Call for Artists

Forecast Public Art is facilitating two public art commissions for the new Brooklyn Park Library in Brooklyn Park, MN. Artists or artist-led teams are sought to respond to the following two opportunities. Hennepin County Library will commission an artist or artist-led team to create new artwork(s) for each category.

Project #1: Wall Art Project

Budget: $130,000 The new library will feature a monumental wall art project created by an artist in collaboration with a STEM educator telling the story of world culture and/or local geography through the lens of math and science. All mediums will be considered, including paint, tile, glass, lightweight relief materials, etc. The art should be designed to enliven the library interior and to create a welcoming setting that celebrates and explores the unique histories, cultures and environment of the community.

Project #2: Bike Racks

Budget: $30,000 A collection of sculptural bike racks will be created for the plaza in front of the library’s main entrance, referencing the theme of the library in a unique and creative way. The bike racks must be able to accommodate at least 14 bikes and will be bolted to the concrete plaza surface.

Eligibility: Artists residing in the United States

Deadline: July 7, 4 pm CST.

Please visit Hennepin County Library’s website for more information and to download the RFQ:

Gallery 788’s Spectrum 2nd Queer Art Show is looking for queer and queer friendly artists in all media: artists in all media, photographers, musicians, performance artists, film, video, etc. Information is below.

Society is strange in its contradictory push for individuality and conformity. Scared to be the same as everybody else because it could mean mediocrity – yet afraid to be too different because it could mean risking acceptance. So we cover ourselves out of shame and fear. We live our lives behind partially drawn curtains, shining light only on the parts of ourselves we have deemed good enough to love.

Gallery 788 invites everyone to pull back those curtains and unite the parts of ourselves that make us whole. Come celebrate the uniqueness in ourselves and in others and share in the love that makes us one-in-the-same at Spectrum: G788’s 2nd Annual Queer Art Show.

Spectrum in its modern usage means there is a unifying theme at either end. We need more moments that cross the line of conformity to unite and celebrate our diversity. We need the arts to help bridge our differences and expand the fabric of our culture. In such serious times we also need to have some fun too. So with these words in mind we set forth a call for artist to show their colors and unite in a show that celebrates our individuality however we want to term it; queer, gay, lesbian, trans……human.

Performing artists TBA!

G788’s Spectrum Call for Artists is open to all queer and queer friendly artists!

Important dates:

Please let us know when you plan to drop-off
Art drop off – Sunday, July 5th 1-6pm
Art drop off – Monday, July 6th 1-8pm

Friday, July 3rd by 6 p.m. – Label info to be submitted to

Opening Night Reception
Thursday, July 9th 7-11pm

Payment Information:
Cash, check or PayPal:

20% commission on artwork sold
$100 for 6×9 wall space
$50 for 3×9 wall space
Smaller individual pieces $25 a piece (4 feet or smaller)

• All artwork must be ready to hang!
• All artists must submit all label information (prices, titles, etc)
•All artists must volunteer one gallery sitting shift during the run of the show

Closing/art pick up: Sunday, August 2nd 1-7pm


FORCE Artist Residency at Pelham is a two week residency with Pelham printmaking studio to produce a limited edition print, with themes focusing on consent and/or supporting survivors of sexual violence, to be exhibited in the FORCE Project Space during 2015 Artscape. And you’re invited to apply!

FORCE and Pelham would like to identify one local visual artist committed to working with FORCE in a professional printmaking studio environment. Participating artist will have a dedicated period of two weeks, from June 13 – 27, 2015, to envision and create a limited edition print in the studio. Pelham will offer up to 12 studio hours each week to the participating artist with flexible open hours. Pelham professional printer will take care of all technical aspects of lithography and printing of the edition. The artist can engage in the creative process and the printer will handle the rest. All materials will be provided. The chosen artist will be asked to donate a series of completed prints from the residency to benefit the Monument Quilt, along with an interview to be posted on the project’s website.

To apply, email a portfolio of eight images, resume and a brief written statement describing your motivation behind working with FORCE and Pelham to Application deadline is June 10th, 2015. 

Call for application opens May 26, 2015

Application deadline June 10, 2015

Residency duration June 13-27, 2015

FORCE at ArtScape Exhibition July 17-19, 2015

Pelham printmaking studio is a venue for collaborating artists. Pelham is a fully equipped lithography workshop with designated creative and print work spaces located in Baltimore City’s Mayfield neighborhood. Pelham provides artists with tools and space to create original prints. More information about the studio can be found at

FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture is a creative activist collaboration challenging and changing the mainstream conversation about rape in the US, using social media and public art actions. Their current project is the Monument Quilt, a collection of testimonials from survivors of rape and abuse that creates and demands public space to heal. Made of survivors’ stories written and stitched onto red fabric and assembled together in highly visible venues, the Monument Quilt resists a narrow narrative of sexual violence by amplifying many voices, not one. In the project’s culmination, 6,000 stories will blanket the National Mall with the phrase “Not Alone.” Visit or for more information.


Wednesday, June 17, 7pm
at Single Carrot Theatre
2600 N. Howard St.
Baltimore, MD 21218

The Purple Necklace is a video and spoken-word performance about suicide, loss and grief by acclaimed Texas based artist Jim Pirtle. Following the performance, New Day Campaign founder & director Peter Bruun will facilitate a community conversation.

The Purple Necklace is an intimate and powerful performance culled from Jim Pirtle’s writing following the death from suicide of his partner Amanda. The artist began to process what had happened by posting his thoughts in real time to social media—these posts were soon followed across the country by a community of friends who gathered to support him. After 40 days Pirtle called an end to his online grieving and began to put together a performance work based on what he had written and experienced.

In the resulting performance, Pirtle confronts suicide and its aftermath through the use of an edited selection of the online posts and other personal ruminations, spoken word, and with enhanced multi-layered video projections. The work is intended to open the door for a broader understanding and conversation on this difficult topic.

Following the hour-long performance of The Purple Necklace will be a discussion led by Peter Bruun, founder and director of Baltimore’s The New Day Campaign, an arts-based campaign to challenge stigma associated with mental illness and addiction, making the world a more healing place.

Jim Pirtle is an acclaimed artist from Houston Texas. He participated in the communities seminal alternative art scene in the nineteen eighties and nineties, coming to prominence along with such friends and current art luminaries as Rick Lowe, Mark Flood, Mel Chin, and Nestor Topchy. Pirtle, who worked in many genres, became best known for a series of wide ranging at times transgressive yet humanist multi-media performance events. In 1995 he bought a historic building in the Houston’s downtown district and opened the coffee shop Notsuoh. Notsuoh is now a well-known center for Houston’s bohemian enclave to gather, discuss, and present work.

Call for Artists/Request for Qualifications – Public Art at the Vail Skatepark, Vail, Colorado

Deadline 12:00 pm June 12, 2015

Call summary:

The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places invites professional artists to submit their qualifications and images of previously integrated public art projects for consideration at Vail’s new skatepark. The project has a budget of $50,000 to commission public art into the skatepark which will be integral to the aesthetic identity of this unique setting in this international resort town. The selected artist will work closely with the designers of the skatepark and Town of Vail design teams to create a cohesive skatepark where art complements design.

Skatepark background:

Vail is arguably the top ski resort in North America. While widely known for its winter offerings, Vail is also a popular summer mountain destination with events and activities to suit nearly any preference.   Vail is also a community where people and families live, work and play.  Both aspects of Vail, resort and community, are important and are what make it what it is – a great place to visit and live.  Vail strives to provide its guests and residents a variety of activities that are family oriented and oftentimes free of cost.  Skating is one of those activities that appeals to a wide demographic and is becoming increasingly mainstream.  Skate enthusiasts who grew up in the early years of skateboarding are now parents and it is not uncommon to see parents and children skating together.

Skateboarding in Vail has been an activity for many years.  However, due to limited open space in the Vail Valley skatepark facilities have been limited to portable ramps that are installed each spring and taken down each fall.  Multiple attempts at finding a site for a permanent skatepark have come up short for a variety of reasons.  Recently, some “out-of-the-box” thinking has created an opportunity that had not been considered.  The Town Council recently awarded California Skateparks a contract to design a previously unused space between the north and south structures of the Lionshead Parking Garage for a permanent skatepark in Vail.

Site description:

California Skateparks, one of the world’s premier skatepark designers, is designing the proposed skatepark which is situated between the north and south parking decks of the Lionshead parking structure in Vail. This vacant space will be graded to include 5,700 to 6,000 square feet of skating terrain. The design will maximize this corridor-like space, which measures approximately 230 feet long and 25 feet wide, with flowing transitions and creative transfer options for all levels of skaters. California Skateparks will incorporate colors and patterns in the concrete skating surfaces and features. The unique location will provide for aerial viewing of the skatepark from various parking decks and access points. The selected artist will integrate public art opportunities to enhance and enliven the space of the skatepark. Working with designers and Art in Public Places, the overall aesthetic of the skatepark will provide a distinctive recreational experience.

Artwork Criteria:

  • Quality and Innovation: The consideration of highest priority is the inherent artistic excellence and innovation of the artwork.
  • Timelessness: Each artwork should be viewed as a long-term acquisition that should have relevance aesthetically to the community in future years. Due to the high visibility of public art by residents and guests who frequent public places, artworks should be selected that reflect enduring artistic quality.
  • Compatibility with Site: Works of art should be compatible in style, scale, material, form and content with their surroundings, and should from an overall relationship with the site.
  • Permanence: Works of art shall have structural and surface soundness, and be resistant to theft, vandalism, and weathering. Artworks shall not require excessive maintenance or repair costs. Artworks that require continual maintenance are discouraged.
  • Public Safety: Artwork shall not create inordinate safety problems or liability problems for the general public or Town of Vail.

Artwork Requirements:

  • The work should enhance the beauty of the skatepark’s design and the Vail community. The selected artist will work closely with California Skateparks, the town’s Art in Public Places Board and town staff to ensure a cohesive design between the skatepark and accompanying public art.
  • As a gathering place to enjoy recreation, the art should be engaging and pleasing for all ages.
  • Works in a variety of media and forms will be considered.
  • Art shall require limited maintenance, withstand the area’s climate, temperature extremes, and enjoyed throughout the day and evening. The artist should also consider the high amount of activity in the skatepark and be durable to withstand potential abrasion. If an artist creates murals, the art should be engineered in a material that will ensure its longevity with limited maintenance.
  • The artist must have past experience integrating art into built architecture.
  • Designs should be sensitive to this public location used by people of all ages and may not portray nudity, full or partial, sexualized images, violence or weapons, racist or sexist, crude language or political or religious references in any manner. The town will have the right to remove the artwork if it is offensive in any manner and does not adhere to Town of Vail standards.

Artwork Locations

  • Potential areas include, but are not limited to existing features: the east and west concrete stairwell walls abutting the skatepark; north and south horizontal parking deck walls spanning the 230 foot length of the skatepark.
  • Integrated form into the design of the skatepark.

Artist Qualifications

  • Letter of interest indicating your vision and approach for the project (limit two pages).
  • A professional resume/CV with qualifications (limit two pages).
  • Three professional references with current contact information from completed or current projects.
  • Visual support materials of previous work (10 images max) – cds, prints, website, jpegs (not to exceed 8 MB)
  • Annotated image list to accompany any submitted images.
  • Mailed materials will not be returned without a self-addressed stamped envelope.

If submitting as an artist team, the team must submit a resume for each team member.


  • The total budget for the project is $50,000.
  • Budget is inclusive of all artist’s fees, travel, design, insurance, permits, fabrication, labor, and installation.

Anticipated Timeline:

  • Deadline for entry: June 12, 2015
  • Proposed selection notification: July 1, 2015
  • Proposed installation: July 31, 2015 – concrete patterns if applicable to selection; October 1, 2015 wall mounted art.

The Town of Vail’s Art in Public Places Board will review previous work submitted by artists and their criteria for qualifications. Artists whose work would be of further interest will be contacted


Materials may be emailed to:

The subject must read Vail Skatepark.

Materials may be mailed to:

Art in Public Places Coordinator

Town of Vail

1309 Elkhorn Drive

Vail, CO 81657