Two Calls to Artists — one regional and one national — are underway for the creation of original artworks to be placed at two locations in downtown Sarasota as part of the City’s permanent public art collection; State Street Garage, $100,000; N. Palm Avenue/Cocoanut Avenue roundabout is a national Call to Artists, $150,000

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CITY ISSUES TWO CALLS TO ARTISTS

 

Sarasota, FL:  Two Calls to Artists — one regional and one national — are underway for the creation of original artworks to be placed at two locations in downtown Sarasota as part of the City’s permanent public art collection.  One location will be the recently opened State Street Garage.  The other location will be a future roundabout to be constructed at N. Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue.

The Call to Artists for the State Street Garage is limited to artists who reside or have an office/artist studio within a 150-mile radius of the City of Sarasota.  The project budget for the State Street Garage cannot exceed $100,000.  The deadline for submissions for this regional Call to Artists is Sunday, October 23, 2016.  For more details visit www.CallForEntry.org

The Call to Artists for the N. Palm Avenue/Cocoanut Avenue roundabout is a national Call to Artists.  The project budget cannot exceed $150,000.  The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 31, 2016.  For more information visit www.CallForEntry.org

Specific details about both projects, including budget, the application process, and selection process are posted at www.CallForEntry.org  Artists who have successfully completed projects of similar scale and budget are encouraged to apply.

Artists are required to submit qualifications, a brief statement, and accompanying images describing an initial concept idea.  It is hoped that a full range of art mediums and styles will be represented.

Images of completed works within the City’s public art collection can be reviewed at:  http://sarasotagov.org/PublicArt/index.html.

For both Calls to Artists, finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Public Art Committee.  The Public Art Committee will make recommendations to the City Commission, which will have final approval of the selected works of art.

Staff members with the Neighborhood and Development Services Department, which oversees the public art program, are coordinating these projects.  It is anticipated that the works of art will be installed in 2017.

For more information visit the Call for Entry website:  www.CallForEntry.org or contact Clifford Smith, Senior Planner:   941-365-2200 ext. 4361.

About the City of Sarasota:  Distinguished by Google as a Digital Capital in the U.S., the City of Sarasota is a diverse community located on Florida’s Suncoast with 53,000 year round residents, several internationally recognized cultural arts venues, stunning sunsets along Lido Beach, a 45-hole municipal golf course at the historic Bobby Jones Golf Club, and Major League spring training baseball with the Baltimore Orioles.  Learn more about us at www.SarasotaGov.com

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