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Public Art Call for Artists – Atlanta Central Library

You will submit this application online using PublicArtist.org.

 
Budget: $150,000
Activated: 08/07/2018
Deadline: 09/20/2018 10:59 PM Central Time
 
Call Summary
Fulton County Arts & Culture (FCAC) Public Arts Program invites experienced professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create original and site-responsive public artworks using the theme of ‘Light and Enlightenment’ for the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library Branch, part of the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System’ (AFPLS).

Artists and artist teams with at least 5 years professional public art experience and residing in the continental United States are eligible to apply. Students, Fulton County employees and FCAC contractors are ineligible to apply.
 
Budget Description
Total Project Budget: $246,000
At least two commissioned pieces valued between $100,000 and $150,000. These amounts are inclusive of all expenses including design, fabrication, transportation, installation, travel, insurance, taxes and fees.
 
Project Description
Fulton County Arts & Culture (FCAC) Public Arts Program invites experienced professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to create original and site-responsive public artworks using the theme of ‘Light and Enlightenment’ for the Atlanta-Fulton Central Library Branch, part of the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System’ (AFPLS). The following spaces are being considered for the commission – building façade, lobby, lobby staircase, central lightwell and the children's space on level 4. Any proposal, particularly for the façade, should be respectful of the building’s style, context, and social value.

After a Community Public Art Selection panel reviews qualifications, up to six finalists will be invited to attend an information session and site visit in November 2018, where necessary, travel stipends will be provided. Complete full proposals will be due in January 2019 and shortly after the finalists will present their proposal in person to the Selection Panel. Each finalist (artist or artist team) will receive a $1,500 honorarium to complete the full proposal. The final selected artist(s) will enter into a contract with Fulton County to refine the design and implement the proposed commission.

Funded through Fulton County’s Percent for Art allocation, there will be at least two commissioned pieces valued between $100,000 and $150,000. These amounts are inclusive of all expenses including design, fabrication, transportation, installation, travel, insurance, taxes and fees.

All materials must be submitted through PublicArtist.org by Thursday, September 20th, 2018, 11:59 pm EST. Submissions that are incomplete, late or received by unauthorized means will not be considered.

Applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the deadline so that unforeseen problems with materials can be addressed. Staff are available during office hours Monday through Friday, 9 am – 5 pm to answer questions. There is no fee to submit qualifications.
 
Artwork Location Description
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library - Central Branch
1 Margaret Mitchell Sq NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
 
Site History
The Atlanta Central Library building opened to the public under the leadership of Ella Gaines Yates, the first African-American director of the library system in May 1980. The building was designed by prominent Bauhaus-movement architect Marcel Breuer, with support from his associate Hamilton Smith. Breuer is considered to have been an extremely influential modernist designer and this commission became the last building he ever designed following his death one year after opening. The building reflects a brutalist architectural style, with a façade consisting of precast concrete panels that were bush-hammered for texture.

In 2002, a major renovation of the Central Library was completed and the library system celebrated the centennial of the year in which public library service in Atlanta began.
 
Eligibility
Eligibility:
Artists and artist teams with at least 5 years professional public art experience and legal residency in the continental United States are eligible to apply. Students, Fulton County employees and FCAC contractors are ineligible to apply.
 
Application Requirements
Biography
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 3 - 10  
  • Image dimensions: 1200 x 1200 pixels
  • Video dimensions: 720 x 480 (width x height) pixels in formats (AVI,MOV,MP4,WMV)
Artist Statement: 200 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 400 word maximum
Artists must demonstrate at least 5 years of professional public art experience as a lead artist.
References: 3
 
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
 
Selection Information
Selection Process
After a Community Public Art Selection panel reviews qualifications, up to six finalists will be invited to attend an information session and site visit in November 2018, where necessary, travel stipends will be provided. Complete full proposals will be due in January 2019 and shortly after the finalists will present their proposal in person to the Selection Panel. Each finalist (artist or artist team) will receive a $1,500 honorarium to complete the full proposal. The final selected artist(s) will enter into a contract with Fulton County to refine the design and implement the proposed commission.
 
Timeline
October 2018 - Finalists shortlisted
November 2018 - information session and site visit
January 2019 - Complete full proposals due
January 2019 - Face-to-face artist presentation
January 2019 - Appoint successful artist
April 2020 - Work installed for Central Library opening
 
Additional Resources
Conceptual floor plans and renders (PDF)
 
Contact Information (for questions about the details of this call. For site questions email us.)
Alex Frankcombe
141 Pryor St SW, #2030
Atlanta GA 30303 United States
404-612-5780
alex.frankcombe@fultoncountyga.gov
 
Delivery Information
Applications will NOT be accepted by Postal Mail
Applications up to MBs can be sent as email attachments to the email address above.

 

 
 
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