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West Hartford Art League Seeking Proposals for Public Art Project

Artwork by Joe Sam, as part of ArtWalks 10-year anniversary celebration in 2014. Courtesy of West Hartford Art League

Works by 10 artists will be chosen to be applied to bus shelters in West Hartford.

By Ronni Newton

The West Hartford Art League is embarking on a new public art project, and is looking for proposals from artists for work to be completed on 10 bus shelters throughout town.

According to West Hartford Art League Executive Director Roxanne Stachelek, artists should submit sketches, drawings, or paintings of their proposed projects, and must use materials that can easily be removed from the glass or plexiglass surface of the bus shelters. The project must be completed within the specified timeframe – from Aug. 16-29 – and the artists must submit their work schedule in advance and agree that they can be observed while working.

“Accepted artists will be listed on our ArtWalk map, on the West Hartford Art League’s website, and must agree to work in public,” Stachelek said in a news release.

The chosen artists will receive a $600 stipend, which will be used as payment and to cover materials. Stachelek said the Art League will assign locations to each of the accepted artists, and one will be allocated to a student artist.

The completed artwork is intended to engage the public and create an environment conducive to social media posts on Instagram and Facebook, using the hashtag #whalpublicart. The proposals should include a space “for a person to stand and be incorporated into the artwork in some way.”

Stachelek said a People’s Choice award will be presented this fall.

Applications can be submitted here beginning June 22, and proposals are due by Wednesday, July 31. The accepted artists will be notified by Aug. 7.

Funding for the project has been made available through a grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.

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