Dear Arizona artists,

We invite you to review the following call for artists to see what opportunities speak to your talents.

Thank you for your continued engagement and contributions to the growing arts and culture community in Arizona.

- Artlink


About us: 

Artlink Inc. was founded by artists in 1989 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and keeps the arts integral to the development of our city. Artlink works to connect artists of all disciplines, arts venues, arts supporting businesses and advocates in an effort to strengthen and promote the community's unique culture. 

Your voice as an artist is the most important part of this process and you help to keep our arts and culture initiatives growing and vibrant throughout the state of Arizona.

By applying to open calls your talents also encourage our partners, the greater community of businesses that support the arts, to continue to contribute significant financial support to the kinds of projects that make a real difference in the lives of working artists in our state. We appreciate each and every submission as well as the many past winners that have already transformed the image of  Arizona through creative projects that inspire, uplift and promote positive messages through art. By becoming an Articipant with Artlink you will be notified about new opportunities through our newsletter every month in additional to receiving many other services that support the growth of your career as an artist.

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS (RFQ) — IN FLUX CYCLE 10

Deadline: November 15, 2021 | 5 p.m. Arizona Time

Projects: Multiple opportunities throughout the Valley

IN FLUX Partner Cities: Avondale, Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, and Tempe

Opportunities range from $5,000 to $10,000 

Eligibility: Professional artists and artist teams with less than 2 years of experience in public art. Artists commissioned in the previous Cycle 9 are not eligible for the current Cycle 10. 


IN FLUX Cycle 10 Partner Cities invite artists across all disciplines to create temporary public artworks in a wide variety of locations throughout the Valley. 

PROJECT INFORMATION

IN FLUX demonstrates a holistic approach to temporary public art through a showcase of site-specific projects by visual artists working in various mediums and performing artists who specialize in dance, theater, music or spoken word. These opportunities provide artists a chance to expand their skills, challenge their creativity, and garner public recognition for their work. Presented simultaneously by 6 Partner Cities, IN FLUX fosters the notion of the Valley as one art community. IN FLUX creates connections between community organizations, city governments, local businesses, artists, and audiences. 

IN FLUX partners seek to provide opportunity, experience, and education to emerging and established artists who want to enter the field of public art. These opportunities are well suited for artists with no public art experience or have less than two years of public art experience. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

To see previous IN FLUX artworks and learn more visit INFLUXAZ.com 


SELECTION PROCESS

Each partnering city will hold their own selection panel for their site(s). The selection panelists will make recommendations based on the specific nature of each site. Once these recommendations have been made, the IN FLUX partners will meet to determine final locations for selected artists to ensure placement is feasible and there is diversity within the IN FLUX collection for Cycle 10. Members of each panel will include artists, arts professionals, and community members.  The selection panels will meet in mid-November; artists will be notified shortly thereafter.  

Selected artists will be contracted by each commissioning agency and work directly with the project manager designated by their assigned partnering organization. All artists will be notified of selection results via e-mail in November and given the opportunity to request feedback from the selection panel.


OPPORTUNITY CATEGORIES 

In your application submission, please include the opportunity you are interested in. This does not guarantee that the selection panel will place you in that specific opportunity however it will give the panelists a better idea of how you would approach this opportunity. The following opportunities have been identified:

Avondale: 

Outdoor concrete plinth for 3-D sculptural work located at The BLVD, on the north east corner of 114th Avenue and Dale Earnhardt Drive.  

Chandler: 

Pedestals on Arizona Avenue between Chicago St and Boston St. The pedestals are roughly 24” high and 42” in diameter. There is more than one pedestal available, and the artwork could go on one or more of the pedestals. All pedestals are outside, and artworks will need to be able to stand up to the elements. Artworks will be bolted to the pedestals, and artist should take care to cover the attachment points to keep the transition from artwork to pedestal as clean and secure as possible. 

Glendale: 

The lobby of City Hall, 5850 W Glendale Ave. The Main entry lobby to Glendale City Hall offers the opportunity for a large wall installation and/or a vertical or suspended installation in a corner floor to ceiling area adjacent to windows.

Peoria: 

  • 3-dimesional outside the Sunrise Mountain Library at 21109 N. 98th Ave (Pad size TBD)
  • Mural wall measuring 12’ 1” wide x  5’  4” tall located at Park West Mall, 9744 W Northern Ave.

Scottsdale: 

  • Plinth at N Scottsdale Road and E Oak Street (NE Corner). Concrete plinth for 3-D sculptural works. The size of the concrete mounting surface on the plinths is 40” x 40”. Outdoor/Streetscape installation.
  • Plinth at N Scottsdale Road and E Roosevelt Street (NE Corner). Concrete plinth for 3-D sculptural works. The size of the concrete mounting surface on the plinths is 40” x 40”. Outdoor/Streetscape installation.
  • Mural at the City of Scottsdale water riser and the concrete SRP well site on the south side of Thomas Road between N 81st Way and N 82nd Street. Outdoor installation, vinyl wrap. 
  • Miller Plaza. Retail Complex at N Miller Road and E Indian School Road (NE Corner). Outdoor Installation in three landscaping beds for 3-D sculptural works.
  • Scottsdale Quarter. Retail Complex at N Scottsdale Road and N Greenway Hayden Loop (SE Corner). Outdoor installation 3-D Sculptural work.

Tempe: 

  • Concrete plinth for 3-D sculptural works located at Tempe Beach Park, on the south side of the Tempe Town Lake next to the bike corral off Mill and First Avenue.
  • Concrete plinth for 3-D sculptural works located at Daley Park on the corner of College and the Park.

Please keep the following in mind when creating your proposal:

  • Outdoor Installation – Materials must be durable enough to withstand up to one year in the elements and be safe if the public interacts with the piece. 
  • Mural – Can be painted directly onto a building surface if applicable with commissioning agency or on a removable surface, i.e. vinyl, board, etc. that is attached to a surface.
  • Plinth – These are existing concrete plinths. Proposals for plinths could be a loan agreement for a new commission of a sculptural work. The artist would retain ownership of the work following the completion of the IN FLUX Cycle. 
  • Indoor Installation – No exposure to the elements or access to the public.


APPLICATION PROCESS

ARTIST PRE-SUBMITTAL SESSION:


Representatives from IN FLUX partner agencies will host a pre-submittal session on Monday, November 1, at 6 p.m.. Attendance at an artist pre-submittal session for IN FLUX Cycle 10 is not mandatory, but strongly encouraged, especially for first-time applicants. IN FLUX partner staff will be on hand to give advice and review materials. Register here.

Apply

All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration. NOTE: All written documents (resume, letter, image list) should be saved into a PDF format and uploaded to the Submittable site. All images should be saved as JPEGS for upload. 

Each application should include the following:

Applicant Name

If applying as a team, please select a team lead as a point of contact for all communications and enter their name here. NOTE: Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to also apply as an individual. 

Images

Up to 6 digital images of previously created artwork in jpeg format. Artists may use up to 2 images to depict concepts or ideas for IN FLUX in addition to the 4 examples of completed artwork. Concept images are not required, but may help selection panels understand your thinking, especially if you are interested in a specific site. 

Image List (1 page maximum)

  • Describe the project in terms of materials and site applicable, and scale. Include media, dimensions, year completed & estimated budget.
  • If created as a collaboration, list all partners involved and describe your role in the process
  • Specify whether the piece is a studio piece, temporary, or permanently installed work.

Statement of Intent (1 page maximum)

  • Think of this as a job application and this is essentially your cover letter. Be as succinct as possible. The limit is one page, but it can be very beneficial not to fill an entire page!
  • Describe why you are interested in an IN FLUX opportunity and explain relevant past experience. 
  • List the opportunity that you are interested in being considered for and any additional details not shown in your proposal that you feel would help the panel understand your idea (material selection, install methods, size or weight, etc.)
  • Consider your letter of intent as a way to introduce yourself as an artist to the selection panel. 

Resume or CV

  • Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist address, email, and phone number. 
  • Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member merged into one PDF.  


IN FLUX CYCLE 10 TIMELINE

Deadline for Application: November 15, 2021

Panel Selection: Late November 2021

Contracts signed in December 2021/January 2022. Schedule will vary depending on IN FLUX partner’s artist approval process.

Design process begins in December 2021/January 2022. Timing of approval/acceptance of final design varies depending on IN FLUX partner’s design approval process.

Installation of all projects completed by the end of May 2022.

De-installation of all projects completed de-installation of all projects completed between May 2023-24 per commissioning organization.

The above timeline may be varied at the discretion of the applicable partner city/cities.  

Questions? Email info@influxaz.com. 

The following call for artists of all practices is presented by FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and the FOUND:RE Contemporary art program (“FC”), with support provided by Artlink Inc., for a new exhibition cycle entitled "Focal Points: Minimal vs Maximal." The deadline to submit is Monday, October 25, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).

PROJECT

Exhibition: Focal Points: Minimal vs Maximal 

Address: FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel at 1100 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Request: For art in every medium that implements dynamic and engaging forms of Minimalism or Maximalism.


OVERVIEW

FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel regularly presents exhibitions based on a 360-degree view of arts and culture that includes all of the traditional mediums of art such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, fiber art, printmaking, etc., as well as video art, film, fashion, performance, music and much more! 

As part of this next four-month cycle of exhibition programming, FOUND:RE Contemporary is inviting artists to submit works to be included in the hotel-wide exhibition “Focal Points: Minimal vs Maximal." This survey of talent from across the state of Arizona is meant to showcase imagery that embodies the art movement of Maximalism or Minimalism. 

A limited number of artists will also be awarded a solo exhibition, a two-person exhibition or a three-person exhibition in the free-standing FOUND:RE Contemporary gallery on Portland Street. All of the works selected for exhibitions are for sale and will be represented on the gallery website for purchase by hotel patrons and art collectors from across the nation. 

For “Focal Points: Minimal vs Maximal" FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel will use the entire property to showcase the works that are selected for this exhibition. This diverse survey embraces the strengths of both art movements and is intended to illustrate how we build up and break down the world around us, challenging the way we see and changing our perspective.

Art Tours of “Focal Points: Minimal vs Maximal" will be scheduled throughout the course of the exhibition, with online reservations available through foundrecontemporary.com

Additionally, each participating artist in “Focal Points: Minimal vs Maximal" will have the chance to win a staycation at the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel.


BACKGROUND

FOUND:RE Contemporary (“FC”) is a premier commercial gallery space in the heart of downtown Phoenix. It represents both emerging and established artists through a regular series of monthly exhibitions and special events that happen in conjunction with the art programming at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel. FC comprises three galleries, an art lounge, a number of exhibition halls and auxiliary spaces which include mural walls, a sculpture yard, and much more.

Located in the Roosevelt Row Arts district, FC is a part of every First and Third Friday Artwalk, as well as being a destination location for art lovers throughout the greater Phoenix metro area. FC exhibits visual art as well film, fashion, music, and the entire spectrum of cultural production today.

The Installation: This hotel-wide installation at FOUND:RE is intended to “Wow” the patrons of the hotel and art collectors alike. The selection of work will be unique to the spaces at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel where the exhibition halls and galleries are as large as a major museum. A dynamic selection of works and mediums will be included in this exhibition, where the inspiration and skill behind each and every piece are sure to make FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel into the perfect place for a staycation as well as an inspired destination for people from around the nation.

Legal: Selected artist(s) will permit the photography of artworks, including use in promotional materials. All reasonable effort will be made to credit the artist in promotions and when communicating with the media. Being accepted in the show is only a commitment to have the works in the show represented for sale and any further terms and conditions about representation will be negotiated by the hotel curator and the artist.

Content: This open call is to identify artists who make Minimalism or Maximalism art who want to exhibit at the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, or who are looking for representation by FOUND:RE Contemporary. From the  serene to the stimulating, Artists are encouraged to submit works that  invite the viewer's eyes to focus on quiet or loud compositions, serene  or intense visual experiences.

Works included in the show can range from ultimate simplification and  monochromatic tones to representational works depicting ornate detail or  loud, vibrant color palettes or patterns. A wide range of subject  matter and concepts will be considered. Artists whose work regularly  depicts aspects of Minimalism or Maximalism are strongly encouraged to  apply.


SUBMISSION DETAILS

Interested artists are encouraged to learn more about FOUND:RE Phoenix and FOUND:RE Contemporary via the following websites: foundrehotels.com and foundrecontemporary.com.

Eligibility: This opportunity is only open to artists, designers, creative individuals and creative teams living and working in the state of Arizona.

Artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant. Find the registration form on artlinkphx.org.

There will be approximately 100 artists selected, depending on the number of works submitted and how many can be shown. 

Honoraria: Artist will receive a standard 50% commission on all sales.

Criteria: Selections will be based upon the quality, originality, and craftsmanship of their work.

Project Rates: The chosen artist is responsible for transport and delivery of the works. FOUND:RE will install, insure and secure all works for a period of four months, after which time they will be returned to the artists. Works can remain for sale on the website under consignment for a limited term contract to be determined by negotiation between FOUND:RE’s Curator of Art & Culture and the exhibiting artists. This is an offer that may be extended beyond the original terms and dates if the artist is interested, but it is not mandatory. A formal offer for representation may be extended to those artists of superior merit but being accepted to exhibit is neither a contract for representation nor an offer of representation. All works accepted will be on consignment for the terms of the exhibition unless other terms are agreed upon in advance between the curators and the artist.

Timeline:*

  • Submissions Due: Monday, October 25, 2021, by 5:00 p.m. (local AZ time) 
  • Artists Notified/Finalists Announced: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
  • Artwork Drop-Off: November 29 & 30, 2-8 p.m.
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, December 3, 2021 6 to 10p.m.
  • Exhibition Dates: December 3, 2021 - March 26, 2022
  • Art pickup: Monday, March 28, 2022, 2 to 8 p.m.


*Timeline subject to change


Submission Requirements:

Please make sure you follow ALL guidelines and complete the entire submission form, including the following:

  • A current resume. 
  • 1-10 digital images of artwork in any medium and genre you would like to exhibit
  • An image list and all files in your digital portfolio should be labeled by using your full name (First, Last) title, medium, year of completion, size, and price. 
  • A current email and phone number.  

Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered.

Artists will be notified by email.

NOTE: Submissions are received through this Submittable platform. Please create an account or sign in below.

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