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The Lighthouse Works’ primary purpose is to provide artists with the space and time, free from material concerns, to do their best creative work. We bring artists on fellowship to beautiful Fishers Island, where they are provided with room, board and studio space, giving them ample opportunity for quiet productivity in a serene, supportive environment.

The Lighthouse Works accepts artists working in a wide range of media: fiction writers, poets, and writers of creative nonfiction; painters, sculptors, those working in video and installation, and other visual artists; musicians and composers. Artistic excellence is the primary criterion for acceptance as a Lighthouse Works fellow.

Our organization’s efforts also support and enrich the Fishers Island community through a letterpress print shop, open studios, readings, concerts, and workshops for students and adults. By assisting artists at critical junctures in their careers, we aim to be a significant force in preserving and promoting the central role of the arts in our culture. We hope our work will also inspire the creation of other small businesses and organizations in our community, making Fishers Island an enclave of creativity and a cultural destination.

Any serious artist at any stage of his or her career is welcome to apply through our online application system. Applicants are required to fill out an application form and to submit work samples and a statement of intent. While our staff reviews applications for completeness, a panel of professionals in the applicant’s artistic field evaluates each portfolio. Because the fellowship program accepts only 20 artists a year, our process is necessarily quite selective.

Fellowships are six weeks in length and occur year-round. The Lighthouse Works provides fellows with housing, food, studio space, a $250 travel allowance and a stipend of $1,500 to defray the costs of shipping materials, the purchase of art supplies, and other expenses incurred in making artwork in a remote location; our belief is that no artist should have to spend money to accept the opportunity of a fellowship.
To find out more about Lighthouse Works and their fellowship please visit their website: http://www.thelighthouseworks.com/fellowshipprogram.html04escriptionl

Every two years MANIFEST launches its gallery exhibition season by presenting a competitive group exhibition focused exclusively on painting, FRESH PAINT, an international survey of contemporary painting. This exhibit has no predefined expectation for type, style, or media of work to be considered or selected. Submissions can range from the most traditional to the most conceptual, abstract, or experimental.

The only criteria beyond excellent quality is that works must in some way represent an approach to painting. A new annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($2500) to a single work selected as the ‘best of the entire season’. Winner will be determined by a final end-of-year jury from among a pool of all top-scoring works from each exhibit’s jury process across the current exhibition season.

For more information about the exhibition please visit their website: http://www.manifestgallery.org/freshpaint/index.html

ESTIMATED PUBLIC ART PROJECT BUDGET:   $105,000

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTALS:  July 28, 2017

DESCRIPTION
The City of Kansas City, Missouri is seeking artists or artist collaborations to work collaboratively within the design process to develop innovative, original Art for the new Linwood Shopping Center located at Linwood Boulevard and Prospect Avenue.

BACKGROUND
Linwood Boulevard/31st Street at Prospect Avenue has long been a key cultural and economic center for the residents and businesses along the Prospect Corridor and adjacent neighborhoods.  The former St. Joseph Hospital, which occupied the current site of the shopping center, employed hundreds of local residents, and its presence and proximity helped fuel local African American retail and commercial enterprises.  Since in the hospital closed in 1977’, the fortunes of the area and residents also began to change—impacting jobs and economic spillover supporting local businesses. All the while, many important and iconic African American leaders emerged advocating for civil and voting rights and economic empowerment. The Kansas City movement gave birth to the Freedom, Inc., a political club, and it also gave voice to many neighborhood and faith-based leaders who have continued, even to this day, to fight for and advocate for economic empowerment, social justice and education equality.
Thus, it is with this history and legacy in mind that the proposed artwork captures and offers an image of that history and legacy but also connects to a future of hope, of growth, and of “what can be.” In addition to its inevitability, this redevelopment should be conveyed by the artists symbolically as well connecting the past with the future. In conjunction, there is sentiment by the redevelopers, the City and some residents that rebranding from the old “Linwood Shopping Center” to something new and different is desirable.  So, each proposer is encouraged to consider a rebranding (suggested name change) with the artwork.

BUDGET/COMMISSION
Artwork for this project will be commissioned through Municipal Art Commission.  Artists will coordinate work with city staff, and the design team.   The estimated budget for artwork and all related art project costs is $105,000.

ELIGIBILITY
The opportunity to compete for this project is open to all professional artists residing in the United States.  The City of Kansas City does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.  Qualifications by City employees or their relatives, and members of the Artist Selection Panel or Municipal Art Commission or their relatives will not be considered.  Experience with public art projects, especially in relation to capital projects, is preferred.  Applicants must be able to work effectively within the project timeline and collaborate with the design team and multiple government agencies.

SELECTION PROCESS
The selection panel includes artists and arts professionals familiar with the field of public art, community representatives, Municipal Art Commissioners, design professionals and neighboring businesses.  The panel will select a small group of finalists who’ll be asked to develop proposals.  A stipend will be provided for the development of the proposals/finalist interviews.
The criteria used by the panel will include the artist’s professional credentials as evidenced by the submitted materials.

SUBMISSIONS
Interested artist should submit the following, to be delivered to Elizabeth.Bowman@kcmo.org by 4:00PM Central Time, July 28, 2017.  Please put Linwood Shopping Center in the subject line.
Submission Materials:

  • Professional resume highlighting relevant previous experience.
  • Ten images of previous Public Art projects.
  • Image list identifying title, date, location, materials, size, budget and commissioning entity.
  • Letter of interest outlining qualifications, interest, and ability to complete the project on time and on budget.
  • Names and contact information of three references.

ANTICIPATED ART PROJECT SELECTION TIMELINE
Qualifications Due:   July 28, 2017
Panel Review(s):  August 11, 2017
RFP to selected artists:  August 25, 2017
Proposals Reviewed/Artist(s) Selected:  September 25, 2017