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Open Now: Call for Artists for Sandia Science & Technology Park Public Art Project

Unique opportunity will partner artists with scientists and innovators.

April 4, 2023 - The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program has announced a unique opportunity for artists to partner with scientists and innovators from the Sandia Science & Technology Park (SS&TP) on a public art project to develop a large-scale, site specific, and technology-based public art work for the area.

Founded in 1998, the SS&TP is a 340-acre, master-planned technology community. Associated with Sandia National Laboratories and adjacent to Kirtland Air Force Base, SS&TP resident companies have access to world-class facilities, technologies, scientists, and engineers.

This call is open to qualified artists residing in the United States. Five finalists will be selected based on a review of their past public art projects; success of the projects previously undertaken, with emphasis on collaboration with stakeholders and commissioning organizations; and aesthetic, as well as scientific methods integrated into public works of art. The finalists will travel to Albuquerque, N.M. to meet SS&TP partner companies and to form artist/company teams to develop preliminary concept proposals. Artists must partner with SS&TP partner companies. New Mexico artists will be given a standardized local preference of 5% in all scoring methods.

The total project budget is $350,000 (up to $50,000 is for the design development among up to five finalists teams and no less than $300,000 for the all-inclusive artwork design; design approval; fabrication; and installation) No less than 50% of the project funds shall be for the artist’s portion of the project.

The call can be found here. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 5, 2023 at 11:59 MST. Please note that support from City of Albuquerque staff will not be available after 5 p.m. on May 5.