Public Arts Project: The Free Library of Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia’s Percent for Art Program, through the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) announces a $50,000 competition to commission an interior site-specific artwork for The Free Library of Philadelphia’s main branch at Parkway Central. This commission is part of a $36 million major renovation.

The Percent for the Art Program and the Free Library of Philadelphia seek to commission an indoor high quality, original site-specific artwork. Alongside the design team, we have identified a two-story open shelving system as the site for this commission. This system is located on the first and second floors of the renovated space, within the BRIC and Common areas. Potential artwork could be a surface treatment of the shelves themselves, or placement of objects within or on the shelves. More information will be given at the Pre-Proposal Meeting. A budget of $50,000 has been allocated for this Percent for Art commission. This sum is inclusive of all artist(s) fees, insurance, fabrication, installation, travel, and all other project related expenses.

This competition is open to artists and artist-teams who reside in the United States. The City of Philadelphia reserves the right to determine additional eligibility requirements. Artwork will be selected on the basis of creativity, artistic merit, technical proficiency, and relationship to the site. Long-term maintenance, durability, and public safety concerns will be major selection criteria. Artists are required to comply with applicable rules, contracts, and procedures of all governmental boards and agencies of the City of Philadelphia.

Applications for round one of the selection process are due June 29, 2016 at 5PM. 

For more detailed information please refer to the complete Call for Artists.

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