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Leesburg Commission on Public Art Solicits Artist Submissions for Parking Garage Mural
Leesburg Commission on Public Art Solicits Artist Submissions for Parking Garage Mural

The Leesburg Commission on Public Art has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), seeking an artist or artist team to create a mural on the Loudoun Street face of the Town Hall Parking Garage (picture attached).  Deadline for responses is July 11, 2013.

“I am eager to see the mural project completed,” said Council Member Kelly Burk.  “As the first major public art installation in Leesburg, the Parking Garage Mural will open the door for more art in the community.” 

The mural is intended to be a focal point for the downtown, reflecting the history, growth, change, diversity and character of Leesburg.  When the Town Council approved the mural project in August 2012, they specified that no Town funds would be spent on the mural. The Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, a non-profit organization, is in the process of raising funds for the mural installation.  Their goal is to raise $50,000.

“It’s no secret that the arts build community,” said Pamela Butler, president of the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts. “A downtown mural has been a longtime vision for many arts and community leaders. The Friends are looking forward to bringing this vision to completion.  Once a design is selected and approved by the Council, we will formally launch our fundraising campaign with a series of artist receptions and a fundraising booth at the Leesburg Fine Art Festival in September. In addition, we will be seeking grant funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and other arts funding organizations.”

For more information about the Leesburg Fine Art Festival, please visit the event website atwww.paragonartevents.com/lee/ or the Friends of Leesburg Public Arts’ Facebook page atwww.facebook.com/LeesburgArts.

For more information about the Parking Garage Mural RFP, please visit www.leesburgva.gov/bidboard. Interested artists are asked to submit letters of interest, examples of previous public art work and expected budgets. 

The Town issued a similar RFP earlier this year, but after reviewing the final submissions, the Commission on Public Art recommended that the Town Council reissue the RFP with more specific guidance to artists.

An evaluation team will select up to three semifinalists from the artist submissions.  For the final selection, each semifinalist will be asked to prepare a detailed design of the proposed mural, for which they will receive a stipend. The Commission on Public Art anticipates selecting a finalist and making a recommendation to the Town Council for final approval in September 2013.

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