Legacy Park Fitness Court RFQ Released

Arts Huntsville, in cooperation with the City of Huntsville Parks and Recreation, has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists to produce artwork for a Fitness Court to be installed at Legacy Park. The selected local artist’s work will be one of four fitness-based public art installations to become a part of Huntsville’s landscape thanks to a partnership between the City of Huntsville, Arts Huntsville and the National Fitness Campaign (NFC).

Two of the Fitness Courts will feature vinyl appliqués of limited-edition artwork by late renowned artists Keith Haring (John Hunt Park) and Jean-Michel Basquiat (Apollo Park). Local artists may now apply to the Huntsville Public Art Program to compete to design one of the two additional Fitness Court installations, supported in part by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

This initial Legacy Park RFQ process will select up to three semifinalists. Each semifinalist will receive a sketch fee to submit proposals for artwork to be digitally printed on the Fitness Court’s vinyl wrap. The final artwork may be either digital art or a high-resolution image of work produced in another 2D media. The selected artist will receive a commission of $5,000 to produce the site-specific final artwork. The Legacy Park Fitness Court is scheduled to be installed in spring of 2023 and will also include an artist bio and photo printed on the vinyl wrap.

Example Fitness Court

Image courtesy of National Fitness Campaign. Art by Crisselle Mendiola of Santa Ana, California, at Lillie King Park.

“This is a unique public art opportunity that is inclusive of artists that typically work digitally or at smaller scales,” said Arts Huntsville Public Art Program Manager Jennifer Johnson. “It’s also a great entry-level opportunity for artists working in any 2D medium at any scale that would like to bring their art into the public arena.”

Artists must be 18 years of age and reside within the Arts Huntsville service area. Interested local artists can read the full RFQ and begin the application process at  https://artshuntsville.slideroom.com/. The deadline for submissions is October 9th, 2022. A second RFQ seeking artists to create work for the Fitness Court at California Street Park will be released at a later date.

A video orientation for interested artists will be released in early September 2022 on the Arts Huntsville YouTube Channel. Questions can be directed to Arts Huntsville Public Art Program Manager Jennifer Johnson at publicart@artshuntsville.org.

Artist-Initiated Public Art Program RFP Released

Arts Huntsville is pleased to announce its 2022-2023 Artist-Initiated Public Art Program, made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Rescue Plan Grant Program and the City of Huntsville. The program will allow the Huntsville Public Art Committee to extend grant awards of up to $15,000 to five to 10 artist-initiated public art projects and/or programs this summer. Invitations are extended to artists and artist teams within the Arts Huntsville service area (35-mile radius of Huntsville) in partnership with sites located within the city of Huntsville.

This is an exciting opportunity for local artists and one which the community originally identified in Huntsville’s Public Art Master Plan. While most public art projects define specific parameters and a site location for artists, this program allows artists the freedom to work in partnership with a community group, neighborhood association or property owner to enliven different areas of the city through public art.

Designed as an “ideas competition,” this program encourages local artists to explore how they can bring their artistic practice into public space. In addition to the financial award, Arts Huntsville will provide professional and technical support, such as assistance with getting site permissions and permits, and will work with the artists and their site partners to promote programs or projects.

Owners or managers of public sites located within the city of Huntsville are also invited to reach out to Arts Huntsville if they have an accessible, eligible space that might be enhanced by public art.

While these proposals must be artist-initiated, Arts Huntsville stands ready to help connect artists with potential sites. Sites must be located within Huntsville city limits and cannot be historically protected to be eligible.

Artists can access the Request for Proposal and application at https://artshuntsville.slideroom.com/. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through October 10, 2022, or until all funds are awarded, whichever comes first.

Artists can also reference Arts Huntsville’s proposal writing workbook. A video providing additional guidance will be live on the Arts Huntsville YouTube Channel on the week of June 27. Both artists and potential site partners are invited to reach out to publicart@artshuntsville.com with questions.

Image Credit: ‘Soar High’ by Dariá Hammond, Lantana Park, Huntsville, Alabama.

Local Artists Sought to Create Art for New City Hall

Arts Huntsville, in cooperation with the City of Huntsville, has released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for local artists for Phase II of the public art plan for the new City Hall. The City Hall public art plan was developed in accordance with the Huntsville Public Art Master Plan under the guidance of the Huntsville Public Art Committee and Arts Huntsville, which is contracted by the City of Huntsville to manage the City’s public art program.

Local artists will be featured across four locations in the new City Hall, including: a security entry area on the first floor, a pre-function area and corridor on the sixth floor hosting Huntsville City Council offices, and a conference room on the seventh floor hosting the mayor’s office. Artwork budgets for the four featured locations range from $30,000 – $60,000. The City Hall public art projects are intended to inspire a sense of reflection, community and/or civic engagement. Currently under construction, Huntsville’s new City Hall complex is slated for completion in 2024.

“While City Hall serves extremely important functional purposes for our community as the seat of municipal government, it also serves an important symbolical role,” said Huntsville City Administrator John Hamilton. “It provides a gathering spot and outward facing representation of our great city – adding interest and beauty contributed by our local artist community furthers the iconic nature of this important public infrastructure.”

A concept rendering of one of the four locations in Huntsville’s new city hall that will feature the work of local artists.

Following the initial RFQ process, up to fourteen semi-finalist artists or artistic teams will receive $1,500 honorariums to create and present a design proposal. Four finalists will be selected in December 2022, and all Huntsville City Hall public art awards will be announced in early 2023.

“We are excited to see what our community of local artists will contribute to this civic space,” said Arts Huntsville Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken. “This is an excellent opportunity for artists to celebrate Huntsville’s people, history, or our natural environment through their artwork.”

Interested local artists can read the full RFQ and begin the application process at  artshuntsville.slideroom.com. The deadline for submissions is July 24. A video orientation for interested artists will be released the week of June 13 on the Arts Huntsville YouTube Channel. Questions can be directed to Art Program Manager Jennifer Johnson at publicart@artshuntsville.org.

Request for Qualifications: Large-Scale Indoor Artwork Commission at New Kroger in Madison

HUNTSVILLE, AL – Arts Huntsville and the Kroger Company announce a request for qualifications from interested artists for a large-scale indoor artwork to be located at the soon-to-be completed Kroger Grocery Store #605 at 4579 Wall Triana Highway in Madison. This 16’w x 5’h artwork will have high visibility and will be prominently displayed within the store. The artwork should engage the local community while referencing the area’s history and culture.

The deadline for qualifications to be received is Tuesday, July 5, 2016.
The call for entries is open to all artists 18 years and older residing in the greater Huntsville metropolitan region.

Finalists will be chosen based on work samples, experience and their connection to the Madison County community. Finalists will then be asked to submit a proposal addressing the installation requirements. Of the finalists submitting proposals, one will be selected to create the artwork for the new Wall Triana Kroger in Madison, opening September 2016.

The deadline for selected finalists to submit their proposals is July 22, 2016.

Selected finalists will receive $250 for their completed proposal. Payment to the selected artist is $9500 including all materials.

There is no application fee. To be considered, artists should submit three samples of their work (including title, medium, and dimensions), a brief resume and an explanation of their connection to the community to jsavanapridi@artshuntsville.org by 5:00 pm, Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

For more information, please contact Jana Savanapridi, Member Engagement Manager of Arts Huntsville at the email listed above.

About the Kroger Art Program
The Kroger Family of stores is excited to give local artists the opportunity to lend their talents into creating an uplifting experience in our stores. The objective is to create a space that encourages community gathering and celebrates the spirit of the neighborhood. The Kroger Company hopes to have an interior mural created by a local artist within 65 of its new stores across the country this year.

About Arts Huntsville
Arts Huntsville stimulates and supports 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. Our vision is Huntsville as the premier mid-sized city for the arts, entertainment, and culture in the Southeastern United States.

Contact: Jana Savanapridi
700 Monroe Street Suite 2
Huntsville, AL 35801