Call to Artists/Artist Design Teams
Request for Qualifications
Heritage Trail Public Art – Traffic Signal Cabinets and Utility Boxes
Artist Stipend: $3,000 per Artist/Artist Group
Deadline to Submit Materials: 5:00 PM (EST) Friday, January 31, 2020 Launched in 2019 by Erie
Arts & Culture, with preliminary funding from the Erie Community Foundation, New Horizons empowers residents, merchants, community organizers, artists, and culture-bearers to actively be involved in shaping the social character and built environment in their neighborhoods. The initiative, in the first three years, invests in the City of Erie’s urban core. This includes neighborhoods located within the zip codes of 16501, 16502, 16503, and 16507.
As part of New Horizons, Erie Arts & Culture is accepting qualifications from visual artists, including graphic designers, residing in Erie County for a public art opportunity. Finished artwork for this project will be incorporated into vinyl wraps covering traffic signal cabinets and utility boxes throughout the urban core. Artwork should be aesthetically compelling while also communicating aspects of Erie’s identity, both past and present.
We are seeking artists with strong portfolios who are flexible and available to collaborate with project stakeholders on design and able to present their artwork in a print-ready digital format. The artists selected will create and submit a design proposal based on community and stakeholder input. Once awarded a contract, artists will be expected to lead the production of the artwork from concept to delivery. The production and installation of vinyl wraps is not part of the artist’s scope of work.
Example of Heritage Trail Public Art
In 2016, graphic designer Karen Kurycki was commissioned by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville to produce designs that communicated Jacksonville’s historic contributions to the arts and entertainment, particularly in the field of music. These designs were installed on utility boxes in the city’s entertainment district.