ACGT seeks artist for public projectWritten by John Dorsey | | email@example.com
Old Orchard has a rich history and a bright future filled with creative energy, which will soon have another example on display for all to see. The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo (ACGT) is putting out a call for qualifications from artists of all mediums for the Old Orchard Public Art Project.
The project is being funded by the city’s One Percent for Art program and administered by ACGT through its Art in Public Places Program. The commission is open to artists in the following counties in Ohio, Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams, Wood and Wyandot and Lenawee and Monroe in Michigan.
All artists must be 18 years of age or older. The overall budget for the project is $20,000. The artwork should consider the history of Old Orchard, its natural setting, unique architectural characteristics and the proximity to the University of Toledo.
“We chose the Old Orchard area because it was the only council district didn’t have any pieces created through the One Percent for Art program. That gave us a focus. The call is pretty open ended, but the public nature of the project does lend itself better to certain mediums that are more durable. That said, we don’t want to exclude anyone. We’re primarily looking for a single artist, but are also open to groups who can work well together to best represent the community,” said Dan Hernandez, coordinator of art in public places for ACGT.
Interested artists must submit a letter of interest, resume, 10-15 digital images, image list and three professional references. They may also include a self-addressed stamped envelope for the return of all materials, if requested and a statement of intent.
Submissions will be judged by members of a design review board. Qualifications must be postmarked no later than August 26, 2011. Finalists will be asked to submit a proposal and will be notified of their status no later than Sept. 30.
“By asking for qualifications from artists we are able to get a very clear idea of what it is they do and an insight into their creative vision. We try to be opened-minded as far as what we’re looking for because most of the time what the artist comes up with will be better than anything we could have ever envisioned.”
The selected piece will be installed at the first median/planter along Kenwood Boulevard as it intersects Secor Road.
For more information, call (419) 254-2787 or visit www.acgt.org.