Dream big, creatives. There’s no better time, now that Phoenix and Chandler have issued calls for significant works of public art. If large-scale public art isn’t your thing, throw your hat into the ring for other opportunities, including several exhibitions happening in 2019. Here’s a look at fresh artist opportunities, including jobs in the creative sector.
Wonderspaces Arizona, which opens at Scottsdale Fashion Square in 2019, is looking for both a general manager and marketing manager. The general manager will oversee operations, staffing, marketing, community relations, and all company activities in Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix area. The marketing manager will create and implement advertising, social media, visitor support, ticketing, community partnerships, and other strategic areas. Artists interested in creating installations for the arts venue can contact Wonderspaces as well. Get details on the Wonderspaces website.
Director of Development
Scottsdale Arts is seeking an experienced director of development to implement a comprehensive fundraising and development strategy that includes working with corporations, foundations, and individual donors. Scottsdale Arts oversees Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Public Art, and Scottsdale Arts Education and Outreach. Find more information on the Scottsdale Arts website.
Artist Programs Coordinator
Arizona Commission on the Arts is looking for a community-focused coordinator to assist with developing and implementing programs, grants, and initiatives “serving culturally-specific artist communities, particularly those indigenous to the Southwest." This is a grant-funded position with two years of existing funding. Bilingual English/Spanish language skills a plus. The first review of applications happens on Wednesday, January 2. Learn more on the Arizona Commission on the Arts website.
Community Investments and Engagement Coordinator
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture is seeking a coordinator to support programs related to grants, capacity building, and arts learning. The coordinator also promotes department programs through its website and social media platforms. Application materials are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, January 7. Find details on the city of Phoenix website.
Calls for art
Atlink is accepting submissions for a juried exhibition taking place at Park Central from February 7 to 9, 2019. Arizona artists can submit proposals in diverse media including painting, sculpture, ceramics, performance, video, textiles, prints, and more. Three exhibitors will receive cash awards, which include a $5,000 first place acquisition prize funded by True North Studio. Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2. Learn more on the Artlink website.
The city of Tempe, in partnership with Boyer Company, is accepting submissions from artists interested in providing master-plan art concepts, and permanent artwork, for the IDEA campus currently in development next to Tempe Center for the Arts. The deadline is Friday, January 4. Find additional information on the City of Tempe website.
Public art shade structure
Chandler Arts Commission is accepting proposals for a work of public art that will be incorporated into the design of a new parking structure. The artwork should comprise nine shade canopies, each measuring 25 feet wide and extending four feet out from the structure. The artist fee is up to $100,000. Qualified artists should submit proposals no later than 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 7. Get details on the Vision Gallery website.
Public art seating
Chandler Arts Commission is looking for a qualified artist or artist team to create two seating areas comprising a total of five benches with arms. Each bench should measure four feet in length, and be constructed using metal, concrete, or other durable materials suitable for outdoor placement. The benches will be incorporated into a new parking garage in downtown Chandler. The artist fee is up to $30,000. Proposals are due by 11:30 a.m. on Monday, January 7. Learn more on the Vision Gallery website.
Sports theme exhibit
The city of Surprise is looking for works in various media for a sports-themed exhibition called “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” which is happening from January 28 to April 25, 2019, at Surprise City Hall. Submissions are due on Monday, January 14. Get more information on the West Valley Arts website.
Shemer Art Center is accepting submissions for “Color in Play,” a juried outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring works by Arizona artists, which will run from March 21, 2019 to March 31, 2021. Works in various media, up to 12 feet tall and 1,000 pounds, will be considered. Sculptures will be available for purchase, with half the proceeds going to the center. Entries are due by 3 p.m. on Friday, January 18. Find additional details on the Shemer Art Center website.
Concourse art for Sky Harbor Airport
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture is seeking a professional artist or artist team to create artwork for a pedestrian bridge that will lead to a new concourse for the future Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Elements will include terrazzo flooring, sections of wall and ceiling, and lighting. The deadline to apply is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 18. Get more information on the City of Phoenix website.
Sculpture for Sky Harbor Airport
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture is looking for a professional artist or artist team to create a sculpture that will be suspended from or integrated into a ceiling inside the future Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The sculpture will be visible from multiple perspectives inside and outside the terminal, and should take advantage of natural light within the space. Proposals are due at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 18. Find details on the City of Phoenix website.
Shemer Art Center is looking for small artworks in all media for a group exhibition happening February 20 to March 21, 2019. Works should be no more than 12-by-12 feet in size. All works will be for sale, and 30 percent of proceeds will go to Shemer Art Center. The submission deadline is Friday, January 18. Learn more on the Shemer Art Center website.
"Proudly I Stand"
Herberger Theater Center Art Gallery is seeking artworks for an exhibition called "Proudly I Stand," which will explore emotions and experiences that prompt people to act on the things they stand for. The exhibition will run from October 4 to December 2, 2019. Submissions are due on Monday, March 11. Find more information on the Herberger Theater Center website.
Vision Gallery will be accepting exhibition proposals during January 2019 for both Vision Gallery and the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery. Small group exhibitions with two to four artists addressing a common theme using different media are encouraged, but proposals for solo exhibitions will also be considered. Get details on the Vision Gallery website.
Five15 Arts is accepting application from artists in all media who would like to join its artist-run collective, which exhibits artworks at Chartreuse gallery. Collective artists participate in one solo exhibition each year, in addition to group shows, and share responsibility for gallery operations and various collective-related tasks from social media to art installation. The application deadline is Monday, December 31. Get details on the Five15 Arts website.
Professional development grants
Arizona Commission on the Arts is accepting applications from Arizona artists, arts administrators, and arts educators for professional development grants between $500 and $750, which will support structured, documentable learning activities such as conferences, artist residencies, and workshops taking place between March 1 and June 30, 2019. Full-time faculty at a college or university are not eligible for these grants. Applications are due at 11:59 pm. on Thursday, January 31. Find more information on the Arizona Commission on the Arts website.
The Store at MAC
The Store at Mesa Arts Center, which is an artist cooperative gallery run by artists and volunteers, is accepting applications from artists working in various media who would like to join the collective. Categories include ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, painting, photography, wood, and more. MAC receives 30 percent of artwork sales. Applications are being accepted during January 2019. Learn more on the Mesa Arts Center website.
Ballet Arizona auditions
Open auditions for the company take place at Ballet Arizona on Sunday, March 10, 2019 (as well as in New York and Los Angeles, on earlier dates). Dancers unable to attend an open audition can submit their resume, headshot, dance photos, and video link to Ballet Arizona. Ballet Arizona also has openings for a male dancer for the 2018-2019 season, and a school director. Find more information on the Ballet Arizona website.
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