Major Artwork Sought for Ellsworth School

ELLSWORTH — The Maine Arts Commission has earmarked $50,000 for the creation of Percent for Art works to grace the newly built Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School. The piece of pieces can be produced by an individual artist or team of artists.


Next Thursday, May 20, is the deadline for submitting proposals to design, create and install artworks for the Ellsworth project.

Under Maine’s Percent for Art law, 1 percent of construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide art work for the public areas of these buildings and/or their exterior renovations and additions.

The library, main entrance and main entrance corridor are the potential areas where the artwork would be permanently installed.

“The art selection committee, in charge of selecting artwork for the school, is looking for work that focuses more on its future, both as a changing city, and the dynamic and modern architectural features that the new school provides,” Darrell Bulmer, communication associate at the Maine Arts Commission, said this week. “The highest quality of art is more of a priority than references to the city’s historic past.”

The school has about 800 students from pre-K to eighth grade.  It is a spacious and light- filled addition to a completely renovated school that employs energy efficiencies such as a “green” roof design, geothermal heating, and a soaring entrance with large windows. There are many interior site lines that allow visibility and transparency throughout the building. It also has cutting-edge instructional technology in all areas of the school.

Proposals must be in a digital format and include: current concise resume, one-page proposal, rough budget estimate and five digital images of recent work. Submissions should be sent to [email protected].

The site may be visited by contacting Katrina Kane, assistant superintendent, at [email protected]  All other questions can be directed to Alison Ferris at the Maine Arts Commission at 287-2710 or [email protected].

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