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Two Art Opportunities for Valhalla Hall

16 Mar

Application Deadline: May 1, 2017, 11:59 PM

Opportunity 1 (Exterior Mural) Budget: $8,000, all-inclusive

Opportunity 2 (Decorative Gate) Budget: $12,000, all-inclusive

Eligibility: Must live within Tacoma city limits; 18 years or older. Panel will prioritize artists with ties to the Hilltop community

Opportunity

The Tacoma Community Redevelopment Authority, in partnership with the City of Tacoma, invites Tacoma artists and/or artist teams to submit qualifications for two opportunities at Valhalla Hall (1216 Martin Luther King Jr. Way):

  • An Exterior Mural – $8,000 Budget, All-Inclusive

This is an opportunity to create a mural on two walls of the exterior covered courtyard, which serves as the entryway into Valhalla Hall. The mural must be painted on an appropriate substrate material off-site for installation on the building walls in coordination with the construction contractor.

  • A Decorative Gate – $12,000 Budget, All-Inclusive

This is an opportunity to design and fabricate artwork to transform a utilitarian entry gate into a beautiful work of art. Artwork must be created from durable materials that can be secured to the existing steel gate. Artwork may be designed and fabricated by the artist or designed by the artist but fabricated by a vendor.

 How to Apply

Visit www.cityoftacoma.org/artsopps for all the details and apply at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

Artists can apply for one or both opportunities, and may apply individually or as part of an artist team.

Questions?

Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

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Call to Pierce County Visual Artists

5 Jan
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HUE Collaborative artists Devaunte Shelton, Whitney Brady, Byron Ellison, Denis Maina. Photo by Christopher Paul Jordan.

Portable Artworks Purchase for People’s Community Center

Application Deadline: February 13, 2017, 11:59 PM

Budget: $10,000 in total purchases, including any required framing . No single artwork can cost more than $1,500.

Eligibility: 18 years or older; must live in Pierce County, WA. Panel will prioritize artists of color with a tie to the Hilltop community

How to Apply: Read the Call to Artists for more information and apply at https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit.

dsc_0108Opportunity
Are you a Pierce County artist with existing portable artworks you’d like to sell? The City of Tacoma is accepting applications now through February 13 for existing portable pieces of artwork to be considered for purchase and installation at People’s Community Center. Artists of color are encouraged to apply. Portable artworks include two-dimensional pieces that fall within certain eligibility guidelines. Media can include, but is not limited to: painting, drawing, works on paper, photography, printmaking, digital, collage, mosaics, fiber, mixed-media, and wall-mountable low-relief sculpture.

“People’s Community Center has become such a focal point for the rapidly evolving, highly diverse Hilltop neighborhood. This is a special opportunity for artists of color from the local area to help build and sustain the already welcoming environment of this facility.” – District 3 Council Member Keith Blocker

Funding for this portable works purchase opportunity comes from Metro Parks Tacoma and the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Program which dedicates 1 percent of construction costs from public capital projects to the creation of public art. Artworks purchased through this opportunity will become part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Collection.

Questions?
Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.

Mural Artist Roster – Call to Artists

29 Jan
Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.

Tahoma Associates, 1545 Tacoma Avenue South. Artist: Mindy Barker. 2014.

The City of Tacoma is now accepting applications from experienced artists or artist teams, working in any artistic style, to lead or assist with the design and implementation of outdoor painted murals in Tacoma in 2016 – 2018. Artists selected through this call to artists will be added to the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster and may be selected for one of several projects, including murals with the Tacoma Murals Project and other mural opportunities.

6th Avenue Speed Wash, 1318 6th Avenue. Artist: Jeremy Gregory. 2014.

6th Avenue Speed Wash, 1318 6th Avenue. Artist: Jeremy Gregory. 2014.

Community groups approved for a mural in their neighborhood through the Tacoma Murals Project will select an artist for their site from the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster, with a limit of one mural per artist. Approximately five mural sites will be selected in 2016. Murals at these sites will be painted in spring and summer 2016.

From time to time, the City of Tacoma may have additional opportunities to design and implement outdoor painted murals. The location, scale, timeline and needs for these opportunities will vary by project. When an opportunity arises, the City will consult the 2016-18 Mural Artist Roster to select a lead artist appropriate for the project.

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge, E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

Detail of 43rd Street Bridge, E. 43rd St. & E. C St. Artist: David Long. 2013.

Artists selected from the roster will work with the community to design and implement high quality, temporary, outdoor painted murals to strategically revitalize and beautify Tacoma. Mural designs will be based on the lead artists’ aesthetics and on input from the communities regarding themes or messages. Assistant artists will be paired with a lead artist, as needed. The City will provide mentorship to artists selected from the roster who do not already have extensive outdoor public mural experience.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Tacoma Buddhist Temple, 1717 S. Fawcett Ave. Artist: Chelsea O’Sullivan. 2013. Photo by Chelsea O’Sullivan.

Lead artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $30 per hour for mural meetings, design and implementation. Assistant artists selected from the roster will be paid at a rate of $15 per hour for mural meetings and implementation.

Applicants must be professional artists, 18 years or older, and reside in Pierce county. The deadline for submissions is midnight on March 7, 2016.

Twenty seven murals have been completed between 2010 and 2015. To see photos of these murals, visit the Completed Murals page on the City’s website.

Full project details, and the application, is available online. For additional information, please contact Naomi Strom-Avila at nstrom-avila@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 591-5191.


If you are part of a community group and have a specific outdoor wall in your neighborhood that you would like considered for a mural in 2016, please check out the companion Tacoma Murals Project Call to Community Groups.  Applications from community groups are due by March 14, 2016.

It’s a wrap!

18 May
Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!

Just a sample of the 300+ traffic signal boxes located at intersections throughout Tacoma. Your artwork could grace this piece of public infrastructure!

Call to Artists for Traffic Box Wrap Project

Budget: $1,000 per artist
Application Deadline: June 17, 2015, 11 59 pm

The City of Tacoma invites artists living within the official city limits of Tacoma to submit qualifications to create an artwork design to be reproduced as a vinyl wrap and applied to traffic signal boxes throughout the city. This opportunity is open to visual artists working in any medium, as long as the final artwork can be translated and digitally reproduced on a two-dimensional vinyl wrap.

Up to 10 artists will be selected. Each artist will be paid $1,000 for an approved final design and licensing rights that will enable the City to reproduce the final design on multiple traffic signal and/or utility boxes. The City will be responsible for printing and installation of the box wraps.

The Traffic Box Wrap Project is designed to enhance the public realm by adding works of art by local artists to public infrastructure that is often targeted by vandalism. The wrapped boxes are intended to enhance neighborhood and community identity, turn ordinary spaces into community landmarks, and promote community dialogue. This project is an extension of the Tacoma Murals Project, which has created 27 murals across Tacoma since 2010 in an effort to strategically revitalize and beautify the city.

Read the Call to Artists for more information and how to submit an application.

Murray Morgan Bridge mural opportunity

16 Jan

DSC_0027The City of Tacoma invites artists and/or artist teams who reside in Washington state’s Pierce, Kitsap or Thurston Counties to submit qualifications for a $10,000 commission to paint a site-responsive mural that reflects the history and/or architecture of the bridge and/or area on the concrete wall of the stormwater collection system underneath the western side of Tacoma’s Murray Morgan Bridge.

Budget: $10,000 (all inclusive of artist fees, materials, supplies, equipment, insurance, travel, taxes, etc.)

Application Deadline: March 14, 2014, midnight

Eligibility
Artist(s) must reside in the South Sound, defined as the following counties of Washington State: Pierce, Kitsap, or Thurston. Applicant may apply as a single artist or as an artist team. Applicant must be professional artist, 18 years or older and not a full-time student.

Prospectus
Check out the prospectus for full details, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

About the Murray Morgan Bridge

The stormwater collection system is located under the west side of the Murray Morgan Bridge at Dock Street and S. 11th Street.

The stormwater collection system is located under the west side of the Murray Morgan Bridge at Dock Street and S. 11th Street.


The Murray Morgan Bridge, also known as the 11th Street Bridge, is a vertical-lift bridge that connects downtown Tacoma with the tideflats, spanning the Thea Foss Waterway. Designed for the City of Tacoma in 1911 by noted bridge engineering firm Waddell & Harrington, the bridge originally opened on Feb. 15, 1913. The structure was unique for lift bridges due to its sloping grade, the high clearance above the water, and the truss between the towers that was designed to carry a water line to the Port.

During the 1930s the bridge became a demonstration center for longshoremen and lumber mill workers seeking union recognition and better wages as well as working conditions.

The Washington State Department of Transportation acquired the bridge in 1957 when 11th Street became State Route 509. Then, in 1982, the bridge was placed in the National Register of Historic Places both because of its designers, Waddell and Harrington of Kansas City, and because it was a unique and early example of a vertical lift bridge.

In 1997, the bridge was named after local author, historian, and journalist Murray Morgan who worked on his book, Skid Road, while working as a tender in the operator’s house on top of the bridge in the 1950s.

After the construction of the new State Route 509 in 1997, the bridge was heading towards demolition until a group of citizens called Save Our Bridge convinced City officials and the State in 2003 to save the bridge.

In 2007, the bridge closed to traffic due to safety concerns and general wear-and-tear the bridge had suffered in its near 100-year lifespan. Then, in 2010, ownership of the bridge was returned to the City and the City began planning the rehabilitation of the bridge. On February 15, 2013, the 100-year anniversary of the bridge’s original opening, the Murray Morgan Bridge was rededicated.

The $57 million rehabilitation of the bridge included a new deck, steel repairs and replacement, new mechanical and electrical systems to raise and lower the lift span, a new elevator and stairs to connect downtown to the west side of the Foss Waterway, and a new coat of black paint, the original color of the bridge.

Original gears that were used to raise and lower the bridge are mounted on top of the west wall of the stormwater collection system. The original capstan, which was used to manually raise and lower the lift span during power outages, is mounted in front of the west wall of the stormwater collection system.

A Gallery of Wooden Pallets & MAWP Call to Artists

6 Jun

Urban Art Festival (UAF) 2012 is building a gallery out of wooden pallets!

UAF is seeking visual artists in all mediums to display work on the walls of this unusual gallery or to create installations in odd/mundane sites throughout the festival taking place June 30-July 1 on Thea Foss Waterway. The goal is to capture the energy and flavor of work being produced by Tacoma artists.  Submission is free and open to all.
DEADLINE to submit is June 15.  If interested in exhibiting an installation, please contact UAF – well, a week ago.  Artwork is encouraged to be for sale, with 60% going to the artist and 40% to the festival.  Electricity per approval.  Please e-mail digital images of the work you would like to show (5 images maximum), with artwork titles, medium, dimensions, price and description (optional).  Additional information (statement, bio, website, links) is encouraged but not required.  In the e-mail subject line please write “Art Submission UAF2012”. E-mail submissions to: urbanartfestival@yahoo.com. Questions? Contact Gabriel Brown at gabrielbbrown@yahoo.com or call 509-844-6069.
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In other news, the Music & Art in Wright Park Festival (MAWP) is putting out a call to artists. MAWP is seeking artisans whose aesthetic leans toward indie arts and craft, and who take an innovative approach to traditional craft forms. This year’s festival takes place at Wright Park on August 11, noon to 7 pm. As in past years, the festival will feature music, art, food, activities for all ages, and more. Continue reading
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