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2020 Fine Art Acquisition, Fulton County, Georgia


Budget: $48,000
Activated: 02/07/2020
Deadline: 03/15/2020
Call Summary
Fulton County Arts & Culture's (FCAC) Public Art Program announces the 2020 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 at Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square Atlanta, GA 30303. Every artwork submitted must be available for purchase and remain available for purchase (without substitutions) during the review and approval process until the announcement by FCAC (up to six months).

**Please ensure you read the document titled ‘Guide to Artists’ attached under Additional Resources**

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 suitable for wall display. A small number of works valued up to $15,000 may be purchased as well.
Project Description
FCAC seeks memorable artworks that are thought-provoking, enduring, and reflect 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. The majority of the artworks are primarily being sought for meeting and study rooms, as such we are seeking both smaller works (up to 16 inches on the longest dimension) and larger works (up to 36 inches on the longest dimension). A small number of works will be purchased for display on the walls in the main areas and potentially on the TV screens throughout the building.

Artwork Goals
All 2-D mediums are eligible, including original fine art paintings, fine art prints, drawings, illustrations, photographs, mixed media works, collages, textiles, etc. (No giclées please.)

Small, lightweight 3-D works that hang directly on the wall or which can be displayed in shadow-box frames will be considered. Larger freestanding sculptures will also be considered depending on how they can work in a library space. Freestanding sculptures must be well-constructed of durable, low maintenance materials. Artists may submit alternate views of sculptures, or detail views, but the artist must observe the limit on images submitted (maximum of 5 images allowed).
Forms of digital artwork including algorithmic art may be considered if possible with the available technology.
Artwork Location Description
Artwork acquired will be displayed at Central Library, One Margaret Mitchell Square Atlanta, GA 30303.
Site History
In 2019, the Public Art Program Commissioned two large public art pieces valued at $250,000. The key themes for these commissions were:
• Light and enlightenment
• Makes the Central Library a downtown destination.
• Respects, enhances or highlights the architecture of Marcel Breuer/Bauhaus
• Reflection of Atlanta contemporary culture and sense of place
• Forward-looking, timeless
• Technology and architecture
• Connection to the reimagining of the library as a civic space
Images of the artworks are included in the below link for reference:

The Fine Art Acquisition Program Call for Artists 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 past Fine Art Acquisition Program calls for Artists (then known as 2017 Direct Purchases Call for Artists) are eligible to submit a Call for Artists application for the fiscal year 2020.
Each 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 than 96” in any direction. The overall weight of the 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 NOT allowed to apply in teams.
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 FPLS, Public Art Committee, the Arts Council, and Fulton Arts & Culture's executive leadership team.

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 – the experience of the artist and the ability to articulate the approach and concept

Past FAAP selections
2019 FAAP -
2018 FAAP -
2017 FAAP -
Call deadline – March
Panel reviews artwork – March-April
Notify artists – May
Arts Council and Board of Commissioners approval of recommendations – May-June
Delivery of artwork – July
Checks received – August
Additional Resources
Guide to Artists (PDF)
Contact Information
Alex Frankcombe
Public Art Manager
141 Pryor Street Suite 2030
Atlanta Georgia 30303 United States



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