An intriguing public art opportunity, in Boston.
The Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) has issued a Call for Proposals for the Summer 2016 Public Art Residency. The goal of the residency is to engage diverse members of BCA’s community through a unique, site-specific artwork in any medium that – in a safe and maintainable way – enlivens the BCA Plaza.
From the BCA:
This year, as it enters its fourth cycle, the Public Art Residency at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) will be selected through a juried, open call process. This twelve-week, process-oriented residency provides an environment for artists to experiment with their craft, develop their focus or test new ideas while simultaneously engaging in active public dialogue.
The residency is awarded to one artist (or artist team) per year to create a temporary public artwork for the BCA’s historic plaza that highlights the BCA as an artistic hub. The program encourages artists to connect to the public not only by way of the completed, temporary artwork, but also throughout the process of developing and realizing their residency project. It is an ideal opportunity for emerging or experienced artists who would like to further develop a piece that engages a variety of audiences and adds to the arts experience of the BCA campus.
This year’s jurors: Camilø Álvårez, Owner/Director/Curator/ Preparator, Samsøñ, Boston, MA; Maggie Cavallo, Curator, Educator and Co-Founder of Alter Projects; and Meg Rotzel, Arts Program Manager at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Past Residents have included two past MCC Fellows: Amy Archambault, whose inMotion: Memories of Invented Play was a large-scale, interactive structure inviting participants to “uncommonly explore one of the most ubiquitous learned activities – riding a bicycle;” and Liz Nofziger, whose interactive installation Bounce encouraged community games of ping pong.
Images: both photos by Melissa Blackall Photography: INMOTION: MEMORIES OF INVENTED PLAY by Amy Archambault, BCA Plaza, Summer 2015; BOUNCE by Liz Nofziger, BCA Plaza, Summer 2014.