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City of Raleigh Seeking Artists for Art on City Plaza 2011

Summer & Spring by Hanna Jubran

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, in partnership with Artspace and Visual Art Exchange, is inviting artists and artist-teams from North Carolina, Washington D.C., and nine other states to submit work for its third annual temporary sculpture exhibition on City Plaza in Downtown Raleigh. The other states are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Located in the 500 block of Fayetteville Street on the southern end of Downtown Raleigh, City Plaza was inaugurated in October 2009 with the first Art on City Plaza exhibition. City Plaza hosts numerous events including Winterfest, First Night, live music concerts and the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market.

Three artists will be selected to present sculptures for Art on City Plaza. This year’s Art on City Plaza exhibition will open during the SPARKcon arts and creativity festival sponsored by the Visual Arts Exchange on September 15-18.

Artwork will be installed on concrete pedestals embedded in the three gateway planters on the City Plaza. Artists will be paid a $2,000 honorarium, and the City of Raleigh Arts Commission will provide an additional stipend for transportation and installation of the artists’ works.

“The sculptures on City Plaza continue to bring new visual excitement and intellectual curiosity to Downtown Raleigh. They make Raleigh a better place to live,” said Bob Rankin, a member of last year’s Art on City Plaza selection panel and current chair of the Arts Commission’s Public Art Committee.

To apply to be exhibited on Art on City Plaza, artists must have resided in one of the 10 selected states or Washington, D.C. for at least one year and be 18 years or older. Experienced artists familiar with the logistics of working with municipal teams and deadlines are encouraged to apply. Submitted work may be in any medium, but of particular interest are sculptures that incorporate new media or kinetic activity. Work must be suitable for display in a public setting and can withstand adverse weather conditions that include high winds and snow.

Selection criteria include artistic merit, experience exhibiting in outdoor public venues, technical expertise, durability and public safety. Work selected for the temporary sculpture exhibition will be installed during the period of September 6-9 and be available for exhibition for one year.

The application deadline is Friday, May 27 at 5 p.m. Applications must be submitted via the CaFÉ website: http://www.callforentry.org. Additional information about Art on City Plaza, including submission guidelines, is available at www.raleighnc.gov/arts.

kim.curry-evans@raleighnc.gov, contact Kim Curry-Evans, public art coordinator for the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, at kim.curry-evans@raleighnc.gov or 996-4688.

Established in 1977 as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the Raleigh City Council, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the leading force to champion the arts with Raleigh citizens and their representatives, the Arts Commission’s myriad activities foster, support, and promote the arts in the Capital City.

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