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A Call for Artist Participation – Alley Beautification in Grants Pass

Greetings Artists and Community Members,

The City of Grants Pass and the Committee on Public Art (CoPA) is seeking an artist to work with the CoPA Sub-Committee to transform one of the Historical Downtown Alleyways.

        Alley Beautification Call for Artist Participation

Prospectus:

The City of Grants Pass is investing in the transformation of select alleyways downtown into usable and enjoyed public spaces. The Alley Beautification project furthers the City’s goal of creating a vibrant commercial district by enhancing downtown activities and safe spaces. In this project, the selected artist will have the support of the City’s Committee on Public Arts (CoPA) to survey key stakeholders and design site-specific art installation(s) for the selected alleyway. The artist will be asked to create work(s) that create a sense of play and invoke interaction from the public, while also respecting placement within the City’s Historic District.  The Alley Beautification project is commissioned by the City of Grants Pass with a budget of $20K. Deadline for this Call for Artist is March 6, 2020. While local creators may be given preference, there is no geographic eligibility requirement to apply.

Project Description: 

The Alley Beautification project is a commission of new work(s), where the artist is the creator.  The artist will have the support of the City’s Committee on Public Art (CoPA) to survey interests of key stakeholders to design and create one or more works of public art for the Osprey Alley. The project will be overseen by CoPA with final authority given to City Council. Key stakeholders include business owners adjacent to the alley and the City’s Historic Building & Sites Commission. The Osprey Alley is the first in a series of alleyways to be developed. 

Location: 

The Osprey Alley is located between 6th and 5th streets and parallel to H and I streets. As this site is within the City’s Historic District, no permanent changes can be made to surrounding buildings, and color palette may be limited (i.e. No neon colors).  There is some existing landscaping in the alley, as well as one existing lamppost and temporary hanging lights. Vehicles bringing supplies to adjacent businesses intermittently need access to a portion of the alley.  Additional engineering and architectural information available as needed. There have been no decisions other than details listed above on the use of the space.

The Osprey Alley is open to the public and can be used as a corridor between 6th street and the Osprey parking lot, a public parking lot which itself features a public art work of a nested osprey.  This alley, most central of alleys under consideration for the Alley Beautification project, is adjacent to many trendy restaurants, bars and venues that draw heavy foot traffic. While the alley is lightly landscaped, the City has found the landscaping insufficient to draw the attention and use of the space by the public.  The Alley can be described as made of two sections: 1) a non-vehicle accessible portion (closer to 6th Street) containing light landscaping and insulated on either side by the brick siding of neighboring businesses, 2) a vehicle accessible portion (closer to 5th Street) with business on one side and open on the other. 

Criteria:

For the Osprey Alley we are looking for work(s) that create a sense of play and cause the public to interact with the space and/or others, while also respecting placement within the City’s Historic District.  Specifically, we are looking for work(s) that cause the public to: 1) pause, enter and look deeply at the space, 2) engage and/or play in the space, and 3) record their presence in the space with a unique image (selfie).

This is a call for artist qualifications. This is not a Request for Proposals. Please do not submit specific proposals for the Osprey Alley or the Alley Beautification project.  Please ensure full contact information is included with application.

Budget:

The budget for this project is $20K and includes artist’s fees, engineering, materials, fabrication, transportation, and installation. Budget does not include travel, insurance, taxes, studio overhead, and miscellaneous items.

Artist Eligibility:

Local artist, artist teams, as well as students are encouraged to apply.

Application Requirements:

Please email or mail all the following with your application:

  1. Statement of Interest: In 800 words or less, introduce yourself and describe your specific interest in the project, your potential approach to the project or creating public art, and any past relevant experience.
  2. Resume or short biography
  3. Visuals Support Materials: 3-10 images depicting previous work. Visual support materials can include digital images, slides, videos, CDs, or prints.
  4. Annotated List: The annotated list allows you to describe the visual support material and should include description, material, location, budget, client or commissioning organization, and any other relevant project information.

Deadline:

All applications must be received by 3:00 P.M. on March 6, 2020. Applications received after this date cannot be guaranteed review.  Please submit all required application materials by emailing [email protected], with the subject line Alley Beautification Application, or mail to:

C/O Susan Seereiter, Business Advocate

City of Grants Pass

101 NW A Street

Grants Pass, OR 97526

Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by the City’s Committee on Public Arts (CoPA). CoPA was formed in 2002 to promote and develop visual arts, performing arts and art education in Grants Pass. The Committee is made of community members volunteering to advise the City Council of the development of partnerships and coordination of themes and approaches to the arts, along with recommendations to the City Council for methods to induce investments in public arts.

After initial review of applications Up to four finalists will be selected and may be requested to interview with the Committee or a subset of members. Travel expenses are not covered for finalists selected to interview, and a teleconference can be provided. Final selection will receive approval by the City Council upon CoPA’s recommendation.

Interviews will start after March 10, 2020. You will be contacted after this date.

Selection Criteria:

  • evidence of innovative thinking in designing spaces for public art
  • ability to work with community members and respond to their concerns
  • ability to work within the constraints of city codes and requirements

For questions, contact Susan Seereiter, Business Advocate City of Grants Pass at (541) 450-6014 [email protected]

Kind Regards,

Susan

Susan Seereiter

Business Advocate

www.grantspassoregon.gov

(541) 450-6014 (Direct)

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OAC Update on grant awards, Art in Public Places Roster now open and the first-ever tour of our State Capitol’s art collection!

August 2019

News & Updates

Update on grant awards, Art in Public Places Roster now open and the first-ever tour of our State Capitol’s art collection!

Grant award timeline update

OSG, ALG awards to be announced in September

Due to the new biennium budget process, the announcement of grant awards for the Operating Support and Arts Learning programs is delayed until September.
The Arts Commission is awaiting a final approved budget from the Legislative Fiscal Office and the Business Oregon fiscal office, as well as action by the Arts Commission board, so that grant awards can be finalized and distributed.
Final approval of grant awards is expected at the Arts Commission board meeting in early September. Official notification of application status and funding awards will happen after the Arts Commission board meets.
In recognition of the challenge presented by awards being announced after activity starts, the staff is developing a new timeline for the next funding cycle and may move the activity start period to Oct. 1.

Eric Asakawa plays the role made famous by Kevin Bacon in Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s current production of“Footloose” running through Sept. 1. Broadway Rose received a FY2019 Operating Supporting Grant award. Photo by Craig Mitchelldy.

Call to artists

Oregon Art in Public Places Roster now accepting applications

Regional, national and international artists are invited to submit qualifications for the Oregon Art in Public Places Roster for 2020-2022. Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m., MDT (Mountain Daylight Time), on Tuesday, Sept. 10. All materials must be submitted through CaFE™.
The Oregon Arts Commission manages the Percent for Art program for the State of Oregon. The Oregon Art in Public Places Roster serves as a resource for Percent for Art selection panels to identify artists most suitable for specific project needs.
The Roster is completely refreshed every three years. Artist who were selected for a previous Oregon Art in Public Places Roster must reapply to be considered for the 2020-2022 Roster.

George Johanson, “Day and Night,” 2012. Acrylic and oil on canvas. Oregon Department of Transportation.

Corvallis artist Greg Pfarr exhibits in Governor’s Office

Corvallis artist Greg Pfarr will exhibit “A Sense of Place: Time, Memory and Imagination in the Pacific Northwest” in the Governor’s Office of the Capitol Building in Salem through Sept. 26. A “meet the artist” reception is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 5.
Place has always been a central focus of Greg’s art. He grew up roaming the woods and creeks of southern Ohio, where he found his first inspiration. Early backpacking experiences in the Smokey and Rocky Mountains convinced him that he had to live near wilderness. A move to Oregon in 1980 made it possible.
An exhibit in the Governor’s office is a “once in a lifetime” honor for selected Oregon artists.

Greg Pfarr, “Three Glaciers, Prince William Sound, Alaska,” 2014. Etching and woodcut. 24 x 36 inches (image). Courtesy the artist.

American Artist Appreciation Month

First-ever tours of State Capitol art offered in August

Explore the vast art collection inside the Oregon State Capitol during American Artist Appreciation Month in August. For the first time, State Capitol visitor services will provide guided tours of the Art of the Time Collection, publicly displayed throughout the building.
Tours will depart from the state seal in the rotunda at noon Monday through Friday,
Aug. 19-30. The collection includes more than 175 American (and many regional) artists, featured on the Percent for Art Collection website.
For a schedule of upcoming events and exhibits at the Capitol, visit www.oregoncapitol.com.

Sally Haley, “Camellias,” before 1979. Acrylic on canvas. Photo: Frank Miller.

At Liberty honors Royal Nebeker

Former Arts Commissioner and beloved Oregon artist Royal Nebeker (1945-2014) is being celebrated in a retrospective of his work on exhibit at At Liberty in Bend through September.
A prominent teacher, Nebeker left a tremendous legacy of work. A broad representation of his life’s work assembled for the tribute show.
Royal once said, “This process of painting resembles looking through a night window. I peer out, observing and at the same time see the reflection of the interior conditions of my own reality. It is my intent that as the viewer peers into my painting, he will not only see a visual record of meaning in my life, but will discover the reflection of meaning in their own, as in a night window.”

Pictured at the Royal Nebeker exhibit opening: (left to right) Kaari Vaughn, a founding partner of At Liberty; Sarah Nebeker, Royal’s widow and a Clatsop County Commissioner; Hannah Nebeker, Royal’s daughter; Rene Mitchell, a founding partner of At Liberty; Jenny Green, a founding partner of At Liberty; and Brian Wagner, Arts Commission community development coordinator. .

Florence public mural celebrates local culture

“Stitching Time, Weaving Cultures,” a public mural celebrating local culture and heritage, was recently dedicated in Florence. Commissioned by The City of Florence and the City’s Public Arts Committee, the mural was created by Portland artist-team Marino-Heidel Studios.
Almost three years in the making, the mural showcases folk arts and speaks to cultural interchange. It also “stitches” together ideas that represent the Florence area. The design incorporates the iconic Siuslaw Bridge and native flora and fauna of our region and pays homage to the Siuslaw people.
The project was a partnership between enthusiastic citizens, members of the PUD, Tribal leaders and City of Florence staff.

(Left to right) Harlan Springer of the Florence Public Arts Committee, Catherine Rickbone of the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and Michal Dalton, Oregon Arts Commissioner.

Upcoming grant deadlines

Oregon Arts Commission | Phone 503-986-0082 | www.oregonartscommission.org

STAY CONNECTED

Guggenheim Foundation and Fellowship Grants Available For Artists

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship Competition

Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.

Fellowships are awarded through two annual competitions: one open to citizens and permanent residents of the United States and Canada, and the other open to citizens and permanent residents of Latin America and the Caribbean. Candidates must apply to the Guggenheim Foundation in order to be considered in either of these competitions. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation has decided to suspend its Latin American and Caribbean competition for the year 2020 while we examine the workings and efficacy of the program. Therefore the Foundation will not be accepting applications in the Latin American and Caribbean competition for 2020.

The Foundation receives approximately 3,000 applications each year. Although no one who applies is guaranteed success in the competition, there is no prescreening: all applications are reviewed. Approximately 175 Fellowships are awarded each year.

During the rigorous selection process, applicants will first be pooled with others working in the same field, and examined by experts in that field: the work of artists will be reviewed by artists, that of scientists by scientists, that of historians by historians, and so on. The Foundation has a network of several hundred advisers, who either meet at the Foundation offices to look at applicants’ work, or receive application materials to read offsite. These advisers, all of whom are themselves former Guggenheim Fellows, then submit reports critiquing and ranking the applications in their respective fields. Their recommendations are then forwarded to and weighed by a Committee of Selection, which then determines the number of awards to be made in each area. Occasionally, no application in a given area is considered strong enough to merit a Fellowship.

The Committee of Selection then forwards its recommendations to the Board of Trustees for final approval. The successful candidates in the United States and Canada competition are announced in early April; those in the Latin America and Caribbean competition, in early June.

We guarantee our advisers and Committee of Selection members, as well as those who submit letters of reference, absolute confidentiality. Therefore, under no circumstances will the reasons for the rejection of an application be provided.

Learn more about the Foundation and Fellowship Grants here: https://www.gf.org/about/fellowship/

Complete the form found at the link below to request a login account so that you can access Guggenheim’s online Fellowship Application. An email will be sent to you shortly with your login credentials. It may take a few minutes before you receive the email.

If you applied in the 2019 competition, you may use your previous username when you complete this form, but we will issue you a new password. No portion of your previous application will be retrievable for use in this year’s competition. Persons who have already received a Guggenheim Fellowship are not eligible to apply for another.
The application deadline for the 2020 United States and Canada competition is 11:59 P.M. (EST), Monday, September 16, 2019. 

Apply for the Fellowship Grant here: https://competition.gf.org/applicant/

SOAR wishes you the best of success in your fellowship application! If you win a fellowship grant, please let us know so we can share your story.

Save Alaska Arts and Culture

Governor Dunleavy has line-item vetoed funding for many of Alaska’s art and arts education programs, including the Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA). Only your state legislators can save it with a 3/4 override on July 8th. 

2019 Imagely Fund Now Open Offering Grants to Photographers

2019 Imagely Fund Now Open!

Hi

Hey, environmental and humanitarian photographers, looking for a great grant opportunity? The 2019 Imagely Fund is officially open — and this year, we’re giving away TWO GRANTS!

Apply now!

Imagely is excited to launch our 7th annual Imagely Fund which will offer a $5000 grant to one environmental and one humanitarian photographer to use toward interesting and meaningful projects.

Grant season offers our team an incredible chance to check out the amazing work of photographers around the globe. Each year we are inspired by, and learn from these photo stories. Whether it’s documenting wars or natural disasters, spotlighting injustices and inequalities, or highlighting issues in conservation, we feel honored to witness the impact that powerful imagery has to evoke positive change.

Interested in applying to be one of 2019’s Imagely Fund Fellows? You’ll need an online portfolio showing off your photo storytelling talents and a one-page personal statement (it should include a link to your portfolio, a short bio, a brief project description, background on your location-specific training and preparations, as well as an estimated budget).

Applications are judged by our panel of distinguished reviewers which in 2019 include: Jim Brandenburg, Steve Winter, and Ami Vitale.

The Imagely Team is immensely grateful to all of our judges (present and past) for their commitment to giving back to the photography community, especially considering their own hectic shooting schedules, projects, books, travel, and workshops.

Learn more

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2019 Rules of the Road Presentation

See the presentation here from the 2019 Annual Convention.

Legislative Update for Annual Convention on June 14th, 2019

Read the latest legislative update for June 14, 2019.

ArtsVote 2020 Podcast Press Release

New Podcast Series Reveals 2020 Presidential Candidates’ Views on Arts, Vision for Advancing Support for Arts and Charitable Sector

Haines & Friends Fund & “Where’s William?”

Hello friends and art appreciators,
 This Friday in Downtown Ashland is bound to be a happening event!  Not only is it 1st Friday Art Walk, but the Haines & Friends Fund show at the Ashland Springs Hotel will be a unique and insightful exhibit. You will get to see the results of the funds in physical form. So many great artists who were awarded for their artistic visions !
Here is the brochure:
***That’s my painting on the lower left… ‘Suddenly Blue” (40″x30″ oil, with lots of impasto work)
After you view the Haines & Friends Fund show, head over across the street to the Art & Soul Gallery and play ‘Where’s William” for a chance to win art gifts and more!
details here:

ART & SOUL GALLERY CELEBRATES THE OPENING OF OSF’S OUTDOOR SEASON WITH “WHERE’S WILLIAM?” AN ART DISCOVERY GAME!

 

All of the 27 artists at the Art & Soul Gallery have titled one or two of their paintings to relate to William Shakespeare. Throughout the month of June visitors to the gallery who are able to find the paintings will win prizes.

“There is something for everyone,” says the gallery’s new managing director/owner, Peter Stone. “Where’s William” is designed to be a fun way to discover art while looking for Shakespeare themes in the paintings and their titles.” 

Prizes:

~Kids aged twelve and under who find ten or more titles get to choose a super hero or Star Wars lapel pin.

~Seekers who find twenty or more titles get to choose one notecard from an Art & Soul Gallery artist and receive a free pass to Chanting and Chai.

~More ambitious “art snoops” who find 25 or more titles and answer three or more bonus questions will receive a CD, a free pass to Chanting and Chai, get to choose a notecard from an Art & Soul Gallery Artist, a 25% off coupon for custom picture framing from Art & Soul Framing and will be entered into a weekly drawing to win their choice of a painting lesson, a music lesson or an matted/unframed print.

~And anyone who finds thirty or more titles and answers five or more bonus questions will receive the above prizes and be entered into a drawing (at 4 pm on June 30) to win a Judy Richardson original oil painting.

Prizes are available for participants every day at all times when the gallery is open and there will be “art snoops” drawings every Friday in June at 5 pm. (7:30 on First Friday)

You do not need to be present to win at any of the drawings.

For more information about Art & Soul Gallery and “Where’s William” call (541) 488-9006, visit artandsoulgallery.com email: [email protected].

I look forward to seeing you at either of these exhibits! It will be a fun night ….
cheers,
silvia

Legislative Update 5.15.19

Great news!  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations chaired by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) officially proposed FY’20 funding increases to every federal cultural agency within their portfolio, including the National Endowment for the Arts.