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City of Elgin' Call for Public Art
By City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission
International Deadline: May 25, 2018 – The City of
Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces its’ second annual Call
for Public Art. The ECAC is searching for two new pieces of public art
as part of the “new works program” as outlined in the City’s Public Art
Plan: one 2D piece and one 3D piece.
Available locations for the 2D work include the first floor of The
Centre’s parking deck and the south-facing wall near Exhibition Hall of
the Hemmens Cultural Center. Available locations for the 3D works
include Newsome Park, Foundry Park, or a pedestal on Riverside Drive.
The honorariums offered are $6,000 for each of the two new pieces of public art.
Applications are scored blindly by the ECAC based on the following
criteria: Artistic Excellence, Technical Competence, Narrative Support,
Appropriate Relationship to the Function of the Site, and Long-Term
Feasibility. City staff, to ensure installation feasibility, will
evaluate the top three pieces scored, and the ECAC will make a final
determination based on the scores and recommendations by staff. Winners
of the honorariums will be announced in late spring. After selection,
production of the new works is expected to begin in early summer and be
completed and installed in time for the annual Art Harvest event in
The Public Art Plan provides that the ECAC selects and installs two
new pieces of public art, or “new work,” each year. In 2017, when the
Public Art Plan was adopted, the ECAC selected and installed three new
pieces of public art, all of which are located in downtown Elgin. Two
sculptures are located on the Riverside Drive Promenade and a mural is
located on a wall of the Hemmens Cultural Center.
SPECIFICATIONS & APPLICATION
As part of the application, the artist must select a location from those
available, and propose their new public art piece specifically for that
location. Artists must provide a completed application along with a
narrative, design illustrations, budget, resume, work samples,
references, and supporting materials (if applicable).
Specifications and applications are available here.
Hard copies of the applications must be delivered by Friday, May 25 at 4:00 p.m., to:
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL 60120
For more information, contact Amanda Harris at 847-931-6019 or email@example.com.
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