Scottsdale Public Art



Summer 2018 Scottsdale Civic Center Library Installation
Deadline – Midnight AZ Time, October 6, 2017
Budget -- $20,000
Eligibility – All Arizona Artists

Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach and Scottsdale Public Art wants to hear your ideas for the next summer installation in the Gallery @ the Library, Civic Center, exhibiting May through August, 2018. We are partial to ideas relating to star-gazing, but are not ruling out other creative themes.

Send us your proposal! We are looking for installations that are family-appropriate, interactive and fun for all ages of visitors to return to many times over the summer. Many families do not go away for the summer, and the Gallery @ the Library is their place to cool off and have fun while engaging in quiet, thoughtful play, learning activities, reading, and imagining.

Artists are encouraged to transform the 2500 square foot gallery and utilize its 24 foot high ceilings. Scottsdale Public Art staff can assist in use of a scissor lift and woodshop, and provide help building and installing the exhibition structures and features over the 3-4 week installation period. It is recommended that the artist do most of the prebuilding before installation time. The safety of the public and durability of the artwork is important, as there is no full-time staff dedicated to monitoring the exhibition space.

In association with the run of the installation, to encourage community involvement, and “learning with quiet play” for children and families, the exhibition will require three to five free, fun, educational workshops for the public in the gallery. Workshop facilitators should encourage the public (youth, teen, adult, family, parents, grand-parents) to get involved in hands-on projects while fostering a sense of community and learning. Scottsdale Arts will pay facilitators $100 and supply necessary materials up to $50, for a 2 hour workshop with approximately 20-40 participants per workshop.

The $20,000 budget is all-inclusive: materials, artist fee, transportation, equipment rental, shipping costs. Artist led partnerships for sponsorship or in-kind donations of materials for the exhibition are especially beneficial.

About the Gallery @ the Library Civic Center

In partnership with the Scottsdale Public Library, Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach and Scottsdale Public Art present exhibitions and educational programming that strengthens awareness of the arts, educates the public and stimulates community dialogue. The Gallery is open during library hours: Monday – Thursday, 9am to 9pm, Friday, Saturday 10am – 6 pm, Sunday 11am to 4 pm. The Scottsdale Civic Center Library is at 3839 N. Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale AZ 85251.

How to Submit

Email the following to by midnight AZ time, October 6, 2017.

Explain your idea: Up to one page description of your proposed installation. Think of the audience and participants in the exhibit, how and what will they learn, why will they come back many times over the summer, and what will they do?

Digital Images: 5-10 images of your previous work and any proposal renderings needed to fully describe your idea (technical renderings not required at this time).
Image List: A descriptive listing that corresponds with the images sent—includes artist, title, media, dimensions, date or descriptive caption for proposal renderings with a thumbnail or file name reference to the image.
Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist address, email, and phone number.


October 6, 2017 Submissions juried by SPA and Scottsdale Arts Education curatorial staff
October 10, 2017 Artists notified via email of selection results
April 5 – May 4, 2018 Exhibition Installation
May 5-August 24, 2018 Exhibition on view in the Gallery @ the Library, Civic Center


Laura Hales
Curator of Education

Wendy Raisanen
Curator of Exhibitions

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