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 growing the 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, city developers and 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. Every time you participate in an open call your voice is  assured equal consideration alongside other talented individuals who  have also submitted for the opportunity to display their work on unique  platforms and/or a wide variety of commission projects that aim to  enrich the dynamic role that culture plays throughout the greater metro  Phoenix area and beyond.

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. Artlink also supports a variety of community-based art events and initiatives, including the First Friday and Third Friday Art Walks, The Artist Forward Fund, the annual Juried Exhibition, Phoenix Urban Guide, IN FLUX, and the annual Art Detour and Art d’Core Gala. Most recently, Artlink has moved to a new location at Park Central in midtown Phoenix to support inclusive projects that encourage collaboration and community building. This ART+FORM project is dedicated to developing new spaces for artists to exhibit, affordable studio spaces for artists to work in and the renewal of arts and culture initiatives at the city center.

Artlink is supported by City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Downtown Phoenix Inc., Arizona Commission on the Arts, and several corporate and community partners. Visit artlinkphx.org to  sign up for the Artlink newsletter or connect socially on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

This call invites artists of all mediums to submit their portfolios for consideration to be purchased for The Battery Apartments. This call is presented by The Battery Lofts LLC (“Ownership Team”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is December 8, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).

Project: This request invites artists of all mediums to submit a portfolio of past works as well as current works for sale to become part of the permanent art collection at The Battery Apartments located in the Phoenix Warehouse District of downtown Phoenix. The work submitted may also lead to an offer for a commissioned piece for the property. 

Address: 301 E Buchanan St, Phoenix, AZ 85004

Request: This request is for artists to submit images from their portfolio as well as works for sale, in any medium, including murals. Some selected artists will receive a commission to create custom works for the permanent art collection for The Battery Apartments. 

Budget: $52,000 dedicated to purchase artworks for four separate areas of The Battery Apartments. Select artists may be commissioned to produce original artwork based on previous work.

BACKGROUND

As a pioneer of the neighborhood, The Battery Apartments will be the first new rental housing developed in the Warehouse District in over ten years and Ownership wants to include selections of the very best art from Arizona artists as a featured element in this groundbreaking project. The Battery embraces the next wave of development, harnessing the contagious energy created by the rebirth of this diverse neighborhood. From nine to five the Phoenix Warehouse District attracts an eclectic mix of creative, tech and event companies committed to restoring and embracing the character of the area, and the Battery is a place for them to recharge long after the work day is complete. Built to supply housing to the hundreds of tech companies that have recently moved into the Warehouse District, Ownership is looking for artworks that are innovative and inspired, and which also reflect the history and the revitalization of the area while enhancing resident and visitor experience. 

OVERVIEW
The Ownership Team, property and business owners are interested in creating an inspired collection of art for The Battery Apartments in the newly revitalized Phoenix Warehouse District of downtown Phoenix. The design of The Battery Apartments pays homage to the gritty textures of the neighborhood’s rich past while its modern look allows the play of color and form to radiate the energy and excitement of city life. By blending interior and exterior spaces, The Battery Apartments are integrated into the urban feel of the area which includes epic sports and entertainment venues, innovative and creative workspaces and a vast selection of nightlife offerings. You can feel the pulse of the city in The Battery, which has many different spaces to display art of all mediums and sizes across two different buildings that comprise the 278-unit, multifamily project. 

Currently, the Ownership team is looking to populate the following spaces with art in any medium: (click here to review reference materials)

  • North building: Entrance feature (single/multiple works)
  • North building: Conference room (single/multiple works)
  • North building: Level 5 Pool Deck mural (one mural on two walls)**
  • South building: Level 1 Entrance wall (single/multiple works)
  • South building: Level 2 Club House & Conference Room (single/multiple works)

Call: This request is for artists to submit images from their portfolio as well as works for sale, in any medium, including murals.** Some selected artists may also receive a commission to create custom works for The Battery Apartments. Works selected may be for both interior and exterior spaces, including murals and sculptural elements, along with traditional mediums. Each space represents a unique architectural and experiential moment within the building that can highlight these custom works by the local art community. These works will become part of a permanent art collection that will be unique to The Battery apartments and showcased to residents and visitors all year round.

Specs: The spaces for artwork in The Battery apartments vary in size throughout the building, but the many different spaces can accommodate art made in every medium, and the works themselves can be of nearly every size and shape (20 by 20ft max). Painting, drawing, watercolor, airbrush, photography, printmaking, sculpture, digital art, fiber art and mixed media are all encouraged to apply. The Battery is a place that is charged with the feeling of new energy and excitement, and the artist(s) selected for this property should reflect dynamic themes from Phoenix life today and/or the unique history of the Warehouse District. Artists making dynamic, positive and uplifting imagery that captures everything that downtown Phoenix has to offer (sports, health, exercise, dinning, socializing, images of family, etc.) are greatly encouraged to apply. 

Legal Conditions: Artist(s) will provide licensing and reproduction rights, and permit photography of artworks, including use in promotional materials. All reasonable effort will be made to credit the artist in promotions and when communicating with media.

Budget: A total of $52,000 has been dedicated to the purchase artworks. The budget for individual works will vary.

Capabilities: This request for qualifications is to identify artists with a high degree of technical skill, personal vision and a contemporary look to their work that will enhance the modern look and feeling of living at The Battery apartments. Artists with a style that is bright, colorful, and energetic are encouraged to apply. The works should not contain images or messages that include nudity, political, religious, advertising or otherwise controversial themes. 

SUBMISSION DETAILS

Eligibility: This opportunity is open to all artists, designers, and creative individuals living and working in the state of Arizona with the ability to produce exemplary art.

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

Criteria: A selection of finalists will be based upon the quality, originality, and craftsmanship of the portfolios and works for sale submitted to this call. Additionally, some selected artists will receive a commission to create custom works for the permanent art collection.

Timeline:*

  • Call Issued: Friday, November 6, 2020 
  • Submissions Due: Tuesday, December 8 by 5:00 p.m. (local AZ time)
  • Selection Announced: Week of December 22

*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.
  • One-page letter of interest.
  • Portfolio of 5 digital images that document previously completed creative work that demonstrates originality and skill. Images should reflect work produced within the past five years.
  • Portfolio of 5 images of artwork currently for sale and appropriately sized for the spaces in The Battery Apartments.
  • Descriptions of the works of art submitted in your portfolio, including title, date, size, price and a brief description of the artwork (50-100 words).
  • Provide rate for commissioned works and/or mural project. 
  • Email and phone contacts for three professional references. These references will be called only if you are a finalist.

Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered.

Artists will be notified by email.

Please send any questions to submissions@artlinkphx.org.

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

OPEN CALL to ARTISTS in Arizona for the 21st Annual Juried Exhibition

Artlink Inc. is now accepting entries for the 21st Annual Juried Exhibition, featuring the works of professional artists residing in the state of Arizona. The exhibition will be hosted by FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and run from Saturday, February 20 through June, 2021 (closing date TBA). The submission deadline is Wednesday, December 30, at 5 p.m. local Arizona time.

A panel of esteemed members of the arts community will review the submitted artwork: Julie Akerly, co-founder of nueBOX; Antoinette Cauley, Artist; Tiffany Fairall, Chief Curator of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Rafael Navarro, Artist;  Mark Pomilio, Professor of Painting and Drawing at ASU.

Three winners of the 2021 Exhibition will receive cash awards:

  • First Place: $5,000
  • Second Place: $1,500
  • Third Place: $750

HOST VENUE

FOUND:RE Contemporary features three galleries, an art lounge and a number of auxiliary showcase spaces including mural walls, a sculpture yard, and much more. The venue can hold more than one hundred works and is open to the public on a 24/7 basis, which allows for social distancing and the opportunity for art lovers to see the exhibition in person at their leisure. The works of selected performing artists will be scheduled on specific dates and times TBA.

SUBMISSION DETAILS 

The call is open to artists of all mediums including, but not limited to, oil, watercolor, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, mixed media, fashion, performance, video, and sculpture/three dimensional pieces. All selected artists will be eligible for awards.

The online submission deadline is December 30, 2020, by 5 p.m. Participants who have exhibited in the past are permitted to submit but may not submit a piece included in any previous Artlink Juried Exhibition.

NOTE: By submitting artwork for consideration, the artist agrees to the following:  

  1. All artists selected for the Juried Exhibition will be eligible for awards. 
  2. Selected artists to provide a high resolution image of selected work for a print catalogue.
  3. Delivery of selected artwork to Artlink at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 for installation on February 15 or 16, 2021 (specific times TBA). 
  4. Selected artwork will come with all necessary hardware to hang (if applicable), or artist will be responsible for installation of specialized works such as video and other installations.
  5. Artist agrees to pick-up selected works from FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel in mid-June, 2021 (specific dates TBA).

Submission Checklist: Please follow ALL guidelines and complete the entire submission form. Submissions that are either incomplete or do not follow provided guidelines will not be accepted. 

  1. All artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant before submitting an application.  Click here to register
  2. The artist may submit up to (three) 3 artwork images with a minimum 72 dpi per image. No greater than 6 inches on the largest side. Selected artists will be asked to provide a high resolution image for publication. Please see the submission form for acceptable files.
  3. The artist agrees that they will deliver their selected artwork to Artlink at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel, 1100 N Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 for installation on February 15 or 16, 2021 (specific times TBA). Artwork will be ready to hang with all necessary hardware or artist. 
  4. All sales will be handled by FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel. In the event of a sale Artist will receive 50% of the purchase price.

Not all artwork will be accepted. Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered by a jury of experienced arts professionals. 

Artists will be notified by email. Please do not call for results. 

Artlink Inc., FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and event sponsors are not liable for any damage or theft that may occur to any person or property. Artists will be asked to sign a waiver and may insure their own artwork, as desired.

Email with any questions to submissions@artlinkphx.org

Artlink Inc.