ArtPath 7

Overview

Project Description:

This summer, Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center will partner with the City of Lansing to bring up to 20 temporary, site-specific artworks along a 2.5-mile stretch of the Lansing River Trail, which will stretch from the historic arts district of Old Town Lansing, through the Capital Complex of Downtown Lansing. On average, over 82,000 visitors enjoyed the River Trail during the project.

Artwork of all media is eligible, including natural materials, murals, paintings, sculptures, and fiber installations. Artists are responsible for all aspects of the installation and removal of their work, including the tools and materials needed.

Individuals or teams are encouraged to create interactive and engaging installations with park visitors. Artists may also submit artwork for multiple sites along the path and will be granted $1,000 for each accepted submission.

Additional Opportunities

Accepted artists may have the opportunity to participate in educational programming that celebrates their work. This may include an artist talk, teaching a workshop for adults or children, etc. Additional stipends will be given for these opportunities.

Accepted artists will also have the opportunity to exhibit and sell work in Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center's retail gallery for the Summer of 2024. Our commission rates will apply, and a retail gallery contract must be signed.

Eligibility:

  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older
  • Artwork may be created by an individual, a team, or a collective.
  • Artists must be living in Michigan.
  • Artists may submit individual work in all media, including artwork designed for installation.
  • Artwork must be original in concept and design.
  • Artwork must be created in durable materials appropriate for an outdoor, urban, or public space. Note: It is the artist's responsibility to cover their mural with an anti-graffiti protective clear coat after it is painted.
  • Artwork must have been created within the past three years or created for this project.  

Artist(s) Responsibilities:

  • Propose high-quality art that responds to guidelines
  • Delivery, installation (including but not limited to the hardware, clear coats for murals, and electricity hook-ups), and removal are the responsibility of the artist
  • Note: It is the discretion of the City of Lansing to decide if they will keep murals up or paint over them in the event of vandalism that cannot be removed
  • Participating artists will be required to sign a contract and complete a W-9 form for tax purposes
  • Determine sale price if applicable
  • Insurance (Entries will be handled with all possible care, but Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center does not provide insurance for artwork and is not responsible for loss or damage from any cause whatsoever)

Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center’s Responsibilities:

  • Adjudicate artwork based on selection criteria
  • Prepare legal documents for signature by the artist or organization
  • Provide general coordination assistance with the press, mailing, and other city agencies
  • Produce identifying signage
  • Procure liability insurance for the project.
  • Handle all transactions regarding sales (50% commission for non-members and 45% for members)

Calendar:

  • Virtual ArtPath Artist Workshop (to support applications): January 18, 2024 at 6pm on Zoom
  • Submission Deadline (online only): Thursday, February 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM
  • Jury Notification to Artists: Friday, March 15, 2024
  • Artwork Delivery and Installation: May 21 – May 26, 2024 (artists creating murals will work with the gallery to schedule an extended installation time)
  • Exhibition: May 27 – September 2, 2024
  • ArtPath Kick-Off Event: TBD
  • Artwork Removal (if applicable): September 3 - 8, 2024

Note: All accepted artists must schedule a consultation with Sarah Hopkins, Exhibitions Director, after work is accepted to discuss materials and installation methods.

Promotions: Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center will widely promote exhibiting artists through local and statewide press release distribution, radio interviews, emails, print materials, social media, public speaking engagements, and word-of-mouth. Online and print materials will feature all selected artwork and artists.

Submission Requirements

  • A written description of the proposed artwork, including title, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), weight, installation method, and anchoring procedure
  • If proposing existing work: photographs or slides of artwork, including reference to human scale
  • If proposing a new work: working drawings or photographs of maquette to scale
  • Artist’s statement and resume (to be used for promotional purposes, including the website)
  • The proposed location for the installation
  • Up to ten images of the artist’s previous work. All images must be clearly labeled with the artist's name, the work's title, media, and dimensions.
  • Submissions should represent the exact works of art the artist intends to exhibit
  • Two-dimensional artworks should be represented in 1 photo each, while three-dimensional artworks are allotted up to three photos.
  • Media, retail price (if applicable), and artwork size are required for each image.
  • IMPORTANT: Images must be named with the title of artwork (ex. titleofartwork.jpg)

Available Locations

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Turner Dodge House

This historic house and grounds are located in the North side of Lansing in the historic neighborhood of Old Town. This site is a great location for a sculpture or installation.

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The Grassy Knoll

This grassy knoll is just South of the Turner Dodge House in the historic Old Town Neighborhood. This space is just off of the trail and includes a shady area with a bench. This site is an excellent location for a sculpture or installation.

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Old Town Boardwalk

This long stretch of boardwalk is in the heart of the historic Old Town Neighborhood. The boardwalk and the space under the Cesar Chavez Bridge are available to be reimagined. This boardwalk is a popular area for people to walk, jog, bike and fish.

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Seating Area on the Old Town Boardwalk

This wooden boardwalk is in the heart of the historic Old Town Neighborhood. This built in seating area comfortably seats two adults and across from a popular fishing spot. This area is a short walk from a staircase that takes pedestrians up to the Old Town neighborhood popular for their restaurants, shops and festivals.

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Buchard Park - North

This spacious, grassy area houses the Brenke Fish Ladder in the historic Old Town Neighborhood. This park is a great spot for a sculpture or installation and it will be home to two ArtPath works this year.

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Buchard Park - South

This spacious, grassy area houses the Brenke Fish Ladder in the historic Old Town Neighborhood. This park is a great spot for a sculpture or installation and it will be home to two ArtPath works this year.

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Oakland Trail Head

This site is South of Buchard Park and a short walking distance away from the fish ladder. This grassy area is near a trail head and a playground is close by. This highly visible site can be seen from the trail and from the street. This site is a great area to house a sculpture or installation.

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Saginaw St. Trail Head

This site is just south of Saginaw St. This grassy area is expansive and there are opportunities to install artwork on either side of the trail. This site is near a trail head, it is filled with mature trees and a has a small bench. This site is the perfect area to house a sculpture or installation.

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River Front Pathway East

This cement pad is tucked into this lovely park just off of the River Trail across from the river bank that is adjacent to the Adado Riverfront Park which is a popular festival park making this a highly visible site. This spot would be great for a sculpture that could be bolted into the slab.

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River Front Dock

This wooden dock overlooks the Grand River and the Adado River Front Park. This is in a popular area and close to the newly renovated Rotary Park. This space could be reimagined with an installation, a seating area or more.

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R.E. Olds Pocket Park

We are crossing the river again this year and continuing to extend ArtPath on the West side of the Grand River. A short walking distance from the beautifully restored 1930's power plant which is now home to the AF group is the Shiawassee Bridge.

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Grassy Area North of the 496 Bridge

This grassy area is perfect for a sculpture and it has been home to ArtPath sculptures in the past.

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Under the 496 Bridge

This long wall under the 496 Bridge is home to a number of murals from ArtPath's history. We are seeking a muralist to add one more mural to this collection.

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Under the 496 Bridge

This long wall under the 496 Bridge is home to a number of murals from ArtPath's history. We are seeking a muralist to add one more mural to this collection.

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Elm Park North

This large green space is part of a well-loved park frequented by the community. This family-friendly space could be reimagined with a sculpture or installation. An interactive artwork would be ideal.

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Elm Park Near the Baseball Field

This park is a popular space for families and neighbors! This area has a large, concrete base that is a great space for a sculpture. Due to the fact that this is a popular space for families, an interactive sculpture or installation would be a great fit for this site.

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Under the Elm St. Bridge 1

This wall was home to one of our first ArtPath sites. The lower section of the wall is available for three new murals. This wall has interesting architecture and could make a great sites for new artwork.

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Under the Elm St. Bridge 2

This wall was home to one of our first ArtPath sites. The lower section of the wall is available for three new murals. This wall has interesting architecture and could make a great sites for new artwork.

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Under the Elm St. Bridge 3

This wall was home to one of our first ArtPath sites. The lower section of the wall is available for three new murals. This wall has interesting architecture and could make a great sites for new artwork.

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Grassy Area Near Elm St. & Cedar St.

This large grassy site houses large, mature, shade trees and two benches. This site is visible from the trail and from the street. This site has hosted an installation and a large scale sculpture in the past. How would you reimagine this site?

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Have another site in mind?

Let us know where you're thinking in your submission and we'll do our best to work with the city to secure it.