Archive for March 27th, 2019
Artists wanted to create Frederick Douglass memorial in New Bedford (deadline May 31, 2019, sponsored by New Bedford Historical Society)
NEW BEDFORD — The New Bedford Historical Society and the Frederick Douglass Memorial Committee are calling on artists, artisans or artist-lead-teams to create a permanent original artwork of a young Frederick Douglass.
The sculpture will celebrate Douglass through the creation of a timeless and permanent art sculpture of high artistic merit and quality. It is in New Bedford that a young Douglass found his voice as an abolitionist and human rights advocate. The sculpture will be placed in Abolition Row Park that will also celebrate the New Bedford abolitionists who through their advocacy and perseverance changed the thinking of many and led to the movement to end slavery in the United States, according to a news release.
The park will be completed in summer 2020, and the Douglass sculpture will be a center piece in Abolition Row Park. The committee is seeking a bronze representative image of a young Douglass sitting on a park bench that will face the Nathan and Mary Johnson House, 21 Seventh St.
Interested artists should submit eight slides or photos of successful examples of completed public art, a resume, and an artist statement by May 31. Once qualifications are reviewed, semi-finalists will be invited and offered a stipend to submit full project proposals for a sculpture design.
The project is open to all professional artists or artist teams in the United States. Artists/artist teams should have experience implementing their ideas and work in the public realm with community organizations and government agencies. Artist/artist teams must be able to effectively work within the project timeline and collaborate with the architects of record, general contractors, multiple governmental agencies, community groups, city officials and the Douglass Memorial Committee whenever it is required. Artists are NOT eligible who are immediate family or business partners of members of the Douglass Memorial Committee, city staff or program administrators.
The Douglass Memorial Committee will manage the application process and review the proposals. The committee includes arts professionals, community representatives, and city staff. The committee will review the submissions and invite a short list of up to five semi-finalists to be interviewed.
Each semi-finalist will be awarded a $1,500 stipend for development of a proposal, travel and overnight accommodations for presentation to the Memorial Committee. The committee will make a recommendation based on its evaluation of the artwork proposal, experience of artist and references. The Memorial Committee and the New Bedford Historical Society will make the final award to the selected artist. The committee reserves the right to withhold the commission award if it should not find a satisfactory artwork.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
- Artistic merit of concept.
- Sculpture will be representative of a young Douglass sitting on a park bench. The style and appropriateness of the artwork should demonstrate that it is compatible in relationship to the landscape and New Bedford community.
- Technical Considerations and Feasibility: Including the artist’s artistic history and experience in completing public art projects within the timeline and budget, as well as the sustainability of the project.
- Safety and Maintenance: Artwork should be durable, meet the requirements of insurance policies and be resistant to theft and/or vandalism. Materials should require minimal periodic maintenance and be readily available if conservation or restoration is necessary.
- Diversity: Reflects the overall project goal to strive for diversity in style, scale, media and artists working in traditional and contemporary art forms.
All items become the property of the New Bedford Historical Society.
For all questions and additional information, email Lee Blake, President, firstname.lastname@example.org.