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PERCENT FOR ART COMPETITION: Molly Ockett Elementary School, Fryeburg, Maine


The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists who are residents of Maine and New Hampshire to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the new Molly Ockett Elementary School in Fryeburg, Maine. The total project budget is approximately $45,000.00 and the submission deadline is December 20, 2016, 5:00 p.m. EST.

The Percent for Art law in Maine reserves one percent of the construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide artwork for the public areas of these buildings and /or their exterior renovations and additions.

Maine School Administrative District #72 is constructing a new elementary school in Fryeburg that is attached to the existing Molly Ockett Middle School. The new elementary will serve over 500 students, and over 100 teachers and staff, with the completed Molly Ockett facility housing Kindergarten through 8th grades. The school’s mission is to promote excellence in learning by recognizing the special nature of students of elementary school age in respect to their intellectual, physical, and social development. Molly Ockett, after whom the school is named, lived in Fryeburg in the 1760s and was from the Pequawket Tribe. She was a homeopathic medicine expert, with instances of her cures recorded in local histories, as well as a famed storyteller. Proposals should respond to the area’s vibrant history and the notion of storytelling, and create opportunities for curiosity and open-ended questions. Artwork should also reflect the ideas of wonder, imagination and play. Artists with local ties to the Mount Washington Valley are encouraged to apply, although this is not an eligibility prerequisite.

A Percent for Art selection committee of five members will jury submissions for the project. The committee will review the materials to determine whom to invite for a second round of evaluation. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $600.00 design fee for refining their proposals. Final proposals will include detailed models, drawings, renderings, samples of work and/or materials depending on the nature of the proposal. All finalists will present their final proposals to the committee in person. Please do not submit detailed models, drawings, samples, or final proposals for the first round of the selection process. All submitted materials will not be returned.

Applications are reviewed based on the following criteria:
 Artistic strength as shown through vision, originality, and understanding of craft (30 points).
 Ability to translate artistic concepts into work that will activate or enhance the proposed space (25 points).
 Application is comprehensive in information and ideas are well communicated (20 points).
 Ability to design work that is sensitive to social, environmental, historical, and/or other relevant contexts (15 points).
 Capacity to complete the proposal on time and within budget (10 points).

All professional artists who are Maine or New Hampshire residents (registered to vote and pay state income taxes) may apply for consideration to this project. Artists who are employees of MSAD #72 are ineligible for Percent for Art projects at the location where they are employed, as are members of the selection committee and their immediate families. Students at any level are ineligible. The project is open to all artists age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disabilities. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. DEADLINE December 20, 2016 by 5 P.M. is the deadline for submission of materials.

Read more about how to submit, what to submit, where the artwork will be installed, and more here!