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Artist Call – Request for Proposals for Site Specific Installation

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Arts Benicia Artist in Residency (ABAiR) Program for Site-Specific Installation Artists

Request for Proposals

Overview: Arts Benicia will provide one or more artists with an opportunity to work out installation ideas in its 2,000 square foot space this summer. Typically, artists doing site-specific installation have only a brief time to install, and inadequate opportunities to work in the actual space. This program will give them that time in our space. Arts Benicia has a pristine gallery in the heart of the historic Benicia Arsenal. It is well lit, has white walls and concrete floor. Our gallery is located in the heart of a large artists’ community that is situated in a former military arsenal built in the 1800’s.

This year, with funding from Benicia’s Community Sustainability Commission, Arts Benicia is concentrating on themes that have to do with the environment and sustainability. Work that addresses this theme is encouraged. We also encourage emerging artists, recent graduates and MFA candidates to apply.

Project Dates:

-Installation and Residency Phase: May 24-June 13, 2014 · Reception: June 13
-Exhibition Phase: June 14 – June 29 · Artist’s Talk June 21 · Family Art Day June 29 · De-installation and cleanup: June 30-July 3

What you get:

-Complete access to Arts Benicia’s gallery space from 5/24-6/13 to work and create an installation-in-progress and an exhibition of the finished installation from 6/14-6/29. · An artist’s reception on 6/13, 7-9 pm. · Publicity, including mass email, webpage and press releases.
-$200 supply budget. · $200 stipend for artist’s talk · 60% of any sales, if applicable. · An opportunity to take the time to do your most adventurous and interesting work in pristine gallery within a supportive artists’ community environment.

Artist’s responsibilities:

-Artists must ensure their own and audience member’s safety.
-Artists and gallery will schedule weekly hours to be available to the public during the residency phase. Artists must agree to work in the gallery during scheduled hours. We want the public to be able to observe the work in progress and interact with artists.
-Artists must respect the gallery space and community and “do no harm”.
-Artists will sign “hold harmless” waiver.
-Artists must leave the space clean and undamaged by end of day on July 20.
-Artists will be responsible for any repairs, repainting, etc.

What will not be considered:

-Any project that will damage our space or will take staff time to clean up. Artists must leave the space in the condition in which it was found. · Any project that poses a safety risk. · Any project that disturbs the work of Arts Benicia. Our office is upstairs, but we will not be generally available to help with the installation, and we do not want to be disturbed by loud noises, offensive smells, etc.

What will help your proposal (Not required):

-A clear, specific proposal. · Work that relates to sustainability and the environment · Good use of available space. · Community involvement potential. · Possibility of programming children’s experiences in the space. · Friendliness and flexibility on the part of the artist.


All artists and artist teams are welcome to apply.

To apply please provide the following by April 13:

-One page proposal. Tell us your ideas for the installation. You may attach drawings or other images used for planning, small jpegs please.
-At least four images or videos of relevant work. Links to online images or videos preferred, or email no more than four small jpegs.
-Current resume. Link to online resume preferred or email small pdf.
Email materials to: and put “ABAiR Program” in the subject line. No phone or email inquiries please.

RFP Release Date:

March 21, 2014

Deadline for Proposal Submission:

April 13, 2014

Evaluation Process:

All applicants will be notified by April 18, 2014. Depending on the applications, we may choose one or more artists, or none.

Deadline: 04-13-2014
Arts Benicia
Benicia, CA

Contact: Mary Shaw
Phone: 707-747-0131

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