Arts Huntsville and DHI Accepting Proposals for LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology

Huntsville, AL – Arts Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville Inc. invite artists, lighting professionals, game designers, event producers, environmental design specialists, and makers of all backgrounds to submit proposals for the third annual LIT: Light + Innovation + Technology. This light and projection arts festival drew more than 3,000 attendees in its inaugural year and the event is poised to grow even more in its third return to the Downtown Huntsville Square on August 27, 2016.

For one night annually, digital art projections, colorful light and environmental designs transform all four sides of the Downtown Square into a living work of art. This juried festival celebrates the uniqueness of Huntsville through the fusion of light, innovation and technology.

On August 27, 2016 four artistic teams will showcase their projects and compete for the festival’s cash prizes. The selected artists will draw for the side of the square they will illuminate for the event; the four artistic teams selected through the RFP process will receive a cash prize following the event, with prizes awarded as follows: 1st place, $2500; 2nd place, $1000; 3rd place, $500 and 4th place, $500.

SCOPE OF WORK

We are looking for artists or artistic teams to submit a proposal describing the digital art installation, light installation or other illuminated environmental design they will create for one side of the square on August 27, 2016. We want to see how you will use downtown Huntsville as a canvas for color, light and more.

Artists/artistic teams won’t know until they are chosen which side of the square will act as their canvas, therefore submissions should be adaptable to any side. (Artists/artistic teams will be assigned their installation area thru random drawing following the jury process. The previous winner will be able to select their side.) Content submitted should be acceptable for audiences of all ages. Artists will be responsible for providing their own equipment and for projecting their work from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 27, 2016. Artists must provide electrical needs and note if additional test time is needed. Set-up will begin at noon on August 26, 2016. All reasonable accommodations will be made for the selected artistic teams.

RFP Procedures

All submissions received by June 30, 2016 will be reviewed anonymously by a jury. Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted. Artists will be notified via email of selection status by July 15, 2016. Testing will take place on August 26 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. On August 27, set-up will begin at noon. All artists/artistic teams must be completely installed at ready to go live at 5:30 p.m. on August 27, 2016. Cash prizes will be awarded within two weeks following the event.

There is no application fee and artists retain complete ownership of their works. Please note that in submitting an entry, you agree to allow Arts Huntsville, Downtown Huntsville Inc. and/or its sponsoring partners and local media unrestricted use of your artwork (in part or in whole) for promotional purposes.

Selected artists/artistic teams will be notified of their installation area on the Square (North/South/East/West) after the jury process is complete. Each artist/artistic team will be assigned a number and the selection committee will draw numbers to assign installation areas.

RFP SUBMISSION

Please note: Entries may include new or existing short digital videos or entirely new interactive work. Audio may be included as long as artist provides equipment. If audio is to be part of the proposal it must be submitted with the entry.

All entries must include:

  • Project Title
  • Project Description detailing your planned digital projection, lighting installation or other illuminated environmental design encompassing one side of Huntsville’s downtown square.
  • Type of work

o   Video files of past work may be submitted by email to amayfield@artshuntsville.org. Videos may also be uploaded to vimeo.com or YouTube with links emailed to the below address.

  • Equipment planned for installation
  • Power requirements and any special installation requirements (Testing will be available August 26, 2016 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Equipment may not remain on the square overnight.)
  • Brief bio of artist or creative team

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2016.

Please contact Amy Mayfield at amayfield@artshuntsville.org with questions.