Call for Artists: Morristown Percent for Art Program 2024

In collaboration with The Town of Morristown, Morris Arts seeks a professional visual artist or team of artists to create a public artwork in the heart of downtown Morristown. The project is part of the Morristown’s Percent for Art program, in which redevelopment projects contribute 1% of the cost of construction to a local art project.

The goal is to create a piece of artwork that enhances Morristown’s artistic reputation. In addition, the piece should speak to the energy and movement of Morristown.

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“Convergent” by Nathan S. Pierce, a previous work commissioned by the Morristown Percent for Art Program.

Overview:

Entry deadline: June 21, 2024

Budget: $170,000

Location: The location is between Market Street and Bank Street and extends from Washington Street to Mt. Kemble Ave. Four potential locations for art in and around this area have been identified. Applicants may propose art at any of the four locations.

Timeline: Project completion within one year of award.

Elligibility:

  • Artists residing in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania are eligible to apply.
  • Professional Artists that have had previous experience completing Public Art projects of similar budgets and scales and have completed at least one site-specific public art project using durable and permanent materials.
  • Experience in the installation of, or ability to oversee the installation of commissioned artwork.
  • Artist must be over the age of 18 and be a legal, permanent resident.
  • Artists may apply as individuals or in teams. Artists may propose to use subcontractors or additional hired labor.
  • The Town of Morristown does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, economic status, or gender identity.
  • Applicants are encouraged to visit the site before submitting.

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Artists experience with projects of similar scope.
  • Artistic excellence, innovation and craftmanship.
  • Relevance to site.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate art concepts into durable and safe materials.
  • Evidence that the artists existing public art have maintained appropriate level of quality and integrity.
  • Experience working cooperatively with professionals including but not limited to engineers, and project management personnel.
  • Assessed ability and availability to meet project deadlines.
  • List at least 2 references with contact info from previous public art projects

Selection Process:

All RFPs will be reviewed by a committee of project stakeholders. After the initial review, the committee will recommend up to three finalists. Finalists will receive a $500 honorarium and will be invited to submit a formal site-specific proposal for the project.

Get more details on the project and submit your application below! Or contact Tom Werder, Morris Arts Executive Director, with any questions.