building codes and other construction issues.

 

Artist Eligibility:

 

This call is open to all artists.  Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges. Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.

If you have questions about the RFQ, email Elizabeth Keithline: Elizabeth@arts.ri.gov.    If you require technical support for CAFÉ, please email cafe@westaf.org

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Public Art Fellow Position at NEFA

July 22nd, 2010

Title: Public Art Fellow
Reports to: Public Art Coordinator

The Public Art Fellow will play a key role in administering the professional development activities within NEFA’s public art program including the Public Art Discussion Series and the Public Art Forum on the NEFA Network. Through these tasks, the Public Art Fellow will establish contacts with a wide variety of artists and arts professionals at the local, regional, and national level. This is a unique opportunity for someone interested in public art, arts administration, and/or social networking.

The Public Art Fellow position requires a commitment of 16 hours per week from September 2010 through May 2011 and carries a $9,000 stipend.
Responsibilities
• Plans Public Art Discussion Series events in close consultation with the Public Art Coordinator, securing speakers, identifying meeting space, promoting the series, and managing the participant list;
• Executes Public Art Discussion Series events by managing day-of-meeting logistics, sign-in, and evaluation/follow-up;
• Monitors public art blogs and listservs to identify information and opportunities relevant to the Public Art Forum audience;
• Encourages postings and facilitates communication between network constituents on the Public Art Forum;
• Tracks Public Art Forum statistics and informs marketing strategy for network.

Qualifications
Excellent written, interpersonal, and verbal skills; detail-oriented with strong organizational abilities; able to manage multiple projects concurrently; motivated self starter with the ability to work independently.

Education/Technical Skills
Bachelors degree in related subject area with previous public art experience preferred; familiarity in utilizing online forums to build communities of practice; proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Office: Excel, Access, Outlook, and Internet research.

About NEFA
NEFA creatively supports the movement of people, ideas, and resources in the arts within New England and beyond, makes vital connections between artists and communities, and builds the strength, knowledge, and leadership of the region’s creative sector. NEFA is a 501 (c) 3 that operates with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New England state arts agencies, and from corporations, foundations, and individuals.

NEFA currently administers grantmaking programs of regional, national, and international scope that support the performing arts, public art, and Native American artists. NEFA also leads projects and initiatives that range from the analysis of the impact of the creative economy to the creation of online tools which link and advance the cultural community. For more information on NEFA’s grant programs and services, please visit www.nefa.org or call 617.951.0010.

NEFA is committed to hiring individuals who reflect the diversity of the communities it serves and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to jobs@nefa.org

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Open House for Artists in Residence at TAPA: Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts

July 22nd, 2010

On Friday, July 30th from 5:30-7pm there will be an artist’s open house at Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts (TAPA). Located in the historic Theatre Annex Building of Trinity Methodist Church (393 Broad Street, Providence), TAPA is Providence’s new arts-integrated charter school for middle and high school students.

This event is for teaching artists in drama, music, film and dance who are interested in being Artists in Residence at TAPA. It is an opportunity to see TAPA’s performance spaces, meet the Artistic Director, learn about TAPA’s model of arts integration and ask questions about our current request for proposals for our next Artist Residency.  TAPA is a fully arts-integrated urban charter school that opens on September 1 with a class of 34  7th grade students.
Please RSVP by Thursday, July 29th.  TO RSVP and to receive a copy of the current RFP email  Liz@trinityacademyfortheperformingarts.org

About TAPA’s Artist in Residence program:
In addition to an academically rigorous arts-integrated curriculum, TAPA provides 90 minutes each day of arts programming. During middle school (7th and 8th grade), TAPA students will study each of the following arts for a span of 10 weeks: Drama, Music, Film and Dance. TAPA is seeking Artists in Residence to spend 2.5 hours (1:30 – 4pm) daily in the school, working with both teachers and students. Interested Artists should complete the attached request for proposals by 8/11/10; the length of the residence (from 1 week to 10 weeks) is determined by the artist in consultation with the Artistic Director.

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Friends Mourn The Passing of Raphael Boguslav

July 22nd, 2010

Raphael Boguslav died in Rhode Island, July 18, 2010 of injuries from a motor vehicle accident. He was 80. The son of Isaac and Mary Boguslav of New York City he is survived by his former wife, Donna and his partner Mary Ann Kesson. He was a noted graphic designer, responsible for such iconic trademarks as the Logotype for New York Life Insurance Co. As a folksinger he toured with Harry Belafonte and Theodore Bikel, gave a solo concert at Carnegie Hall and released two recordings on vinyl. His superb hand lettering earned him a prominent place in the world of fine art calligraphy. In the 1974 he moved to Newport, Rhode Island where he is mourned by many loving friends

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