Call for Artists – Education Mural in Philadelphia
This Deadline Expired: Thursday, March 12, 2020
Saint Joseph’s University and the Global Philadelphia Association (RFP issuers) are seeking proposals for two works of art to be installed for public viewing on or near the University’s campus. Together, the companion pieces will constitute the second in a series of Philadelphia public art pieces commissioned by the nonprofit Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) and various community partners, each representing one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
In addition to its role as an institution of higher learning, Saint Joseph’s University has had a strong commitment to secondary education. Over time, it has developed a unique relationship with the nearby Samuel Gompers K-8 Public Community School. SJU has therefore chosen to participate in the Sustainable Development Goals campaign by honoring SDG Goal No. 4 – “Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
The artwork must be two-dimensional. Each of the two pieces is to be rendered on a large scale, suitable for open, outdoor public display indefinitely. One piece would be located on Saint Joseph’s campus and the other at the Samuel Gompers K-8 School, adjacent to the University. The base size of each piece is imagined to be 10’ by 10’, plus or minus. This can, however, be varied after consultation with the RFP issuers. In any event, the two pieces must be evocative of SDG No. 4 and the fundamental human right to education, whether they are in figurative or abstract form. Although they will be installed in different locations, the two pieces should be seen as inter-related. Broadly, the artist should further consider the importance of the collaboration and diverse community engagement that will be needed at the local, national, and global levels in order to achieve the goal, as well as the interdependence of this critical human right to other aspects of the SDG agenda.
The opportunity to participate in this nonprofit, highly important public campaign constitutes a principal attraction for artists to participate. The companion works will secure significant publicity and recognition, both through Saint Joseph’s University and the overall SDG campaign. In addition, on completion, the artist will receive $4,000 as financial compensation. The artist will also share in ownership of the copyright of the works. A copy of the form of co-ownership agreement will be provided upon request.
Representatives of SJU and GPA will constitute the selection committee. Proposals from interested artists should be submitted (via email) by March 12, 2020, to:
Denise H. Thomas
Sr. Administrative Assistant I
Dean’s Office, College of Arts and Sciences
Saint Joseph’s University
Proposals should include a CV, 4-6 examples of the artist’s prior work, one or more sketches or conceptual outlines of how the artist would propose to address the works, and the artist’s statement of how the conception(s) is or are intended to speak to SDG No. 4. Submissions should be made by email, with subject line “Artist Submission- SDG Art Initiative”, and with attachments in pdf format and images as follows:
(a) File Format. Images must be saved and submitted as Jpegs.
(b) Image Size. Images must be 72 dpi. Image must be 1920 pixels or less on longest side. Images must be 2MB or less.
(c) File Name. Name image file as follows: LastName.FirstName.ImageTitle
The selection committee will review the submissions and conduct interviews in the latter half of March and first half of April, with the hope that the selection process can be completed and a formal announcement of the selected artist can be made by April 22, 2020. Thereafter, the committee and the artist will work together to refine the artist’s conception, with two goals: (1) reaching a mutual understanding and a formal written agreement not later than May 31, 2020 and (2) having the works completed and installed not later than September 10, 2020, the date of Philadelphia’s Fifth Annual World Heritage City Celebration. In their submissions, artists should confirm their ability to meet this projected schedule.
For more on the Global Philadelphia Association and the first piece in the Sustainable Development Goals series, see https://globalphiladelphia.org/ and https://globalphiladelphia.org/news/philadelphia-unveils-sdg-5-public-art-display
For more on the UN’s sustainable development goals, see https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs
For more on Saint Joseph’s University, see www.sju.edu