Artists Wanted for Canal Crossings Public Art Project

[Source: Lilia Menconi, in the New Times’ Jackalope Ranch]

Phoenix much potential.

There’s been a bit of talk in the creative community about the Valley’s canal system (read this Arty Girl blog from last year about the Canalscape project) and now the City of Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs is accepting applications to enhance the design of major street bridges that cross the Salt River Valley canals in Phoenix.

The potential of this project literally stretches for miles — there are 181 miles of waterways in our city. That’s 56 more miles of canal than Venice, Italy. Suck on that!

The selected artist will work with the Street Transportation Department. The selection panel wants the design to “focus on the bridge’s concrete abutments, and metal railings and address the essential role the canals play in the history and life of Phoenix.”

The project is open to artists living in the U.S. and the deadline is at 5 p.m. Friday, September 3.

Get all the nitty-gritty application details after the jump.

There’s a lot of detail to this application. With a budget of $386,000, we’re willing to bet that the selection panel is looking for someone who is detail-oriented.

To make sure nothing’s lost in translation, we’ve pasted the following application instructions:

To be considered for the Arterial Canal Crossings Public Art Project, artists must submit:

1. Ten digital images of previously completed artwork, presented in a PowerPoint on a PC compatible CD-ROM formatted as follows:
— PowerPoint Slide background-Black
— Slide # 1-Artist name(s) only
— Slide 2 thru 11-One image per PowerPoint Slide, with a title (at the top)
— Titles should correspond with titles on the printed image list

2. One copy of an annotated, typewritten image list identifying images by number and listing media, size of the work (H x W x D), title, date and a brief description of the artwork if necessary.

3. One copy of a current resume or curriculum vitae. The resume should be no more than two pages and printed on white paper in no less than 10-point font.

4. Application materials and CD’s will NOT be returned upon completion of the selection process. If you strongly feel you need the CD back please include a stamped envelope (SASE) with sufficient postage for the return of your CD.

5. One copy of a written preliminary statement, not to exceed one page, which addresses your interest in this project (please specify) and a preliminary statement describing how you would approach the project (NOTE: this is not intended to be a description of a specific proposal/idea, selected finalists will be accorded the opportunity to develop a proposal). The statement must be submitted on white paper and in no less than a 12-point font.

DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ARTWORK. Applicants are strongly encouraged to retain a complete copy of their application for their records. Late applications will not be considered. Do not bind or staple materials. Every effort will be made to ensure the safe handling of materials submitted. However, the Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs and the City of Phoenix will not be responsible for any loss or damage. Submissions will be accepted only in Power Point Format. DO NOT STAPLE OR BIND any of the written materials.

Applications must be received at the Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs by 5:00 p.m. M.S.T. on Friday September 3, 2010. This is not a postmark date.

Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs
Public Art Program
ATTN: Arterial Canal Crossings
200 W. Washington St., 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

For more information call the City of Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs602-262-4637.

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