Call for Applicants 8/12: Chicago Artist Registry

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture (COTC) and in association with the Chicago Public Art Program, is currently in the process of selecting and commissioning public art projects in six new locations in the Chicago area. Interested artists are encouraged to apply for inclusion in the Chicago Artist Registry to be eligible for these and other projects which fall under the City’s Percent for Art Ordinance.

Artist applications for the Chicago Artist Registry are due by Friday, August 12, 2011. Artists can download the application here. Click on the “Chicago Artist Registry” link under the “Services” subtitle for more information on the program and for the application.The registry is open to all living, professional artists, free of charge. Students are not eligible to apply. Once accepted into the registry, artists are then eligible to request to be considered for specific projects. The requests will be reviewed by the Public Art Program curatorial staff, an invited panel of experts including artists, curators, art historians and critics, as well as staff from the applicable City departments. The panel of experts varies for each meeting. Commissions will be announced beginning in October 2011. To view specific guidelines for requests, visit the “Polices and Procedures” page here.

Applications received by August 12 will be considered for upcoming projects at the following locations:

Norwood Park Senior Center
5801 North Natoma Avenue, Ward 41
Art Budget: $28,800.00

'Monument with Standing Beast,' (Jean Dubuffet) outside the Thompson Center.

Greater Grand Crossing Branch Library
1000 East 73rd Street, Ward 5
Art Budget: $41,835.20

Dunning Branch Library
7455 West Cornelia Avenue, Ward 36
Art Budget: $46,709.60

12th District Police Station
1412 South Blue Island Avenue, Ward 2
Art Budget: $181,232.00

Richard M. Daley Branch Library
733 North Kedzie Avenue, Ward 27
Art Budget: $67,928.00

Little Village Branch Library
2311 South Kedzie Avenue, Ward 24
Art Budget: $60,584.00

Percent for Art Ordinance

In 1978, the Chicago City Council unanimously approved the Percent for Art Ordinance, which stipulates that a 1.33% of the cost of constructing or renovating municipal buildings and public spaces be devoted to original artwork on the premises; it also stipulates that at least half of the commissions be awarded to Chicago area artists to provide opportunities to the local arts community. At that time, Chicago was one of the first municipalities, and the largest, to legislate the incorporation of public art into its official building program. Today, there are more than 200 similar programs throughout the United States, due in large part to the success of the Chicago ordinance.