Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Great Ideas Competition, Announced

The Arts Council of Indianapolis, with the support of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission, has just announced the second Great Ideas Competition. In the first round of the Great Ideas Competition, in 2005, artists Patrick Manning's Speak/Spoken and Sean Derry's Charting Pogue's Run, were commissioned. As with the inaugural competition, this year's Great Ideas Competition is designed to give artists living in the state of Indiana an opportunity to undertake the challenge of creating a work of art in a public space.

From the ACI press release:

Six finalists will be selected from submissions and given $1,000 for project proposals. Those proposals will be reviewed by the public and a selection committee and in 2008, up to two artists will be awarded a $3,000 artist fee and a maximum of $15,000 to execute their projects. There are three phases in the competition process:

Phase I: Requests for artists‚ qualifications
Phase II: Submissions reviewed, six finalists chosen
Phase III: Proposals will be on public display and adjudicated
Finalists will be chosen in December 2007

I am excited to see this competition has returned, as I think it stands the chance of being one of the best opportunities for local artists to create meaningful public art works and attempt something that may not have been realised otherwise. For more detailed information on the competition and the REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS, check out the Art Councils website,

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