Ridgewater College: Call for Existing Art

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The Ridgewater College Percent for Art Committee is seeking submissions of original art work to purchase for permanent exhibit on the Willmar campus of Ridgewater College. The committee will be reviewing portfolios of two dimensional and three dimensional works of art.

Ridgewater College is a community and technical college that offers more than 100 educational programs in transfer options and technical education. The college serves more than 5,600 students on its campuses in Willmar and Hutchinson, Minnesota. In 2013 Ridgewater College completed a remodel in building C with houses the Agriculture and Vet Tech programs. In March of 2014 Ridgewater College completed a remodel of building A which houses Student Services, the cafeteria and student life areas. This summer, Ridgewater will be completing the remodel of building H, which houses administration. The purchase of art is to be placed in the Willmar Campus and is made possible through the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Spaces program. In 1983, the Minnesota State Legislature enacted a law which states in part that “an appropriation for the construction or alteration of any state building may contain an amount not to exceed the lesser of $100,000 or one percent of the total appropriation of the building for the acquisition of works of art…” The amount available for this art acquisition is $100,000.

Ridgewater College provides quality educational opportunities for diverse student learners in an inclusive, supportive, and accessible environment.

Artists should take into account the mission of Ridgewater College “To provide quality educational opportunities for diverse student learners in an inclusive, supportive and accessible environment.” The artwork should also enhance and beautify the facility, be thought-provoking but not confrontational, and bring about an appreciation for art. The art must be durable, low-maintenance, safe, and original.

The Ridgewater College Percent for Art Committee is seeking ready-to-display pieces that are either two or three dimensional and that reflect the theme of the building. The committee will consider both individual pieces and collections. Portfolios should contain a minimum of:

  • Cover letter with contact information
  • Resume
  • Digital Images in standard JPEG format, 1920 x 1920 pixels, stored on a CD or DVD (websites, slides, PowerPoint or emailed /website portfolios will not be considered)
  • Price listing, including title, dimensions and description of the work
  • Self-addressed envelope(if the artist would like materials returned)

Submissions should be mailed to:
Ridgewater College
Attn: Liz VanDerBill
2101 15th Ave. NW
Willmar, MN 56201

Submissions must be received by Friday, April 18, 2014 to be considered.

Artist’s submissions will be reviewed by a committee of employees of Ridgewater College and a representative of the art community. Any Minnesota artist is eligible for this request.

All applicants are encouraged to visit the site Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. –4:00 p.m. (except holidays). Staff is available for personal tours on Tuesday, April 1 or Thursday, April 10 from 10:00-12:00. If a personal tour of the facility is desired, you may contact Liz VanDerBill at 320-222-6090 or Jen Doering at 320-222-7608.

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