June 25, 2018
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Arts board seeks Maine works for Brewer school

By Jessica Bloch, BDN Staff

The Maine Arts Commission is seeking proposals for a $45,000 Percent for Art project at a Brewer school that is expected to open in 2011.

The new school, to be located on Parkway South, will consolidate the middle school and all elementary schools in Brewer, which makes for a student body of more than 1,000 in one facility. When finished, the school is expected to be the largest elementary-middle school in the state.

The committee overseeing the project is seeking “imaginative, engaging and interesting work that fosters a positive sense of place and helps to make a large building feel more welcoming to its students,” said Kerstin Gilg, the Maine Arts Commission public art associate.

The hope is that a broad call for art will encourage a range of sculpture or installation work.

“Each [Percent for Art] committee crafts its art call to suit their site,” said Gilg. “In this case the Brewer committee is providing an opportunity for Maine’s three-dimensional artists to work in an extremely creative way. This description reflects the openness and encouragement of creativity found in Brewer’s community.”

The deadline for submission of preliminary materials is a postmarked date of March 30, 2009. Materials usually are evaluated within a month of the deadline and artists are notified shortly after this time frame.

The project is open only to Maine artists. Employees of the Brewer School Department are ineligible for selection, as are selection committee members and their families.

Entries should be sculptural in nature and should be meant for the interior of the building. Areas recommended include the two-story portions of the main entrance lobby, the media center and library, and the lobby of the performing arts center, all of which have 18-foot-high ceilings. Proposals addressing any other predominantly public part of the building also will be considered.

The funds can be used to commission work from one or many artists. Artist teams are eligible. An artist’s budget proposal must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses, including any building or site modification associated with the artwork.

Maine’s Percent for Art law reserves 1 percent of the construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide artwork for the public areas of these buildings. The school has a budget of $39.5 million, which includes funds not related to construction.

A list of guidelines is available at www.MaineArts.com. For information on how to apply for the project, how to submit materials and which materials are needed for submission, call Kersin Gilg at 287-6719 or e-mail kerstin.gilg@maine.gov. For questions about architectural elements, e-mail Jill Simpson at jill.simpson@wbrcae.com.

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