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ARTISTS SOUGHT FOR DOWNTOWN PUBLIC ART PROJECT

Berkeley, California (Thursday, April 07, 2016) - Calling all public artists! Submit your qualifications for a public art project at the new Downtown Berkeley BART plaza, a crossroads for thousands of residents and visitors in the city.

One artist or artist team will be commissioned to create distinct, original artwork to be reproduced as an art film that will be adhered to the plaza's architectural glass structures: the glass canopy entryway ("Head House"), two bus shelters, and a second auxiliary entrance to the BART station. 

The art will be selected through a Request for Qualifications, which is being issued by the City of Berkeley, in collaboration with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.  The application deadline is April 22, 5pm.

The RFQ and the application may be accessed at https://cityofberkeleycivicarts.submittable.com/submit/55506

The artwork will be located in the heart of Berkeley's burgeoning Arts District, an area rich with live theatre, music, dance, visual and cinematic arts.

The Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Aurora Theater, the new UC Theatre, the new Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, the live music venue Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, The Jazz Conservatory, and the East Bay Media Center are all within a few blocks of the Plaza.

Moviegoers enjoy a variety of independent and popular films as well as special film festivals sponsored by nearby theaters. The soon-to-be-rebuilt Civic Center Garage will have a public art gallery built into its entrance. U.C. Berkeley and the Greek Theatre are within walking distance of the Plaza, and with public transportation one easily can reach North Berkeley and Telegraph Avenue dining and shopping areas.

The goal of the Plaza art project is to enrich the architectural glass features with artwork of the highest aesthetic quality that is reflective of the sophistication and diversity of the many civic, cultural and arts venues in the area. The artwork should speak to a broad and diverse audience, and remain interesting and appealing over an extended period of time.  Artists who work in a very bold, graphic style are encouraged to apply, as are artists residing in the greater Bay Area.

In May a selection panel comprised of community representatives, arts professionals, the City and BART will review artists' applications and will invite three finalists to develop conceptual design proposals. The selection panel will reconvene in July to review the proposals and to select the final artwork for the glass structures. The selected artist or artist team will receive a fee of $25,000 for the final artwork design, file production and project coordination.

Questions may be sent to: bartplazapublicart@gmail.com

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