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Opportunities + Resources


Houston Arts Alliance and Stephen Korns Call for Pictures
For inclusion in a public art project at Bagby Street Underpass

Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Houston, TX
Eligibility: Houston residents

The Houston community is invited to contribute photographs for The Houston Oracle in Two Parts, a permanent public artwork for the Bagby Street Underpass at Bayou Place – scheduled for completion in December 2015. Artist Stephen Korns seeks environmental portraits of Houston residents – captured between 1970 and 2015 – set at home, work, in social settings or in public places where the subjects are looking toward the camera with formal or engaged expressions. Selected images will be combined with similar historical Houston photographs in a video slide-show.  (Please see examples below)

The east and west walls, sidewalks, street pavement and acoustic space of the Bagby Street Underpass will be utilized in a multi-element, site-specific installation that includes sculptural panels, comprehensive environmental and artistic lighting, video displays, and ambient sound art. The artwork will be displayed 24 hours per day, with daily and monthly lighting changes that relate to changes in daylight and the lunar cycle.

SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS AND REQUIREMENTS
Color and black & white digital photos or clearly re-photographed prints should be emailed to houstonpicturecall@gmail.com. Subject line: Bagby Call for Photography

Photographs must be in JPEG, TIFF, or PDF file format, good for full-screen computer viewing,  and no larger than 5MB in size. 

All photos should be copyright-free, unrestricted and free use. Photographed persons must allow public display of their photos if selected for this project.

For additional information, contact artist Stephen Korns at houstonpicturecall@gmail.com.

This work is commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston.

» Download sample photographs
» Download a project overview

 


Houston Arts Alliance and Stephen Korns Call for Voices
For inclusion in a public art project at Bagby Street Underpass

Deadline: Friday, September 18, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Location: Houston, TX
Eligibility: Houston residents

The Houston community is invited to volunteer their voice talent for The Houston Oracle in Two Parts, a permanent public artwork – for the Bagby Street Underpass at Bayou Place – scheduled for completion in December 2015. Artist Stephen Korns seeks approximately 16 Houstonians, of varying ages and backgrounds, to participate in this project.

The east and west walls, sidewalks, street pavement and acoustic space of the Bagby Street Underpass will be utilized in a multi-element, site-specific installation that includes sculptural panels, comprehensive environmental and artistic lighting, video displays, and ambient sound art. The artwork will be displayed 24 hours per day, with daily and monthly lighting changes that relate to changes in daylight and the lunar cycle.

The goal of this Call is to identify 16-20 individuals representing all age groups and cultural backgrounds in approximate proportion to Houston's current diversity. English and Spanish speakers are sought. Those chosen for the project will be asked to record a series of questions such as those provided below in one 15-20 minute session. Recording will take place at the Arts Alliance on Allen Parkway between Monday, September 21 and Saturday, September 26, by appointment.

  • Where do you go for vacation?
  • How many hours a day do you work?
  • Do you wash your own clothes?
  • When was the last time you had your picture taken?
  • When were you last on a boat?
  • Do you socialize with the people you work with?
  • How many meals do you cook at home?
  • Are you happy with your friendships?
  • Do you get dirty at work?
  • Where do you go to find a sense of peace?
  • Have you ever eaten a fish from the Bayou?
  • Where does your food come from?
  • Do you attend civic celebrations?
  • Do your children help you with your household work?
  • How often do you visit town parks?
  • Do you often stay in hotels?
  • Do you play music or sing with others?
  • How often do you ride the train?
  • Do you have a garden?
  • Are there social barriers in your workplace?
  • Are you a member of a sports team?

INSTRUCTIONS
To be considered, email your contact information (including phone number and email address) to Stephen Korns at houstonpicturecall@gmail.com. Please also leave a voicemail at 412-515-0938 reading three (3) of the questions above, and leave your name and phone number. Please read slowly, and leave some silence between each question. The artist will contact candidates for interviews. 

PLEASE NOTE
Payment of $50 will be offered to each selected project participant . Solicitations will not be accepted.

This work is commissioned by Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston. 

» Download a project overview

 


PREQUALIFIED ARTIST POOLS

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ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

CaFÉ™ (CallForEntry.org)
CallforEntry.org™, also known as CaFÉ™, is a phenomenal resource for artists to apply for public art opportunities around the US.

 

Publicartist.org
Publicartist.org has some amazing opportunities posted – sign up, it’s free!

 

The City of Phoenix (Office of Arts and Culture) Public Art Program
The City of Phoenix Public Art Program is one of the best in the U.S. Have a look at their opportunities!

 

Creative Capital
Looking for professional development opportunities? Creative Capital is an incredible resource!

RECOMMENDED READINGS

Recommended by Jade Abner, Civic Art + Design Assistant:

  • The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts by Artspire
  • Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism by Cher Krause Knight
  • What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation by Tom Finklepearl

 

Recommended by Sara Kellner, Director of Civic Art + Design:

  • The Artists Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions by Lynn Basa
  • Public Art by the Book by Barbara Goldstein
  • The Artists Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love by Jackie Battenfield
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