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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Call for Entries: Art in the Park, New Forms from the Southeast

Art in the Park : New Forms from the SoutheastMercer University, Department of Art, Tattnall Square Park, Knight Foundation 

Mercer University’s Art Department, in collaboration with Tattnall Square Park and the Macon/Bibb Parks and Recreation Department, seeks seven artists or artist teams to show temporary, public art projects in Tattnall Square Park, located at 148 College St. Macon, Georgia. 

The selected artists will display temporary installations or sculpture in the park from October 31, 2014 – February 27, 2015. The call is open to artists who reside in the Southeast United States. The application deadline is 11 p.m., Friday, October 3.

Opening Reception November 14.

Tattnall Square Park is a 16 acre public park in downtown Macon, Georgia. It is one of Macon’s most historic green spaces and one of the oldest city parks in America. Please see the attached Park Information pdf file to learn more about the park’s history and current day use.

New Forms from the Southeast seeks to show contemporary art from new and emerging artists who are working in the Southeast region of The United States and who create work that is built for outdoors and public interaction. New Forms from the Southeast is part of a larger temporary public art program called Art in the Park, which will bring six exhibitions of temporary public art to Macon’s Tattnall Square over a two-year period. The project is funded by a grant from The Knight Foundation and receives partial support from Mercer University.

The artwork should:
• activate the space and engage pedestrians at the site.
• address the space as a whole and encourage pedestrian flow through the site.

The artwork can (but is not limited to):
• operate or interact with Parks planned activities at the site.
• be two- or three-dimensional, allowing for movement through the space.
• offer participatory or interactive experiences for visitors to the site.
• allow for a short- or long-term experience.
• work with projection, light or sound.
• include performance components.

Selected artists will receive a $1,000 stipend to help pay for travel expenses, and project costs for delivery, installation, and removal of artwork. Sevenartists or artist teams will be chosen. Permit fees, and insurance will be paid for by Mercer University. Artists will receive help with installation of their work from the Mercer Art Department faculty and some students.

The call is open to artists who are living in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, and Virginia.
Artists may apply as a team, but the application should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator. Artists do not need to have a background in public art, but should be aware of the challenges of creating work for an urban and unprotected site like Tattnall Square Park.
The Art in the Park program encourages diversity in each of its exhibitions. Artists whose work is well represented in the region are eligible to apply, but the artist selection panel will consider artistic diversity as one factor in the selection process. Students are not eligible to apply.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11 p.m. E.S.T., Friday, October 3, 2014

A note on work samples: Applicants may submit still images or both still and moving images, or audio samples on a CD-R/DVD-R or a website link.
Submit online using the following email address for URL links and physical address for CD/DVDs by 11 p.m., Friday, October 3:

Send email to:
• Letter of interest (not to exceed 2,000 characters)
• Concept idea (not to exceed 2,000 characters). Describe roughly what you plan to install and the type of location where it could be located. Describe the potential methods and materials used in the installation.
• 10 -20 images of past artworks. Concept proposal images are not necessary.
• Work Sample Identification List or some way to identify the titles, medium, and scale of the examples of your work. List should include information about all work samples, including both still images and moving image samples submitted on CD-R/DVD-R.
• Résumé
• Three professional references

Video work samples totaling three minutes submitted on CD-R/DVD-R (Optional)
The selection panel will review a total of three minutes maximum from each applicant. The three-minute sample may include clips from multiple works.
The CD-R/DVD-R should be formatted so your work samples are arranged in the order you want them seen. The samples can be played using either Windows Media Player or Quicktime. Late samples will not be reviewed.

Please submit the following information on/with your CD-R/DVD-R or URL:
• Artist’s name
• Artist’s address, phone and email
• Title of artwork(s) and running time of each clip. Titles must match the information submitted online in the work sample identification list.

Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope: Applicants who want their work samples returned by mail must include a self-addressed envelope with adequate postage. Work samples without postage will be discarded 60 days after the notice is sent. Every effort is made to ensure safe handling of work samples, but the Mercer University Art Department cannot assume responsibility for loss or damage.

Mail/FedEx/UPS or hand-deliver to:

Art in the Park
Mercer University Art Department
1400 Coleman Ave.
Macon, GA 31207

The artist or artist team will be selected on the basis of the following criteria: strength and artistic merit of past works, quality and ideas expressed in the work proposed for the show, ideas expressed in the letter of interest, visual and technical sophistication, creativity of approach, and references. The Mercer University Art Department is committed to reflecting the diversity and cultural richness of our city in the selection of artists and artworks.

The selection process will occur in one phase: a selection panel will review all applications and select seven artists or artist teams for the show. Two alternate artist or artist teams will be selected in the event the selected artists are not able to accept their invitation to the show.

The Mercer Art Department will notify the selected artists/artist teams at the conclusion of panel deliberations, by October 13. Installation of work begins October 24 and ends on the 31st.
Please do not call the office. Applicants will receive notification of the panel’s decision by e-mail. The Mercer Art Department reserves the right not to select any of the applicants.

Please contact Craig Coleman at (478) 301-2507 or if you have any questions regarding the submission process or Tattnall Square Park.

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