Call Detail
Public Art Markers - Marshall, NC
Entry Deadline: 4/29/19
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: North Carolina

Project Summary:
The Madison County Arts Council, the Town of Marshall, Madison County Government, the Marshall Downtown Association and the North Carolina Arts Council are seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams to design a system of visual art markers to connect the arts and cultural assets from downtown Marshall’s Main Street (The Marshall Mile) across the French Broad river to Blannahassett Island. Three artists will be selected to visit Marshall and interview. The selected artist will return to meet with the community and key stakeholders and create a proposal. The proposed art markers can include sculpture, gateways, light pole attachments, interactive pieces, mosaics, sidewalk or wall inlays, murals and light installations. Marker designs can be from a variety of mediums or a combination of mediums. Up to three (3) elements will be funded through this project, but the design plan may include more elements that can be produced over time.

The goals of this project are to:
• To activate and enhance the cultural connectivity, economic vitality and walkability in downtown Marshall through engaging artwork and creative placemaking
• To reflect the history, natural beauty and cultural identity of the community
• To beautify and add character to the downtown, and reflect the unique characteristics and assets of Marshall

Project Background:
Marshall is one of the North Carolina Arts Council’s eight SmART Communities, demonstrating how the arts transform downtowns and build sustainable economic development. The Madison County Arts Council (MCAC) recently began renovations on a downtown location for their visual and performing arts programs. MCAC’s traditional music concert series attracts attendees from across the region, and the council’s low-powered FM radio station WART boasts a Global online audience. Blannahassett Island, in the middle of the French Broad River, is home to Marshall High Studios, a converted school building now housing 26 working artists. The art markers project will provide visual wayfinding for visitors and pedestrians to enjoy the arts resources along The Marshall Mile and across the French Broad to Blannahassett Island, which has become a popular outdoor gathering place.

Community Profile:
Madison County is just 20 minutes from Asheville, and home to more than 55,000 acres of National Forest providing a majestic backdrop to the world’s third oldest river, the French Broad. Marshall is the county seat with a population of 903 and the motto Tradition, Creativity, Community. US Highway 25 used to run through the center of town and every car, truck and bus traveled through Marshall’s downtown on the route that spanned from South Carolina to Michigan. Even before the highway was laid, the route was used by Native Americans and drovers who drove livestock through Marshall all the way to Charleston, SC. Now tourists follow this same route down the banks of the French Broad to enjoy cafes, breweries and the burgeoning artist community in Marshall which includes galleries and artist studios. Madison County is home of the longest, unbroken ballad singing tradition in the southern Appalachians and has produced many outstanding stringband musicians. Old-time music, fiddle and banjo tunes and storytelling all have their place in the fabric of communities with such poetic names as Pick-Britches, Big Pine, Paw Paw and even Sodom. These communities also nurtured traditional handicrafts such as chair making, rug hooking and weaving. Because of its rich music assets, the county has emerged as a focus of Blue Ridge Music Trails. In addition to Madison County’s excellent concert series, other high-quality music venues and events that are feature regional musicians include Bluff Mountain Festival in Hot Springs, the Bascom Lamar Lunsford festival in Mars Hill, Ebbs Chapel Performing Arts Center, the Ramsey Center at Mars Hill University and The Depot and Zuma Coffee in Marshall.

Selection Process and Schedule:
The Selection Committee will invite a short list of artists to come to Marshall for a site visit and in-depth interview. These artists will receive a $500 honorarium plus travel and lodging for the interview appointment. The Committee will then select the final artist to design a system of visual art markers as well as artwork fabrication and installation of up to three markers.

March 22, 2019
Request for Qualifications Launch

April 29, 2019
Deadline for RFQ Submissions

May 2019
Artist Selections

May 2019
Three Finalists visit Marshall/Interview

June 2019
Selected Artist Notified

July 2019
Begin Design & Community Engagement

Summer 2020
Fabrication and Installation completion

The Marshall SmART team reserves the right to change the project timeline.

Community Engagement:
The selected artist will return to Marshall at least two times for a site visit and meetings with the various project stakeholders through a series of community engagement events. Further site visits will be required during installation phase.

Artist’s Responsibilities:
NOTE: Artists should review Marshall’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan and Pedestrian Master Plan as part of their research.
• Research the community, meet with key stakeholders, and engage in planning efforts with community members.
• Based on the site visit and community engagement, the artist will provide the selection committee with a final concept and budget for the marker system. The artist(s) will work with the City of Marshall to confirm the locations of the markers.
• Upon selection, the artist will contract with the Madison County Arts Council to fabricate and install approved design.

Submittals & Eligibility:
Local, regional and national professional artists and artist teams are invited to submit applications electronically through CaFE ( Applications and all materials must be received by April 29, 2019 no later than 11:59 pm to be considered. Applicants must be age 18 or older, and are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability.

Submission Materials Must Include:
1) Statement of Interest: Artists should outline their:
• interest in this project;
• experience working on comparable projects of size, scope and budget;
• experience working with government agencies, arts councils, neighborhood organizations, or other relevant organizations

2) Community Engagement: Artists should outline their experience collaborating with community members on public art projects and any proposed methods of engaging with
community stakeholders and gathering input.

3) Résumé (no more than 2 pages): Artists should highlight their artistic background and
professional accomplishments.

4) Images: Up to ten (10) visual images of related art and design projects named and
numbered to match an annotated image list; and

5) References: Three (3) current references with current contact information, with relationship to the artist noted.

Selection Criteria:
The artists will be selected based on the following criteria, as evidenced in application materials and conversations with listed references:
• Artistic accomplishment as demonstrated by images of previously completed artwork.
• Technical competence and comparable scale of past works.
• Demonstrated ability to create artwork that reflects the distinctive characteristics of the
place and community.
• Demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget.
• Experience with planning and collaboration with multiple stakeholders.

Artist Selection Committee:
The committee is comprised of leaders from the Marshall SmART team, which includes representatives from the public and private sector, public art experts, and stakeholders in the
community as well as artists and art professionals from the area. The selection committee will review all material properly submitted. Finalists will be selected based upon the competitiveness of the applicants’ qualifications.

Total Project Budget: $60,000
The total project budget will be $60,000, which includes the development of the design plan and fabrication and installation of up to three (3) artworks. The artist is responsible for all costs including equipment rental, insurance, materials, travel and accommodations.

For additional information on this project: contact Cheryl Stewart, Public Art Consultant

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