EXTENDED Deadline: June 30, 2023 @5pm EST*
*Please note: This is NOT a postmark deadline!
Call for Artists: Public Art for the Hub City Garage
The City of Hagerstown seeks an artist to design permanent public art at two locations on the proposed Hub City Garage adjacent the Hagerstown Cultural Trail at 50 West Antietam Street. The City plans to construct the deck in 2023/2024 and the proposed art will be located on the structure as described herein. This artist call is presented in partnership with the Washington County Arts Council.
The Hagerstown Cultural Trail is a multi-use walkway connecting the rich attractions of the Arts & Entertainment District in Hagerstown’s historic downtown with The Washington County Museum of Fine Arts and City Park. Often called one of the most beautiful parks in the nation, City Park is an important historic and cultural destination.
The first phase of the Trail opened in 2017 and is one of eight catalyst projects in the Hagerstown community’s ambitious roadmap to spur development in its City Center. The ten-foot wide, half-mile long brick Trail is beautifully landscaped, very well-lit and features a chain of ten (10) unique public art installations, public plazas, and other inactive features such as geocaching, history interpretations and resting benches. The final phase of the project was completed in May 2022.
At the midpoint of the Trail, the $60 million “Hagerstown Multi-Use Sports and Events Facility” (HMSEF) is currently under construction by the Maryland Stadium Authority and will be the home of the new Hagerstown professional baseball team and other events. The Trail will be the main pedestrian access to this stadium from the north (downtown) and points south (City Park). The proposed Hub City Garage will be about 300 feet north of the stadium along the Cultural Trail.
The five level, 395 space parking garage, the third parking deck in the downtown, would provide business-hour parking for District Court, local restaurants, events at the Maryland Theater, residential units and will provide the most convenient parking to the stadium. The deck would provide 25% of the full-capacity parking for the HMSEF.
The City of Hagerstown has made public art central to the Cultural Trail. Its many public spaces showcase unusual and diverse public artworks by leading local, regional and national artists. The scale and style of the public art is diverse, from small installations that must be discovered to dramatic statement pieces that are visible from long distances. For a Current Trail brochure, information on the Trail’s vision, goals and planning priorities, entrants are encouraged to visit hagerstownculturaltrail.com.
Artists must show applicable experience on similar scale, public projects. Artist(s) must enter into an agreement with the City of Hagerstown and comply with all requirements of this document.
3/21/23 Call Released
5/15/23 Last Day for Questions
5/19/23 Answers to all questions posted
6/30/23 Submissions due by 5 pm EST
7/17/23 Selection Panel short lists up to five (5) proposals
7/24/23 *Selection panel interviews the shortlisted artists in person or by video conference and selects two artists to submit concepts. The City will pay a $250 honorarium to both of these artists to prepare sketches of the proposed art.
8/22/23 **Artist Interviews and presentation of concepts and Selection Panel Review Complete
9/23 Contract Finalization
12/23 Final Design Complete
4/24 Installation Complete
*Short listed artists must be available in person or by video conference
**Finalists must be available for in person presentations on August 22, 2023.
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Washington County Arts Council
34 S Potomac St, Suite 100
Hagerstown, MD 21740
The Washington County Arts Council, Inc. is funded by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, (MSAC), an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business & Economic Development, the MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for the MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, which believes that a great nation deserves great art. Additional funding is also provided by Washington County Government and generous businesses, organizations and individuals.
The Washington County Arts Council is a proud member of County Arts Agencies of Maryland, Maryland Citizens for the Arts and Americans for the Arts.