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Artist Call – UC Irvine Anniversary Book Art

CALL TO ARTISTS – Request for Qualifications

$2,500 book cover commission, 50th Anniversary, University of California, Irvine

UC Irvine’s 50th Anniversary Committee is seeking qualifications from artists interested in creating a distinct and original work of art for the cover of its 50th anniversary publication – a 176-page glossy coffee table book that will track the campus’s ascendency from zero to 50 and will look forward to the next half-century. From this RFQ, five finalists will be invited to submit proposals, one of which will be selected for the final commission. The $2,500 commission will cover all services.

The selection process will be as follows:

-Artists submit images of previous work and biographic information online
-Jury will select five finalists who will each receive $100 to develop a proposal
-Finalists will have six weeks from selection to submit proposals
-One finalist will be chosen to create the finished work


February 14, 2014 – All electronic submissions due
February 28, 2014 – Notifications to finalists sent
March 28, 2014 – Proposals due
May 9, 2014 – Announcement of final selection
July 18, 2014 – Artwork due
January, 2015 – Book is published

How to submit:

- Please submit the following to
-Your name, address, phone, and email
-Current one page resume and/or bio
-Brief statement of intent of no more than 50 words
-5 – 10 JPEG images of your work to (slide-room address)
JPEG images should be 150 dpi
-Name image files with the title (may be abbreviated) and your name
Example: Title of Piece_Artist’s Last Name.jpg
-Image index with title, size, materials and date of works

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Deadline: 02-14-2014
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA

Contact: Cathy Lawhon
Phone: 949.824.1151

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