The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is the designated arts agency for City of Tucson and Pima County, responsible for providing local arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance, commissions, and contracts to artists and arts organizations.
Public Art - Call to Artists: Pima County Public Library
Martha Cooper Library Expansion
Pima County Facilities Management, Tucson, Arizona
Budget for Artwork: $31,500
Application Deadline: Apr. 10, 2020
The Pima County Facilities Management Department is seeking an artist or artist team to create design/fabricate/install art work as a part of the work for the upcoming expansion of the Martha Cooper Library within the library system and the Garden District neighborhood community within which it exists. The design of the expansion will begin with the hiring of the Architect pending the approval by the Board of Supervisors at their board meeting anticipated on March 17, 2020. The design of the expansion is consequently not set at this time. The art work will need to be incorporated into the design of the expansion and site improvements. The budget reflects the inclusion of the design, fabrication and installation for the public artwork.
The Martha Cooper Library was built in 2005 as a smaller “starter” library. The library is heavily used and is in need of additional space. The extent of the expanding use shall support after school programs, tutoring, reading programs, community meetings, club meetings and classes from varieties of users, (Craft Hobby Club, Tucson Pima County Historical Commission, TOPS), and computer and technology programs among others. To best support these initiatives the staff needs space to address them. Currently the staff area itself is constricted and has managed their space to the greatest extent through scheduling of the small and limited space resource. As part of this project a 1% art budget has been allocated.The Martha Cooper Library was built in 2005 as a smaller “starter” library. The library is heavily used and is in need of additional space. The extent of the expanding use shall support after school programs, tutoring, reading programs, community meetings, club meetings and classes from varieties of users, (Craft Hobby Club, Tucson Pima County Historical Commission, TOPS), and computer and technology programs among others. To best support these initiatives the staff needs space to address them. Currently the staff area itself is constricted and has managed their space to the greatest extent through scheduling of the small and limited space resource. As part of this project a 1% art budget has been allocated.
Opportunities for Art
The project has several opportunities for artwork. The first, is to integrate with existing site features such as the large public patio to the north of the library. A second, is near the entrances which lead into the library foyer. These entrances align along an axis which connects the parking lot on the south and the public space to the north. A third potential set of opportunities and basis for the art concept could be determined by the new library design and resulting footprint, with input from the community, and visual appearance of the expanded library. The artwork needs to either integrate with the design or be able to stand-alone.
The budget of $31,500 for art shall cover all costs related to design, materials, production, transportation and installation of the artwork, as well as costs for permits, taxes, and insurance that may be required by Pima County. This may include soil analysis, engineering, and foundation for the stand-alone art pieces.
This new 14,000 square foot (estimated) full service library resides within the Midtown Garden District neighborhood for which the library was named in honor of a primary neighborhood activist instrumental in the establishment of the initial library. The library is located at the SW corner of E. Fairmount St and N. Catalina Ave. The current library is capped by a unique roof form that makes the library a focal point within the community.
The 7,000 sf expansion is expected to provide adequate space for site staff and as also space needed for many new and expanding outreach programs.
Public Interface and Expectations
The selected artist will work with the Pima County Project Manager, the Project Architect and the Project Design Team. The artist must meet with the Project Panel organized by the Arts Foundation for review, comment, and approval of the design before entering into production of the artwork.
A panel composed of members of the Project Design team, artists, arts professional, and community members will select up to three finalists from open call to artists based on qualifications as demonstrated through the materials provided through the application process. The Arts Foundation is unable to pay travel expenses at this time.
Application Procedure: Please follow the instructions below. The Arts Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all applications not following the stated instructions.
Artists applying for this commission must submit the following materials online through the application host Submittable.
Note: You may apply as an individual artist or as an artist team. You cannot apply twice, once in each category.
The following materials are required:
1. Bio and Body of Work Content, a short, simple, video, no longer than three (3) minutes in length covering your personal background and body of work. This video will not be assessed on the production quality of the video – please feel free to use the video function on your phone – it is the information that you discus and how it relates to your portfolio images that will be considered by the panel.
There are many ways to film a short video; you can film a video on a digital camera, your cell phone, or a webcam on a computer. Feel free to incorporate other images or examples you might have. Videos may be uploaded as a file or linked from a video hosting site (such as Youtube or Vimeo) by a URL in the Submittable application portal.
2. Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages, which highlights pertinent experience. If applying as a team, limit each team member resume to 1 page. Do not include portrait photographs in the resume. Most all file formats are accepted including DOC, TXT, RTF, PDF.
3. Image List, organized to correspond with the image order, identifying each artwork by artist, title, year completed, medium, dimensions, and a brief description, but not to exceed 1 page in length. Most all file formats are accepted including DOC, TXT, RTF, PDF.
4. 10 digital images of artwork in JPG file format. Teams must adhere to the total of eight images for the team application. Individual files should be named to correspond to the image list requested below. The JPG file names must include the artist name, an image number, and the image title. A suggested convention for naming the files starts with your last name followed by a number (1-8) and then a brief title of the artwork (Example: Jones-1-Freeflight.jpg).
Receipt. Submittable will send you an email acknowledgement receipt, within 48 hours
Online Application Deadline: April 10th, 2020
Timeline (Please note: The schedule below is tentative, as capital improvement project schedules typically have many variables that influence when tasks may be able to start and finish)
Call to artist posted Feb. 20th, 2020
Application Deadline Apr. 10th, 2020
1st Art Panel Meeting to select 3 finalists Apr. 2020
2nd Art Panel Meeting, Finalists Interviews May. 2020
Announcement of Selected Artist Jun. 2020
Approval/Contract Process Aug. 2020
Art Production – Installation Complete Feb 28, 2022
For more information, contact Jeff DaCosta email@example.com or by phone at (520) 460-4506.
Please refer to the New Works Artist Project Grant Guidelines at https://artsfoundtucson.org/grant/new-works/ for details on how to apply.
The New Works Artist Project Grant seeks to support the depth and breadth of innovative new artwork created and produced in the City of Tucson and Pima County. It supports individual artists’ projects that meet the highest standards of excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines. Creation activities must include the production of new artwork with an original and imaginative approach to content and form, as well as a public sharing, premiere, or presentation of the final piece.
Up to five awards of $4,000 will be granted to selected projects. Eighty percent of the full award, $3,200, will be granted at the beginning of the grant period (June 2020), and twenty percent of the full award, $800, will be provided at the end of the grant period upon fulfillment of the award terms (June 2021).
This cycle, applications will be open to the fields of Visual Arts, Literary Arts, and Video/Film/Moving Image. If you consider your work to be interdisciplinary, you must be ready to describe how it relates to one or more of these fields.
Disciplines alternate each year, and support for the fields of Performing Arts, Music/Sound, and Emerging Fields will be available in FY 2021-2022.
Dates and Deadlines
UPDATED (3/25/2020) Application Deadline: Monday, April 20, 2020 at 11:59 pm
Applicants will receive notifications of funding decisions by Friday, June 5, 2020 and funds will be allocated for recipients’ use by Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
Consulte las Pautas de subvención para proyectos de artistas de New Works en https://artsfoundtucson.org/grant/new-works/ para obtener detalles sobre cómo presentar una solicitud.
La Beca del Proyecto Artista New Works busca apoyar la profundidad y amplitud de las nuevas e innovadoras obras de arte creadas y producidas en la ciudad de Tucson y el condado de Pima. Apoya proyectos individuales de artistas que cumplen con los más altos estándares de excelencia en un amplio espectro de disciplinas artísticas. Las actividades de creación deben incluir la producción de nuevas obras de arte con un enfoque original e imaginativo del contenido y la forma, así como un intercambio público, estreno o presentación de la pieza final.
Monto del premio
Se otorgarán hasta cinco premios de $ 4,000 a proyectos seleccionados. El ochenta por ciento de la adjudicación completa, $ 3,200, se otorgará al comienzo del período de concesión (junio de 2020), y el veinte por ciento de la adjudicación completa, $ 800, se proporcionará al final del período de concesión una vez que se cumplan los términos de la adjudicación. (Junio de 2021).
Disciplinas de premios
Este ciclo, las aplicaciones estarán abiertas a los campos de artes visuales, artes literarias y video / película / imagen en movimiento. Si considera que su trabajo es interdisciplinario, debe estar preparado para describir cómo se relaciona con uno o más de estos campos.
Las disciplinas se alternan cada año, y el apoyo para los campos de artes escénicas, música / sonido y campos emergentes estará disponible en el año fiscal 2021-2022.
Fechas y Plazos
Solicitud abierta: viernes 3 de febrero de 2020
Taller 1: lunes 24 de febrero de 2020 - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Histórico trae Coworking en 236 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 * en ingles
Taller 2: lunes 16 de marzo de 2020 - 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm | Histórico trae Coworking en 236 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701 * en ingles
Fecha límite de solicitud: lunes 6 de abril de 2020 a las 11:59 p.m.
Los solicitantes recibirán notificaciones de decisiones de financiación antes del viernes 29 de mayo de 2020 y los fondos se asignarán para el uso de los destinatarios antes del martes 30 de junio de 2020.