APPLICATIONS AND VISUAL DOCUMENTATION MAY BE SUBMITTED TO THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION AT: https://m-ncppc.submittable.com/submit
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL 11:59 P.M. EST ON MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2023
The Arts and Cultural Heritage Division (ACHD) of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation invites individual artists and artist teams to submit applications for exterior sculptural artwork to be installed on a temporary basis at the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, Maryland. ACHD is seeking existing sculptural works that fit the criteria described in this solicitation, rather than design and fabrication of new work.
The Montpelier Arts Center shares grounds with the Montpelier House Museum (Montpelier Mansion), a local historical landmark and venue for public and private events. The Arts Center houses galleries, artist studios and classrooms, as well as administrative offices. Both facilities are operated by The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation. The Arts Center hosts gallery exhibitions and related events, classes for adults and children, as well as musical performances and other community events. As such, it is used daily for daytime and evening activities.
The selected artwork will be placed on a concrete pad sited on a lawn area at the center of the circular driveway directly in front of the entry to the Arts Center and grounds leading to the Montpelier House Museum. Dimensions of the concrete pad measure is approximately 14 feet in diameter and 6 inches in height. Based on engineering specifications, the pad can support a variety of types and weights of sculpture.
Public Art Goals
This public art project seeks to enhance the outdoor environment of the Montpelier Arts Center and Mansion by:
- Making a significant statement that relates to the sense of place associated with the site.
- Having a strong daytime and nighttime presence.
- Setting a standard of excellence for future public art projects planned for Prince George’s County.
- Capturing Prince George’s County’s historic and modern significance to the Greater Washington, DC region.
ABOUT THE PROJECT SPONSORS
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is a bi-county agency established in 1927 that serves both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties in Maryland by providing long-range planning, park acquisition/development, and administration of the Prince George’s County Recreation Program.
The Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation is a well-respected leader in the field with an unprecedented six national gold medals for excellence. It operates and maintains more than 27,000 acres of parkland throughout the county. With cooperation and input from diverse communities throughout Prince George’s County, the Department operates a comprehensive park and recreation system that offers programs and facilities designed to meet the needs and interests of patrons of all ages.
Each year, as a Division of the M-NCPPC/ Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County and through funding support provided by the Maryland State Arts Council, the Arts and Cultural Heritage Division (ACHD) presents hundreds of concerts, exhibitions, live performances, classes, camps, festivals, heritage celebrations and other high quality creative programming and services to enhance opportunities for public engagement and awareness of the rich history of Prince George’s County. In addition, ACHD also manages a portfolio of Prince George’s County properties that include arts centers, historic cultural heritage sites, and an arena with an equestrian center. Rounding out its program offerings, ACHD conducts public art projects for community centers, as well as provides mobile arts activities services via its Arts On A Roll vehicle throughout Prince George’s County.
BUDGET AND SCHEDULE
The budget for the temporary art installation is $3,000 for the two-year exhibition period. Payment for the project will be made in two installments: with a deposit of $2,000 paid upon successful installation of the artwork and initiation of the project, and a final payment of $1,000 upon the successful deinstallation and completion of the project.
It is anticipated that the sculpture will be installed in October 2023 and be on display through October 2025, with subsequent selected sculptures being installed approximately every two years. The exact schedule for soliciting future proposals will be dependent upon agency budget and other factors.
While this is intended to be an opportunity for rotating sculpture, ACHD reserves the right to request that the sculpture exhibition term be extended upon agreement with the artist/team. Artists will retain ownership of sculptures, unless otherwise authorized and arranged.
Artists and design professionals over the age of 18 are invited to apply as individuals or teams. Sculptures may include metal, mosaics, glass or other materials that are suitable for outdoor installation. All artworks submitted for consideration must be weatherproof and virtually maintenance free for the duration of the exhibition. Preference will be given to artists and artist teams that are residents of or maintain an artist studio in the greater District of Columbia/Maryland/Virginia region (approximately 100-mile radius from Montpelier Art Center).
SELECTION PROCESS AND CRITERIA
ACHD will establish an Art Advisory Panel consisting of key project stakeholders to review the artist and artist/team application submissions. The Art Advisory Panel will use the following criteria to make their selection:
- Artistic merit of the proposed sculpture;
- Appropriateness of the medium, style, motif, and materials as they relate to the goals of this project;
- Relevance of the sculpture to the location and site characteristics, and how it serves to activate or enhance the public space;
- Suitability of the work for outdoor display in the particular location, including, safety and ease of maintenance and conservation;
- Appropriateness of the scale of the sculpture;
- How closely the proposed sculpture meets the goals set out in the Call for Artists;
- Appropriateness of the sculpture as befitting a family-friendly environment;
- Ability of the artist to deliver the sculpture and deinstall as per the project specifications and requirements;
- Ability of the artist to successfully work within the project timeline and budget.
HOW TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS
Applications must be submitted electronically using the Submittable portal. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
A COMPLETE SUBMISSION MUST INCLUDE ALL THE INFORMATION AND MATERIALS DESCRIBED BELOW:
- Images of no more than 5 different sculptures, at varying angles, with the total number of images submitted not to exceed 10;
- An accompanying image identifying sheet providing descriptive information of the proposed sculpture including the artwork name (if any), materials, dimensions, and weight of each sculpture;
- The installation and mounting attachment requirements for each sculpture;
- Narrative description of the theme, motif or other descriptive elements relating to how the sculpture(s) may reflect the above-mentioned public art goals of this project;
- The availability of the artwork(s) for exhibition and the ability of the artist to meet the project timeline for delivery, installation and de-installation of the sculpture;
- Any maintenance requirements for each sculpture while on exhibition (to be provided for all sculptures submitted for consideration); and
- A brief artist bio/resume.
INSTALLATION/DE-INSTALLATION & INSURANCE
- The sculpture will be professionally installed/deinstalled by a team provided by ACHD and based on the installation and mounting attachment guide, provided by the artist/team.
- Any ongoing maintenance requirements will be reflected and considered in the materials provided.
- The M-NCPPC-ACHD insures all consigned artworks for up to 75% of their value while they are in our custody.
Important Dates & Deadlines:
- Call for Entry Posted in Submittable: By Monday, July 3, 2023
- Submission Deadline: Monday, September 4, 2023 (received by 11:59 pm EST)
- Jurying Period: Wednesday, September 6, 2023-Friday, September 15, 2023
- Artist Notification: Monday, September 18, 2023
- Artwork Installation: Monday, October 2, 2023-Friday, October 13, 2023
- Exhibition Dates: Monday, October 16, 2023-October 17, 2025 (2-year temporary exhibit)
- Opening Reception: TBD
Applications may be submitted at: https://m-ncppc.submittable.com/submit
QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS SOLICITATION MAY BE DIRECTED TO:
Public Art Specialist
Arts and Cultural Heritage Division
M-NCPPC Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation