Friday, May 22, 2009

More Public Art Opportunities- Washington DC

Sponsor: U.S. General Services Administration
Origin: Washington, District of Columbia
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Announcement Information
Title: GSA's Art In Architecture Program
Deadline: Ongoing
Type: Percent & Public RFP's
Category: Multiple Media
National Deadline: Ongoing - GSA's Art in Architecture Program commissions publicly scaled artworks that are integral parts of the architectural fabric or surrounding landscapes of new Federal buildings.

This program enables GSA to provide the American public with government office buildings and courthouses that are not only pleasing and functional, but that also enrich the cultural, social, and commercial resources of the communities where they are located. Such public statements of American culture are meaningful contributors to the vibrancy of our democracy.

The program-known from 1962 to 1966 as the Fine Arts in New Federal Buildings program-was established in response to a 1962 report by President Kennedy's Ad Hoc Committee on Federal Office Space. Its Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture asserted that, " Where appropriate, fine art should be incorporated in the designs [of Federal buildings], with emphasis on the work of living American artists."

GSA reintroduced this initiative as the Art in Architecture Program in 1972. Under this program, GSA allocates one-half of one percent of the estimated construction cost of a new or substantially expanded Federal building for commissioning one or more works of art. Art professionals, civic and community representatives, and the project architect serve on project-specific panels that explore the opportunities for integrating art into a building project, and nominate artists for GSA's evaluation.

The Art in Architecture Program seeks to engage artists as members of the design team early in a building project. By increasing the level of collaboration among artists, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and practitioners of other disciplines early in the process, project participants are afforded opportunities to fuse their individual contributions into a more cohesive whole.

GSA maintains a slide registry for artists interested in being considered for Art in Architecture commissions. This registry is the principal resource for the review panels that assist GSA in selecting artists for each new project. Download Application. Artists may send their requests for registration information to the following address:

Art in Architecture Program
Office of the Chief Architect, PBS
U.S. General Services Administration
1800 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20405

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