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DLECTRICITY Open Call 2014

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According to recent news media, Detroit, Michigan may be a dying city ready to shut down and auction off their museum art collections–yet in 2014 artists are invited to submit to this open call

DLECTRICITY is back and ready to see more of your work! For two electrifying nights in 2012, DLECTRICITY brought thousands of people into Midtown Detroit to experience 35 projects by local, national and international artists. 25 of those projects were selected from an open call. This fall, DLECTRICITY will again transform Midtown Detroit with site-specific installations of light, video, performance, interactive engineering and nonconformist architecture. From lasers to dance, robots to 3D mapping, they want to show what you create and challenge you to animate historic buildings, turn streets into oceans – the city landscape is your canvas.

DLECTRICITY is looking for projects that will activate the outdoor, nighttime landscape of Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Corridor including:

+ Light art
+ Video art
+ 3D video mapping projects
+ Multimedia installations
+ Projects that use technology for interactivity and community engagement
+ Works that use mobile platforms (smartphones, tablets)
+ Performance (art, dance, theater, music)
+ Talks and workshops
+ Kid-friendly and/or educational
+ The unexpected

Accepted proposals will be funded up to $2,500. Artists will also receive a $1,000 honorarium.

A full set of DLECTRICITY guidelines can be found here: DLECTRICITY Open Call Guidelines 2014.

Log into the SlideRoom application system. DLECTRICITY open call applications are only available online at https://midtowndetroitinc.slideroom.com.

An info session on the Open Call process is scheduled for February 22, at 1:00 pm, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Please RSVP to: info@dlectricity.com.

Submit your completed application by MONDAY, MARCH 31, 2014 BY 11:59 PM EST.

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4Culture Seeks to Purchase Original, High Quality Art Works on Paper and Photographs for Art Collection

King County, Washington + IN COLOR: Portable Purchase 2013

4Culture has a budget of $50,000USD for purchases of original, high quality works on paper and photographs for inclusion in the King County Public Art Collection. The intent of these purchases is an infusion of color into the portable collection. Purchased works will be exhibited and rotate throughout the public spaces of County-owned buildings, offices and facilities.

Eligibility: Open to studio artists from Washington State and Oregon. Student work is not eligible.

Deadline: November 4, 2013, 5pm

Information: 4culture.org/apply or email Esther Luttikhuizen

(RFQ) Public Art CALL FOR WALL ARTISTS

The city of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs  is seeking artists and artist teams interested in creating permanent and/or temporary art projects for large-scale outdoor walls in the City of LA. Their Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to professional artists working in any medium, style or technique—i.e. murals, aerosol, mosaics, paints, stencils, stickers, wheatpasting, woodblocking, light and/or video projection.

DEADLINE: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2013 REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ)

Budget: $5,000-$300,000.

Full details here: http://culturela.org/publicart/DCA_RFQ_CALLFORWALLARTISTS.pdf

Science Museum has $2.4 Million Dollar Budget to Commission Interior + Exterior Artworks

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The Patricia & Philip Frost Museum of Science in Florida  is requesting qualifications (RFQ) from visual artists for interior and exterior artwork to be commissioned for the new Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science currently under construction.

Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ Call for Entry

If you have a Cafe Call for Entry account, find the direct link to this opportunity  here.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2013

The Miami Science Museum is a new 250,000 sf science museum in Museum Park in Miami, Florida. The site is approximately four acres, immediately adjacent to a four-acre parcel that will house the new Perez Art Museum Miami. Both buildings and their grounds are within the approximately 28-acre Museum Park in downtown Miami, and the two new institutions will sit atop a new joint parking structure with a plaza linking the two museums.

Key components of the new Miami Science Museum include a 35,000 sf aquarium, a planetarium, and approximately 30,000 sf of indoor and outdoor science exhibits. The aquarium is planned to be one of the iconic elements of the Museum, visible from the exterior, and spanning all the floors of the Museum. The planetarium, one of the centerpieces of the current Museum, will expand its technology and its programs. It is strongly desired to have the flexible museum exhibits both indoor and outdoor to take advantage of the climate, and the possibilities that outdoor exhibits bring to the site and the museum experience. A highly sustainable building is planned, including LEED rating, to reduce energy costs, and to act as a showcase for the latest energy management and control technology.

Full Details:  www.miamisci.org/publicartcommissions

Public Art Opportunities for Temporary Exhibitions and Permanent Installation

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Venice Public Art Walls http://veniceartwalls.com/ (Photo credit: Scott Beale)

Shortly after this most recent presidential election, I noticed a bit of news on how a city in the state of Michigan had voted against funding a public arts program. While I am glad to learn that other cities, such as Boston, are expanding their public art programs. The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy  recently completed their planning process for a five year public art strategy supported by Fund for the Arts, a public art program of the New England Foundation for the Arts. This new public art strategy currently has two Calls for Artists  for temporary exhibitions of contemporary work, including one for an outdoor light installation. A unique aspect of the Greenway Conservancy projects is that they invite and welcome artist feedback and ideas.

The City of St. Paul, Minnesota, currently has two openings for artist residencies within their Public Art program– with a deadline of October 15th to apply. One artist residency will be designated Streets and Open Spaces and the other Temporal & Engagement with selected artist completing projects in performance, events and social practice.

The are many public art lists of Calls for Artists and RFQs online for your geographic area. To keep up on the latest information, join the LinkedIN group Public Art for Artists, where you can interact with specialists.

Win Original Drawing in Contest to Name the New Public Art Murals to Replace Lost WPA Murals

One of the three missing Helen Lundeberg murals

Article written by Marie Kazalia was first published by Technorati News, as: Win Original Celebrity Portrait Drawing in Contest to Name the New Public Art Murals that will Replace Lost WPA Murals

http://technorati.com/entertainment/celebrity/article/win-original-celebrity-portrait-drawing-in/

In the early 1940s the U.S. Government’s Work Projects Administration, Federal Art Program (WPA/FAP) commissioned artist Helen Lundeberg to create nine murals for Los Angeles County’s Patriotic Hall lobby. The number of murals the artist actually completed was reduced to three as WWII caused Congress to end the WPA and eliminate funding.  The three murals ultimately completed were Preamble to the Constitution, which depicted several United States founding fathers clustered around the Constitution’s Preamble; Free Assembly, which illustrated a group gathering for discussion; and Free Ballot, which showed citizens lining up to vote. Each mural was done in oil paint, measured approximately 12’ wide by 15’ high, and each took eleven days to complete. Helen Lundeberg hand-painted them on site with the help of four assistants. The murals graced Patriotic Hall’s lobby for over thirty years until they were removed in the early 1970s and subsequently lost.  Despite extensive searches, so far no record of them has been found.  If you see works of art which may be the lost Lundeberg murals, please contact the Civic Art Program at 213-202-5858 or civicart@arts.lacounty.gov.

Today photorealistic muralist Kent Twitchell is putting the finishing touches on a series of three large scale murals for the newly renovated Patriotic Hall. In anticipation of the installation, he invites you to propose a title – a single title for all three murals. Click here to see renderings of the Twitchell murals. Twitchell’s new interior murals will honor the originals Helen Lundeberg painted during the Works Progress Administration and unfortunately lost. Twitchell’s murals will reflect the content of the Lundeberg murals painted in 1942 which depicted three Constitutional freedoms – “The Preamble to the Constitution,” “Free Assembly” and “Free Ballot.”Nearly all of the models used for the new Patriotic Hall murals are veterans, from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Gulf War. The murals are commissioned under Los Angeles County’s Civic Art Program, administered by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission. They are part of a capital project to renovate Bob Hope Patriotic Hall; under the County’s civic art policy, one percent of project cost is set aside for the incorporation of civic art. Renovation is scheduled to be complete in fall 2012.Post your ideas on the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Facebook page. Winners will receive their choice of one original celebrity portrait renderingcreated by Twitchell during the mural design process.The naming contest will close on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Kent Twitchell will select and announce the winner via Facebook in early September.

GLOW: Art in the Public Realm

Primal Source for Glow 2008 by Usman Haque

Glow is a dusk-to-dawn art event on the beach and adjacent areas in Santa Monica, California.  The first Glow premiered on July 19, 2008 and attracted over 200,000 people.  Over 100 artists participated in 27 projects that spanned genres, technology and content–all with some orientation toward engaged participation with the diverse audience, from the most seasoned art world members to the general public, local residents, and international tourists.  The context of Santa Monica’s fabled beach, the power and allure of the Pacific Ocean and compelling contemporary art, all savored during the hours when museums and galleries sleep, made for a clamorous poetic experience.

 shapednoise for Glow 2010 by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Glow 2010 occurred on September 25 and attracted 150,000 people to the Santa Monica beach.  Projects by internationally renown artists (Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Yoshua Okón) and a strong contingent of Los Angeles-based artists included everything from highly advanced technological installations providing for intense audience interactive, to the purely accoustical pleasures of an accordion orchestra playing while riding the historic Santa Monica Pier Carousel.  The twenty projects included approximately 100 artists, with 50 musicians and dancers alone participating in a procession and music circle on the beach.

Glow 2011 received a salute from Americans for the Arts.

Glow is produced by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.  www.glowsantamonica.org