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Fulton County Arts & Culture Public Art Program - Fine Art Acquisition Program-2018 Call for Artists


Budget: $160,000
Activated: 05/04/2018
Deadline: 06/18/2018 5:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
Fulton County Arts & Culture's (FCAC) Public Art Program announces the 2018 Call for Artists for the Fine Art Acquisition program. FCAC seeks to acquire existing unframed artworks and freestanding sculptures by professional Georgia-based artists that will be displayed in Atlanta-Fulton Public Library branches. Every artwork submitted must be available for purchase and remain available for purchase (without substitutions) during the review and approval process until released by FCAC (up to six months). All artist are required to complete the vendor self-registration process to secure a Fulton County Vendor Code. Existing vendors whose information has changed are required to update the vendor record promptly after being notified of artwork selection.
Budget Description
The Public Art Program seeks to purchase through this Fine Art Acquisition Call for Artists unframed 2-D artworks and small 3-D works priced up to $5,000 that are suitable for framing and that can be displayed on the wall. A small number of free-standing sculptures priced up to $10,000 will also be purchased.
Project Description
FCAC's Public Art Program is acquiring artworks for the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System's 'legacy' libraries as part of AFPLS Building Program - Phase II.
Artwork Goals
FCAC seeks artworks that are memorable, thought-provoking, enduring and reflects diverse social, cultural, and historical values. Artwork can be abstract or representational and should be original and suitable for display in a public setting. Colorful, lively, family-friendly imagery, especially depictions of people, landscapes, buildings, interesting locations and activities of Fulton County, are desirable. Freestanding sculptures must be well-constructed of durable, low maintenance materials.

All 2-D mediums are eligible, including fine art paintings, prints, drawings, illustrations, photographs, mixed media works, collages, textiles, etc. Small, lightweight 3-D works that hang directly on the wall or which can be displayed in shadow-box frames, will also be considered. Larger free standing sculptures will be considered also. Artists may submit alternate views of sculptures, or of detail views, but artist must observe the limit on images submitted (maximum of 5 images allowed).
Artwork Location Description
Artwork acquired will be displayed at various libraries throughout the Fulton County. The Fine Art Acquisition program will use this Call to acquire artworks for Group 1 (Kirkwood, Dogwood, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Southwest Atlanta, Washington Park and West End) and Group 2 (Dr. Robert E. Fulton at Ocee, Mechanicsville, Northeast/Spruill Oaks, Northside and Buckhead) libraries, and Group 4 (East Point and Fairburn libraries).
Site History
Further information about the Library Renovation Project, Phase II schedule and library locations can be found on the AFPLS website
The Fine Art Acquisition Program Call for Artist is open to all professional visual artists over the age of 18 who currently reside in the State of Georgia. Students and Fulton County contractors and employees are not eligible.

Artists can submit and be awarded for one Fine Art Acquisition Call per fiscal year (January 1 - December 31). Those artists whose works were selected during the 2017 Fine Art Acquisition Program Call for Artists (then known as 2017 Direct Purchases Call for Artists) are eligible to submit a Call for Artists application for fiscal year 2018. Once the artists receives an award, the artist must wait until the next fiscal year to submit an application for the Fine Art Acquisition Program Call for Artists.

Each individual artist is allowed to submit a portfolio of up to five works of art for consideration. Applicants are allowed to submit artwork(s) in a series. However each artwork within a series will be counted individually as part of the allowable maximum for portfolio submission.

Artwork must be created using archival materials and be no larger in size than 96” in any direction. The overall weight of artwork shall not exceed 100 lbs. All artwork submitted must be available for purchase and remain available for purchase during the Fine Art Acquisition Program review and approval process.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 5
Artist Statement: 100 word maximum
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Additional requirements
Selection Information
Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. All applicants will be notified by email.

FCAC will convene an art review committee selected from AFPLS, Public Art Committee, the Fulton County Arts Council and Fulton Arts & Culture's` executive leadership team. Each library will have a designated community member who will also be a voting member.
Selection Criteria
Artwork will be evaluated in the following three categories:
1. Artistic Quality - aesthetics, color, composition, scale, content and social dynamics
2. Appropriateness to Public Realm-family friendly and accessible to a broad audience; well-crafted and low maintenance
3. Artist Profile – experience of the artist and ability to articulate approach and concept
The Fine Art Acquisition Porgram submission deadline is June 18, 2018 @ 5:00pm
Additional Resources
RFP Flyer (PDF)
Contact Information
Connie Cross
141 Pryor Street
Atlanta Georgia 30303 United States