Artist Opportunities

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The goal of Virginia Beach's Temporary Art Program is to engage, inspire and surprise the community with unique works of art – for a designated period of time – while creating vibrant meeting places and raising the profile of public art in Virginia Beach on both a national and international platform.​

The Community-Based Public Art Initiative celebrates the spirit and diversity across the city. All works are created for the community, by the community, and with community artists.

 Artist Opportunities

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 Project Timeline + Process

Specific dates vary per project.

  • Submission deadline
  • Panel review of applications
  • Finalist notification
  • Interviews scheduled
  • Proposal presentations, if applicable 
  • Final artist selection
  • Contract
  • Design review phases, fabrication and installation schedule for art coordinated with project construction, and completion date.

 How Selections Will Be Made

SELECTION COMMITTEE AND CRITERIA
A Public Art Selection Committee will be created by the Office of Cultural Affairs. The committee will consist of a minimum of two City representatives, a Public Art Committee member, an arts professional (who may also be a qualified Public Art Committee member), the project's building and/or landscape architect or engineer (if applicable), and at least one citizen at large who represents the community where the project is located. The Selection Committee members will serve through the completion of assigned public art project. Their duties will include the review and feedback regarding artist selections and concepts based on set criteria and complete applications.

ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS
The artist selection process will be unique to each project. The following are the different types of Calls to Artists.

General Call to Artists, RFP/RFQ
An open call to artists is posted to local and/or national platforms for a set period of time. All applicants are reviewed through selection process.

Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Invites artists to send their qualifications to be reviewed by the selection committee, but does not require a specific proposal to be submitted. Artists are chosen based on their past and current art and achievements.

Request for Proposals (RFP)
Call for Artists may include a request for brief comment (rather than a full proposal) on the artist's approach to the project.

                 • Promotion of Call to Artists may be through the following:

                          - CaFÉ

                          - American for the Arts Public Art Network

                          - TransArtists.org

                          - PublicArtist.org

                          - ArtistTrust.org

                          - ResArtis.org

                          - Social Media, with a specific focus on local / regional artist groups and organizations

                          - Media outlets

                          - Invitational emails to local, regional, national and/or short listed artists

 Eligibility

All projects are open to artists who have previous experience in large-scale outdoor design and community-based projects (if applicable). Local and national professional artists or artist-led teams are eligible to apply.

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have successfully managed and completed at least one (1) similar commissioned project with a budget equal to or greater than the proposed project budget.
  • Provide previous samples of work to illustrate style, qualifications and experiences