OVERVIEW: AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (“ASF”) encourages artists working in 2-D genres, new genres, video, documentation, experimental media, graphic design, and animation (objective and/or subjective) to apply to a digital mural projection Request for Proposal (“RFP”).
Please note that submittals should be new works created in response to this RFP. Use of past art work as your intended digital projection may not be accepted.
A total of ten murals (the “finalists”), either still or animation, will be selected for inclusion in at least one mural projection exhibition (murals will be digitally projected onto walls rather than painted or attached directly onto them) in Orange County, CA. Through either formal adjudication or by popular vote, up to five of the finalist murals will be selected (the “winners”) to receive a cash prize of $2,000 (“the stipend”). The stipend will be awarded to the winners only. Remaining finalists will receive no compensation. No further remuneration will be considered.
Once the work has been selected as a finalist based on artist’s submission materials, the artist may not render any changes to the artwork without prior, written approval from a designated ASF representative. If the final, delivered mural is deemed to contain significant, unapproved alterations to the submittal artwork, the work can be disqualified and any artist stipend may be forfeit.
The final exhibition date(s) and location(s) are still to be determined. Applications are due by 5:00pm, Friday, June 5, 2015. Finalists will be required to complete and deliver the high-resolution JPEGs of their mural(s), suitable for digital projection, by 5:00pm, Friday, July 10, 2015.
BACKGROUND & MESSAGING: ASF has embarked upon a three-year communications plan consisting primarily of public art. The works created throughout this project will convey “HIV/AIDS is not yet cured” (“the message”) and bring attention to the on-going struggle against HIV/AIDS in Orange County as well as ASF’s position as a leader in HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and care in the community.
ASF currently cares for 1,300 men, women, and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County, CA. On average, five persons per week are infected with HIV in our community. Over 50% of new infections occur in people aged thirty-five years and younger. A more complete picture of HIV/AIDS in Orange County can be found here.
ELIGIBILITY: This call is open to emerging and established visual artists, college-aged or older, who are legally authorized to work in the United States (per U.S. Department of Labor).
Prior public art experience is not a requirement.
SELECTION CRITERIA & PROCESS:
Evaluation and selection will be based on the following criteria:
David Trend, PhD: Chair, University of California, Irvine, Department of Art. He is a member of the UCI Public Art Council and the former Director, UC Institute for Research in the Arts. His books include Worlding: Identity, Media, and Imagination in a Digital Age (2013), The End of Reading (2010), A Culture Divided (2009), Everyday Culture (2008) and The Myth of Media Violence (2007), among others. Honored as a Getty Scholar, Trend is the author of over 200 essays and a former editor of the journals Afterimage and Socialist Review.
Juli Carson, PhD: Professor of Art History in the Art Department at UC Irvine, where she directs the Critical and Curatorial MFA Program and the University Art Galleries. She is author of Exile of the Imaginary: Politics, Aesthetics, Love (Vienna: Generali Foundation, 2007) and curator of the archival exhibition accompanying Mary Kelly’s Post-Partum Document (Vienna: Generali Foundation, 1998). Her essays on conceptual art and psychoanalysis have been published in Art Journal, Documents, October, Texte Zur Kunst and X-Tra, as well as in numerous international anthologies and catalogues. Her most recent book is The Limits of Representation: Psychoanalysis and Critical Aesthetics (Buenos Aires: Letra Viva Press, 2011). Her forthcoming book is The Conceptual Unconscious: A Poetics of Critique.
Judges will determine ten finalists based on Form, as described above.
A Selection Committee comprised of leaders in the Orange County arts community, visual arts educators, visual artists, HIV specialists, and marketing and public relations professionals will review the ten finalist submissions, as selected by the judges, for Function (clarity and presentation of the message).
Up to four murals will be chosen by the Selection Committee as the adjudicated winners. Those winners will be announced at the projection exhibition. One mural will also be chosen from among the finalists as the Popular Choice winner by those in attendance at the festival. It is possible for an artist’s mural to be an adjudicated winner as well as the Popular Choice winner. In that case, the corresponding artist will receive two $2,000 stipends. Artists need not be present to win or claim the stipend(s).
What to submit:
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications must be completed and fully submitted (including the submission fee) by 5:00pm on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Incomplete applications or applications that are faxed may not be considered. Applicant questions relative to this RFP may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions will be answered as quickly as possible.
ARTIST NOTIFICATION AND RESPONSIBILITY & DELIVERY AND OWNERSHIP:
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION: ASF is not responsible for the loss or damage of any submitted materials. Application materials will not be returned to the applicant. All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change. ASF reserves the right to award no artist stipends.
Finalists must provide a completed and signed W-9 (to be used if a stipend is awarded) and will also be asked to sign a waiver indemnifying ASF of responsibility for any accidents that may occur during design or execution of the mural or while fulfilling any other requirement of the competition.