Schenectady’s Hamilton Hill Arts Center calls for public art proposals

A mural on the side of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center is seen in April.
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A mural on the side of the Hamilton Hill Arts Center is seen in April.

The Hamilton Hill Arts Center is looking for artists to participate in a project aimed at honoring Black lives.

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The organization is accepting proposals from Schenectady County artists for two- and three-dimensional works that will be featured around the city.

“We are coming out of a traumatic year which has shifted our way of life, and art is a powerful way to foster hope, to inspire and to forge a new path for the future,” said Rachel Conn, the center’s executive director. “The Hamilton Hill Arts Center believes in the power of community-driven art; it helps to strengthen communities, and that is the goal of this project. This public art installation project is a way to amplify the voices of the communities, whose stories have been hidden, through different mediums of art.”

The initiative is part of the Black Lives Matter Black Art Project that began last year. Facilitated by the Hamilton Hill Arts Center and Schenectady’s Department of Development, the endeavor encourages and pays artists to create artwork around the Electric City.

The center plans to install a three-dimensional piece of art in Central Park; a two- or three-dimensional work that will be a celebration of Black motherhood in Jerry Burrell Park; and a mural in downtown Schenectady that will represent the hope, strength and future of Black people in the country as well as in Schenectady. Each site-specific work will be installed next summer.

Artists of all experience levels may apply, either as individuals or in teams. The commission, including material costs and labor, is $6,000 per piece.

Artists who are interested in submitting their ideas should include the following:

  • Portfolio and artwork concept, including conceptual design/drawings, a budget, specifications for materials needed, installation requirements and maintenance guidelines
  • Letter of interest, no more than a page in length, detailing the artist’s interest in the project
  • Artist’s statement, which should be no more than 200 words
  • Resume
  • List of at least three professional references, including email addresses and telephone numbers
  • Artists applying as a team should submit samples of each individual artist’s work in JPEG format
  • Optional: Each artist may include up to three selections of supporting materials such as reviews, news articles and other related information.

Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on Sept. 10, and commissions will be awarded by Oct. 1.

Artists should submit their portfolio, resume and a visual representation of the piece or pieces proposed to the Hamilton Hill Arts Center at 409 Schenectady St., Schenectady, 12307. For information, visit hamiltonhillartscenter.org.

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