Gift of Art Program
By offering a gift of artwork to a city, artists are able to leave their mark on an area by erecting a memorial for a local person or event, supporting a cause, or by simply beautifying an unused space. Although a city would love to take in all gifts offered to it by local artists, many factors must be considered before an artwork is accepted.
What spaces are available in the city/county?
Did the artist have a specific location in mind?
How will the piece affect the use of the space?
Does the city have permission to use a certain space?
Does the work have a specific meaning to the artist, or does the piece have historical relevance to the location so that more viewers can appreciate its meaning?
Will this piece be appreciated over time, or does its relevance fall within a certain time period?
Who will be charged with maintaining the quality of the work? Who will fund the maintenance? How will the piece hold up over time?
Gift of an Art Proposal
All of these questions and more should be addressed in the "Gift of an Artist Proposal" submitted with the artwork by the community group or individual artist proposing the piece. The proposal should include:
A letter of submittal, which would include a personal statement by the artist/community group as to why the piece is being submitted, a history of the piece, the possible site of its location, and an assurance of authentication, stating that you have the right to donate the piece.
A appraisal of the artworks value.
Pictures of the work, or if possible, the work itself.
Maintenance and Durability Plan: Describe what kind of maintenance the piece will require over time, considering other public artworks made of similar materials.
How might the elements of weather (wind, rain, sun, etc.) affect the piece?
How often will the piece need to be evaluated to assess any damage done?
Will funds be raised to provide maintenance for this piece over its lifespan (an expected thirty years)?
Can estimations be made on projected maintenance costs for the future?
If maintenance funds/arrangements will not be provided by the artist/community group, a written consent by the donor must be signed, allowing Public ARTWORKS to hire a conservator of their own choosing to care for the piece. A written agreement by the artist/community group allowing PublicARTWORKS to remove the piece from its location should the use of the current space be changed in the future.
An ad hoc panel consisting of Public ARTWORKS committee members, a local artist, a professor of art and a representative from the proposed site location will meet to discuss proposed work. Some sample questions that the board takes under consideration:
Is the piece made with quality craftsmanship and with aesthetic quality?
Is there an appropriate space available for the piece?
Is the piece insured, assuming responsibility for any damaged caused to, or by the piece?
Is there a specified maintenance for the care of the piece?
Is it relatable to the Public Art Collection as a whole?
Once the board has made its decision on each proposed artwork, the donor will receive a letter signed by the members of the panel with the decision they made, stating their reasons for rejection or directions on how to move forward with the Installation process.