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Norfolk, VA York Street Public Art Project

Budget:

$50,000

Medium:

Artists may want to explore kinetic materials. The artwork must be made of durable, permanent materials – NOT PAINT - that are safe and easily maintained and will stand the test of time.


Location:

Virginia Sinus Center - Norfolk, West York Street, Norfolk, VA, USA


Deadline:

07.15.2024


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The Norfolk Arts Commission and the York Street Building Planning Committee seek to commission an artist to design and install artwork on the exterior of the York Street building in the Downtown Historic District. The artwork must be made of durable, permanent materials – NOT PAINT – that are safe and easily maintained and will stand the test of time. There is electricity at the site. Artists may want to explore kinetic materials. Artwork must be attached to the building through the mortar joints and be able to be removed without damaging the brick. The artwork should foster a sense of identity and belonging, and contribute to the charm and character of Norfolk. As the back and side of the building face Brambleton Avenue, the artwork could wrap the corner and down the windowed side creating a sense of motion and pulling attention to the front. The artwork should be large enough to be seen by vehicular traffic both during the day and at night.

The York Street Building is a one story 3,760 square foot structure built in 1946 in the city’s oldest standing neighborhood. The historic building currently operates as the Virginia Sinus Center. Located in downtown Norfolk it is a tangible link to Norfolk’s history. The artwork will be highly visible from Brambleton Avenue, a major thoroughfare traveled by 31,000 cars a day.

Funding made possible through a Norfolk Arts Private Partnership Match with the doctor who owns the building. The total budget for the completed, delivered, and installed artwork is $50,000. This will cover artist’s honorarium, engineering, fabrication, installation, materials, shipping, insurance, and travel expenses necessary to complete the project, project plaque, final documentation, and any incidental expenses. The artist must hire a Virginia licensed contractor to install the artwork. The selected artist may be asked to present a community educational workshop or presentation.

130 West York St. Virginia Sinus Center

130 West York St. Virginia Sinus Center

Virginia Zoo seeks an artist to re-paint their mermaid

Budget:

$2,000

Medium:

any


Location:

Virginia Zoo, Granby Street, Norfolk, VA, USA


Deadline:

06.13.2024


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The Virginia Zoo is seeking an artist to design, paint, embellish, and completely makeover their mermaid
sculpture, giving it a new life as a photo opportunity for guests. The Virginia Zoo will provide the selected
artist $2,000 to cover project materials and labor costs.

Artists are encouraged to submit design concepts for the Virginia Zoo Mermaid. The following
information should be included in the response:
• Materials used
• A sketch of proposed designs (attached rendering preferred)
• 3-5 work samples, or link to online portfolio
• A brief description of your art related experience
• Estimated timeline for completion

The proposed designs must meet the following criteria:
• Some reference to the Virginia Zoo either through use of the words “Virginia Zoo” or the Virginia
Zoo logo or depictions of animals/animal print in the design.
• Work must be suitable for outdoor installation and must be capable of withstanding adverse
weather conditions.
• Final work must be completed by July 12, 2024.

A selection panel coordinated by the Virginia Zoo, consisting of staff members, will review the
submissions and notify all applicants of the outcome of the process by June 17, 2024 Recipient should be
prepared to work on the design at the Virginia Zoo, outside and at the current location of the statue as she
cannot be moved.

Send proposal submissions or questions to the Virginia Zoo’s Director of Communications at
emily.smicker@norfolk.gov

Call for artists!
Virginia Zoo is seeking an artist to design, paint, & makeover their mermaid sculpture, giving it new life as a photo opportunity for guests.
Budget: $2,000 to cover materials & labor
Deadline: June 13th
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Call for artists!
Virginia Zoo is seeking an artist to design, paint, & makeover their mermaid sculpture, giving it new life as a photo opportunity for guests.
Budget: $2,000 to cover materials & labor
Deadline: June 13th

Richmond, VA

Budget:

$5,002

Medium:

See description for size limitations. Note there is no budget listed. Artists must submit their prices along with their submission.


Location:

VCU, Richmond, VA, USA


Deadline:

12.01.2024


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VCU Health requests original art for the new Liver Transplant Unit

VCU Health is seeking artists to submit digital images of original artwork available for purchase for the new inpatient and outpatient Liver Transplant Units. This opportunity is open to artists in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, DC, Maryland and West Virginia. You are responsible for shipping or delivering your artwork if selected.

Artwork

Drawings, paintings, collage, prints, digital art, photography and wall mounted sculpture.
All work should have uplifting imagery.
Nature, natural elements, abstract art, figurative art
Cultural diversity in subject and content.
Do not submit proposals for commissions.
Orientation and sizes

Vertical Large (Maximum 48 inches)
Horizontal Large (Maximum 72 inches)
Eligibility

The call is open to all artists in Virginia, North Carolina, Washington, DC, Maryland and West Virginia. The art selection panel will consider diversity as one factor in the selection process.

How to Apply

Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following by email only. Do not use file transferring software.

No more than 15 digital JPEG images of original artwork for sale.
Include the frame in the photograph if the work is framed.
All JPEGs must be sized at least 250 dpi.
Name each file as shown: lastname_titleofartwork.jpeg
You must include a description sheet with corresponding numbers. Submissions without a description sheet will NOT be considered for purchase as the selection team will not reach out for needed information.
Titles of Artwork
Date of artwork
Medium
UNFRAMED Dimensions of the artwork + FRAMED dimensions of artwork if applicable
Prices of artwork
Artist’s Statement, no more than 200 words in length, describing your work.
Current Resume
Final Art Selection:

The Committee will review the submittals and select original artwork.

Artists whose work is selected for purchase will be notified by January 5, 2025. Only artists whose work is selected for purchase will be contacted.

All purchased art must be hand-delivered as VCU Health will NOT pay shipping cost or insure work while in transit. Art will be installed in March 2025.

The VCU Health Department of Arts In Healthcare is under no obligation to purchase artwork based on the images submitted. Beyond formal notifications, the VCU Health Department of Arts In Healthcare will not enter into any correspondence regarding purchase decisions.

If you have any questions or need any additional information, please reach out to

Alexis Shockley at (804) 828-1771 alexis.shockley@vcuhealth.org

Stitching Together History: 250 Quilts Commemorating the Commonwealth of Virginia

Budget:

$-1

Medium:

No awards. This is an opportunity for your work to be exhibited. Entry fee is $40.


Location:

Virginia Quilt Museum, South Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA, USA


Deadline:

09.30.2024


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This project asks artists to commemorate a person, place, event, thing, or idea from Virginia or West Virginia’s history. The project will be divided into four themes that artists should consider when making their pieces: Unfinished Revolutions, Power of Place, We the People, and Virginia Experiments.
Quilt Requirements:
20 inch square quilt (20 inches wide by 20 inches high)
2-dimensional works only
4 inch hanging sleeve attached to the back, along the top of the quilt
Sleeve should be 1 inch from the top of the quilt and should end 1 inch from each side of the quilt
Must include an identification label on the lower-left corner of the back of the quilt that includes:
Artist’s name
Year made
Artist contact information
Title of the quilt
Must meet the definition of a quilt put forth by the Studio Art Quilt Associates: “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.”
Must be an original design, no adaptions or copyrighted patterns, and must not violate any copyright laws
No work with glitter will be accepted
Embellishments should not protrude from the quilt more than 1 inch in any direction
No sharp or pointed embellishments
No highly fragile work

Note artists must agree:
I agree to loan my artwork to Virginia Quilt Museum, Inc. I understand the costs of insuring my work for the duration of the project and shipping my artwork to and from the museum in Virginia are my responsibility. I further agree to permit the images or detail images and/or all or part of my artist statement to be used in the exhibition catalog, articles, ads, promotions, books, websites, blogs, CDs, current event news coverage, television productions, and/or multi-media productions for and about the exhibition or for and about the shows at which the exhibition may be seen. I confirm the artwork entered is original and does not violate any copyright or trademark laws.

Library of Virginia First Friday’s

Budget:

$0

Medium:

any


Location:

Library of Virginia, East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, USA


Deadline:

10.31.2024


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Call for Virginia artists:
The Library of Virginia announces an Open Call to Artists for the 2024 First Fridays exhibitions on “Virginia Stories!”
Virginia artists may explore your experiences, observations, communities and culture. A general call for artists for the May, Sept. and Nov. First Fridays is open now through Oct. 10, 2024, with the deadlines below. Your selected artwork will be assigned to one or more of these exhibition dates. If you have a preference, indicate this in your submission and we will accommodate as we are able.
First Fridays at the Library of Virginia:
May 3 – “Virginia Stories: Indigenous Community” (submissions due by April 10)
Sept 6 – “Virginia Stories: Underground Art” (submissions due by Aug. 10)
Nov 1 – “Virginia Stories: Architecture” (submissions due by Oct. 10)

Virginia Museum employment opportunities

Budget:

$0

Medium:

any


Location:

Virginia, USA


Deadline:

12.31.2024


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Visit the Virginia Association of Museum’s for museum employment in Virginia.

Norfolk Private Partnership Public Art Match: $25,000

Budget:

$25,000

Medium:

Any


Location:

Norfolk, VA, USA


Deadline:

12.31.2025


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(Note: No Deadline, this is an ongoing opportunity)

The Norfolk Public Art Commission seeks to match funds up to $25,000 to create Public Private Partnerships to create public art in Norfolk, VA.

CONTEXT: Public art is a valuable tool for creating dynamic and sustainable places. Art displayed prominently at locations within the community serves as an effective tool for creating unique and diverse destinations. Public art can also bring added texture to otherwise indistinguishable areas. Funded by 1% of the City of Norfolk’s Capital Improvement budget, the Norfolk Public Art Program has been successfully commissioning public art for the past twelve years in downtown, parking garages, the zoo, light rail stations, community centers and a variety of other public spaces.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: We are seeking private commercial developers who want to enhance their development project with public art. The Norfolk Public Art Commission will match up to $25,000 for each project.

PROJECT SITE: Artwork must be placed within Norfolk city limits at the private development site where it can be experienced by the maximum number of people.

SIZE/MEDIA: Artwork size and materials will be determined by the project site(s). Artwork must be fabricated in durable, permanent materials that are safe and easily maintained. Artwork will become the property of the City of Norfolk and will be maintained by the City.

PROJECT FUNDS: The total budget for the completed artwork will be a minimum of $50,000 with $25,000 from City Public Art funds and $25,000 or more from the developer.

TO APPLY: All commercial developers and foundations are eligible. Please submit a letter of interest to Karen Rudd, City Hall, 810 Union St., Room 409 Marketing and Communications, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 or email karen.rudd@norfolk.gov. Candidates will be interviewed prior to final selection. There is no fee to apply.

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