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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Marie DeVries

Seeking proposals for a 3-D artwork to be installed in the Mount Vernon (IOWA) Sculpture Trail

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (MVAAC) is seeking proposals from artists for a three-dimensional artwork to be installed in the Mount Vernon (IOWA) Sculpture Trail. 

Background: The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council has partnered with the City of Mount Vernon, IA, and the Mount Vernon Parks and Recreation Board to create a sculpture trail along an existing walking path in Mount Vernon. The trail runs through Nature Park, along Hahn Creek, and intersects the route of the old Lincoln Highway. The path is concrete and lighted by reproductions of old-fashioned streetlamps. The land is owned by the City of Mount Vernon and is part of its park system. In 2023, four sculptures were installed along the path, with multi-year plans to add sculptures along this trail. 

Description of Opportunity: The selected artist(s) will provide or create a three-dimensional piece which will serve as part of a multi-piece, multi-year installation. Four pieces were installed in 2023. The artwork will be site specific but is not limited to a particular medium. Artwork will be installed outside and must be able to withstand the elements for years to come. Iowa weather can range from from -25F to 105F. Prospective artists are encouraged to view the space if possible. The sculpture site is visible from the city’s main street. Foot traffic visitors can park adjacent to the trail for easy access from either Nature Park or the First Street Community Center. The artwork must follow city ordinances. Most notably, any lighting must be in a downward direction. Prior pieces have been installed on 4’ circular, concrete pads, with identifying plaques measuring 8” wide by 6” tall. Plaques are adhered to the surface of the concrete. Future pieces will be installed in a similar manner unless the artwork requires different installation. 

Budget: The budget for the artwork(s) placed in 2024 may not exceed $15,000, including design, fabrication, transportation and installation. Multiple pieces may be selected for installation in 2024. 

Process: A selection panel will review proposals for the project and select a finalist or finalists to purchase or commission pieces for the sculpture trail. Selection Criteria • Artistic excellence as demonstrated by past work • Understanding of the project and ability to provide or create artwork that responds to the goals of the project • Ability to meet the project timeline Anticipated Timeline: 

Deadline for submittal of proposals: February 28, 2024 Artist(s) Selection: March 15, 2024 Completion of installation: Summer 2024 

Artist or artist team must submit the following, preferably in one document (PDF preferred): • Typed letter of interest • Current artistic resume, no longer than two (2) pages • Description and renderings or photographs of proposed piece • At least five (5) but no more than ten (10) digital images of previous artwork • Names & contact information of two (2) references

Deadline: 02.28.2024
Name: Marie DeVries