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Call to Mural Artists in Twin Falls, Idaho


Twin Falls mural opportunity

INTRODUCTION
The Downtown Arts Subcommittee on behalf of the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Twin Falls (URA) invites mural artists to apply for a public art two-dimensional mural submission to go on the above selected building site. Artwork can be vertical, horizontal, asymmetrical or partial wrap-around the two sides of the building. Minimum size must be greater than or equal to 300 sq. ft. This project is a continuation of bringing public art to the City of Twin Falls. Previous projects have included murals for the Downtown Commons, historic figure statuary and utility box wraps.

ELIGIBILITY
The call is open to all two-dimensional exterior mural artists residing in the Northwest (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nevada or Utah) creating original artwork. There is no entry fee. Artists from all cultural, ethnic, and economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

BUDGET
The budget for this public art project is $15,000. This is a not-to-exceed amount and encompasses all expenses associated with the public art project, including but not limited to, travel and lodging, site preparation, materials and equipment including potential scaffolding or lift equipment.

ART OPPORTUNITY
Overview
The URA Downtown Arts Subcommittee seeks an artist or artist(s) to submit artwork.
• Artwork must be painted directly onto the surface of the building.
• Artwork submitted must display compatibility with the site, appropriateness regarding the location, timelessness, and quality. The work must be original.
• The artwork must be durable, seal coated for protection and light fastness of color and permanent primer with life-time expectancy of 10 years.

Art “Theme”
Ideally, the artwork selected could be reflective of the topography, landscape, geology and heritage of and/or celebration of our lifestyle in the Magic Valley. The goal of this public art project is to provide a legacy in Twin Falls; add dimension, depth, and character to the community, inspire young minds, encourage and aid in business retention, reinforce a local identity for citizens to take pride in, and generally add to the beauty and quality of life enjoyed by all. In summary, the City of Twin Falls is promoting emplacement of either fun, bold, whimsical or iconic public art to engage our travelers and citizens.

The artwork must not be a likeness of any identifiable individual(s).

The artist will have the responsibility of providing to the URA a completed art piece.

TIMELINE
Date: July 23, 2021 Call to Artists
Date: August 20, 2021 Deadline for response to Call to Artists (must be received by 5 p.m.)
Date: Sept. 2, 2021 Selection Committee reviews submittals
Date: Sept. 13, 2021 Selected artist notified. URA approves artist contract and City obtains public art easement from property owner
Date: Nov. 8, 2021 Completion of artwork and dedication.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
• Resume including contact information.
• Artistic statement (max 250 words).
• Up to 6 images of previous existing artwork or design work.
• Image information including drawing of submission, title, and dimensions of mural artwork.
• List of proposed materials to be used to complete artwork.

APPLICATION DELIVERY
Application to be received no later than August 20, 2021 by 5 p.m., MST.
Mail Delivery:
Lorrie Bauer, URA DT Arts
City of Twin Falls
P.O. Box 1907
Twin Falls, Idaho 83303

Digital Delivery: Jpeg rendering and submission requirements can be emailed to: lbauer@tfid.org
The application should be packaged in such a manner that the sealed envelope clearly reflects the project name(s) and the applicant’s name and address. All materials submitted become the property of the City of Twin Falls and will not be returned unless a self-addressed stamped envelope, with sufficient postage, is provided. The City of Twin Falls will make every effort to protect submitted materials; however, it will not be responsible for any loss or damage.

SELECTION
A selection panel made up of designated representatives of the URA Downtown Arts Subcommittee, City of Twin Falls and the building owner will review all artists’ submissions and will select an artist to recommend to the Urban Renewal Agency of the City of Twin Falls for contracting. The selection committee may, or may not, elect to interview (via Zoom) one or more artists during the selection process. Selection criteria used will include artist quality and innovation, appropriateness, timelessness, as well as compatibility with the site. The selection panel will select the artwork based on the criteria, and possible community feedback on the proposed project.
The selected artist will work with a designated representative from the URA Downtown Arts Subcommittee to refine the selected mural concept, materials, size and final project.

PLEASE NOTE: The artwork becomes the sole property of the City of Twin Falls and reserves the right to use images of completed artwork for publicity.

LODGING/TRANSPORTATION: Artists are responsible for securing their own transportation and lodging.

INQUIRIES
Contact: Lorrie Bauer 208-735-7313.

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