Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Jefferson Village School Percent for Art Offers $43,500

The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists living in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut, with a preference given to Maine artists, to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the New Jefferson Village School. The total project budget is $50,000 and the submission deadline is Wednesday, February 16, 2011.

Jefferson Village School is a K-8 grade facility that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2011.

Jefferson is a rural town in Lincoln County, incorporated on February 24, 1807, when Thomas Jefferson was President. It is located in central Maine about half way between the state capital of Augusta and the Midcoast area. The region is steeped in natural beauty with rolling hills, verdant forests, streams, rivers, ponds and open ridges. One of the most striking features is that it sits on the north shore of Damariscotta Lake. It is a 14-mile lake that enjoys a broad range of recreational activities.

It is the opinion of the selection committee that the artwork for the new school should be consistent with the setting, but it is not looking for work that necessarily reflects a narrative about the area’s natural features or history. The committee believes the school will lead the community into the future and would like submissions to be completely open in content to reflect that vision.

Listed below are all possible locations for artwork. Artists may address any or all of these areas in their proposals.

Interior Spaces:
In the main lobby:
West wall above borrowed light in main office; north wall below balcony, or the two-story area that is available for suspension of work.

In the library: East wall above circulation desk, or the two-story area that is available for suspension of work.
Exterior Spaces
Green spaces on either side of the main entry or the covered area under the front entry.
Project Budget
There is approximately $43,500 in Percent for Art funds available for this project. These funds will be used to commission work(s) from a single artist, more than one artist or an artist team. An artist budget proposal must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses, including any building or site modifications associated with the artwork.
Full details can be found in the Percent for Art Section of MaineArts.com.

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