Open Call for Proposals:
Baltimore County Public Library, Towson Branch
The Towson Chamber of Commerce, working with The Towson Creative Partnership, is pleased to announce CALL FOR ARTISTS for the design and production of a large scale mural to cover the west facing facade of the Baltimore County Library located in Towson MD. The mural is a unique opportunity for an artist to merge creative vision into classic modern architectural elements. Towson is home to local government, two universities, and three prestigious medical institutions. As a vibrant college town, the proposed mural project will become the defining cultural landmark in the developing downtown art, music, and film scene. Funding for this project is provided through the Maryland State Community Legacy Grant. The Towson Chamber of Commerce thanks the State of Maryland and Baltimore County for supporting public art in downtown Towson.
The Towson Chamber of Commerce is inviting artists to submit proposals for a mural to be erected at the Towson Public Library located at 320 York Road.
The proposed mural(s) will be at a critical location where a large-scale mixed-use development, now under construction, will mark the south entry into downtown Towson.
The mural will be erected on the west exterior walls of the Baltimore County Public Library, Towson Branch, located at 320 York Road. There are five walls that consist of sprayed textured concrete measuring space, roughly 1800 square feet (additional space also available). It should be noted the workspace is not a contiguous wall but a front facade constructed as separate panels. The Library is constructed in the Brutalist style and was built in 1974.
Deadline for Submissions: April 30, 2020
Proposals must contain six individual physical slides or high resolution photos and a USB drive (or microcards) containing digital copies of all included materials demonstrating their artistic style, skill, and personal vision for the murals.
All submitted pieces must:
Be labeled with dates, titles, and your name.
Include an artist’s statement with a brief description of the vision/concept for the mural for the Towson Library.
Include CVs, projected time frame for preparation, installation and completion, materials to be used, and an overall estimated budget.
Send proposals to: 44 West Chesapeake Ave., Towson MD 21204 in a 9”x12” document envelope containing the physical submissions, USB, and entrance fee.
All proposals that meet the Chamber’s qualifications are reviewed and selected by a
panel of judges from the County, the Library, the Towson Creative Partnership and the Chamber. Selection criteria include presentation, originality and vision, cost and the capacity/experience of the artist to reliably complete the project.
An artist will be selected on MAY 18, 2020 to execute and display their mural for a projected to be started JUNE 30 and completed by AUGUST 31, 2020.
Proposals will be accepted from any and all applicants by the deadline date stated above.
There is no specific theme required. The theme for the mural is open for consideration to include the Towson community, Maryland, the Library’s mission, or its position as the “Gateway of Towson.” No Preferred artist style or other parameters are specified for the mural image either. It can be realistic or abstract or some combination.
There is a $60 entry fee per applicant. Please make your money order or check out to Towson Chamber of Commerce.
Towson’s Expectations and Artist Contracts
Artist will be responsible for damaged work. Artist will need to be available (or make arrangements) to repair artwork should it be vandalized. Towson Creative Partnership is willing to negotiate the purchase of supplies and equipment for out of state/country submissions.
Towson Public Library
William Boulton “Bo” Kelly, Jr., a Baltimore architect, preservationist and civic leader was the architect of this three-story brick and concrete building, featuring a tower-like rotunda. The architectural style of the building, Brutalist or Brutalism, emerged from Europe after WWII. The library is one of two Brutalist buildings in Towson (the County Courts Building on Bosley is the other). Many of the federal buildings around L’Enfant Plaza in DC are also in this style, featuring bold, structurally innovative forms that use raw concrete as their primary material. At once recognizable for their massing and materiality, Brutalist buildings often reveal the means of their construction through unfinished surfaces that bear the imprints of the molds that shaped them. The name for the style is most commonly attributed to Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier (born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris), who specified béton brut (concrete that is raw or unfinished) in his Unitéd’Habitation apartment buildings, the first of which was completed in Marseille in 1952. Architecture critic Reyner Banham spread the term more broadly through his writings on the work of British architects Alison and Peter Smithson, whose work focused on raw materiality and an industrial aesthetic.
Architecture critic Reyner Banham wrote an article for The Architectural Review in 1955 entitled “The New Brutalism,” which serves as a starting reference for all definitions of Brutalism. In his essay, despite warning that “The New Brutalism eludes precise description,” Banham lists three qualities of Brutalist objects. As Banham further explains, “Remembering that an Image is what affects the emotions, that structure, in its fullest sense, is the relationship of parts, and that materials ‘as found’ are raw materials, we have worked our way back to the quotation which headed this article ‘L’Architecture, c’est, avec des Matieres Bruts, etablir des rapports emouvants’ [‘Architecture is, with raw materials, establishing moving connections’].”
The Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a private, nonprofit business organization founded in 1964 to plan a program of action to enhance the Towson Community. The Chamber represents more than 350 businesses that are concerned with making Towson a better place to live, work and visit. Our mission is to strengthen existing businesses as well as to help new ventures in Towson succeed. The Chamber appreciates the assistance of the Towson Creative Partnership.
The Towson Creative Partnership (TCP) is part of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. Its mission is to utilize public art to strengthen and diversify Towson’s downtown economy while connecting surrounding communities through a creative urban landscape.
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Towson Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Towson Creative Partnership
44 West Chesapeake Ave.
Towson, Maryland 21204
Terms, Conditions & Reservation of Rights
This Call for Proposals does not commit the Towson Chamber of Commerce to enter into an agreement with any applicant and is not an offer for contract. All Chamber arts programs are contingent upon availability of funds. At its sole discretion, the Chamber may reject any or all applications or modify or terminate the application or selection processes without prior notice. Notwithstanding the foregoing, each applicant not selected shall retain all copyright in the submitted work that may be held by the applicant. The applicant certifies that the information contained in the application is true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge. The Chamber is not responsible for damage or loss of materials submitted. Failure to comply with all the requirements of the Call will constitute an invalid application. The Chamber reserves the right at any time to supplement, amend or otherwise modify this solicitation and to request additional information from any participating artists for any reason and without prior notice. In addition, the Chamber reserves the right to accept or reject at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all proposals; to waive any defect or technicality; and to advertise for new requests for qualifications.