Public Art Endowment — Van Dyke call to artists


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The Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro Public Art Endowment’s Call to Artists for a commissioned site specific glass work at the new Van Dyke Performing Arts Building at the Greensboro Cultural Center

The Project: Seven (7) false window frames with interior LED lighting will be installed by the City of Greensboro on the outside of the new Van Dyke Performing Art Space at the Greensboro Cultural Center.  The selected artist for the Public Art Endowment will provide the glass or other material and be responsible for installation into existing frames.  Each window frame has four (4) 33” x 33” panes of glass set in standard mullions for a total of 28 panes of glass.  The artwork will be adjacent to the newly completed LeBauer Park (CLICK HERE for more information about the park, as well as an image packet).  

Van Dyke renderings:

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For a blueprint of the Van Dyke facility, CLICK HERE (PDF document)


The Goal: To create an interesting and lively façade for what would have been a blank brick wall. The new performance space was made possible by a $1 million gift from the late renowned choreographer and Dance Project artistic director Jan Van Dyke. The new performance space will include movable seating for 200 to 400 patrons and will include an adaptable stage to accommodate dance, music, theater and other events. An existing rehearsal room at the cultural center room will be expanded, creating a 7,500-square-foot space. The Van Dyke Performance Space will provide a venue to present dance and other performances to smaller audiences.

The Public Art Endowment is collaborating with the City of Greensboro to include artwork in this new space.  The Public Art Endowment was established to preserve and expand Greensboro’s sense of community through permanent placement of public art throughout the city.

The Budget: The budget for this work will be $50,000 for the final design and engineering, fabrication and installation of the glass panes.  The outcome is a fully integrated piece of art that will be the visible from the new LeBauer Park.

Artist Eligibility: The project is open to all invited professional artists residing in the US with experience in implementing and working in the public arena. Artists must be able to effectively work within the project timeline and collaborate with the City of Greensboro staff.

Application Process:  The PAE’s Artist Selection Committee will review applications and submissions and invite a short list of artists to learn about the site and the project and prepare a proposal for presentation to the Public Art Endowment Trustees. The artists will be given $1000 to create a proposal for the site and be paid for travel to Greensboro for the presentation. The Trustees will vote on the artist for final design/fabrication/installation process.

Timeline for Project:

Issue RFQ/invitations -- June 20, 2016

Deadline for submissions -- August 1, 2016

Selection panel for short list Artists -- August 2016

Building Completed -- August 28, 2016

Proposal Presentation to Trustees -- November 2016

Contract and Final Design process begins -- December 2016

Installation Complete -- July 2017

 Application Requirements:

  1. A PC-compatible disc, thumb drive or package sent through the Internet with a set of 10 digital images of works of previously completed public works of art. Accompany all submissions with an annotated image list, preferably with a photo of the image, name of artist, title of work, media and location of artwork, project budget and any other relevant information.
  2. A professional resume and an artist’s statement (a one page letter stating interest in the project, outline artist’s approach to public art, in particular this project, and highlight relevant past experience on projects of similar scope and budget. Please include any connections you may have to the Piedmont Triad area.)
  3. A self-addressed, stamped envelope for the return of your materials, if necessary.
  4. All materials must be postmarked no later than August 1, 2016.
  5. Notification of Artist Selection Panel results and the return of materials will be made by approximately September 15, 2016. Please mail information to:


c/o Cheryl Cullom Stewart, Public Art Consultant

The Community Foundation

330 South Greene Street, Suite 100

Greensboro, NC 27401

If emailing information or have any questions please send to Cheryl Stewart at: