Percent of Art project planned for Brewer

Posted Dec. 31, 2008, at 6:32 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — The Maine Arts Commission is seeking proposals for a Percent for Art project at the new school in Brewer. The project, open only to Maine artists, has a budget of $45,000 and a submissions deadline of March 30.

The new school will consolidate the middle school and all elementary schools in Brewer in a facility enrolling more than 1,000 students, and is expected to open in 2011.

The art selection committee overseeing the process for the new school has encouraged a range of innovative and exceptional sculpture or installation work by broadly defining the parameters of the competition.

“The decision to make this a broad call promises to deliver creative proposals,” said the public art associate of the Maine Arts Commission, Kerstin Gilg. “Each committee crafts its art call to suit their site; in this case the Brewer committee is providing an opportunity for Maine’s 3-D artists to work in an extremely creative way. This decision reflects the openness and encouragement of creativity found in Brewer’s community.”

The committee seeks imaginative, engaging and interesting work that fosters a positive sense of place, and helps to make a large building feel more welcoming to students. Entries should be sculptural in nature and address 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 ceilings 18 feet high. Beyond that, proposals addressing any predominantly public area of the school will be considered.

There is approximately $45,000 in Percent for Art funds available for this project. These funds will be used to commission work from one or many artists. 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.

Professional artists who live in Maine may apply for consideration to this project. Artists who are employees of Brewer schools or Brewer School Department are not eligible for Percent for Art projects at the location where they are employed, nor are members of the art selection committee and their immediate families.

The project is open to artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.

A Percent for Art selection committee of five members will jury submissions for the project. The committee will review the materials to determine whom to invite for a second round of evaluation.

Artists selected for the second round will receive a design fee for refining their proposals. Final proposals will include detailed models, drawings, renderings, samples of work and-or other materials depending on the nature of the proposal. Finalists will present their final proposals to the committee. Do not submit detailed models, drawings, samples or final proposals for the first-round of the selection process.

Make sure submissions are labeled correctly, cite the Percent for Art call being applied to, and that name, address and other contact information are on every document.

Materials needed are:

ä A current concise resume on a CD or as an e-mail attachment.

ä Up to five digital images of recent work, on a CD or as e-mail attachment, resolution of 96 dpi at a minimum size of 5 by 7 inches, jpeg format. Name each image file with your last name first and the number (1-5) for the order it should be viewed in. Use underscores to separate words in file name, not punctuation. If e-mailing, send to kerstin.gilg@maine.gov with “Brewer School” in the subject line. E-mail images must be sent as attachments, not embedded in the e-mail document.

ä A brief (approximately one-page) written narrative on a CD or as e-mail attachment describing your work, what you plan to do in addressing the potential art area. Write about what your concept and approach will be in addressing the specific public art space of the site and what materials you intend to use. Do not submit detailed models, drawings, samples or final proposals for this first-round of the selection process. A simple sketch may be included to clarify your idea if necessary, but it is not encouraged. Documents should be sized for standard letter paper, 8½ by 11 inches. E-mail documents must be sent as attachments, not embedded in the e-mail.

ä A rough budget estimate on a CD or as e-mail attachment. Consider aspects of design, fabrication, transportation and installation when creating your general budget. A more detailed and precise budget will be requested for those invited to the second-round evaluation.

Send e-mail materials to kerstin.gilg@maine.gov.

For e-mail, write Brewer School as the e-mail subject. Title attached document files similarly to the image titles. Attach all images and documents to the e-mail. Embedded images or documents written in the body of the e-mail will not be accepted. Send documents as Word docs, txt, PDFs or jpegs.

Mail materials to: Percent for Art Competition: Brewer School, c/o Kerstin Gilg, Maine Arts Commission, 25 State House Station Augusta 04333-0025.

Specific questions about architectural elements should be addressed to the architect representative, Jill Simpson, at jill.simpson@wbrcae.com.

Other questions may be directed to Kerstin Gilg, 287-6719 or kerstin.gilg@maine.gov.

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