Library Calls Artists for Public Art Opportunity
Teton County Library announces a call to artists for a public art opportunity to create a new, site-specific work for the library’s renovated entrance, or lobby, which is currently under construction. Through a selection process, an artist or artist team will be selected to create and install artwork that integrates with library architects’ concepts and design. The deadline for qualifications from interested artists is February 15, 2012.
“Artwork for the entryway will be intellectually stimulating—like a good book—and invite various levels of understanding on the part of the many different patrons,” said Carrie Geraci, library Public Art Coordinator. “The artwork will suggest that you discover something new every time you visit the library.”
The library’s artist selection process has three phases. A Library Board-appointed Public Art Committee will assess applications based on specific selection criteria and will select three finalists from the pool of submissions. Next, the three finalists will participate in a site visit to the library, and each will develop a conceptual proposal. Finally, the Public Art Committee will recommend one finalist for approval by the Library Board. The selected artist will be awarded $65,000, pending funding, to create and install a site-specific work in the newly renovated library lobby in November 2012. The artist will work in coordination with library construction manager, GE Johnson, along with architect team Gilday Architects and Humphries/Poli Architects.
Funded by Donations
The library is currently constructing a new wing and renovating the original building and infrastructure with funds from the voter-approved Specific Purpose Excise Tax (SPET). However, the public art project, including the artist stipend and Public Art Coordinator position, are funded through private donations to the Teton County Library Foundation.
Public Art Coordinator
The library’s Public Art Coordinator, Carrie Geraci, was hired to provide public art project management, coordination and facilitation through all phases of development from conceptual design through installation of the artwork in the library.
“Given her current and past experience with public art initiatives, Carrie Geraci is uniquely qualified to administer the public art commissioning process for the library addition and renovation,” said Library Director Deb Adams.
Geraci is currently director of the Public Art Initiative which has successfully developed the public art component in the new Home Ranch Welcome Center and worked to include qualitative language for public art in the Town of Jackson and Teton County’s Comprehensive Plan. Her past experience in leading the Center of Wonder included providing administrative support for the creation of ArtSpot, Snowtorium, Hammocking Project, Vertical Orchestra and many additional temporary public art installations.
“Public art and libraries exist for some of the same reasons,” explained Geraci. “Both are free and accessible to all our citizens, both inspire the imagination, build community through civil discussion and celebrate our shared values. Libraries and public art exist to transport us to a higher state of being by allowing us to experience beauty and acquire knowledge on our own terms,” she added.
Geraci majored in art at Brown University, studied abroad in Florence, Italy and while at Brown attended classes at Rhode Island School of Design. She has taught art and continues to show her own work at the Tayloe Piggott Gallery in Jackson.
More Information & Request for Qualifications Packet
Artists interested in submitting proposals can visit the Western States Arts Federation CAFÉ site http://www.callforentry.org, contact Carrie Geraci, Teton County Library Public Art Coordinator, 307-413-1474, , or stop by the library at 125 Virginian Lane.