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Artist Call- Seeking Artists to Design United States Coins and Medals

Deadline: January 10, 2014

Work Samples to be uploaded by: January 28, 2014
Applicants Notified if Selected to Submit a Paid Drawing Exercise: by February 28, 2014

Individuals are required to submit their applications electronically through Grants.gov, the federal government’s online application system. The Grants.gov system will accept applications through 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, on January 10, 2014.

About the United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program

The designs on United States coins and medals are more than simple illustrations on small metal discs; they are expressions of the values, aspirations, and shared heritage of our Nation. They serve as illustrations to the world of the essence and the story of America.

The United States Mint is seeking artists interested in taking coin and medal design in new directions and trying new approaches as part of our endeavor to ensure that the designs on United States coins and medals are of the highest quality to best represent our country for years to come.

Subject to the conditions and criteria below, the United States Mint will award contracts to up to 20 artists to participate in the United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) and submit designs for selected coin and medal programs. Depending on the number of active years in the AIP, artists receive between $2000 and $3000 for each design submission and an additional $5000 if their design is selected and used for a coin or medal design. All selected designs are sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engravers, who also prepare designs for coin and medal programs. Artists of selected designs are named as designer in historical documents, Certificates of Authenticity and promotional materials. In most cases, the artist’s initials appear on the final coins or medals (along with the initials of the United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver who sculpted the selected design).

Background

The United States Mint established the AIP in 2003 to enrich and invigorate United States coin and medal designs by contracting with individuals from among a pool of talented, professional American artists representing diverse backgrounds and a variety of interests. These artists create and submit new designs to the United States Mint for United States coins and medals.

Since 2003, AIP artists have submitted successful designs for the 50 State Quarters® Program and the current America the Beautiful Quarters® Program, the Presidential and Native American $1 Coin Programs, the First Spouse Gold Coin and Bronze Medal Program, the American Eagle Platinum Proof Coin Program, more than 12 commemorative coin programs, and several Congressional Gold Medals. In addition, AIP artists designed the current reverse of the one-cent coin and the current obverse on the 5-cent coin.

For complete RFP click here.

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