Maine Arts Commission asks artists to submit UMF designs

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AUGUSTA – The Maine Arts Commission is calling artists to submit proposals for the design, execution and installation of artwork at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Established in 1864 as Maine’s first public institution of higher education, UMF offers programs in teacher education, human services and arts and sciences.

The university recently added a new state-of-the-art education center designed to prepare teachers, community health professionals and rehabilitation specialists for the 21st century. The center will have spaces in which ideas can be shared, where people can learn together and where “best practices” can be modeled. The facility is located at the corner of High and Lincoln streets.

The Percent for Art Selection Committee is requesting proposals for the exterior area around the main entrance of the building. They are looking for a single installation that reflects the environmental values of the building and the campus.

They encourage artists to visit the site to better address the space as they see fit. The committee’s assessment of the site revealed that the curved sidewalk area and/or half-wall on the exterior of the main entrance would be most suitable for the installation of artwork.

There is approximately $30,000 in Percent for Art funds available for the project, which will be used to commission work from one or more artists. The amount must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses.

All professional artists may apply. Artists who are employees of the University of Maine and Maine Technical College Systems are ineligible only for Percent for Art projects at the campus where they are employed. For a copy of the site plan, images, a prospectus or with questions, contact Kerstin Gilg, kerstin.gilg@maine.gov or at 287-6719 voice, 877/887-3878 TTY/NexTalk.Net UserID: kerstingilg.

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