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A Day in the Life 2022 Photography Project

CALL TO ARTISTS

A Day in the Life Photography Project

Request for Interest (RFI)

Submit a Request for Interest

Deadline for Submissions: October 13, 2022 at 3:59 pm

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The Albuquerque Arts Board and Public Art Program are now accepting Letters of Interest for the 2022 photography, print and installation of what it’s like to make the City of Albuquerque run for 24 hours.

Seven Rio Grande Valley artists working in film and digital photography will be embedded with various City departments to produce 10 images that create a narrative, theme or story to reveal the complexities and accomplishments of a day at City Hall.

The selected artists will propose their own themes for the photo series, but can get input from the Albuquerque Arts Board Selection Committee. Themes about city workers may include the activities they engage in on a regular basis: meetings, public appearances, emergency calls and daily operations.

Place-based themes can be environmental, historic or municipal.  Themes can also include animals, vehicles/modes of transportation or cultural assets (neon, outdoor sculpture, pueblo architecture or other objects unique to Albuquerque).

Up to $87,500 ($12,500 for each of the seven (7) artists) is available to commission two (2) sets of the ten (10) image series prints.  Finished prints are not expected to be larger than 12” x 16”.  The Public Art Program will provide framing for one set of the finished photographs.

Artists must be 18 years of age and live and do their primary creative work in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area and Rio Grande Valley (Valencia, Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Torrance Counties).

To find out more about this exciting, innovative career opportunity, submit a Letter of Interest.

Learn more about the participating City departments:

 


A Day in the Life 2022

Open to Regional Practicing Photographers

LOCATION/CONTEXT:  The Albuquerque Arts Board and the City’s Percent for Art Program are announcing an open call to all photography artist living and working in the Mid-Region – Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico, which includes the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area and Valencia, Bernalillo, Sandoval and Torrance Counties.

PROJECT INTENT:  Seven (7) artists working in film and digital photography will be given the opportunity to choose a city department to shadow and create a narrative, theme or story line of ten (10) images representing a day in the life within Albuquerque City government in 2022-2023: photographic time capsules of Duke City’s leaders, its history and people that make it come alive for 24 hours.  The artists will propose their own themes for the photo series, but can get input from the Art Board’s Art Selection Committee if selected for the commission.

Themes about city workers may include the activities they engage in on a regular basis, including meetings, public appearances, emergency calls and daily operations. Place-based themes can be environmental, historic or municipal.  Themes can also include other aspect of city government, for example animals, vehicles/modes of transportation or cultural assets (neon, outdoor sculpture, regional architecture), or other objects unique to Albuquerque.

Additional ideas for series themes:

  • People: Public Safety workers, City Police, Sheriff’s Deputies, EMT’s First Responders, etc.
  • Places: KiMo Theater, Mayor’s office, Fire Stations
  • Things: Public sculpture/Arts & Culture venues, Bio Park Zoo, Neon signs

Once the theme is chosen and photography completed, the artists with give the Public Art Program two (2) complete sets of ten (10) original prints. One set of prints suitable for framing will be owned by the Public Art Program and become part of the City of Albuquerque Public Art Collection for use in City facilities.  The second set will be acquired by the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Photo Archives.

The seven (7) selected artists will also be required to provide a written narrative of their project that will be suitable for reproduction or in a format that accompanies each photograph while they are on display.

DEADLINE:  Applications must be received by October 13, 2022, 3:59 pm Mountain Time.

Project Funds: Up to $87,500 ($12,500 for each of the seven (7) artists) is available to commission two (2) sets of the ten (10) image series prints. Finished prints are not expected to be larger than 12" x 16". The Public Art Program will provide framing for one set of the finished photographs.

ARTIST ELIGIBILITY: This is a Regional competition open for all artists living in Torrance, Sandoval, Valencia and Bernalillo Counties. Please Note: If an Artist is selected for a City of Albuquerque Public Art project, whether as an individual or a team member, and a contract was executed for that project, the Artist is NOT eligible to apply for any Albuquerque Public Art projects for a period of one year from the date the project was completed.

SELECTION PROCESS: A minimum of three (3) Albuquerque Arts Board members and a designated member of the Albuquerque Museum and City Council staff will serve as the Selection/Jury Committee. The Selection Committee will select the seven (7) photographers based ONLY the required submission materials. There will not be a finalists’ round. The works commissioned will be displayed in City Facilities and become part of both the permanent Public Art Collection and the Albuquerque Museum Photo Archive.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Artist submissions should be uploaded using the Wufoo online submission form. All submissions must be received by:

Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 3:59 pm Mountain Standard Time.

If an applicant experiences any difficulties with the on-line form, please send an email submission to:  [email protected]

Subject Line: Photography Day in the Life Submission and provide all of the submission materials described below.

Non-Email Submissions: For those artists in our region who do not have advanced internet service available, you may send materials by mail. All materials should be sent on flash drive in standard formats accessible on a Microsoft platform.

Send non-electronic submission to:
Public Art Program
Attn: Robyne Robinson
Department of Arts and Culture
P.O. Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Submission Materials - Artists must submit the following items for the project:

  • A grid of five (5) individual images of past work clearly numbered and labeled with your full name the title of the work, the media, dimensions and year of completion. The images submitted should indicate to the Art Selection Committee the medium and style you will be using for the project.  We urge artists to carefully choose examples of their past work that show their ability to develop an organized theme-based series. Submitted materials will only be reviewed in a projection format with the Art Selection Committee for the purpose of choosing an artist, but artists may choose to include copyright protection notices for digital submissions if they feel it is necessary.

  • A one-page, single spaced statement regarding your artwork style, any special techniques, and your proposed “Day in the Life Theme” for the project and why the work speaks to the daily lives of city workers.

  • Resume, Biography and/or relevant exhibition history – Please limit to three single spaced pages or less.

Please use a standard jpg format, with an image resolution of 300 dpi, minimum. Your entire email packet must not exceed 10 MGB.
                                                                                                                                      

QUESTIONS/FOLLOW UP:  Questions about the project may be directed to Robyne Robinson at the Albuquerque Public Art Program (505) 768-3837 or email: [email protected].