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The deadline for the first phase of submissions has been extended to June 15th, 2020.

The University of Rochester is requesting proposals for a site-specific original work of art to be installed within the newly constructed Sloan Performing Arts Center. We seek a work that takes inspiration from the natural landscape as well as the history of Rochester and its surrounding areas. Rochester has historically been a site for innovation and activism: a strong-hold of both the Abolitionist and Suffragist movements in the 19th century and the birthplace of Kodak, Xerox and other imaging technologies in the twentieth-century.

Slated to open in 2021, the Sloan Performing Arts Center overlooks the majestic Genesee River. This modern building is the first space to be specifically designed and dedicated to the performance of music, theatre and dance and represents the university’s commitment to the performing arts as a priority area of study and outreach at this world class research institution.

The main lobby of the Arts Center will showcase the awarded work on a 51’x 8’ wall expanse above the box office (8’ from the floor). The first phase of the submission process ends May 15, 2020. A maximum of $30,000 will be awarded.

Proposed space

Image is a rendering and shows the proposed space for the artwork in the Sloan Performing Arts Center. Image is a rendering and shows the proposed space for the artwork in the Sloan Performing Arts Center.

Proposals submitted must include:

One pdf (contents detailed below) and up to five proposal images. At least one image must be scaled appropriately (max 15300px X 2400px), others can include proposed details and none should exceed 5MB.

One PDF (ten page maximum) must include:
  • Page 1: Name / Mailing Address / Phone Number / Email Address / Brief Bio
  • Page 2 and 3: Resume
  • Page 4: Artist’s statement regarding concept of the proposal (500 word max)
  • Pages 5: Budget and estimated time necessary for completion
  • Pages 6 - 10: images of previous work that demonstrates ability and experience

NOTE: Applications must be submitted in the recommended format so they may be evaluated in an objective manner by the selection committee. Entries that do not meet submission requirements will not be considered.