Art In Public Places
Kerrville Main Street and the City of Kerrville, in conjunction with Kerr Arts & Cultural Center, are seeking artwork for the first annual Sculpture Exhibition on the sidewalks of Downtown Kerrville, Texas, which will be on view August 2013 –July 2014. Works can be in any media, must be suitable for outdoors, and may be functional or non-functional.
This inaugural rotating exhibition is being funded by programs of Kerrville Main Street and is the second effort of the Public Art Project, headed by the Kerrville Main Street Advisory Board. James Avery’s “Mother’s Love” was the first piece and was unveiled at the corner of Earl Garret and Main Streets in May 2012. This annual temporary outdoor sculpture exhibition will be the next step in taking art throughout Kerrville’s historic Downtown. Not only will it give artists exposure within our community but will give the public a chance to see an annually changing “gallery” of art.
THE ARTWORK SHOULD:
Provide a positive impression and lasting memory for visitors and citizens.
Be designed and fabricated for extended outdoor durability and ease of maintenance, including potential vandalism.
Be securely anchored to a pad, sidewalk or other surface determined by the Design committee, with approval from City Manager/Staff.
Be resistant to all weather conditions including but not limited to: temperatures above 100 and below freezing, rain, snow, ice, strong wind and storms.
Be suitable and safe for all audiences while able to withstand high traffic and unsupervised environment.
The piece must also remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.
Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $500 for each piece selected. Additional prizes will be awarded: 1st Place- $1000; 2nd Place- $500; 3rd Place- $250; People’s Choice- $100. The honorarium will be paid half upon selection and half at conclusion of the exhibition. The top three prizes will be paid in full after judging at the unveiling celebration. People’s choice will be paid upon conclusion of exhibit.
Each new public art project budget is dependent upon fundraising successes. For this rea-son the Public Art Committee will have an annual budget review each March to plan for future projects. If funds are sufficient, a purchase prize could be awarded as part of this com-petition.
If an artist chooses to have their piece for sale during the exhibition, sale will be coordinated through Kerrville Main Street office. The Public Art Project will receive a 30% commission on all pieces sold during the exhibit.
CITY OF KERRVILLE SELECTION PROCESS:
A Selection Committee consisting at least 1 arts professional, members of the Public Art Committee, The City Manager, and the Main Street Manager for the City of Kerrville will evaluate entries.