The UICA in Grand Rapids is looking for a few good artists and crafters

I love it when artists and crafters work together, so I’m very happy to share this West Michigan art opportunity with you local readers. Scroll down for the details I received in an e-mail from the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts and then go apply!

The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) has been contracted by the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum (GRCM) to create an interactive farm exhibit for a June 15, 2009 opening. UICA’s design team has been working closely with the GRCM’s team to create the concept for a farm exhibit that is cohesive, flexible, easily maintained and cleaned, accessible, safe and fun for ages 0-10 and incorporates opportunities for children to learn by: doing, experiencing, playing, and imagining.

The UICA design team will oversee a project team that will include approximately four professional artists and craftspeople, as well as five to eight high school and college aged student interns to design and create the farm exhibit. The exhibit will include these components: Barn & Animals, Field & Orchard, Planting Garden w/ Scarecrow, Weather & Weathervane, and a Farming Fun Lab.

Individuals must: 1) have at least a BFA or equivalent experience 2) be able to work collaboratively with other artists 3) be able to interpret and follow the creative direction of the design team 4) be able to work with students and delegate aspects of the project production 5) be available three to six hours weekly (on average) from February through May for progress meetings and to meet production goals 6) show examples of past work to demonstrate skills, attention to detail, craftsmanship, and ability to think creatively.

Interested artists and craftspeople specializing in one (or more) of the following areas are requested to apply: Wood-Working/Carpentry, Painting, Sewing, and/or 3-D Mixed Media. Wages range $20-$25/hour based on experience, and will range from an average of two to five hours a week based on pre-determined project needs. Material budgets will be developed collaboratively based on available funds. Please send cover letter indicating specialization area (wood-working/carpentry, sewing, painting, or mixed media), resume, three references and five to eight printed visual examples of past work and/or projects. Applications due January 20, 2009. Send to: Farm Exhibit attn: Becca Schaub, 41 Sheldon Blvd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Questions:
email or call 454 7000 x17.

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