Call for Proposals – 2011 WPA Public Art Residency Program Application Guidelines

Deadline Extended:  Tuesday, May 24th at 5:00pm.

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCAAH) are pleased to announce the 2011 Public Art Residency (PAR) Program, in partnership with Socrates Sculpture Park (SSP, the Park) in Long Island City, NY. Now in its second year, the PAR Program is designed to instruct and inform artists about practical and conceptual issues related to the creation of public art. Through this program, artists will learn the fundamentals of developing a proposal for public art work, identifying sources for materials and funding of projects, and access a support network for technical assistance and future opportunities related to creating and presenting art in the public realm.

One artist who resides in the District of Columbia will be selected to receive a two month paid residency and exhibition opportunity at Socrates Sculpture Park.  The work will be exhibited under SSP’s “Open Space” program from September 10, 2011 to March 2012 (exact end/deinstallation date to be determined and agreed upon by the artist and SSP).  Once the exhibit has ended, the artist will re-fabricate or re-install, in Washington, DC, the work made through the residency. The artist will be required to give a public presentation about his or her residency experience and may also be asked to advise WPA on other public art initiatives.

This opportunity is open to all artists who live in the District of Columbia.  Artists who are enrolled in a school, college or university at the time of the residency (May – September 2011) are not eligible for the PAR Program.

For the second year of the PAR program, WPA, DCCAH, and SSP will select one artist from an open call to receive financial support in the amount of $7,000 ($5,000 production grant + $2,000 living/travel stipend), a residency in the SSP outdoor studio, and access to facilities, materials, equipment and technical assistance to create a work for exhibition at SSP to coincide with the Park’s annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition. The selected artist will also be given (by SSP) administrative assistance to conduct additional fundraising for his/her project, procure in-kind support, and pursue future commissions, residencies and placement for his/her  work.  The selected artist will have to make their own living and travel arrangements. Artists will be responsible for re-siting the work in DC using the existing production budget.

For more information about the residency and application requirements, please see the full call. 


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