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2019 Silo City Summer Solstice Project

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SILO CITY SUMMER SOLSTICE PROJECT

The Silo City Summer Solstice is an immersive arts event that will be held at the historic Silo City, in Buffalo, New York through an exciting partnership between Buffalo Arts Studio and Silo City.

The Silo City Summer Solstice will focus on the creation and exhibition of up to six new works by emerging and established visual artists that engage the unique Silo City environment, address relevant, contemporary issues, and explore new material, media, and installation possibilities. The artwork will be site-specific and designed to interact with the two buildings at the north-eastern tip of the site; the Perot Grain Elevator and Malt House. The installations will be inside and outside of the two main structures and artists will be encouraged to take into special consideration the changing sunlight that moves over and across the site on the longest days of the year. The Perot Grain Elevator is over 150 feet tall and stands out against the Buffalo River, casting a dramatic shadow out across the water each evening. The first floor is spacious with stunning white concrete flared mushroom columns accentuated by regular rows of windows. The Perot Malt House is a five-story red brick structure built in 1907 and used for malting barley. Each floor has massive ceilings and still houses the immense machinery used for transporting grains. Although all of the structures in Silo City are maintained, both Perot structures are over 100 years old and as a result are no longer fully weatherproof. The six artworks from the exhibition will remain on the Silo City site, enduring or deteriorating as part of the living arts and architectural experience embedded in this reclaimed industrial site.

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SILO CITY SUMMER SOLSTICE PROJECT TIMELINE
Call for Work January 15-March 15, 2019
Artist Selection April 15, 2019
Artists begin to work May 2019
Artwork installation June 14, 2019
Summer City Solstice Festival Opening Celebration June 21, 2019

SILO CITY SUMMER SOLSTICE PROJECT
Up to six site-specific artworks/installations will be selected to interact with the two buildings at the north-eastern tip of the Silo City site; the Perot Grain Elevator and Malt House. Selected artists will be paid $1,000 honorarium. The installations may be inside and/or outside of the two main structures and should take into special consideration the changing sunlight that moves over and across the site on the longest days of the year. The artworks from the exhibition will remain on the Silo City site, enduring or deteriorating as part of the living arts and architectural experience embedded in this reclaimed industrial site.

PROPOSAL SPECIFICS
Proposals are due by March 15, 2019. Email to submissions@buffaloartsstudio.org with YOUR NAME AND SILO CITY as the subject line. Each proposal should include the following as ATTACHED DOCUMENTS:
ONE PROPOSAL DOCUMENT including Artist information AND Project information.
CV or resume
Up to five images of the proposed project
Up to ten images as supporting documentation

ARTIST INFORMATION:
Contact information: Name(s), mailing address, phone number, email address, website url
Artist Statement (maximum 300 words): explain your work in general as well as how your process relates to this project. Please be as clear and concise as possible.
Artist Biography (maximum 300 words): a single paragraph that summarizes your creative career and accomplishments. This bio may be used for marketing purposes and in press materials.

PROJECT INFORMATION:
Written description: (maximum 400 words) Describe your project and and how it addresses the Silo site in a meaningful way. Be sure to include a general description of how you envision the final installation, including materials, dimensions, potential audience interaction, and impact of changing natural light.
Estimated installation description (maximum 100 words) Address your work timeline, equipment, and power needs.
Project Viability (maximum 200 words): How does this proposed project relate to your previous experience and practice? How do you expect to execute the project successfully? What previous experience do you have that may be relevant to the proposed project? Is the project a departure from your previous work or a continuation of your existing practice?

ATTACHMENTS & SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
Artist CV (attachment): (maximum 2 pages)
Proposed Installation Images (5 images maximum) This can include sketches, architectural plans, and/or digital renderings,
Sample Artworks: (maximum 10 images) Include images of existing artwork and past projects that represent your creative practice. All images should be JPG format (72 dpi) and no larger than 1Mb. When you submit these images, you agree that Buffalo Arts Studio and Silo City has the right and permission to use these images if you are selected for the project.

Questions can be emailed to Shirley Verrico at shirley@buffaloartsstudio.org
Photos, maps and general information about Silo City can be found at http://www.silo.city/
To schedule a site visit at any time in the process, please contact – Kate Gorman at KateGorman@rigidized.com

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