City of Morgantown Arts & Cultural Development Department is seeking to commission an artist and/or artist’s team to create a site-specific mural public artwork installation at the Woodburn Community Complex (formerly Woodburn Elementary School). The artwork will be the latest large-scale mural project of the Department of Arts & Cultural Development.
View the full RFQ here or under the related documents section of this post.
The budget for the commissioned project, which will be dedicated in summer 2022, is $10,000, all-inclusive. The fee will include, but is not limited to artists/design fee, materials, installation, transportation, insurance, project documentation, travel, site modification, per diem expenses and contingency to cover unexpected expenses.
The call is open to all professional artists who are U.S. citizens and live and work in the United States. Artist teams will be considered, but only a single artist ‘project manager’ will be contracted. The artist’s services will include design of an original artwork, management of installation of the work, and availability for a public reception, media interviews and other promotional opportunities.
The DACD plays a collaborative role with the public and its various constituencies – nonprofit arts organizations, artists, businesses, and developers. Since art is not an exact science, nor does it have specific local, state, or federal guidelines or requirements as might be applicable in other fields, it is important to understand that the development of an artwork is a process in which the DACD must weigh community interests alongside the artist’s aesthetic considerations.
The collaborative process is an important one, as public art works do not exist in a vacuum, but in a larger community context. The artwork becomes a reflection of the community in which it is presented. A willingness to explore direction and outcome of the creation in a collaborative process will result in a project that is successful for both the artist and the community in which it exists.
January 2022 - Call is issued
February 2022 - Application deadline
March 2022 - Finalists selected
April-May - Finalists create designs
May-June 2022 - Artist selected, art installation