Update: We are excited to have selected three amazing local artists for our alley project! Thank you to all of the incredible artists who submitted proposals for this project.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS… be a part of making downtown alleys beautiful! We’re excited to invite YOU to participate in the inaugural alley enhancement project!
The Downtown Bozeman Partnership (DBP) is seeking artist proposals for: 1) two murals; 2) three sculptures; and 3) digital file that will be used to wrap a utility box for the “Downtown Bozeman Alley Enhancement Project.” Artists may apply for one or multiple installations.
The project site is located along the alley north of Main Street between North Tracy Avenue and North Black Avenue (behind the parking garage). This alley was selected based on public ownership of the parking garage, support of the surrounding business/property owners and the general need for improvements in this part of downtown. Additionally, the Downtown Bozeman Improvement Plan (2019) identifies Black Avenue as an important north/south bicycle and pedestrian corridor.
The theme for this alley is “Adventure and Exploration” and is described in the 2020 Bozeman Alleyways Report: “Bozeman is a city that is rooted in adventure and exploration, and continues to thrive on access to mountains, rivers, and open space for recreational purposes. The buildings… tell a story of entrepreneurship, adventures, and the voices of past historical events. The parking garage, Streamline Bus Station, and future bike facilities on N. Black Ave. continue the theme of transportation and exploration into the wilderness surrounding Bozeman” (2020 Bozeman Alleyways Report, Page 8).
This Alley Enhancement Project is a continuation of a The Downtown Bozeman Improvement Plan (2019) which, like the plans before it, envisions enlivening the downtown alleyways: “Signage, lighting, murals and art, and landscape can all co-exist with the important functional elements of the alleys, like service and loading, while adding vitality and identity to these unique spaces. The alleys are also prime spaces for experimentation, almost “hidden” gems that need to be discovered” (Page 80, Downtown Bozeman Improvement Plan). In 2020, the Downtown Business Partnership (DBP) completed a conceptual study to review several existing alleyways in downtown Bozeman and explore ideas to improve the functionality, pedestrian access, aesthetics, and vibrancy of these valuable public spaces. This study was used to produce drawings for this alley to serve as a pilot project.
In additional to the public art, the DBP will also oversee the installation of painted asphalt, wayfinding/entry signage, artificial greenery, lighting, trash receptable consolidation, benches, bike racks and historic plaques highlighting underrepresented groups, such as females, and the BIPOC and disabled communities, contributions to local adventure history.
Art Details, Location and Installation
The following art installations are planned as part of the Alley Enhancement Project. Artists may apply for one or multiple installations. Please see Appendix B which shows the approximate art locations on the south elevation of the parking garage.
Two murals are planned for the south (rear) elevation of the existing parking garage in the locations shown on the attached exhibit. Each brick canvas will be a maximum of 430 square feet (approximately 33 feet in height x 13 feet in width – see appendix). The murals should relate to the adventure and exploration theme. Proposals may be figurative or abstract and may be paint, vinyl wrap, or other durable materials designed for outside. An artist fee of $6,000- $12,000/mural will be provided. Proposals may include one or both murals. Once selected, each artist and the DBP will enter into an Agreement for Services to work through details of the installation.
Three sculptures are planned for the south (rear) elevation of the existing parking garage in the general locations shown on the attached exhibit. Some flexibility is expected for exact size and placement. The sculptures should relate to the adventure and exploration theme. Proposals may be figurative or abstract and may be constructed of a variety of materials if said materials are durable and designed to be located outside. An artist fee of $10,000-$15,000/sculpture will be provided. Proposals may include one, two or all three sculptures. Once selected, each artist and the DBP will enter into an Agreement for Services to work through details of the installation.
One transformer, located in the landscaped area southwest of the existing parking garage, is planned to be wrapped in art printed on vinyl. The art or photography for the wrap should relate to the adventure and exploration theme. Proposals may be figurative or abstract. An artist fee of up to $400 will be provided for a final digital file only. The DBP will cover the printing and installation costs of the actual wrap. Once selected, each artist and the DBP will enter into an Agreement for Services. (Note that a response to this proposal may be conceptual; however, once selected, final artwork/images must be a minimum of 200dpi @ 1/4 of final print size.)
The selected artist(s) will provide the following in their proposal:
Upload proposals to the Downtown Bozeman website (https://downtownbozeman.org/ne...) OR drop off a paper version to the Downtown Bozeman Partnership Office (222 E Main St #302) by Friday, May 5th. It is the sole responsibility of the proposing party to ensure that proposals are received prior to the closing time as late submittals will not be accepted. All proposals submitted online must be provided as a single, searchable PDF document file and be submitted digitally as an attachment to the Downtown Bozeman website (https://downtownbozeman.org/ne...). If there any issues uploading files or location our office, please email Ellie Staley at email@example.com or 406-586-4008.
The following exhibits are incorporated in this Call for Art:
Ellie Staley, Executive Director
Downtown Bozeman Partnership
firstname.lastname@example.org | 406-586-4008
222 E Main St #302, Bozeman MT 59715