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Catamount Arts is pleased to issue a call to Vermont-affiliated artists for a public arts project designed to engage community and animate downtown St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Three (3) finalists will be selected to receive $500 grants to create preliminary proposals. From the group of finalists, one (1) artist will receive a $10,000 grant to create and implement a final project proposal.

Vermont-affiliated artists should submit images and descriptions of past projects, bio/resumes and other support material in order to be considered for a public art project to create a vibrant light and art filled passage to connect downtown St. Johnsbury and its riverfront, specifically from Railroad Street and Depot Square through the “honking tunnel” to the trailhead of the Three Rivers Bike Path on Bay Street, which leads to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail. The service center of Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, St. Johnsbury combines an energetic business district with a rich cultural life, year-round recreational opportunities, and beautiful historical buildings.

The committee will not only consider proposals for such traditional public arts projects such as outdoor murals and sculpture, but also for creative interpretive signs, art benches, bike racks, light and/or sound installations. Jurors will be interested in projects inspired by the history, culture and scenic beauty of the area (Discover St. Johnsbury). Although we invite artists working in all media to apply, proposals for light installations to illuminate the “honking tunnel” are especially encouraged.

SELECTION PROCESS: A review committee comprised of area curators, artists and community activists will select 3 finalists to create preliminary proposals and one finalist to create and implement final proposal.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Catamount Arts accepts online submissions only. Visit https://catamountarts.slideroom.com to upload images, videos, and audio submissions, as well as artist statements, bios, resumes and other support material to complete the application process. We regret that we cannot accept submissions by any other method. If you have had experience with public presentations and/or community engagement activities, please note this on your resume.

FEES: $25 fee covers cost of online submission, and a 6-month membership to Catamount Arts.

SUBMISSION PERIOD: Artist/s interested in being considered may submit images and material after 12 noon on July 8, 2021 – until 12 midnight on August 16, 2021. No late submissions accepted. Artists selected to create preliminary proposals may submit images and material after 12 noon on August 18, 2021 – until 12 midnight on October 18, 2021. No late submissions accepted.