Gregg Schlanger, Chair Department of Art at Central Washington University wrote to inquire if our members have any available sculptures in the $35,000 range. The state’s Art in Public Places Program has a process in place for projects that are in this budget range. It is referred to as the “curated collection”. Basically, there is a state curator selected who brings artwork available for purchase to the local community to decide what to purchase. I am the curator for a project on the Central Washington University campus and need to present some options for the committee. The total budget is $35,876. This should include all costs, including transportation and installation and foundation work. This needs to be something that exists as there is not enough time for a commission.
I am collecting information from several artists to present to the committee giving them a variety of approaches for this art purchase. I am sorry for the short timeframe. This process needs to be complete by the end of June. Following is the basic time line. I don’t want this to become too much work for you or the other artists as this is a rather informal process at this point.
March 29th - By the end of the day March 29th I will need images of any available works. Including price, title, dimensions, material, installation requirements and brief maintenance plan. I also need an artist CV and artist statement.
March 31st - I will be presenting several artists to the committee. We will select up to three finalists and could ask for additional information. The next meeting will be April 13th. We will select the piece for purchase at this meeting.
June 9th - The work will need to be delivered and installed (this date can possibly be moved to June 16th).