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City of El Paso- 2020 Art Purchase Program

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Budget: $10,000
Activated: 06/23/2020
Deadline: 07/24/2020
 
Call Summary
CALL FOR EXISTING ARTWORKS

The Museums & Cultural Affairs Department is building a public collection of artwork created by El Paso Area artists that recognizes the artistic talent and cultural diversity in El Paso, Texas. The artwork will become part of the City of El Paso Art Collection and will be displayed in City Hall buildings for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.

Artwork Requirements
• Submit an application for each piece of existing artwork available for purchase, each artist must submit 2-4 applications. Include title, dimensions, materials, year of completion, brief description of artwork if necessary, and retail value of unframed artwork. (You may submit up to 2 images of each artwork, but only one artwork per application.)
• Artwork must be original and have been created within the last five (5) years.
• Content/subject matter must be suitable for a general audience.
• 2-dimensional work can be submitted with quality professional framing or submitted without a frame. The panel reserves the right to request that the work be purchased unframed if the frame submitted does not meet professional standards or does not coincide with the surroundings.
• 2-dimensional and low-relief artwork including, but not limited to, drawings, paintings, textiles, quilts, photography, and mixed media will be considered.
• Low-relief artwork, that does not protrude more than 2 inches from the wall, will also be considered (ceramic, metal, glass, and other materials).
• Photographs and fine art prints (including, but not limited to digital prints, etchings, lithographs, woodblock, etc.) are eligible but must be signed and numbered and in a limited edition of 250 or less.
• Artworks submitted for consideration should be not smaller than 11” (height or width) and maximum size of 80” (height or width) and maximum weight of 25 pounds.
• Should not require a power source or utilities such as an electrical outlet, batteries or running water.

Note for galleries and dealers: We will work with those designated as the contact representative for the artist during the selection phase. However, payments for purchased artworks will be made directly to the artist. Any agreement that an artist may have with his/her gallery or representative must be handled between the artist and the dealer. The City of El Paso will assume no responsibility for payment of fees or percentages to gallery dealers or other artists’ representatives.
 
Budget Description
The Museums & Cultural Affairs Department is building a public collection of artwork created by El Paso Area artists that recognizes the artistic talent and cultural diversity in El Paso, Texas. This project is an open call to local artists (must live and work within 100 mile radius of the City of El Paso). The artwork is placed in City Hall buildings for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public.
 
Project Description
The Public Art Program for the City of El Paso was adopted by City Council in 2006 in the effort to integrate public artworks throughout the City of El Paso. The Public Art Ordinance established a 2% for the arts program, setting aside 2% from every Capital Improvement Project budget for the acquisition of art for municipal property. Since its inception, the Public Art Program has strived to offer our local communities and neighborhoods insight, repose, delight and a distinctive sense of place.
 
Artwork Goals
The goals of this program are to collect artwork that:
• Is high-quality and original in design and idea;
• Showcases the wide range of excellent artwork created by El Paso Area artists with diversity in style, medium, and concept;
• Illuminates the history, culture, and traditions of this region
• Engenders a sense of belonging among the members of our community; and
• Promotes understanding of cultural values and perspectives of all people.
 
Artwork Location Description
The artwork will become part of the City of El Paso Art Collection and will be installed at City buildings including the following:
• El Paso City Hall, located at 300 N. Campbell,
• Mulligan Building, located at 218 N. Campbell,
• Texas Building, located at 801 Texas Ave.
 
Eligibility
This project is an open call to local artists.
• Must be at least 18 years or older
• Must be a professional artist, dedicated to producing work on a regular basis
• Must live and work within 100 mile radius of the City of El Paso.
• Cannot be a member of the City of El Paso Public Art Committee, Museums and Cultural Affairs Board, or current City of El Paso Employees
 
Application Requirements
Work examples: 1 - 2
 
Artists are NOT allowed to apply in teams.
 
Selection Information
Selection Process
Artwork selection panels appointed by the Public Art Committee and comprised of artists and arts professionals, City staff, and community members will review the artists’ application materials. Submissions will be considered for all building locations. The selection panel will review and rank the images. Following the review of images, the selection panels will identify artworks for possible purchase.
 
Timeline
June 23, 2020…………………….………….Project announced
July 24, 2020………………………………...Deadline for submission
September 2020…………………...…………….Notification of finalists
 
Additional Resources
 
Contact Information
Adrian Guzman
400 W San Antonio, Suite A
El Paso TX 79901 United States
915-820-0106
guzmanax@elpasotexas.gov
 

 

 

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