Friday, December 4, 2009

Art Competition at USM in Portland Offers $50,000

The Maine Arts Commission is making an open call to all artists to submit proposals to design, create, and install artwork at the University Commons, University of Southern Maine, Portland. Total project budget is $50,000; submissions deadline is January 4, 2010.

The Percent for Art University Commons competition asks applicants to consider addressing one of three opportunities for the placement of art: The first option is the possibility of an exterior sculpture situated between the two buildings addressed in this call: the Osher Map Library / Glickman Library and the Muskie School/Wishcamper Center.

The second option is an interior piece within the “Forum” at the Muskie School/Wishcamper Center. The third option is also an interior placement within the “Library Arcade.”

One or two artists or artist teams will be selected for the commission. The selection committee is interested in proposals that relate to the University’s interaction with the Portland community at large and its role in the state university system. Applicants should also consider that the work should be welcoming to the neighborhood, visitors, student population and community at large. Works of art that are too literal or predictable will not be favored.

The full prospectus is available on the webpages of, where you will find two more similar competitions open to Maine artists. Interested parties with questions should contact Alison Ferris by email at

Full plans are available by clicking the image below:

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