by Nora Pehrson
Calling all artists.
The DC’s Department of General Services (DGS) is commissioning nine original art installations for the renovated Hearst Elementary School. The artworks, which will be located both indoors and out, will be installed in areas such as the main entrance, the rear plaza, and the gym/multi-purpose space.
If you’re interested or know someone who might be, please act soon. The request for proposals was issued on October 9th, and the deadline is October 31st. The semi-finalists, to be announced in November, will receive $500 to develop their ideas. The finalists will be announced in January.
Although the competition is open nationally, five of the nine commissions are reserved for artists who live in or have studios in DC. According to the DGS website, submissions must be:
• Fabricated from durable, low-maintenance material that can withstand the elements and require minimal maintenance
• Incorporate context of the Ward 3 community, with sensitivity to the history, traditions and iconography that uplift the pride of the community
• Adhere to requisite ADA and safety regulations
• Engaging and enjoyable to individuals of all ages and backgrounds.