Background: The Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA) in Ithaca, New York (downtownithaca.com) is now soliciting portfolios from sculptors, muralists, painters, and digital artists interested in being considered for Art in the Heart 2016. Now in its seventeenth year, Art in the Heart is an outdoor public art exhibition running from June to November. It is an eclectic and engaging showcase of local, regional, and national talent designed to enhance the community’s walkable urban core and to engage our large and diverse population of residents and visitors in inspection, interaction, and conversation. Art in the Heart is supported in part by the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County as well as numerous individual and corporate donors.
Format: Art in the Heart has employed several different themes and formats over the years. This season, the central component of Art in the Heart will be an invitational that will bring to downtown Ithaca three impressive new works:
- a compelling, large-scale sculpture or suite of sculptural works for temporary display (June to November) on a to-be-specified outdoor publically-owned site within the downtown Ithaca district
- a suite of large painted panels or other moveable two-dimensional works for temporary display (June to November) on a to-be-specified outdoor publically- or privately-owned wall within the downtown Ithaca district
- a large mural or other expansive two-dimensional site-based work for semi-permanent display (beyond November, at the discretion of the owner) on a to-be-specified privately-owned wall within the downtown Ithaca district
Either of the latter two works could involve interactive and/or multimedia elements. As the exhibition’s juried open call component, the DIA will be piloting a new program called Art in the Air, where artists of all walks of life and experience levels are invited to submit designs for vinyl banners on the Ithaca Commons (please see tiny.cc/artintheair for more information.)
Selection Process: Artists interested in being considered as invited exhibitors are invited to email a portfolio to the DIA via an internationally distributed call. The DIA will convene an Art in the Heart Advisory Committee including noted community artists, art professionals, and representatives from the City of Ithaca, the Public Arts Commission, the Community Arts Partnership, and other partnering organizations. This group will review submitted portfolios and other materials and produce a priority list of recommended candidates in each of the desired categories (sculpture, panels, mural). DIA staff will work from this list to identify and collaborate with three artists who are able to produce pieces of optimal scale, durability, and visual impact. The DIA and the selected artists will consult with appropriate stakeholders (e.g. property owners and relevant municipal agencies).
Compensation: Participating artists will receive a stipend of $1,250.00 (panels and mural) or $2,500.00 (sculpture). This stipend is meant to offset costs of fabrication, transport, installation, and de-installation. Sculpture and panel artists may list their work for sale; the DIA will retain a 15 percent commission for all sales during or immediately following the exhibition. Unless waived, artwork will be insured by the City of Ithaca.
Timeline: Portfolios due: March 11. Advisory Committee meets: March 15-March 19. Preliminary sketches/renderings due from selected artists: April 22. Installation: June 5-June 15. Opening reception and tour: July 1. De-installation: November 5-November 15.
Instructions: If you would like to be considered as an invited exhibitor for Art in the Heart 2016, please email a portfolio (including a bio/artist statement, exhibition history and several representative images in one or more of the requested categories) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM on March 11, 2016. Note: please do not send a proposal for a specific project; at this juncture, we are only reviewing artists’ overall oeuvre and exhibition experience.
Inquiries: Please email email@example.com with any questions or comments in advance of the portfolio deadline.
The Ithaca Downtown Business Improvement District (IDBID), is a State of New York chartered 501c3 not-for-profit organization charged with the revitalization, development, promotion, and management of downtown Ithaca. The IDBID operates as the Downtown Ithaca Alliance (DIA). The following vision statement guides the work and operation of the Downtown Ithaca Alliance: “Downtown Ithaca is the economic, social, and cultural heart of Tompkins County. The Downtown Ithaca Business Improvement District will strive to preserve and develop the central downtown core as the region’s center for banking and finance, business and professional offices, government and community services, downtown residences, and as a retail destination highlighted by specialty shops, restaurants, arts and entertainment. Downtown serves people who live and work downtown, city and county residents, college communities, area visitors and tourists.”