Three Opportunities For Boise Artists to See Their Work in Public Places

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The Boise City Department of Arts and History has posted three calls to artists—three chances for local artists to have their work seen by hundreds in the City of Trees. 

Since 2009, numerous civic and city groups have collaborated and invested in commissioning artists to design traffic boxes. So far, 70 of these blase edifices have been brought to life by local artists. In 2014, the Mayor's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, the Capital City Development Corporation, the city of Boise, the Downtown Neighborhood Association and the Downtown Boise Association will once again partner to offer artists $1,000 to design traffic box art featuring a community-related theme. 

Representatives from stakeholder groups will review applications. Selected artists design one traffic box each using templates, which a fabricator will apply to a vinyl wrap and install on the traffic boxes. When the process is finished, the city of Boise will announce walking tours and dedication ceremonies for the boxes. Artists not selected will be added to a traffic box registry for traffic box designs in 2015, provided funds are available. 

Applications must include a high-resolution digital portfolio, and are due by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

A second call to artists will enliven the Linen District between Big City Coffee and the Linen Building on Grove Street, where developer David Hale installed a black fence made from recycled railings salvaged from the Modern Hotel. That's where four 2-foot by 4-foot spaces are available for local artists to install their work in an up-and-coming neighborhood on the western end of downtown. 

As part of the city's investment in the economic health of the area, it's paying an artist $3,500 to create four works that will be on display at the site for one year. Afterward, the art will be the property of the city of Boise and will be installed in other locations. 

Applications must include a completed application form, a one-page letter of interest, a resume and a digital portfolio of up to 10 works, including information about the works like a description, title, date and medium. Applications are due Friday, March 21, by 4 p.m.


Call for Artists Artists interested in applying can find more information and application materials here. Boise City Dept of Arts & History



The Department of Arts and History is also set to purchase commissioned and existing works from local artists to display in locations like the Boise Centre, City Hall, the CCDC and the Boise Airport as part of the 2014 Boise Visual Chronicle

A supervisory panel with a $20,000 budget will review applications and select works it wishes to purchase. Applications must include a resume, explanatory statement, a portfolio of up to 10 digital images, a manifest identifying and describing submitted works, and a self-addressed, stamped envelope if artists want submissions returned. Applications are due Friday, Feb. 28, at 4 p.m.

Artists interested in public art opportunities may contact Boise Public Arts Manager Karen Bubb at P.O. Box 500, Boise, ID, 83701; 208-433-5677 or kbubb@cityofboise.org. 

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