Call to Artists: Frist Bollard Decoration Project

Middle Tennessee Artists Invited to Submit Design Proposals by September 15

The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is pleased to announce a call for artists to decorate the ornamental bollards around the Frist Center’s Broadway and Demonbreun Street entryways. “Visitors often ask about those large dark gray spheres standing ‘guard’ around the Frist Center,” says Community Relations Manager Emily Harper Beard. “The architectural term is ‘bollard,’ and we are inviting Middle Tennessee artists to adorn them with designs inspired by our upcoming exhibition Nick Cave: Feat.” (November 10, 2017–June 24, 2018).

Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (b. 1959) is best known for his “soundsuits,” elaborate human-shaped sculptural forms composed of a wide variety of found and repurposed commonplace materials. Nick Cave: Feat. will include a dynamic selection of soundsuits, as well as a projected video, several wall-mounted sculptures, and a large multimedia installation. The works are accessible to audiences of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds, and on a deeper level speak to issues of racial and social justice and the need for more time and space in contemporary society to cultivate individual dreams and aspirations.

Artists and artist teams are invited to propose a single-bollard decoration on the theme of “Dreams and Aspirations.” Submissions should be influenced by the work of Nick Cave. Each artist or artist team chosen for the project will be assigned to one of the ten bollards around the building, which they will decorate on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

Selection and CompensationA panel of Frist Center staff members will review all submissions and select the artists by September 20. Selected artists will receive $50 to cover the cost of materials.

Medium: The bollards are cast concrete and 3'6” high with a circumference of 9’6”. The bollards are currently painted dark gray with water-based latex paint. As the bollards are an important element of the Frist Center property, participating artists must not harm or irreparably alter the bollards or the areas surrounding them.

Day of Adornment: The adornment of the bollards by artists is scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the date will be Saturday, October 21, 2017. If it is necessary to move to a third day, that day will be Sunday, October 22, 2017. If a selected artist is not able to participate on the day of adornment (or on the alternate dates), the Frist Center reserves the right to select an artist who can to take part on the given date.

Eligibility: Artists living or working in Middle Tennessee.

Exhibit: The designs will remain on display at the Frist Center until June 30, 2018, when the bollards will be returned to their original color.

Parameters: Artist must use water-based latex paint. Dimensional adornment of the bollards is acceptable but must not compromise the structural integrity of the bollards in any way, and the area beneath the bollards must be protected during the adornment.  The bollards may not be sanded, chiseled, or sculpted in any way or to any degree. No adornment to the bollards may in any way restrict entry to the Frist Center.

Submissions must be the artists’ original work. Entries shall be in the form of original drawings, 2- or 3-D maquettes, digital images, and/or 3-D submissions. Designs must be executable within a single nine-hour time period.

The 2017 Frist Bollard Decoration Project reserves the right to reproduce, for the benefit of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, any work executed as a part of this project.

Entry Delivery: Entries must arrive at the Frist Center on or before Friday, September 15, 2017. They must be addressed to Emily Harper Beard, Community Relations Manager, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville, TN  37203, and include the artist’s name, address, phone number, and email address. Please submit your proposal through one of these methods:
• On September 15, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ONLY, entries may be hand-delivered to Security Post One (near the Frist Center Café).
• Entries may be mailed to the above address.
• Digital entries may be submitted using the form below.

Entry Collection/Disposal: If you wish to retrieve your submission, please clearly note this in your proposal. Artists whose work is not selected for the project will be notified. Designs not selected must be picked up at the Frist Center on or before October 1, 2017. Work not picked up by that date will become the property of the Frist Center and may be discarded.

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