2018 Streetworks Mural - Request For Qualifications
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2018 StreetWorks Mural – Charleston, WV
Charleston Main Streets (CMS) and the City of Charleston Office of Public Art (COPA) is requesting qualifications from artists for the design and implementation of a mural on Charleston’s East End.
ABOUT THE STREET WORKS
The Urban Design Committee of Charleston Main Streets’ East End program works on the physical shape of the Washington Street, East and Smith Street commercial corridors. Since 2002, the group has worked to improve storefronts, vacant lots, and public spaces by encouraging the rehabilitation of historic structures, developing incentives for good design, and introducing public art. The StreetWorks initiative began in 2009,and has since seen the installation of more than 100 pieces of art on light poles along Washington Street, East. The product is a mile-long, outdoor art museum and a vibrant streetscape that invites residents and visitors alike.
ABOUT THE CITY OF CHARLESTON OFFICE OF PUBLIC ART (COPA)
Charleston is a beautiful city. It’s topography of mountains, rivers, and stunning views is complimented by an architecturally rich Downtown and Capitol Complex, neighborhoods with unique identities, and organizations that provide access to a diverse range of arts experiences. Public art has traditionally been a part of that mix, and the city has a collection of more than fifty works of art in public places. In 2017, the City of Charleston Office of Public Art (COPA) was established as a result of a comprehensive Public Arts Plan developed through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The focus of the department is the conservation, education, and creation of Public Art in Charleston, WV. COPA is committed to creating innovative opportunities for artists, engaging residents and visitors, and encouraging collaboration between the public and private sectors.
CMS and COPA are inviting artists to submit their qualifications for consideration to execute a mural on the East End District of Charleston,WV. A selection committee will consider the qualifications and select three artists to create concept proposals for the mural project. The concepts will be presented as part of The 2018 Art Roast* for public vote. The artist with the most public votes will be awarded the project.
*The 2018 Art Roast is a live art auction style event that benefits public art in Charleston’s historic East End.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE – May 25, 2018
ARTIST SELECTION FOR CONCEPT PROPOSAL – May 31, 2018
CONCEPT PROPOSALS DUE – JUNE 14, 2018
ART ROAST PUBLIC VOTE - JUNE 19, 2018
EXECUTION OF MURAL – JULY 1, 2018 – OCTOBER 1, 2018
The building selected for this project is located at 1398 Washington Street East in Charleston’s historic East End. The area designated for the mural is 8ft x 10ft. Please take note that the surface is a brick and there are minor surface obstructions on the wall.
Once the murals are completed and approved by CMS/COPA, an anti-graffiti clear-coat must be applied. This clear-coat product will be supplied to the artist by CMS
The three artists selected to create concept proposals will receive a $250.00 concept stipend. The final selected artist will be paid a final stipend of $1,700.00 to execute the mural. The artist is responsible for all materials related to the execution of the project.
1. Work Samples: Visual representations of past artwork that demonstrate qualifications for this project. In order to be considered for this project, candidates must upload 5-10 images. Slides, prints, or any physical submissions of artwork will not be accepted. Images must be formatted as high resolution jpeg files or pdf, other formats not accepted. 2. Resume: Submit a resume that includes relevant work experiences to above mentioned project.
Candidates must be professional artists or designers as stated in your resume, eligible to work in the United States, and age 18 or older. Candidates are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability. You do not need to be a resident of West Virginia to make a submission.
Submission may be emailed to:
City of Charleston Office of Public Art
c/o Jeff Pierson firstname.lastname@example.org
With questions, call Jeff at 304-348-8000 ext. 306