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Smither Park Call for Entries

MIKELL K. JOHNSON PIANO
$5,000 COMMISSION

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Deadline for Submission: January 15, 2017

Email all required proposal materials to: Dan Phillips - marshajp@att.net

 

Commission Project:  The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art and Smither Park desire to commission an artist to embellish a Yamaha Clavinova Digital Upright Piano.  The piano will be located in the Lindley Fish Amphitheatre, an area for public and private events including film, dance, performances, weddings, and more.  The piano will be available for park visitors to sit and play -- but it also plays itself – providing a stunning visual as well as musical addition to Smither Park.  This request for proposal is open to all artists/artist teams, residing in the state of Texas with experience in the design, fabrication, and installation of mosaic artworks.

 

Context:  As a project of The Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts, Smither Park is intended to be “folk art” or “outsider art” friendly.  All artists involved with the park are not allowed to pull ideas from inventory, copy anyone else, or otherwise create works that are not in the spirit of visionary art.  Since The Orange Show for Visionary Arts is a publicly supported entity, political, sexual, religious, or other personal agendas are not allowed in the design of projects.  It is a family park, and therefore, must be family friendly as well.  While nudes are allowed, for instance, they must be so abstracted that they will not become offensive to even the most conservative of park visitors.  Words are allowed, but only sporadically, and one at a time.  You will be working with Dan Phillips, artistic director for the park.  If you have a question, he is a phone call away:  936-581-5028.

 

Design Theme:  Consideration may be given to imagery inspired by New Orleans and/or music

 

Materials:  Designs must not include wood, plastic, fabric or anything sharp.  All materials including adhesive and grout, fabrication as well as insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation, etc. at the expense of the artist through the commissioning fee.  Work to be performed onsite.

 

Selection Criteria:  Artists will be selected by a panel of jurors based on examples of past work and the strength of their proposal for new work to be created.  Panelists decision final once ratified by OSCVA Executive Committee.

 

Proposal Requirements:

1.  Maximum 1,000 word exhibition proposal describing the work and imagery that you propose

2.  Ten (10) digital images of past work and sketches of proposed work. 

3.  All submissions must include a numbered image list.

4.  Artist Resume (include contact information)

5.  Use and purchase of specified adhesive and grout responsibility of artist

 

Calendar

Dec. 1  - Open call to Texas artists

Jan 15 @ 12 midnight - Proposal Deadline                          

Jan 30 - Artists notified

Feb 15, 2017 - Artist contracts signed and delivered

Apr 30, 2017 - Complete project

 

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR MOST RECENT WINNING ARTISTS:

 

JOHN GREGORY - North and West Galleries

BARBARA DENSON - South Gallery

SHARON PLUMMER - East Gallery

LISA NIGRO - Swingset

JESSE SIFUENTES / KELLY SNOOK - Park Sidewalk South of Pavilion

KIMBERLY BAINTER - Park Sidewalk North of Pavilion

 

Artwork wil be completed in Smither Park by September 1. The public is welcome to visit Smither Park each Saturday to see the artists in action and watch the space come to life!

 

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