Arts Huntsville Releases RFP for Two Temporary Public Art Installations with Announcement of Artist Development Workshop Series

 

– Exclusive opportunity for local artists/artist teams, workshop participants –

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville has released a local Request for Proposals (RFP) for two temporary public art installations in conjunction with the announcement that registration is now open for its Public Artist Development Workshop series, “Taking Your Art Public.” The series will allow local artists to develop their public art skills and the opportunity to formally apply and submit an RFP for the two upcoming installations.

The five-series workshop kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, with the RFP information introduced, and runs through the end of October 2021, with the two local artists being selected at the final workshop. To be eligible to apply, local artists and/or artist teams must attend the workshop either in person at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment or via YouTube live streaming – as this learning experience will allow local studio artists to learn from public art professionals on how to apply and be selected for art commissions within the public art realm.

“Huntsville is home to a dynamic art community, and we are seeing more public art opportunities emerge in both municipal projects and private development,” said Allison Dillon-Jauken, Arts Huntsville executive director. “This workshop is designed to help Huntsville artists enter the public art field and compete for projects that match their expertise locally, regionally and nationally.”

 

“Taking Your Art Public” Series Information

Session One – Behind the Scenes, Thursday, September 16 – led by Allison Dillon-Jauken, executive director, Arts Huntsville:

Workshop partners will introduce the workshops and goals and share how the public art process works, who gets selected and how the decisions are made.

Session Two – Going for It, Thursday, September 23– led by Herb Williams, artist:

A public art artist will share how they transitioned their work from the studio to the public realm and moved from smaller sculptural pieces to larger commissions.

Session Three – Public Art Collaborators, Thursday, September 30

A design professional explains ways an architect, engineer or other professional in the building industry can help artists achieve their goals, including providing needed drawings and access to a network of connections and advice from others in the field.

Session Four – Stepping up the Public Ladder, Thursday, October 14 (note: no workshop Thursday, October 7) – led by Teri Alea, public art consultant, former public art project manager:

A public art professional will share how artists progress from entry‐level projects to bigger commissions, including developing public art teams, expanding expertise and incorporate team members of public art projects.

Session Five – Presentation and Project Selection, Thursday, October 21:

The final workshop will include proposal presentations by workshop participants, jurying and selection for two $2,500 commissions.

 

Arts Huntsville serves as the public art program manager for the City of Huntsville and is producing the series with support by Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. The upcoming series was designed around local artists’ response to a public art survey that was completed in fall of 2020. The two public art installations will be located in Huntsville, one at Lowe Mill and the other location to be announced during the series. Both installations will remain in place for approximately one year.

 

Interested local artists can learn more and register by visiting:  http://www.artshuntsville.org/public-art/public-artist-workshops/

Once the series concludes, the YouTube live streaming videos will be released to the public.

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Arts Huntsville is a non-profit organization founded in 1962. Our mission is to stimulate and support community creativity and engagement by advancing the arts, entertainment, and culture to enrich quality of life, education, and economic development in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region. Arts Huntsville serves as the local arts agency for the City of Huntsville and the greater metropolitan region, supporting artists, arts organizations, residents, and visitors through four core program areas: Arts Promotion & Support, Arts Education, Community Events and Public Art.