Calling All Artists!

Area Regional Transit – ART Images for Fixed Route Buses

 Introduction:

In cooperation with St. Lucie Cultural Alliance, the St. Lucie County Transit Division requests qualifications from artists or artist teams to submit artwork images to be displayed as images on public buses, in public transit facilities, and in shelters. The selected artists will provide transit riders and community members with visual and educational images to create a unique way of increasing art awareness. Displays of public art are intended to generate interest in appealing to diverse audiences.

Project location:
This call to artists aims to have public artistic images submitted and then be transferred onto Fixed Route Buses.

Submission Deadline Date:
Saturday, March 12, 2022

Total Project Budget:
$500 for chosen submissions to be determined by the PTAC

Eligibility:
This opportunity is open to all artist or artist teams. We are mainly looking for local artists to showcase on the public transit buses and facilities. All artworks will be juror by Public Transit Arts Committee (PTAC)

To offer this opportunity to as many artists as possible to display their work, please note that if your artwork was awarded a stipend in the previous Tier 1 phase, you are not eligible to submit for Tier 2 phase.

How to Apply:
Submit the following materials by Saturday, March 12, 2022, 11:30 p.m. (EST)

  • Three (3) images of completed work and details
  • CV/Resume – this must include your legal name and mailing address, a reliable phone number, and email address
  • Please provide the name of the images and a brief description – no more than 200 words

 

Submit to https://artstlucie.org/opportunities/call-for-art

This Call to Artists is intended to engage new or established artists. The County is open to a wide range of proposals. Generally, potential opportunities and considerations associated with the project may include:

  • Art that fosters a sense of place has a multi-layered meaning or other compelling attributes;
  • Art that complements/enhances the streetscape within the community and natural environment;
  • Appropriate for public space; and reflect family-friendly images.

Possible Opportunities for Public Art
Such as but not limited to:

  • Public Transit Vehicles and Facilities:
  • Whether the piece is a sculpture, mosaic, painting, or still photography, the motivation is to display images of the original works, not the actual ones.
  • Other areas of the site are deemed suitable for public transit art.

Artists may propose artwork for one of the targeted areas or present a cohesive proposal throughout the bus system. The minimum amount of time the image will be displayed can range from three months to three years. The longevity will depend on where the images are displayed, wear and tear on a bus, in a facility, or bus shelter.

Process
Eligible artists are invited to submit qualifications through an Open Call to Artists. The Public Transit Art Committee (PTAC) assembly will determine the artwork image for display. The five (5) member PTAC are comprised of professionals in the fields of fine arts, art education, construction management, or public transit. The PTAC will review all artists’ qualifications responding to this request and create a shortlist of artists for consideration.

The shortlist will be selected through a lottery-style process. Upon presentation of artists’ proposals, the PTAC may choose one or more artists to commission the artwork(s). The winning artists will receive Five hundred dollars ($500) to use their image. To offer this opportunity to as many artists as possible to display their work, please note that if your artwork was awarded a stipend in the previous Tier 1 phase, you are not eligible to submit for the Tier 2 phase.

How to apply
Artists or representatives should visit the St Lucie Cultural Alliance website at https://artstlucie.org/ and submit the following materials by the deadline to https://artstlucie.org/opportunities/call-for-art

Criteria for submitting images must meet or exceed these parameters:
A complete submission must include all the information and materials described below:

  • Images must be high-resolution format only (. JPG, PSD, PSB, TIFF)
  • The minimum quality is 72 dpi at 100% (720 dpi if your layout is at 10% scale)
  • All artworks must be made available for professional photography at the chosen location to be coordinated by the St Lucie Cultural Alliance.
  • Image titles must include Legal First and Last Name as well as the image name; an example would be: Catherine Petagno – Spring Flowers

If the criteria above are not met by the submitting artist or artist team, their submission will not be considered.

CV/Resume(s): If submitted as a team, please identify the team leader, and include resumes for each team member, with each resume no longer than two pages. If applicable, the resume (s) should include past public art commissions, design team experience, exhibitions, awards, grants, and education.

The CV must have the submitters:

  • Legal first and last name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number
  • Email address

A brief statement:
The name of your artwork and how you feel your image will enhance the ridership experience for members of our community.  The proposal must be submitted via the online website, including all attachments that shall not be larger than 10 MB in size. Application packages must be received by Saturday, March 12, 2022, before 11:30 p.m. EST. All winning entries will be contacted by March 24, 2022.

 Additional information:
The Public Transit system of St. Lucie County officially became Area Regional Transit ART on July 27, 2021.  We are changing the look of the entire system following a tiered process. The Logo, as seen below, reflects the three (3) types of transit service supplied by the system. The green dab of paint on the pallet represents the fixed-route buses and amenities. The marigold dab of color represents the paratransit (door-to-door service) buses. The red dab of paint represents the microtransit service. 

To learn more about the public transit system, please go to:

SLC ART | St. Lucie County, FL (stlucieco.gov)