June 25, 2018
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Artwork sought for Ellsworth school site


AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Arts Commission is seeking proposals for a $50,000 Percent for Art competition for Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School.

Artists living in Maine or those who have strong personal or professional ties to the state are eligible to submit proposals for the school, which opened to students last fall.

The deadline for submissions is May 20.

The committee in charge of selecting artwork for the school is looking for proposals that focus on the future of a changing city, β€œand the dynamic and modern architectural features that the new school provides,” according to a release from the Maine Arts Commission.

The school employs energy efficiencies in its roof design, geothermal heating system and a soaring entrance with large windows. There are many interior site lines that allow visibility and transparency throughout the building.

Areas that are under consideration for the competition are the main entrance corridor, the library and the main entrance itself.

The entrance corridor could house free-standing or suspended artwork while the library could house work that interacts with the ceiling design. The grassy area to the left of the school’s main entrance could be the location for a significant piece of work.

The Percent for Art law in Maine reserves 1 percent of the construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide artwork for the public areas of these buildings or their exterior renovations and additions.

The available funds will be used to commission work or works from a single artist or artist team. Budget proposals must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses, including any building or site modifications associated with the artwork.

Those with questions about the architectural elements of the site should e-mail Sarah Smith at ssmith@oakpoint.com. The site may be visited by contacting Katrina Kane, RSU 24 assistant superintendent, at kkane@rsu24.org to set up an appointment. All other questions can be directed to Alison Ferris at the Maine Arts Commission at 287-2710 or alison.ferris@maine.gov.

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