Friday, April 19, 2013

VERMONT ARTISTS: Call for Public Art Proposals for Montpelier City Hall Plaza

Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Contact: Phayvanh Luekhamhan, Executive Director
(802) 223-9604

Montpelier Alive seeks proposals for artwork to be hung on, or between, the light poles in front of Montpelier City Hall during the summer and fall of 2013 with a possible extension, at the discretion of Montpelier Alive, through the winter. City Hall Plaza is a highly visible location in the heart of Vermont’s vibrant capital city that has displayed a variety of solid color and photographic banners over the past ten years. The successful new design will be a creative response to the plaza, the city, and its surroundings.  Designs will be judged on their creativity, visual impact from the street, and durability.

The plaza has six light posts, each with two sets of horizontal banner arms. The twelve pairs of arms are 43.5” apart (from the top of each arm to the bottom of each arm) and are each 18” wide. At a minimum, the new work of art should fill the available space on all six light poles (individual arms may be removed) and must be able to withstand summer and fall weather conditions for at least five months. It may be mechanically reproduced or hand-crafted. The design may not include any words or graphics that could be construed as advertising and must be appropriate for a public place. If an artist or team of artists would like to submit a proposal of banners, Montpelier Alive can provide information on dimensions of past banners and on past mechanical reproduction methods.

Prize: One winning artist or art team will receive:
  • $2013 fee for materials, production, and honoraria.
  • Promotion of the work through press releases submitted to local and regional publications.
  • Inclusion in concurrent art walk guides and maps.
Deadline: 4:30 Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Maps and other details can be found at:

Guidelines: Artists should submit:
  • Proposal (including written description, visual design, and budget)
  • Brief production timeline
  • Artist(s) resume(s)
The online submissions form for entries is:

Entries may also be sent via email to: with the subject line “City Hall Plaza Submission” or by post mail to: Montpelier Alive, 39 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

Deadline is 4:30 pm Friday, April 30, 2013. Winner will be notified by 1 pm on Friday, May 10, 2013. Montpelier Alive reserves the right to opt not to choose a winner for the 2013 contest at their discretion.

Important Notice re: rights to artwork

At the discretion Montpelier Alive, the winning artwork will become the property of Montpelier Alive and may be reproduced for non-profit, publicity purposes, including on posters, on web sites, and in newsletters. Montpelier Alive also reserves the right to use the artwork in following years.

About the Montpelier Alive:
Montpelier Alive (formerly MDCA) was formed in 1999 within the framework of The National Trust’s National Main Street Center program, designed to ensure that our downtown remain the vibrant center of community life for Montpelier and our neighboring towns. Since that time, the Montpelier Alive has contributed to the enrichment of our downtown through numerous streetscape improvements (artistic banners, planters and benches) the coordination of the Independence Day and First Night celebrations, the summer Brown Bag Concert Series, the quarterly Art Walk, Green-Up Day and many other projects and events. Montpelier Alive is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, funded largely through member support. For a list of members and other information about the organization, visit us online at