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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 Sept. 25, 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.

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.