Monday, December 5, 2011

Percent for Art Competition for University of Maine Fort Kent

The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists living in Maine, Quebec, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at Powell Hall, University of Maine Fort Kent. The total project budget is approximately $10,000 and the submission deadline is February 15, 2012.

The university is a small rural campus that offers baccalaureate and associate degrees in professional and liberal arts programs. The university takes great pride as an experiential campus that provides students with the opportunity to participate in a variety of hands on educational experiences. These can be as simple as community service, to endeavors that are as challenging as conducting original research and participating in internships. The university maintains a goal of providing students with the discovery and exploration of knowledge that in turn allows them to make larger connections to world experiences.

The Percent for Art selection committee for Powell Hall are suggesting a focus on “Greening and Sustainability” and “Experiential Learning.” Although the history of the Franco American/Acadian culture is a valued aspect of the university’s identity, the selection committee is looking for a contemporary concept that also references the nature of the direction of progressive learning and sustainable building practices.

If you have questions about the architectural elements, the architect representative for this project is John Charette, Port City Architects who can be contacted via e-mail at: Architectural renderings and site plans of the proposed locations of all the listed sites can be found using the links provided below.

All other questions should be directed to Greg Parker, Public Art Contractor at the Maine Arts Commission through e-mail at, or via the phone at 207/557-2563.

There are several proposed locations for the installation of artwork and these can be seen in photos, or through site plans.

The full prospectus can be found on

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