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Bernalillo County Public Art Program Accepting Submissions

12/02/2020
9:47 AM
Tom Thorpe, O (505) 314-0403, C (505) 414-0485 - tthorpe@bernco.gov

Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County’s Public Art Board is supporting the creative economy through its proposals process as artists continue to face the economic challenges caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2020 calendar year is Dec. 31.

Artists can submit proposals for a variety of media and styles including two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. There is a limit of three artworks per artist proposal. Submissions received through Dec. 31 will be reviewed at the February Arts Board meeting. Submissions received on or after Jan. 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021 will be reviewed at the July Arts Board meeting.

New Mexico is known throughout the world for its diverse and innovative creative community and the county’s art in public places ordinance sets aside 1% of the budget of capital improvement projects for works of art. Additionally, surplus funding from capital projects goes towards the 1% for the arts common fund which allows the county to purchase art for publicly accessible facilities through an unsolicited proposals process.

“The Arts Board recognizes the challenges that artists are facing in the midst of COVID-19,” says Bernalillo County Arts Board President Valerie Martinez. “Bernalillo County continues to infuse the economy with funding through the Art in Public Places ordinance, and our unsolicited proposal process allows us to financially support our creative community. We urge artists to submit.”

Artists can find the information and criteria to submit at: https://www.bernco.gov/community-services/public-art-program.aspx.

In 2021, the Bernalillo County Public Art program is moving forward with capital improvement projects for works of art. Projects include the second phase of the “Outposts” public art project, the South Valley Pool, Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square, Bridge Boulevard and the Sunport Boulevard reconstruction project.

For more information about the unsolicited proposals process or the Bernalillo County Public Art Program, contact Kent Swanson, Bernalillo County public art coordinator, kswanson@bernco.gov.

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About the Public Art Program:

The Bernalillo County Public Art Program was established in 1992 with the adoption of the county’s Art in Public Places Ordinance, enacted in 1992 (revised 1997). The program is funded by one percent of the county's general obligation bonds passed during the general election every two years, with the exception of library bonds. Public art projects are associated with these bond initiatives. The ordinance also created the Arts Board, a 10-member appointed advisory board that recommends artworks for public acquisition and display. Two members per district are appointed by their respective county commissioner.

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