Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Umpqua Valley Call


2013-14 Purchase of Artwork for the Permanent Collection of Umpqua Community College

Approximately $45,000 is available to purchase existing artwork in two sections. Section A is comprised of $25,000 to be used to purchase existing works created by artists living in southwestern Oregon (Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake Counties). Section B is comprised of $20,000 to be used to purchase existing works by artists within the greater Pacific Northwest, outside of the counties in Section A.

Section A purchases will be made through a jury process. Section B purchases will be made through a combination of jurying and invitation. All selections will be made by the Art Purchase Task Force of Umpqua Community College.

Application Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2013 (11:59 pm Pacific Time)

The Umpqua Community College Art Collection seeks to add to its permanent art collection through the acquisition of contemporary and modern art that recognizes the artistic talent of artists in the Pacific Northwest. The artwork will be placed in College buildings for the benefit and enjoyment of the general public. The goals of this program are to collect artwork that:

1. Is high-quality and original in design and idea;
2. Showcases the wide range of excellent artwork created by Pacific Northwest artists
with diversity in style, medium, and concept;
3. Illuminates the aesthetics, history, culture, and/or traditions of this region;
4. Engenders a sense of the spirit of Southern Oregon and the Pacific Northwest; and
5. Promotes understanding of cultural values and perspectives of all people.

Approximately $45,000 is available to purchase for the 2013-14 Purchase Program. The artwork will become part of the Permanent Art Collection of Umpqua Community College, for initial display within the Danny Lang Center.

This opportunity is open to:

A. professional artists who live in and maintain an active studio practice within Douglas, Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine, Klamath, and Lake Counties.

B. professional artists who live and maintain an active studio practice in the greater Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho).


*  Artwork must be original and have been created within the last five (5) years.

*  Artwork should have a broad appeal for long-term use in a variety of situations, since as part of the UCC Art Collection, the work may move from one location to another including spaces that offer a variety of services to all ages and cultures.

*  Artwork must be professionally created using archival media, and installation-ready (meaning framed and/or prepared for hanging). Extremely fragile work may be excluded; the work in the collection must be relatively easy to move and re-install as necessary.

*  Two-dimensional and low-relief artwork including, but not limited to, drawings, paintings, textiles, quilts, photography, and mixed media will be considered. (Most artwork will be displayed on walls).

*  Low-relief artwork, that does not protrude more than 2 inches from the wall, will also be considered (ceramic, metal, glass, and other materials).

*  Sculptural works will be considered, both for interior and outdoor display.

*  Photographs and fine art prints (including, but not limited to digital prints, etchings, lithographs, woodblock, etc.) are eligible but must be signed and numbered and in a limited edition of 125 or less. No reproductions (including, but not limited to digital reproductions, giclée, iris, offset press, or inkjet copies) representing original artworks will be accepted. Only original artwork will be considered.

*  The Art Purchase Task Force is interested in purchasing individual, stand-alone pieces as well as multiple pieces created within a series of work. Artwork must have a minimum size of 11" H x 11" W. Maximum size is open, but in general, work must be easily installed with existing campus resources and staff.


Phase One: The Art Purchase Task Force, comprised of college staff, students, local artists and arts professionals, and community members will review the artists' application materials. The selection panel will review and rank the images in multiple stages. Only submit images of artworks that are immediately available for purchase. Following the review of images, the selection panels will identify artworks for purchase. The works chosen during this first phase will be purchased, as long as the qualities of the actual artwork have been accurately represented in the submission materials.

Phase Two: Those artworks identified for purchase must be delivered to the Art Gallery at Umpqua Community College and will be considered on loan with no charge until the artwork is purchased by the College or returned to the artist. The artwork will be on public display in the Art Gallery from Mid February to Mid March. The artwork will be insured while on loan to the College. The purpose of Phase Two is to introduce the work to the college community and to verify the quality of the work as compared to the submission images. The Art Purchase Task Force will review the artwork and then issue approval for purchase. Artworks not meeting the quality standards as represented in submission images will not be purchased and must be picked up, or return shipping arranged, by the artists. Payment for the artwork identified for purchase will be made to the individual artists by March 30, 2014.

Depending on the number of applicants and any other conditions that may develop, a preliminary review may be added to the selection process.

The artwork selection panels will use the following criteria during both phases of selection:

*  Artistic excellence and originality in design and idea and
*  Appropriateness of artist's medium, style, and experience as they relate to the project
goals and setting.


Send an email to (subject line Art Purchase Application) for an application packet. Applications must be submitted digitally; absolutely no physical entries will be accepted.

Applications must include the following:

*  Artist Statement (5,000 character maximum);
*  A minimum of three (3) and a maximum of ten (10) images of artworks available for
*  Annotated Image List: Descriptions of available artwork including title, dimensions,
materials, year of completion, brief description of artwork if necessary, and retail
value of unframed artwork.
*  Current résumé outlining professional accomplishments as an artist

Note for galleries and dealers: We are happy to work with those designated as the contact representative for the artist during the selection phase. However, payments for purchased artworks will be made directly to the artist. Any agreement that an artist may have with her/his gallery or representative must be handled between the artist and the dealer. Umpqua Community College will assume no responsibility for payment of fees or percentages to gallery dealers or other artists' representatives. All artists who apply will receive electronic notification of the results of the selection process. Notification will be sent to the email address supplied when applying electronically.


Artists must establish the retail price for the artworks they are offering for sale. Prices must be commensurate with the artist's current/recent sales. Proof of current/recent sales may be required. Work must be available for immediate purchase. Umpqua Community College will have first right of refusal of works offered for sale between the application deadline date and the date of the official notification to artists regarding purchase. During or after the review process, the Art Purchase Task Force may invite applicant artists (who have met all requirements for this submission program) to submit information about additional works that are available for purchase. This information may be used to purchase or commission additional artwork for this program or other projects. Emerging, mid-career, and established artists are encouraged to submit artwork for this program. There is no minimum or maximum retail value restrictions placed on the artworks submitted.

PROJECT TIMELINE (exact dates for notifications and delivery TBA; all dates subject to change)

Application Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2013 (11:59 pm Pacific Time)

1st Art Purchase Task Force Reviews (Review Digital Images): Early December 2013
Notifications sent to artist' whose work is being considered for purchase (via email): Early January 2014

Delivery of Artwork to the Art Gallery at UCC: Early February 2014

2nd Art Purchase Task Force Review and Purchase Approval (Review Actual Artwork): Mid February 2014

Payment for selected artwork: March 30, 2014

Installation of Artworks: Spring 2014

Submission materials must be received as a complete application before 11:59 pm, Pacific Time on Friday, December 6, 2013. Incomplete, non-compliant and/or late submittals will not be accepted.

For more information about this public art opportunity, contact: Susan Rochester, Chair of Fine and Performing Arts, Umpqua Community College. or 541-440-4692.

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