Thursday, February 19, 2009

Calling All Bay Area Visual Artists

by Nate Seltenrich
Thu, Feb 19, 2009 at 1:27 PM

The San Francisco Arts Commission has put out a call for visual artists around the bay to apply for the 2009 Bay Area Artists Registry. "This registry will be used to select artists for a range of new public art opportunities associated with the construction of new civic buildings, parks and playgrounds as well as transportation and streetscape improvement projects," reads the release. The application deadline is Monday, March 23.

For the complete announcement, please see below.



2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY
CALL FOR ARTISTS

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 23, 2009, 5:00 PM (PST)

The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists to apply for the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY. This registry will be used to select artists for a range of new public art opportunities associated with the construction of new civic buildings, parks and playgrounds as well as transportation and streetscape improvement projects. Given the great diversity of public art project opportunities, the Arts Commission seeks to include in the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches, and especially those artists who are interested in having their design concepts translated into durable and easily maintained materials. Such materials may include (but are not limited to) metal, concrete, glass, stone, ceramic tile, and light. Certain projects may also offer opportunities for an artist to work as part of a design team along with the project architect/designer.

PUBLIC ART PROJECT SITES
Public art will be commissioned in conjunction with various City and County of San Francisco Capital Improvement Projects at a variety of locations throughout the city. Recreation and Parks sites include: Chinatown Recreation Center, McCoppin Square, Mission Playground, Sunset Playground, Fulton Playground, Palega Recreation Center, Cayuga Playground, and Guy Place/Rincon Hill Pocket Park. Streetscape sites include: Leland Avenue, Valencia Street and up to three sites along Upper Market Street (near Castro Street, near Duboce Street and near Octavia Boulevard). The library site is North Beach Library. Additional public art project sites may be identified and added to the list of projects for which the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY will be used.

ARTWORK BUDGETS
Artwork budgets range from $30,000 to $200,000.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists residing in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. Previous public art experience is not required and artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.
APPLICANT WORKSHOPS
Interested artists may attend an applicant workshop to find out more about the San Francisco Arts Commission's Public Art Program and the project opportunities associated with the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY, and to receive instructions on submitting a registry application through CaFé. While attendance at an applicant workshop is not required, applicants to the registry are encouraged to attend. The same information will be presented at both workshops, and applicants need only attend one. The workshops are free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
6 — 7:30 PM

WHERE: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 (Lower Level)
San Francisco, CA 94102

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2009
10 — 11:30 AM

WHERE: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 (Lower Level)
San Francisco, CA 94102

TO APPLY
All application materials must be submitted online via CaFé. There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFé online application system. To view the application, go to www.callforentry.org, register a username and password, navigate to "Apply to Calls", and search for "2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY — San Francisco Arts Commission." Assistance with using the CaFé system is available during regular business hours (Mountain Time) via e-mail at cafe@westaf.org.

PLEASE NOTE:
Artists who have applied for previous Arts Commission projects must apply to this new Call for Artists in order to be eligible for consideration for these opportunities.

Artist teams must submit one application and are limited to 10 images total.

The 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY will be terminated as of March 2010.

CONTACT
For questions, please contact Tonia Macneil at (415) 252-2551 or tonia.macneil@sfgov.org. or Jennifer Lovvorn at (415) 252-4637 or jennifer.lovvorn@sfgov.org.

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