Greater Palm Springs Pride
Palm Springs, California, United States
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Seeking an artist to create an installation designed to meet the vision/mission to commemorate, honor, and celebrate local LGBTQ+ community members and allies who have had a profound, significant, and positive impact on the lives of LGBTQ+ residents of Palm Springs and the Greater Coachella Valley.
The art installation will be a visible and lasting reminder to residents and visitors of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley of the LGBTQ+ community’s rich history of courage, spirit, and achievement. It will be designed, installed, and funded to serve as a beacon of community pride and as a historical reference source for future generations.
Artists from all backgrounds and all levels of experience and engagement are encouraged to submit an art installation design. The competition is open to all ideas, formats, and media that may be proposed. There are no preconceived notions about the final art installation selected. It might be interactive, contemplative, changing by day and night, immersive, experiential or whatever an artist proposes that will honor this community. This is an opportunity for artists to be creative in ways they have never experienced before simply because there are no preconceived ideas about the art installation.
The art installation will be constructed in a location of significance to bring attention to the importance and history of LGBTQ+ and allies within Palm Springs and the Greater Coachella Valley. The ideal location will be in a heavily-trafficked, prominent public gathering place in Palm Springs where the community can unite and celebrate its past, present, and future. It will be a venue for memorials and other events, and it must be accessible 24 hours a day by car and on foot.
The Palm Springs Art Installation Board of Directors and the Palm Springs Public Arts Commission, under the aegis of Palm Springs Pride, is reaching out to artists from varying backgrounds, each a slice of the Palm Springs‘ spirit and identify through a range of ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, ability, and economic backgrounds - each with an individual creative style.
Please note each application should contain only one piece of art. Artists may submit up to 6 views of that same piece. Artists wishing to submit more than one piece of art should do so via a separate application for each piece. Each artist may apply a maximum of three times with three different pieces of art.
This is an open call for artists, with preferential treatment to those connected to the Palm Springs area and the Greater Coachella Valley.
Artists will be required to submit concepts that meet the conditions of the art installation. Artists must provide a backstory about how they feel about their life experiences and prior work, and how the proposed submission honors those whom the LGBTQ+ Art Installation is designed to recognize. The artist who is commissioned will be selected based on the artistic design and how well the proposed art installation meets the vision and mission.
A Pre-Proposal Conference will be held on Friday, September 29, 2023 Via ZOOM at 9:00 a.m. (PDT). This opportunity is offered to respond to artists’ questions about the requirement of this call. The Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82743067038?pwd=a3E2d0pOT0lmSXFjTU90OFZMQTRwQT09. The artists‘ proposals should include costs for all materials, fabrication, exterior finishes, transportation, installation, structural engineer, insurance, and artist’s fee.
Background information about the artist must be included, with special attention to how they feel about their life experiences and prior work, and how the proposed submission honors those whom the LGBTQ+ art installation is designed to recognize. Requests for clarifications/questions may be submitted to Al Jones, President of the Art Installation, at [email protected].
Please see commission portal link for full project information and application form.