Raleigh Arts Commission
Image: "CAT Supertail" designed by Fabrizio Bianchi.
Artists Invited to Submit Qualifications for Public Art at Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center
The City of Raleigh is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams from North Carolina and the contiguous states of Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia for public art at the Southeast Raleigh Tennis Center at Barwell Road Park.
The state-of-the-art tennis facility, scheduled to open in 2015, will be a destination location for city league, inter-scholastic, inter-collegiate match and tournament play and drop-in activities and instructional court space for neighborhood residents.
The project budget for the selected public art commission is $42,263, inclusive of all expenses including design, fabrication, installation, travel, taxes and fees.
Qualifications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 24. There is no fee to submit qualifications.
For more than three decades, the Raleigh Arts Commission has helped shape the visual kaleidoscope that comprises our colorful City of Oaks. Public art matters in Raleigh because it is an essential building block for the creation of engaging, imaginative spaces - spaces that enliven our architecture, foster shared community interactions, celebrate our unique stories and history, attract visitor interest, and inspire us to experience the world with new eyes and fresh perception.
The Commission's public art endeavors include temporary public art projects such as Red Wolf Ramble, Art on City Plaza, and Art-On-The-Move, and permanently sited artworks such as the park sculpture Glimpses of a Promised Land (by Mike Roig) and downtown's Horizon Line (by Susan Harbage Page and Juan Logan with Peter Egan).
Additionally, the Raleigh Arts Commission has initiated important public art events including Street Painting Festival (now managed by Visual Art Exchange) and Spring Arts Festival (managed by Artsplosure) along with the creation of Artspace, which has anchored the growth and revitalization of Raleigh's downtown.
In 2009, Raleigh City Council established a percent for public art program, allocating one-half percent of capital construction projects for art. Various projects involving local and national artists are currently underway to integrate public art into select city sites.
Public art matters here because it invites us to make meaningful connections between people and place. Join us as we lay the foundation for a wide-reaching, community-engaging City of Raleigh Public Art Program.