Commission of a Commemorative Artwork: A Call for Artists
The Grayslake Arts Alliance (GAA), in partnership with the Village of Grayslake, seeks an artist or artist team to complete a piece of public art in honor of the Illinois Bicentennial celebrating both Illinois and Grayslake's history. A purchase prize of $5,000 will be awarded and the winning entry will be unveiled at the Grayslake Village Hall on Friday, November 23, 2018.
The piece is intended to celebrate Illinois becoming the twenty-first state on December 3, 1818. The proposed northern border of that state stretched west from the southern tip of Lake Michigan, but upon entry into the union, the border was extended to include both Chicago and what would later become Grayslake. Grayslake was incorporated nearly 80 years later, after local residents cast their votes in favor of the measure at a hardware store located on modern-day Center Street. Information about Grayslake history can be found by visiting the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, or their website: bit.ly/HistoryofGrayslake. Project proposal must be received by July 31, 2018.
THEME Artists are encouraged to include themes celebrating both Illinois and Grayslake history when planning their submission. Artwork should bring vibrancy to the Grayslake Village Center, speak to the location, and address the theme.
SPECIFICATIONS All artwork must be original; this may include painting, drawing, photography, stained glass, 3-D, sculpture, mobile, fiber art, or any type of mixed-media.
There are no recommended materials but artists should consider the viability of the work's structure, appearance, and ability to be displayed for many years. The art will not be permanently installed and may move to another location. All artwork must require limited to no maintenance.
Specific areas for display are the following:
Wall for Hanging Art: 42"h x 72"w x 4"d; 25 lbs. maximum
Corner for Floor Sculpture: 96"h x 48"w x 40"d; 200 lbs. maximum
Historic Table by windows overlooking plaza for Table Sculpture: 96"h x 84"w x 48"d; 200 lbs. maximum
Ceiling over open area in floor for Mobile: 96"h x 84"w x 48"d; 50 lbs. maximum
Dimensions listed above indicate maximum size and weight allowed in that area, although art may be smaller and have different proportions than what is listed.
Artists are encouraged to visit the Grayslake Village Hall and tour the second floor vestibule area in person at 10 Seymour Avenue, Grayslake, IL 60030.
Supplies, tools, and delivery of art to display area.
Design and completion of the finished piece by the deadline.
Transportation of artwork to the exhibition site.
Assistance and supervision of the installation of the artwork.
Availability for public information, educational interviews and materials.
The artist is responsible for research, design, materials, displays (such as frame, mat, glass, or sculpture base), fabrication, transportation, shipping, cooperating with the Village for installation, travel, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected costs and any other expenses directly related to the artwork itself.
Village of Grayslake responsibility:
Site preparation and lighting will be provided by the Village of Grayslake within reasonable expectations unless lighting is an intrinsic part of the artwork, in which case it must be included in the artist's proposal.
Selected artist or artist team will be notified of their selection by email by August 10, 2018.
SELECTION BASIS The competition is open to practicing visual artists 18 years of age or older, residing in Lake County, Illinois, and working with durable materials.
Selection panel members and members of their immediate families are not eligible. The winning design will be chosen by a panel that includes representatives from the Grayslake Arts Alliance, the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, the College of Lake County, and the Village of Grayslake.
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES AND DEADLINES Please read this section carefully. An incomplete application could result in your work not being considered. Your name must appear on all materials.
Proposals must be for new, original works that can be completed and delivered by November 1, 2018.
Proposals should be a detailed representation of the final piece. Proposals for large artwork can be submitted in a scaled down format, either in the form of color drawing(s) or a model. Digital submissions will be accepted through the GAA website [http://www.grayslakeartsalliance/fromprairietovillage-entry]. Non-digital submissions can be sent to the Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum, 164 Hawley Street, Grayslake, IL 60030, to the attention of Michelle Poe.
There is no application fee.
Contact information including name, address, phone, email, and website (if applicable)
Submission artwork information including title, medium, measurements, and installation or hanging requirements.
Full-color preliminary concept drawing(s) or scaled-down model, which provides a strong representation and proposed dimensions of the final artwork. For digital submission (JPG or PNG), please label as follows: LastName_FirstName_Title_ImageNumber.jpg or png
Statement of your interest in this project and why you believe your work and approach would be appropriate. Also please state whether you could meet the goals of the project within the proposed timeline. Please state how you heard about this artist opportunity. For digital submission (PDF) please label your files as follows: LastName_FirstName_Statement.pdf
Artist Portfolio including three clearly titled and numbered digital (JPG or PNG format only) images of previously completed artworks. Image files should be named as follows: LastName_FirstName_Portfolio_Title_ImageNumber.jpg or png
Current Resume not to exceed two pages. For digital submission (PDF) please label as follows: LastName_FirstName_Resume.pdf
List of three references with their current contact information, including phone numbers and email addresses. This may include one or more people who have a relationship with the artist through their artwork (clients, collectors, gallery directors, educators). For digital submission (PDF) please label as follows: LastName_FirstName_References.pdf
TIMELINE The unveiling will occur on November 23, 2018 at the Grayslake Tree Lighting Festival. The winning artist will be expected to adhere to this timeline:
July 31 - Deadline for entry
August 10 - Finalist notified
October 1 - Show work in progress
November 1 - Artwork delivered to Village Hall - no exceptions
November 14 - Artwork installation completed
November 23 - Artwork unveiled at the Grayslake Village Hall during the Tree Lighting Festival
PURCHASE AND LICENSE AGREEMENTS
The winning artist or artist team will be required to execute an "Agreement for Commission of Public Artwork" at the time their proposal is selected as the winning design. After the artwork is completed and installed in a satisfactory manner, the artist or artist team will also be required to execute a "Bill of Sale and License Agreement" transferring ownership of the artwork and intellectual property licenses to the Village of Grayslake, as further described below. The Village will pay the $5,000 purchase price to the artist or artist team upon final acceptance of the artwork and execution of the Bill of Sale.
Upon purchase of the artwork, all right, title, and interest to the artwork will be transferred to the Village of Grayslake, including the rights to install, maintain, relocate, remove from display, or dispose of the artwork.
The artist or artist team must also grant to the Village of Grayslake: (i) a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, non-transferrable license to publicly display, reproduce, print, copy, edit, publish, and distribute the artwork or any photograph, image, reproduction, or graphic depiction of the artwork, including for marketing and promotional purposes intended to promote or benefit the Village or any of its public purposes, or for sale or compensation, without payment of any royalties; and (ii) an irrevocable, exclusive, non-transferrable license to reproduce, copy, print, edit, publish, and distribute the artwork or any photograph, image, reproduction, or graphic depiction of the artwork for sale or other compensation for a period of ten years without payment of royalties. Subject to these licenses, the artist or artist team will retain copyright and reproduction rights, including rights to reproduce and distribute photographs, images, or graphic depictions of the Artwork for personal or professional promotion or marketing purposes, but not for sale or other compensation during the term of the Village's exclusive license.