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HeART and Sole of Downtown Batesville OUR TOWN PUBLIC ART PROJECT
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Entry Deadline: 7/1/20
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 2
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 8
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 8
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Indiana



Our Town Public Art is a subcommittee of Batesville Area Arts Council’s (a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization) NEA Our Town Grant - HeART and Sole of Downtown Batesville.  We are seeking qualified artists or artist teams to create outdoor permanent art projects for multiple locations in downtown Batesville. At least one art installation is planned before September 1, 2021.

BAAC OUR TOWN - HeART and Sole of Downtown Batesville serves as an artsbased civic engagement process that promotes downtown Batesville and is intended to engage audiences of all ages. The HeART and Sole initiative seeks to build upon the successes of recently completed public art and placemaking  projects. This project’s focus will be to continue to enliven downtown Batesville by building the concept and design for a Living Walnut Street Corridor, which includes a plan for streetscape transformation with a public art component. The project aligns with initiatives identified by the community, Batesville Main Street , the City of Batesville’s strategic plan for attracting investment and creating a more vibrant and thriving downtown.

Our Town Batesville Public Art seeks qualified artists to design and create exterior art projects for a series of locations in downtown Batesville. The artwork will enhance the overall character and atmosphere of the downtown core and support a welcoming environment. The design of each project should take into consideration the location of the wall, the architecture of the structure, the viewing angles of the surface and the impact on the surrounding area.Local, regional and national artists and designers are invited to submit design ideas, total size not to exceed a dimension that equals the same total surface area, for spaces identified below.

Artists who have demonstrated experience will complete the project independently and/or with a crew, if approved by project organizers . The Public Art selection team for HeART and Sole will meet with the mural team for a design consultation and provide initial oversight and timeline.

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  1. Hillrom Training Center: Clocktower - 1 South Main St., Batesville IN
    3 sides only of 4 sided clocktower and tower.  The submitted design may include other decor and applications for parts of the front building facade.  Width is 12’6” of east clock face
  2. Hillrom AP Building metal warehouse addition on corner of Walnut and George St. added in 1990’s to original brick building
    Portion or all of East facing metal facade. Artwork will be permanently fixed in front of this facade on the sidewalk...south to north towards brick 28’ +33’6” + 34' + 36' + 29

We are planning to do 2 projects within this grant.  We, however, reserve the right to only select 1 project of the 2 said projects locations. If one design is significantly better and more impressive and has finance requirements close to the total budget of $50,000 we might choose that project.

Artists must create the project within the all-inclusive budget - Up to $50,000. This budget includes all costs associated with the design, fabrication, delivery and installation of the artwork. The artist’s fee includes the costs of design, materials, fabrication, travel, liability insurance, tax and time spent in progress meetings and installation verification.


To be considered, application materials must be received on or before July 1, 2020 at 5:00 PM CST.  Any application materials received after the deadline will be filed for future projects.


Only artists who meet these criteria should apply.

  1. Written, artist bio (not to exceed 2500 characters, approximately 500 words). Please provide a short artist bio speaking directly to your history and experience as an artist.   Please include information on your history working with community.  Include contact information for two professional references who can speak to your experience, capability, ability to work on time and on budget, and the quality of your work. Contact information only. **Applications must be emailed to and
  2. Please describe roughly what you might install. Describe the methods and materials you plan to use in the installation. Discuss your inspiration and what themes you might address in the project and how your work will connect to the overall public art theme. (Not to exceed 1500 characters, approximately 300 words) No full design proposals should be submitted at this time. Finalists will be notified and provided a stipend to submit a full design proposal.
  3. Provide up to eight (8) images of past artworks.


Our Town Batesville strives to create artwork which reflects aesthetic and technical quality, innovation, site-specificity and civic engagement. To ensure that the artwork meets the expectations of staff, neighborhood residents, and other stakeholders, the selected artists may be required to participate in a local design process. This process includes place-based research, site visits and design meetings.

Artists will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, as demonstrated by the quality of their past work and suitability of their artistic expression for each particular site. Artists’ applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:



  • Visually engages and is contextually responsive to the community.
  • Creates a sense of place.”
  • Produces high quality, innovative and meaningful artwork.
  • Connects/articulates architectural form, massing and detailing. 
  • Integrates art into the fabric of the City.


  • Meets the programmatic requirements efficiently and creatively.
  • Adds value beyond the expectations of the program without increase in cost.
  • Creates artwork that is durable, easily maintainable and has low operational cost.


  • Mitigates any impacts to surrounding environment.
  • Produces artwork which contextually responds positively to the site conditions and to environmental policies.


  • Muralist has a demonstrated ability to quickly ascertain project requirements, and to work with difficult materials, restricted site conditions and strict technical constraints.


  • Ability of the artist to successfully execute the project within the project timeline and budget
  • Ability of the artist to manage the design phase effectively to assure a high-quality design
  • Ability of the artist to take direction from the Public art team and/or all stakeholders involved in the design of the mural


Artist Selection & Qualifications
Artists will be selected on the basis of the fit of their concept for this project and the strength of their past work. For applicants without a history of past public art commissions, you will need to describe why you would be a good fit for this project. Previous public art experience is not required.

Applicants will be reviewed and ranked on the following:

  • Quality of concept, design, and craftsmanship of past works;
  • Creativity of approach; and
  • Relevance of concept proposal
  • Visual and technical sophistication;

Selection Process
The selection process will include a review by a peer panel and advisors who will review all interested applicants’ proposals and materials. Finalists will be asked to make a formal presentation before the review panel. The 4 Finalists will each be provided $250 award to cover costs for submission of a full proposal.

  • Up to 4 designs and their artists will be short-listed for interviews for each location opportunity based on the qualifications and criteria listed in this call for artists.
  • The 4 finalists will each receive a $250 finalist award.
  • A finalist/artwork proposal will be selected from a short presentation and interview.
  • Note: Applicants must complete a separate application for each location


  • Eligibility for the project is as follows:
  • Any amateur or professional artist or designer age 18 and older is eligible to apply.
  • Artists under the age of 18 may apply if they are part of a team with at least one member that is 18 or older.  
  • Applicants must submit a complete proposal through the CAFÉ system (
  • Applicants may submit up to three separate designs.


If you are applying using CaFÉ for the first time we suggest applying in advance of the application deadline to allow for formatting of your images and uploading of all application requirements. Do not wait until the last days as problems frequently occur and may cause your application to become ineligible.

UPDATE : BAAC will send out a short video to the email on file with the application of the current surroundings of each site location once the original application has been reviewed.  The artists then can expect and utilize future correspondence via email  to make their application more relevant to our projects.


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