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Posted on: September 23, 2021

Call to Artists

This is a photo of a stained glass sculpture located at The Vandalia Art Park.

Vandalia Arts Council (VAC)

City of Vandalia, Ohio

Vandalia Art Park

 

Call for:           Sculpture Artist

Budget:            $10,000

Budget Description

The budget for this project is ­­$10,000.  The selected artist or artist team will be responsible for the design, fabrication, shipment to the site, and must work with City staff on installation. The available budget must cover all artists’ expenses including, artist fees, taxes, insurance, materials, tools, travel, expense contingency, and other associated costs.  Permit fees will be paid by the City.  Final installation will be paid for by VAC.  VAC will also pay for liability coverage for work expected to be performed on City property, if necessary.

Sculpture Location:  Vandalia Art Park, 256 E. Alkaline Springs Road, Vandalia, Ohio

About Vandalia Art Park – 256 E. Alkaline Springs Rd., Vandalia, Ohio - The Vandalia Art Park serves as an 8-acre walkable art exhibit and adds to the many amenities within the City of Vandalia. This park is joined to the Vandalia-Butler Historical Society grounds by the new Vandalia Rotary Bridge. This regional destination is free to the public and combines art and history. Other activities and art initiatives complement the park and add to the appreciation of the exhibits on display throughout the year. The leased sculptures join “At Play in Geologic Time” by Matthew Weir, a permanent limestone piece created during Vandalia’s “Chiseled” 2010 Sculpture Symposium, Daddy Long Legs by metal artist Dave Vande Vusse and purchased by PAIV and VCAP in 2015, “Bladerunner” created during Vandalia’s Heavy Metal Remix by Doug Benedict in September of 2016, as well as the park’s entryway Bottlecap Totem crafted by community members in 2020 which replaced the original mosaic totems created by local artists in 2015.  Artist Todd Frahm, Asheville, North Carolina (Bellwether Sculptor from Chiseled 2010) has carved 6 limestone benches which are permanent additions to the park. Two benches were part of a mini-symposium sponsored by VCAP, PAIV and the Ohio Arts Council in 2017. Four individually commissioned benches were added in 2018. In addition to the exhibits, the Vandalia-Butler Foundation partnered with Vandalia Arts Council and the City of Vandalia to sponsor the musical instruments for our residents’ outdoor enjoyment.  In 2019, Phases I and II of the Vandalia Rotary Amphitheater were constructed.

Project Goals:  

The Vandalia Arts Council desires to add to the permanent sculptures at the Vandalia Art Park.  The committee also wishes to increase the interaction of the community with the park, therefore, the sculpture should have kinetic and acoustical elements.  A primary goal of this project is to have a component of the sculpture that involves the community in the fabrication of the sculpture.  

The artist will be expected to participate in two (2) community events lasting a maximum of four hours each or a total of 8 hours.   The artist also will provide a brief discussion of their project at the closing ceremony.

Artwork Design, Safety and Durability Requirements:

The artwork must be fabricated in a durable, permanent, outdoor media that is safe, easily maintained, and has proven its viability in public installations.  The artwork must be able to withstand harsh weather conditions and high winds.

The artwork must be constructed to reasonably discourage or deter theft and vandalism.

The artwork must be suitable for public viewing by all ages.          

Installation:

The piece should be three-dimensional, durable, easily maintained and free standing. The art piece must be fabricated with a base that has the ability to be bolted or attached to a concrete surface or suitably designed footing. The sculpture must be able to be adhered to temporary cement tile(s) with the ability to be relocated to a permanent site later.  The artist will be available to assist with the installation. 

ANTICIPATED TIMELINE – 12 month period from start to finish

One month – issue Call to Submissions Due                                      10/1/21 to 11/1/21

Two weeks – notification of artists                                                    11/2/21 to 11/16/21

1.5 Months - Conceptual drawings due                                              11/17/21 to 1/1/22

Two weeks – Notification of final selection                                       1/2/22 to 2/15/22

7 Months - Construction completion and installation of the art       on or before 9/30/2022

How to Apply:  Please submit the following materials as described below. There is no application fee to apply. All required information and materials must be included or the application will be removed from consideration.   Please send to:  arts@vandaliaohio.org
 For further information or questions contact cfarst@vandaliaohio.org

1. Artist statement(s): one (1) page maximum. 

2. Resume(s): two (2) pages maximum including two professional, work-related references related to public art commissions. 

3. Letter of Interest:   Conveying understanding of project goals and specific approach to the Community Involvement aspect of this project: two (2) pages maximum.

4. Submit drawing of proposed sculpture with size and material descriptions. 

5. A minimum of three (3) and maximum of ten (10) digital photos of previous artwork is required.   Artists applying as a team may submit up to ten photos for each team member. Please do not submit prints or other reproductions of your work. Digital photos should be high quality. 

6. A photo list for all images included with your application, including title, date, materials, dimensions, location, a brief description of the project, and the art project cost.

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