AUSTIN, TEXAS—November 21, 2017— Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to create a permanent public artwork for Colony Park District Park. Located between Loyola and Decker Lanes, and adjacent to the community’s Turner Roberts Recreation Center, the park is being developed in partnership with Austin Parks Foundation and St. David’s Foundation, with planned improvements including a multi-purpose field, nature–based play area, pedestrian bridge and other amenities. The selected artwork will reflect the unique history and values of the neighborhood and serve as a visual marker to help identify Colony Park District Park. The total project budget is $39,500, and the deadline for artists to apply is January 4, 2018.
The community has stated a strong preference for artwork that incorporates lighting for this commission. Additional materials are acceptable, in consultation with the project stakeholders, as long as the parameters of the project are met. This public art opportunity encourages artists familiar with the Colony Park community and/or who are intimately connected to the history and heritage of the area to apply. Additionally, this public art opportunity should embrace and empower the creativity of the people in the neighborhood. The proposed artwork should be integrated into the available scope of construction, to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, the artwork should meet the following criteria:
· establish a simple, visually engaging landmark, potentially through lighting, visible to visitors entering the park;
· reflect the history and current aspirations of the surrounding neighborhoods
· be physically and conceptually accessible to visitors of all ages
· be easily maintained and vandal resistant in an exterior environment
· contribute to the depth/breadth of the City of Austin’s public art collection.
Professional visual artists, or artist teams, at least 18 years of age who live in the Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees including employees of the Economic Development Department are ineligible to apply. Employees of the project consultants and sub-consultants are also ineligible to apply. Artists who are under an active contract with the AIPP program at the time of application or who have three or more permanent works in the AIPP Collection are ineligible to apply.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00PM (CST) on Thursday, January 4th, 2018, through www.PublicArtist.org, the online application system used by Art in Public Places. An Artist Information Meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at 6PM at the Turner Roberts Recreation Center at 7201 Colony Loop Drive, Austin, TX 78724. The meeting will include discussion of possible locations and opportunities for artwork. AIPP staff and project representatives will be available to answer questions.
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