Entry Deadline: 1/5/15


Images – Minimum: 6, Maximum: 20
Audio – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media – Minimum: 6, Maximum: 20

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Request for Proposals 2015 New Albany Public Art Project: Today & Tomorrow Series

Download full Request for Proposals, including site specifications at: http://www.napublicart.org/forartists.php

Submission Deadline: January 5, 2015 at 11:59:59 P.M. Mountain Time Zone


The New Albany Public Art Project: Today & Tomorrow Series will place temporary, community-specific public art installations around downtown New Albany, Indiana. This series builds on the success of the New Albany Public Art Project: Bicentennial Series that from 2010-2013 presented historical themes through the eyes of artists. Following the city’s bicentennial, our attention shifted to New Albany today and the future of the city. With input from the public, we selected important themes that impact our city today to interpret through public art. We will focus on one theme during each year of the series, beginning with sustainability in 2015, followed by: education & literacy, the arts & design, diversity & human rights and social change. We are collaborating with organizational partners to provide educational opportunities and to encourage community conversations about how we can respond to these themes to make our city a better place in the future. We are happy to be working with Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest (www.bernheim.org) to present the theme of sustainability in 2015.


  • Theme: The inspiration for the 2015 artworks will be the theme of sustainability.
  • Selection/TimelineThree (3) artists or artist teams will be selected to create outdoor artworks that must be installed by May 11, 2015 and will remain on view for two years.
  • Honorarium: Each selected artist or artist team will be paid an honorarium of $5,000.00.
  • Eligibility: This RFP is open to all United States artists or artist teams, age 18 and older.
  • Media: Artists working in any media are eligible to apply.
  • Submission Process: All proposals must be submitted online at: www.callforentry.org
  • DeadlineJanuary 5, 2015 at 11:59:59 P.M. Mountain Time Zone


More Information: 


Schedule for 2015 Installations:

  • January 5, 2015, 11:59:59 P.M. Mountain Time Zone: Artist Proposal Deadline
  • January 19, 2015: Notification to Artists
  • May 11, 2015: Art Installations Must Be Complete
  • June 6, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00pm: New Albany Public Art Walk (Artists’ attendance required.) (Rain Date: June 7, 2015, 6:00 – 9:00pm)
  • June 15 – July 15, 2017: De-installation of Artworks


Honorarium: Each artist or artist team selected to complete a 2015 installation will receive an honorarium of five thousand dollars ($5,000), payable in three installments. The artist is responsible for: material costs, installation, de-installation, delivery and pickup costs, travel costs and all out of pocket expenses incurred for the creation, installation and de-installation of the work, and the return of the site to its original state.


Theme: Proposed artworks must interpret the theme of sustainability. Attention must be paid to this aspect of the project, as interpretation of the theme will be a factor in the selection process. While artists must interpret the theme in a way that is accurate to the facts of the theme, we are not looking for literal displays of the theme, but rather unique and innovative interpretations of one or more aspects of the theme. In order to provide artists with information about sustainability and to encourage a conversation on this topic in our community, we will be presenting a series of programs about sustainability with Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest. These programs will be open to artists who are interested in applying to the 2015 Public Art Project, as well as members of the public. Artists are strongly encouraged to attend one or more of these programs, but attendance is not mandatory to apply for the project. Portions of the programs will be made available on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/user/TheCarnegieCenter

  • Wednesday, October 8th, 6:00-9:00 pmFull Hunters Moon Sustainability Potluck and Moonlight Art Mosey: Join staff of the Carnegie Center for Art & History and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest for an evening of conversation, shared food and art viewing at Bernheim in Clermont, KY. At 6:00pm, we will begin a conversation about sustainability and regenerative design at the Bernheim Edible Garden, to be continued over a potluck dinner. (Please bring a dish to share.) After the rise of the Full Hunter’s Moon, we will take a stroll around Bernheim to view art in the landscape. Limited to 35 people. Advance registration required. Information: http://artmosey.eventbrite.com
  • Tuesday, November 4th, 6:00 – 7:30pmIntroduction to Sustainability – an ecological perspective, led by Claude Stephens: Please join us for our second “Talk & Walk” about sustainability at the Carnegie Center for Art & History. Claude Stephens of Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest will lead an informal chat about sustainability and regenerative design with a focus on ecology. We will then take our conversation into downtown New Albany by dividing into groups to visit the sites for the 2015 public artworks near the Carnegie Center. Each group will consider their site from a sustainability perspective and then we will gather back at the Carnegie Center to share our observations. Come help us envision a future where we live in better agreement with nature as we explore a shift from sustainable to regenerative thinking. Reservations requested: [email protected]


Installation Sites: Three installation sites are available for 2015:

  • A concrete patio in front of the New Albanian Brewing Company Bank Street Brewhouse, 415 Bank Street.
  • A grassy area next to the main entrance of the YMCA, 33 State Street.
  • Front lawn at the Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 E Spring Street.

Artists must select their preferred art installation site with their application; however, they may be asked to install at a different site, depending on the jury selections and the needs of the overall project. It is strongly advised that artists visit these sites when planning their proposals to review and measure the sites. Mandatory site visits will be scheduled with selected artists. Site images and specifications are given at the end of the Request for Proposals document, which is available at: http://www.napublicart.org/forartists.php 


Publicity: The first series of the New Albany Public Art Project garnered significant publicity for the selected artists and we anticipate more of the same for the Today & Tomorrow Series. Selected artists for 2015 will be asked to be available for media interviews and/or photographs (in person or via telephone and/or email). The selected artists and their final artworks will be highlighted in a printed guide that will be distributed at sites around New Albany and Louisville, KY. Each selected artist will receive copies of the guide. The artworks will also be published on the project website www.napublicart.org and Facebook page www.facebook.com/napublicart


Events & Programs: A public event, the New Albany Public Art Walk, is scheduled for June 6, 2015 from 6:00 to 9:00 pm (rain date of June 7, 2015). Selected artists are required to participate by being available at their art installation site to talk with visitors during the entirety of the event. The artists will be responsible for their own transportation and lodging as needed for this event. Other events, such as donor events and public talks, will be planned prior to and throughout the installation period and the artists are encouraged to participate in those events as possible.


Selection Procedure: Each artist or artist team should select one of the 2015 sites for their proposed art installation. Artists may be asked to adjust their proposed artwork to be installed on an alternate site as dictated by the jury selections. The proposal must describe the proposed art installation and its relationship to the selected site, along with an explanation of how the artwork interprets theme of sustainability.

Artists may submit up to three (3) proposals, but an artist may only be selected to complete one art installation in a given year. Artists submitting more than one proposal MUST submit separate applications online via the CaFÉ website.

A jury composed of artists, curators, and gallery directors will review the proposals anonymously and select the artworks to be installed. Because the jury will review the proposals anonymously, the artist’s name, likeness or any other personal information that could identify the artist must not appear on any of the images submitted with the proposal or the proposal may be disqualified. The selection process will rely heavily on guidelines governing the originality of the proposed installation and the way in which the artist interprets the theme, aesthetic and artistic quality and the artwork’s ability to maintain its integrity while being exposed to the elements for the loan period. While artists must interpret the theme in a way that is accurate to the facts of that theme, we are not looking for literal displays of the theme, but rather unique and innovative interpretations of one or more aspects of the theme.


All proposals must be submitted online through www.callforentry.org prior to January 5, 2015 at 11:59:59 P.M. Mountain Time Zone.


Proposal Requirements: 

Contact Information (if the proposal is for an artist team, please select one contact person).

Application Questions (3,000 characters maximum, including spaces for each question):

  1. Describe the proposed art installation. Please include the approximate size of the proposed art installation and the anticipated materials to be used in the proposed art installation.
  2. Please explain how the proposed art installation interprets the theme of sustainability.
  3. Please share something about your experience with public art and your interest in this project.
  4. If your proposed art installation includes any elements that may require maintenance (such as: equipment/technology, plantings, interactive elements, etc.), please describe your maintenance plan for these elements.

Artist’s Statement & Resume/CV: A current artist statement (3,000 characters maximum) & resume/CV (upload as .doc or .pdf file). (Artist teams should submit one artist statement for the team and an individual resume for each artist.)

Images: See media preparation information at: https://www.callforentry.org/image_prep.phtml

  • Proposed art installation: At least three (3) and up to ten (10) digital images representing the proposed art installation. (These can be drawings, computer-generated images, photographs of models or other images that will best illustrate the concept, form and aesthetics of the proposed art installation.)
  • Previous works of art: At least three (3) and up to ten (10) digital images of previous works of art by the artist or artist team.
  • Optional, Audio/Video: Up to three (3) audio and three (3) video files representing previous works of art and/or the proposed art installation.
  • Optional, Model: Artists may also submit a 3-D model and/or samples of materials by dropping these off or mailing them to Attn: Karen Gillenwater, Carnegie Center for Art & History, 201 E Spring St, New Albany, IN 47150. Additional materials must be received at the Carnegie Center prior to 5:00 P.M. EST on January 5, 2015 to be reviewed by the jurors.