The Percent for Art program of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs is seeking art professionals to participate as panelists in the selection process for upcoming commissions. Each artist selection panel is composed of three art professionals, one of whom must be an artist, representatives from the City agencies sponsoring the capital project, representatives from the Art Commission as well as representatives from the Borough President's Office, the City Council Member's Office, and the Community Board. With Department of Education projects, the regional office is represented. The art professional panelists are expected to have current knowledge of the community or borough in which the artwork will be commissioned.
We are currently searching for visual arts professionals, including-but not limited to-curators, directors, nonprofit gallery staff, visual arts administrators, art critics and writers, art historians, and public art professionals.
What is Percent for Art?
Since, 1982, the Percent for Art Program has been selecting professional, fine artists to create permanent public art in City-owned buildings. Local Law 65, the Percent for Art Law, states that 1% of the capital budget for newly constructed or reconstructed buildings must be spent on art. The commissions range from $50,000 to $400,000. The artist fee is 20% of the art allocation.
Artists are commissioned to create art for a variety of public spaces including schools, parks, water treatment plants, transportation facilities, esplanades, libraries, and day care centers. Occasionally, the Program will purchase artwork to be installed on site or will conserve existing artwork. To date, Percent for Art has completed 228 projects with another 69 underway, and we expect to commission artists for up to 16 new projects this year.
What Does a Panelist Do?
In addition to providing current knowledge of the visual arts, panelists are responsible for:
The artist selection process usually consists of two meetings. During the first meeting, the panel reviews artists' images and develops a list of finalists to be interviewed for the commission. At the second meeting, the panel interviews the finalists and selects an artist(s) to receive the commission. The panelists are consulted in advance to schedule the meetings, which can last four to six hours. Panelists are paid a modest honorarium of $150 by DCLA.
- Recommending artists to be considered for the
- Discussing the artwork's siting and concept.
- Voting on artist(s) to receive the commission, for a specific artwork to be purchased, or on the feasibility of an artwork to be restored.
How to Apply
The Percent for Art program maintains a file of eligible panelists' résumés that will be consulted when new artist selection panels are formed. The résumés will be sorted according to borough. To be considered as a Percent for Art panelist, please send a cover letter that explains why you are interested in becoming a panelist along with a résumé. Please list your borough affiliations in your cover letter. For example, if you live in Queens, but work in Manhattan, please let us know.
Please send résumé and cover letter to:
Percent for Art
New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
31 Chambers Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10007
For questions or further information, please call (212) 513-9300.