Call for Artists!

Application Deadline: Tuesday, March 8, 2022



Budget Description: Artists will be reimbursed up to $250 to cover the cost of supplies.   Project Details:  The Augusta Downtown Alliance (ADA) seeks proposals from a diverse group of artists
for a community wide art project to bring beauty, interest and create economic impact
within our beautiful downtown. Artists will be asked to “adopt & one of 25 fiberglass
sturgeon to be installed in locations around the downtown this summer. The sturgeon
measure 4’4” long and weigh 40-50 pounds each. Artists are invited to create
2Dimensional artwork on their sturgeon through any chosen medium that will withstand
the elements, such as exterior house paint or resin, as well as interest of admirers who
may want to touch the sturgeon. Please refrain from including any 3Dimensional
aspects that could be pulled off or removed from the artwork. Artists will pick up their
sturgeon at the beginning of April and must complete their work within a six week period
to allow for installation of the pieces by the beginning of June.

The ADA would like these sturgeon to be an uplifting addition to our community. We see
this art project as an opportunity for our community to come together to share in the fun
of appreciating art. The artwork created on the sturgeon should reflect our commitment
as a community to uplift each other and come together. Imagery which reflects the
area’s past, present and future is encouraged. Please do not include imagery that is
political or religious and the work must include imagery and content that is appropriate
for all audiences.

Selected artists will be featured across the City of Augusta and Augusta Downtown
Alliance’s social media channels and will be highlighted on maps created of the
sturgeon locations which will be available at several hotels, the Chamber of Commerce
and other destinations within the area. The sturgeon will be on display seasonally for 2
years. At the end of the display period they will be auctioned, with proceeds benefiting
future art projects in downtown Augusta. When the sturgeon is offered at auction and
sold, the first $500 will go to the artist, pending sales above $1,000. If the artist received
any expenses or materials, that amount will be deducted from the $500. Artists may
choose to donate their fee or any portion of their fee.

Application Requirements:

Artists may only submit one proposal for consideration. Artists may apply individually or
on behalf of a group of artists. Artists must submit their complete digital portfolio to
Michael Hall, Director of the Augusta Downtown Alliance via email by March 7th, 2022.
Artists should read all the information listed clearly. Incomplete and/or late applications
will not be considered. To apply please submit a digital portfolio to please include the following:
• Letter of intent or a short essay on what interests you about this project
• 3 digital images of previous artwork created by artist(s) or a website or social
media account representing your artwork. Images should be less than 500k
and JPEG, PNG, or GIF files. No HEIC files please.
• Conceptual sketches are welcome but not required

  Selection Process:
A selection panel consisting of the ADA director, arts professionals, and community
leaders will review artists’ qualifications. 25 artists will be selected to “adopt” a fiberglass
sturgeon and will be reimbursed up to $250 each for cost of supplies with receipts. Final
artist(s) selection will take place after review of the proposals. 

The selection panel reserves the right to reject any or all applications, proposals,
applicants or projects, and to modify or terminate the application process or the
selection process for any reason and without prior notice.