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Call to Artists - Bogue Chitto State Park Kids Trail

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: Louisiana
Entry Deadline: 12/31/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 6


About Bogue Chitto State Park

At Bogue Chitto State Park, located in Franklinton, Louisiana, visitors experience a diversity of natural habitats on one of the most dynamic and scenic river systems in Louisiana. The 1,786-acre site includes small streams, cypress tupelo swamps, a hardwood forest, upland forests and a rolling landscape. The slow-moving river is perfect for a day of floating with the family, coursing through unexpected canyons past pebble-strewn natural beaches. Highlights include horseback riding through the cypress and tupelo swamps (dedicated horse trails exist throughout the park). Freshwater fishing is just one way to have fun on the water; a water playground and –during the summer – kayak, tube and canoe rentals are also available.

Overnight visitors are in for a treat. Due to its remote location on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, stargazing at Bogue Chitto State Park is spectacular. Fully appointed deluxe cabins (sleeping up to eight people) deluxe lodges (sleeping up to 14) and group camps (sleeping up to 52) make this park well-suited for family reunions and group getaways. Intrepid travelers will find dozens of campsites, and RV campers have their pick of parking spots. Water and electrical hookups are available.

About the Public Art Site at the Kids Trail

The Kids Trail at Bogue Chitto State Park will serve to connect children and families to nature through environmental education and recreation featuring entertaining hands-on outdoor discovery experiences such as: a pollinator attracting sensory garden, an animal Olympics, a swinging bridge, and a hardwood creative play area. Each of these activities center around a specific point along the trail, and each will be associated with one or more native animal species including but not limited to the butterfly, fox, squirrel, bat, turtle, black bear, mole, heron, snake, and alligator.

Animal themed sculptures or sculptural installations will become integral components at each of these points along the Kids Trail that performs such functions as: interpreting its themes, providing hands-on experiences, or expressively representing the abundant fauna of Bogue Chitto. One or more artists or artist teams may be selected for consideration to design and implement approximately six (6) exterior, site-specific sculptures or installations of original design. Existing artwork will also be reviewed for consideration. Full proposal are not required at this time. Please specify in your artist’s statement whether you wish to be considered to produce a site-specific work, have existing artwork available for consideration, or both.

DEADLINE: December 31, 2019
SUBMISSION REQUIRMENTS: Application materials must be received by December 31, 2019 at 10:59PM CT via the Call for Entry (CAFE) system.

Items required include:

  • Resume/CV: Chronological resume demonstrating a minimum of five (5) years of professional visual art experience (NOT STUDENT WORK). If submitting as a team, a current resume should be submitted for each team member. (4 pages max per team member).
  • Letter of Interest & Artist Statement: Provide an artist statement and letter of interest. Please specify in your artist’s statement whether you wish to be considered to produce a site-specific work, have existing artwork available for consideration, or both.
  • Professional References: Include the names and current contact information for three individuals with whom you have worked, collaborated, or who have commissioned your work in the past. References will be contacted for artists invited to develop a proposal for the commission.
  • Work samples: Upload six (6) images of your original completed commissions, NOT PROPOSALS, which demonstrate your qualifications for the project. 3-D models, sketches, or drawings will not be accepted. You must include the title, medium, dimensions, project budget, year completed, location, and a description. The value must be indicated in US dollars. Each image must contain only one view of the work. Multiple views per image or unexecuted conceptual projects will not be considered and may disqualify your submission.
    Image specifications: JPG, PNG - Maximum size per image: 5MB, total 30MB
    *Slides, emailed prints, or any physical submissions will NOT be accepted.

The CAFE system will remain open until 10:59 PM CT on December 31, 2019 however, staff will only be available for assistance until 5:00 PM CT (holidays may affect these times). Applicants are encouraged to apply early to reduce risk of technical difficulties. Incomplete or late submissions will NOT be accepted for any reason.

The budget listed is inclusive of all costs associated with the project, and commensurate with the intended scale, including but not limited to: research, professional consultations, formal reports from licensed structural and electrical engineers where appropriate, a long-term care and maintenance report from a licensed professional conservator, materials, fabrication, transportation, travel, insurance, installation, photography and documentation of the artwork and crediting plaque.

This commission is open to professional artists 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identification, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability.

An Art Selection Committee (the Committee) includes representatives from the Louisiana Office of Facility Planning & Control, the architectural firm that designed the facility, representatives from Louisiana State University, and the State Arts Council. The Committee will review all eligible artist submissions.

Submissions are evaluated by the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence and originality as evidenced by the representations of past work images and other supporting materials
  • Appropriateness of artist's medium, style, and previous experiences as they relate to the project goals and setting
  • Experience with projects of a similar scale and scope
  • Ability to create site-specific or site-reactive works
  • Availability to participate in the design and implementation of the project as required
  • Special consideration will be given to Louisiana artists, as defined by La. R.S.25:9000.1(E)
  • The Committee may also take into consideration when selecting artists whether or not an artist is already represented in the state's collection

Notifications will be issued no later than February 2020.

This is a call for submission of samples of previous work and qualifications only. If identified as a candidate for direct purchase or to develop a proposal for one of the commissions, you will be contacted by Percent for Art program staff with further details about the site, concept, and scope.

Finalists for site-specific proposals will be invited to attend two (2) mandatory meetings: a site visit to view the space and meet the committee, and a presenation of the artist's proposal before the committee.

The proposal must include the concept, materials, size, weight, installations requirements, details of maintenance, and budget. The proposal must also include a maquette or digital renderings as appropriate, which shows the physical volume of the space and allows for multiple perspectives of the artwork within the space.

All proposal documents, including the maquette and renderings, will become property of the State of Louisiana and will be used for educational and/or promotional purposes of the program. Each finalist's propoposal and/or maquette may be exhibited for Committee and community consideration.

An honorarium/proposal fee of up to $1,500 will be paid to finalists to offset expenses associated with development of proposals and travel.

The Percent for Art Program and the Artist Selection Committee reserve the right to reject any or all applications or proposals, to reject any finalist, or to terminate the selection process for any project within prior notice.

The Louisiana Percent for Art Program was established by law in the 1999 legislative session. The law specifies that on projects using more than $2,000,000 in state funds, one percent (1%) of the expenditure for construction or renovation of a state building shall be for works of art by artists and craftsmen for the building or its grounds.

This program is administered by the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of the Arts in the Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism of the State of Louisiana, in collaboration with the Division of Administration and the Office of Facility Planning and Control.
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