Deadline May 9: The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy, is proud to announce an exciting opportunity at The Oval for Summer 2016. For the past three summers, The Oval, located at Eakins Oval along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, has been transformed into a fun and lively oasis with programming for people of all ages. Games and activities for kids, a beer garden under the trees, live music, an outdoor movie screen on the lawn, group yoga, a variety of food trucks to pick from each week and more are set up in an effort to reprogram the under-utilized site which functions as a parking lot during the rest of the year. The Oval becomes a flourishing park for five weeks and the mural sets the tone for the entire summer experience.
This year, we would like The Oval project to consider Philadelphia’s role as the hearth of American democracy and the location of the 2016 Democratic National Convention, which will take place during the time The Oval is open for public use (the DNC is July 25-28, 2016). We are seeking artists or artist teams who have the capability of not only creating the large-scale, iconic design for which The Oval has become known, but also proposing a programming element that allows Oval visitors to engage in an activity related to civic discourse (the programming element should be reflected in the final design).
BACKGROUND & SITE CONTEXT: Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy, revealed the City of Philadelphia’s new “Park on the Parkway” in July 2013. The eight acres of public space located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway known as Philadelphia’s own “Avenue des Champs-Élysées,” Eakins Oval (2601 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) became The Oval, a park with community programming, events and activities. Designed to promote the Parkway as a neighborhood park for all Philadelphians, The Oval offers a wide array of activities and amenities, and features park spaces that all ages can easily access and enjoy. theovalphl.org
DESIGN & PRODUCTION: The design and production phases are set up separately allowing for an artist/designer/team to design the mural with the option to have a production team execute the painting of the mural. Ideally, the artist is able to oversee the production but it is not a requirement; however, as a result, production fees are set up separately from the design fee. The project manager will work with the artist to assemble a production team. The production phase is approximately one week in July and begins after the site is cleared from the July 4th celebration. Opening Day is set for Friday, July 15th – the artist is expected to be in attendance at the Opening Day press event regardless of production participation.
ELIGIBILITY: This call is open to established and emerging artists, designers, or an artist/design team from the Philadelphia region. It is preferred that the artist has a connection to Philadelphia, lives within the region, or lives close enough to commute regularly if selected. The selected artist will ideally be present during the production phase and must be in attendance for the Opening Day event.
PROJECT PHASES & SCHEDULE:
Phase 1: Artist Selection from RFQ
Deadline for RFQ submissions: Friday, April 8, 2016 (NOON)
Artist Selection Notifications: By Friday, April 15, 2016
Phase 2: Design Concepts
Concept Phase Begins: Monday, April 18, 2016
Deadline for Design Concepts: Monday, May 9, 2016
(Presentations to the Selection Committee – Week of May 9th)
Phase 3: Final Design
Final Design Phase Begins: Monday, May 16, 2016
(Finalist will need to attend 1-2 meetings during late May through June for design progress approval)
Phase 4: Production
Mural Production: July 8 – 14, 2016
Opening Day: Friday, July 15th (Artist must be present for Opening Day press event)
PROJECT DELIVERABLES FOR DESIGN CONCEPTS: The artist/designer chosen will be responsible for designing a mural and submitting it in a cleaned-up digital format. Artist is responsible for: sizing the mural to the site plans, providing proper dimensions of artwork, creating a production plan for the team, and providing all necessary dimensions for paint estimates, regardless of their level of involvement in actual mural production.
CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSION DELIVERABLES:
Please send us the following documents to the email address noted below:
1. An Artist/Collaborative Statement of Interest, two pages maximum, (a) explaining how you would approach this project, (b) describing relevant experience that would contribute to your success in completing this project, and (c) confirming your availability to undertake this project within its timeline.
2. A current Resume, Bio and/or CV.
3. Work sample images: Up to eight (8) images of your artwork or designs. Collaborative teams may submit up to six (6) images per member, but no more than 15 images combined. Images must be sent as JPG files at 150dpi. All images must clearly be labeled with the artist/team’s name and a corresponding number that coincides with the image directory.
4. Image directory: A list of the submitted work sample images corresponding to the order in which the digital images are submitted describing the medium used, artwork dimensions, partners involved, and dates the work was created.
Please send your digital submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Philadelphia Mural Arts Program unites artists and communities through a collaborative process, rooted in the traditions of mural-making, to create art that transforms public spaces and individual lives. muralarts.org
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is the City department that is most engaged in the lives of residents and visitors alike on a daily basis. Through its programs, policies and physical amenities, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation promotes the well-being of the City, its citizens and visitors, by offering beautiful natural landscapes and parks, historically significant resources, high quality recreation centers and athletic programs, along with enriching cultural and environmental programs. phila.gov/parksandrecreation
The Fairmount Park Conservancy exists to champion the Fairmount Park system. Its mission is to work as a collaborative partner to lead and support efforts that preserve and improve Fairmount Park to enhance the quality of life and stimulate the economic development of the Greater Philadelphia Region. The Fairmount Park Conservancy fulfills its mission by leading signature capital projects, innovative programs, and historic preservation efforts throughout Fairmount Park; by developing and leveraging resources for the park; and by promoting the parks’ unique assets and contributions, including nearly 50 historic properties now under Conservancy management. The Fairmount Park system covers more than 10,200 acres and is considered one of the largest urban park systems in the world. It includes a network of more than 100 neighborhood parks and contains some of the region’s most famous treasures and attractions. myphillypark.org