Mini Murals: Open Call Deadline @ UP Art Studio, Houston [11 August]

Mini Murals: Open Call Deadline


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UP Art Studio
2101 Winter St, B11, Houston, Texas 77007
Traffic Signal Control Cabinet “Mini Murals” Pre Qualified Artist Registry Application
Starts June 27, 2017
Ends on August 11, 2017

Artist Fee: $750 per cabinet, plus $250 for supplies
Deadline: Friday, August 11 at 11:59 pm CST
Location: Houston, TX
Eligibility: Greater Houston area artists

All questions will be answered via email [email protected] no later than 5:00pm CST on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, with the subject line, “Mini Murals Open Call 2017.”

1. Summary:

This project reimagines traffic signal control cabinets (also referred to as electrical or utility cabinets) as blank canvases brimming with creative opportunity, inviting artistic expression for all to enjoy. Once painted by local artists, the cabinets, which are located at every intersection with a traffic signal, are intended to help instill civic pride while beautifying neighborhoods and enhancing the urban landscape of greater Houston. This open call is intended to build on the registry of artists interested in creating Mini Murals. Artists will be matched with signal cabinets by UP Art Studio after consulting with the City of Houston, project sponsors and other neighborhood stakeholders. Please note that selection for the artist registry does not guarantee a commission.

Mini Murals is created and managed by Elia and Noah Quiles of UP Art Studio, which has partnered with The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, the Department of Public Works & Engineering, city council members, management districts, and others to make this traffic signal control cabinet mural program possible. UP Art Studio works under contract with the City of Houston, management districts and other public and private sponsors. Fresh Arts is acting as the fiscal agent, making donations to the project tax-deductible, to the extent permitted by law. For more information on the project, please go to: minimurals.org/

2. Budget and Payment

Each selected artist will receive $750 inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, design proposals, artist fees, design, and production of an original Mini Mural on a Traffic Signal Control Cabinet. Artists will be provided with a $250 stipend for materials. Sanding, priming and clear coating of the cabinets will be provided by UP Art Studio. Commissioned artists’ work will be included on the Mini Murals website and City of Houston website. Completion of the project must be verified by the Mini Murals team before funds are disbursed. Additionally, Artist must provide UP Art Studio an Invoice and W-9.

Payment to artist will be made following completion of the Mini Mural and an approval by the Sponsor. This will typically take between 4 – 6 weeks, depending on when work is completed in the billing cycle. The supply stipend of $250 may be requested 3 days before painting of the Mini Mural commences.

3. Scope of Work

Artists selected from the registry will work with UP Art Studio to develop their proposal for their potential location. Works will follow the guidelines set by UP Art Studio and the City of Houston for the painting of these cabinets. Artists will paint their assigned cabinet with high quality materials (to be approved by UP Art Studio), according to the schedule developed with UP Art Studio. Final artwork should accurately reflect the artwork proposal (must reflect at least 80% of the rendering that is submitted and approved).

The main goal is to bring art to areas of Houston in a non-conventional manner. All art must be original ideas. Some cabinets may have a theme or color scheme, depending on the location of the cabinet. Remember the murals will be in public areas and must be suitable for all ages. UP Art Studio and City of Houston reserve the right to remove the artwork.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Sponsor of the Cabinet as well as UP Art Studio and approved by City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Department of Public Works & Engineering. The intent is not to judge the artwork, but rather to ensure that it is appropriate for the area and does not violate the City Sign Ordinance. Logos and advertising are not allowed as part of the artwork. Once the artwork is approved, the artist will be notified in writing (via email), and has two (2) weeks to respond with a date for painting the Mini Mural. The Mini Mural should be completed within 30 days of Submission Approval Notice. The artwork that is submitted must resemble the art that will be painted on the cabinet. It must be within 80% of the rendering submitted. The artist should be prepared to adjust artwork as the size of the cabinet may vary. To avoid overheating the image should include mostly light colors. Images with more than 20% dark colors may not be considered. Artist signatures must not exceed 2 inches x 8 inches in actual size and may include the copyright sign© with the year. The website minimurals.org must also be added.

Traffic Signal Control Cabinets vary greatly in size, but a common size we see is 44" W / 28" D / 68" H. The sizes change based on the site and range from: 33" W / 24" D / 67" H to 81" W / 29" D / 44" H. Artists are expected to paint all four sides of the cabinet, as well as the top and base.

4. Evaluation Criteria

Artistic and Creative Ability: includes skills, talent and imagination of artists or artist-led teams as demonstrated by examples of past work.

Responsiveness: Letter of intent, proposal images, and final work successfully address the overall goals of the project, including sensitivity for the appropriateness of imagery on view in the public realm.

Past project commissions/experience: artist or artist-led team has the necessary capability to accomplish the project, and to create and deliver the work on schedule.

5. Eligibility:

• Artists living and working in the greater Houston area.
• No staff members, board members, advisory board members, committee members or their family members of the City of Houston.
• Applicants not meeting eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

6. Additional:

The City of Houston mandates that UP Art Studio shall require all subcontractors or consultants whose subcontracts exceed $100,000 to provide proof of insurance coverage meeting all requirements. The amount must be commensurate with the amount of the subcontract, but no less than $500,000 per claim.

7. Application Requirements (MUST BE 18+ YEAR OLD TO APPLY)

A. Read all Guidelines above.

B. Create an account on Submittable found at the bottom of this link: houstontx.gov/minimuralsartist.html

C. Fill out the application at the link above after you have created an account.

The application must include the following:

* Letter of intent that includes contact information and describes your interest in the project (500 words max).

* Work Examples: Five (5) to ten (10) samples in JPG or PDF format to be uploaded individually on application website which should include:
— Three (3) to six (6) images of previous work
— Two (2) to four (4) proposed renderings/ideas for Mini Murals images/renderings for the Mini Murals. This may be hand drawn or digital renderings. IT MUST SHOW WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE ON A CABINET.
— The file name for each JPG or PDF should be in the following format: Artist Last Name_Year_Title.jpg”. Only files up to 5 MB per file may be uploaded.

D. Image list including the file name, artist name, title, year completed, dimensions, and material/medium, if applicable.

E. Work Experience. This can be a resume or a list with information about past projects and experience.

F. Willingness to sign an agreement with UP Art Studio for the project and to follow the project guidelines.

TO SUBMIT: Apply online (Applicants must create a free Submittable account to view full application)

G. Timeline (subject to change)
• June 27, 2017: RFQ released
• August 8, 2017: RFQ questions deadline
• August 11, 2017: RFQ submission deadline
• By August 31, 2017: Artists selected for the registry will be notified
• October 2017 – October 2018: Artworks to be contracted, scheduled and completed

All questions will be answered via email [email protected] no later than 5:00pm CST on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, with the subject line, “Mini Murals Open Call 2017.”
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