The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission (ACAC) invites professional artists to submit a resume and portfolio to be considered for the position of public artist for TSPLOST Project #9 Downtown Transportation Improvements Program for Clayton Street. The selected artist will facilitate the development of a comprehensive and coordinated public art plan for the Project and carry out implementation of public artwork(s) in accordance with the plan. At this point, artists should submit qualifications only, not a design proposal. Once an artist is selected, he/she will propose work for the site
Athens is a university town with an historic, diverse and creative environment. Downtown Athens is a crossroads in many respects, for its civic, cultural, commercial, and increasing residential opportunities, as well as for its adjacency to the University of Georgia’s main campus. Regular public events are held downtown that attract and engage locals and visitors alike. It is a leafy, walkable, “human scale” place, and Clayton St. in particular abounds with retail shops, bars and restaurants.
The newly approved TSPLOST Project #9 Downtown Transportation Improvements Program includes improvements to Clayton St. and connecting side streets for new sidewalks, streetscape, paving, storm drainage, pedestrian safety, and traffic flow and bicycle improvements between Pulaski St. and N. Thomas St. Given the high visibility and use of this area, it is an ideal site for public art and artist-designed enhancements.
The deadline for receiving proposals is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 12, 2018. The city’s Standing Committee on Public Art, made up of artists, arts professionals, community representatives and project staff, will review applications and choose finalists. The number of finalists is not pre-determined. All finalists will be invited to interview with the project selection panel.
The submission form is available online.