Thursday, February 3, 2011

Percent for Art Informational Session at River Arts

Joe Kievitt
Untitled (detail), 2009
The Collins Center, University of Maine-Orono

If you have ever wondered what the Percent for Art program is, or how you can apply for these public art calls, then you should join Greg Parker, Public Art Coordinator for the Maine Arts Commission, as he provides an informational session on the process at River Arts, in Damariscotta, on February 9.

This event, which begins at 6:00pm, is free and open to the public, but organizers at River Arts ask that you call and make a reservation to allow them to prepare.

Several projects around the state require the hiring of artists to design, create and install art such as new school buildings. This informational session is open to all artists or groups of artists who would like to learn first-hand about these interesting and high profile projects.

Maine’s Percent for Art program sponsors public art for state buildings. The artwork commissioned through this program has taken many forms. Traditional representative sculpture, abstract wall-mounted works, projects that integrate artwork throughout the building in a holistic manner, mobiles, earthwork and new media are just a few of the categories that have been commissioned. An archive of the collection can be viewed through the Percent for Art Directory and current calls to artists can be accessed through the Opportunities Directory.

At this time, 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; click here for details.

Please make reservations for this presentation by email:
or phone 207-563-1507 . This presentation is free and open to the public.

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