Artist's Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions

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Public art commissions—how to find them, how to get them.

* First-hand advice from experienced public artists
* Written by an artist for artists
* Includes expert information on public art law

Learn how to find, apply for, compete for, and win a public art commission. First-hand interviews with experienced public artists and arts administrators provide in-the-trenches advice and insight, and a chapter on public art law, written by Barbara Hoffman, the country's leading public ...

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Overview

Public art commissions—how to find them, how to get them.

* First-hand advice from experienced public artists
* Written by an artist for artists
* Includes expert information on public art law

Learn how to find, apply for, compete for, and win a public art commission. First-hand interviews with experienced public artists and arts administrators provide in-the-trenches advice and insight, and a chapter on public art law, written by Barbara Hoffman, the country's leading public art law attorney, answers questions about this complex area. Packed with details on working with contracts, conflict, controversy, communities, committees, and more, The Artist’s Guide to Public Art shows artists the way to cut through the red tape and win commissions that are rewarding both financially and artistically.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581155013
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 695,955
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Basa, an artist for almost 30 years, has conceived of and produced site-specific work for hospitals, universities, corporate headquarters, and private collections. She lives in Chicago.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     vii
Foreword   Mary Jane Jacob     ix
Introduction     xiii
Public Art Fundamentals
Why Does the Government Buy Art?     3
Public Art Training     8
Start Here: Where to Find Public Art Competitions
How Public Art Agencies Find Artists     12
RFQs and RFPs     13
Persistence Pays     24
Making the Leap     25
Anatomy of a Call-for-Artists: The Selection Process
Components of a Call     31
Deciding Whether to Apply     34
The Selection Process     35
Backstage at a Selection Meeting     38
Selection Criteria     39
Application Readiness
Basic Tools     43
Artist Statement     48
Resume     52
Annotated Image List     53
References     55
Support Material     55
Letter of Interest     57
An Example of an RFQ     61
Sample Letter of Interest     64
Tricks of the Trade     68
Congratulations! You're a Finalist! (Now What?)
Questions to Ask Yourself     72
Questions to Ask the Project Manager     72
What Goes into a FinalistProposal?     76
Presentation     89
Budgeting for Public Art Projects and Other Financial Survival Strategies
Business Practices for the Public Artist   Nancy Herring, M.B.A.     92
Insurance: The Lowdown
Interview with Kristin Enzor     105
Performance Bonds     111
Health Care for Artists   Daniel Grant     112
Ask the Expert: Contracts Q&A by Barbara T. Hoffman, Esq.
Negotiating the Contract     120
Types of Contracts     124
Specific Contract Clauses     126
Incorporation     133
Ask the Expert: A Primer on Copyright and Artist's Rights by Barbara T. Hoffman, Esq.
Copyright Basics     135
The Battle of U.S. Artists for "Moral Rights"     138
Copyright Q&A     141
Visual Artist's Rights Act, Sec. 106A (VARA) Q&A     144
Working with Fabricators
Finding Fabricators     147
Working Well with Fabricators     150
Public Access and Private Money
Pathways to the Private Sector     157
Materials to Submit     172
Sales Basics
Qualify     175
Closing     179
Follow-up     179
A Word about Web Sites     181
Follow-through      185
Get It in Writing     185
Get a Deposit     188
Billing     189
Voices of Experience
Bibliography     211
Index     217
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