I’ve spent the last two and a half weeks immersed in work on public art proposals. I do apply regularly and get rejected outright with great frequency (builds character,) but in a strange convergence I had to submit four final proposals within a week. The process usually involves a general call for qualifications and from that pool two or three artists or teams are paid to do a much more specific proposal.
It’s an interesting exercise. The hard part for me is finding the balance between getting involved enough to do a good job, while still remembering that the way to think about it is “if,” not “when.” Based on past final proposal to project success rate, I’m at about 50/50. Today I got the news from the first project (a fire station in Anchorage) that my proposal was not selected – not what I wanted to hear, but not heartbreaking either. I’m too superstitious to say much about the ones that are still under consideration, but below is one of my drawings for Fire Station #5. The committee had discussed the idea of a fire phenomenon called “rollover,” where the fire travels along the ceiling of a corridor. Even though it won’t happen, it was fun to imagine.
View 1I had HUGE amounts of Photoshop help on this proposal and several others from Jean Tabbert and Joe Giersch. I’ve felt for a long time that my submissions often look more like high school dioramas than professional proposals (it hasn’t been fatal, obviously, but probably hasn’t helped, either.) Win or lose, these represent a big step up thanks to Jean and Joe.
Between proposal materials, a sold mosaic, and work for the new blue.hollomon gallery in Anchorage my pile of art to go south grew to the point where driving made much more sense than shipping. I got to take care of business, visit art friends, and escape the cold for a couple of days.
It’s holding steady at -40 here right now. Between the cold and very little snow, my resolve to get the skis and dogs out has not yet come to pass in any real way. Soon, we hope – there’s been far too much couch for all of us lately.
And, there’s that APU show in February. . . guess I’d better get on that. I suspect they’d like some art to show.