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The artist's guide to public art : how to find and win commissions
Basa, Lynn.
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New York : Allworth Press, [2008]

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xv, 223 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Public art fundamentals -- Start here: where to find public art competitions -- Anatomy of a call-for-Artists -- The selection process -- Application readiness -- Congratulations! You're a finalist! -- Budgeting for public art projects and other financial survival Strategies -- Business practices for the public artist / Nancy Herring -- Insurance : the lowdown -- Ask the expert: contracts Q & A / Barbara T. Hoffman -- Ask the expert: a primer on copyright and artist's rights /Barbara T. Hoffman -- Copyright basics -- The battle of U.S. artists for moral rights -- Copyright Q&A -- Visual Artists Rights Act Sec. 106A (VARA) Q&A -- Working with fabricators -- Public access/private money -- Sales basics -- Voices of experience
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Public art commissions--how to find them, how to get them.

* First-hand advice from experienced public artists
* Written by an artist for artists
* Includes expert information on public art law

Learn how to find, apply for, compete for, and win a public art commission. First-hand interviews with experienced public artists and arts administrators provide in-the-trenches advice and insight, and a chapter on public art law, written by Barbara Hoffman, the country's leading public art law attorney, answers questions about this complex area. Packed with details on working with contracts, conflict, controversy, communities, committees, and more, The Artist's Guide to Public Art shows artists the way to cut through the red tape and win commissions that are rewarding both financially and artistically.

Author Notes

Lynn Basa currently teaches public art professional practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. An active member of the Public Art Network, she lives in Chicago

Table of Contents

Mary Jane JacobNancy Herring, M.B.A.Daniel Grant
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Chapter 1 Public Art Fundamentals
Why Does the Government Buy Art?p. 3
Public Art Trainingp. 8
Chapter 2 Start Here: Where to Find Public Art Competitions
How Public Art Agencies Find Artistsp. 12
RFQs and RFPsp. 13
Persistence Paysp. 24
Making the Leapp. 25
Chapter 3 Anatomy of a Call-for-Artists: The Selection Process
Components of a Callp. 31
Deciding Whether to Applyp. 34
The Selection Processp. 35
Backstage at a Selection Meetingp. 38
Selection Criteriap. 39
Chapter 4 Application Readiness
Basic Toolsp. 43
Artist Statementp. 48
Resumep. 52
Annotated Image Listp. 53
Referencesp. 55
Support Materialp. 55
Letter of Interestp. 57
An Example of an RFQp. 61
Sample Letter of Interestp. 64
Tricks of the Tradep. 68
Chapter 5 Congratulations! You're a Finalist! (Now What?)
Questions to Ask Yourselfp. 72
Questions to Ask the Project Managerp. 72
What Goes into a Finalist Proposal?p. 76
Presentationp. 89
Chapter 6 Budgeting for Public Art Projects and Other Financial Survival Strategies
Business Practices for the Public Artistp. 92
Chapter 7 Insurance: The Lowdown
Interview with Kristin Enzorp. 105
Performance Bondsp. 111
Health Care for Artistsp. 112
Chapter 8 Ask the Expert: Contracts Q&A by Barbara T. Hoffman, Esq.
Negotiating the Contractp. 120
Types of Contractsp. 124
Specific Contract Clausesp. 126
Incorporationp. 133
Chapter 9 Ask the Expert: A Primer on Copyright and Artist's Rights by Barbara T. Hoffman, Esq.
Copyright Basicsp. 135
The Battle of U.S. Artists for "Moral Rights"p. 138
Copyright Q&Ap. 141
Visual Artist's Rights Act, Sec. 106A (VARA) Q&Ap. 144
Chapter 10 Working with Fabricators
Finding Fabricatorsp. 147
Working Well with Fabricatorsp. 150
Chapter 11 Public Access and Private Money
Pathways to the Private Sectorp. 157
Materials to Submitp. 172
Chapter 12 Sales Basics
Qualifyp. 175
Closingp. 179
Follow-upp. 179
A Word about Web Sitesp. 181
Follow-throughp. 185
Get It in Writingp. 185
Get a Depositp. 188
Billingp. 189
Chapter 13 Voices of Experience
Bibliographyp. 211
Indexp. 217