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CALL TO ARTISTS
SHOCK Art/AIPP Project
Deadline for submission: May 8, 2013
DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 13, 2013 at 2:00 PM!!
The Art in Public Places Commission is pleased to present a call to local artists for SHOCK ART 2013, a community public art project to enhance several of the switchgear boxes throughout the City of Longmont with creativity.
Scope of Project:
In 2011, Longmont’s Art in Public Places initiated Shock Art, a community Art project in which five designs were selected by community members to be transformed onto switchgear boxes throughout the community. In 2012, Art in Public Places continued the success with eight more switchgear boxes being painted, including collaborating with three local student art groups to see their designs come to fruition. The AIPP Commission continues to receive positive response and requests for more boxes to be painted in 2013.
The Art in Public Places Commission has identified five more switchgear boxes to paint in 2013. Each of the five boxes will be painted by a different artist or team of artists.
No spray-painting will be allowed during any portion of the project. These boxes host live electrical wires and any spray paint could pose a danger. The boxes are 67"W x 61"D x 44" (tall). Each has several stickers that must remain visible for safety purposes, as these are active “live” boxes. If artists paint over the numbers, replacement stickers will be placed over the artwork to remain visible at all times.
The following boxes have been selected to be painted in 2013:
17th Avenue, East of Hover Street (near FAA)
Airport Road at Nelson (SE corner)
Pace Street @ Mountain View
400 block alleyway between Main and Kimbark Streets
Last location TBD
Art in Public Places requires that the artist(s) paint all five sides of the switchgear box, including the entire “top.” Designs should be “busy” as a deterrent for others to paint over the original artwork.
Theme: This year, Art in Public Places will look for two themes for the switchgear boxes. In honor of Longmont Power & Communications 100 year anniversary (2012) and to celebrate this collaboration with that entity, that celebratory year will be recognized as a theme, seeking work that might include the following: 100 years, AMP’d, charged, shock, electric, power.
A second theme will be considered as well: this theme is Colorado History (no additional buzzwords).
Artists are encouraged to keep their ideas “busy.”
All designs must be appropriate, timeless, unique, and of original design, and must not have any political or religious connotations or symbolisms.
Artists are asked to use high-quality acrylic or house paints. No additional adhesives are permissible (e.g., no tape, stickers, or other adhesives or embellishments can be adhered to the boxes).
All winners will be required to attend an orientation session prior to commencing work for more information on materials, safety, etc.
Artists must submit a three-dimensional (3-D) 11” x 10” x 7.25 (tall)” box as their proposal. All five sides of the box must be painted/colored as it will be selected and replicated on the actual switchgear box. Art in Public Places will determine the specific switchgear box for each artist. Submitted maquettes may be made of any materials.
All submission boxes must have artist’s name, email, and phone number clearly written on the bottom or inside (if there is no bottom on the box. In addition, please submit the following, either by email or hard copy/CD:
- Name of artist(s)
- Contact info, including address, email, and phone number
- Five images of past artwork or related projects
March 2013 – Call to artists.
May 8 2013 – All box proposals due at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center (400 Quail Road) by 5pm. EXTENDED UNTIL May 13
June 8, 2013 (6:00pm) through June 24, 2013 – All box proposals will be on display at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center for public viewing and voting.
July 1, 2013 – Five winners will be announced.
July 2013 – contract negotiations with artists; Artists’ orientation(s).
August 1– October 1 – Artists paint
Five artists/teams of artists will be awarded a contract of $1,500 for each box. This amount will include all supplies and materials (except primer and sealer) as well as a stipend for the artist(s). AIPP will provide the primed and prepped switchgear boxes, a plaque, and all publicity/marketing materials and sealant once artwork is completed. Artists will receive a portion of the $1,500 up front to cover materials, and the final payment portion upon completion of the work.
As this project will likely appeal to the entire community, the AIPP Commission would like community artists to apply and would like community arts enthusiasts to select the artwork that will be placed. Residents are asked to view the submissions and to cast their vote. Additionally, the boxes will be on display at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center from Saturday, June 8 through June 24 for viewing and voting.
Artists, please let your friends, family, and neighbors know that you have submitted a box design and encourage them to see all of the submitted artwork and to cast their vote!
Final selection and location assignments will be approved by the Art in Public Places Commission
- Any practicing visual artist residing in the state of COLORADO may apply. You must be willing to travel to and from your selected site each day.
- Each artist may only submit one (1) box design
- All five sides of the submitted artwork must be colored/painted to be considered.
- All submission materials must be received by May 8 at 5:00 PM.
- All Artists will be notified of five winners by July 1. Submissions that are not selected will be held for pick up until August 1. After August 1, all remaining submissions become property of Art in Public Places.
- Must the maquette (submission box) have six sides? Yes, please. So that we can seccure them while on display. Also, this is where your contact info will go.
- Why a different size this year? This size is directly proportional to the actual switchgear box. Sorry to switch the size on you. We'll keep it consistent from here on.
- No more than one entry per person.
- Yes, you must cover all five sides. And yes, you must follow the rules in order to be elgible to win.
- Further question? Send them in and I'll post the Q (along with the A) here.Shock Art questions