*********************** For Immediate Release ***********************
February 10, 2018, Portsmouth, NH – The Foundry Place Garage Public Art Project Committee is announcing the selection of six proposals that are moving on to the next review phase in the selection process. The proposals are: The Estuary Project; Lumen Clock; Portsmouth in Time; Etched Glass; Hammers; Products & Map.
There were 12 artists or artist teams who submitted proposals, some submitting multiple ideas, to the RFP, which went out in October. They spanned a wide range of media and ideas in answer to the criteria outlined in the RFP, which was developed with community input. Artists were invited to attend a meeting in November where they had the opportunity to review the plans with the architect, ask questions of regarding construction and materials and walk the site.
Co-chairs of the committee Nancy Pearson and Cathy Sununu want to express, on behalf of the entire committee, how pleased they are with the quality of submissions. “It is clear that the artists who submitted took the outlined criteria to heart. We received incredibly thoughtful and innovative proposals from a wide range of artists in a variety of media. They have a vision of the future for Portsmouth with a great deal of respect for its history and the history of this specific site. It’s very exciting for all of us to see this Percent for Art project coming to fruition.”
All six proposals will be posted for review on the Art-Speak website through February 28. The public is invited to submit feedback on the proposals via an online form. There will also be a hard copy binder of the proposals with an opportunity to provide feedback at City Hall from February 14-28.
The next phase of the review process will be personal interviews with the artists to delve deeper into the details of their proposals including content, medium, and construction and installation details. The committee anticipates announcing the final selection(s) by March 19th.
Art-Speak is the cultural commission for the city of Portsmouth and serves to enhance Portsmouth’s community, which includes non-profit arts, historical and cultural organizations, individual artists, citizens, and businesses, as well as its economy through arts and cultural programs and initiatives.