Freeport Art Museum Looking For “Public Art” Creators To Create Permanent Artworks For Downtown Arts Plaza

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — The Freeport Art Museum (FAM), in partnership with the City of Freeport, announces the commission of public art for the newly constructed Arts Plaza project at the corners of Douglas Street and Chicago Avenue in downtown Freeport, Illinois.

The Arts Plaza project is about a journey towards revitalizing Freeport’s downtown in ways that will inspire and spark creativity for all those who encounter the space, both on a daily basis and during programmed performances and community-wide events. It has the potential to become one of the City’s most dynamic cornerstones. The planning and design phases are engaging with professional designers and artists and are supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program.

FAM is looking for artists that have experience in working with small, rural cities to complete artworks for permanent installation within the grounds of the plaza; a property owned by the Freeport Art Museum and currently being developed for use as an arts-based civic space.

Submitted qualifications will be judged by a Public Art Steering Committee comprised of museum staff, members of the board of directors, city officials, area artists, and members of the community. Final selections will be recommended to the FAM Board of Directors for approval.

Up to five finalists will be selected and asked to create a proposal for the site.

Individual artists and/or artist teams are welcome to submit their qualifications. Finalists will be paid $500 for developing their proposal and FAM will reimburse expenses related to site visits, interviews and other expenses related to this process including travel, lodging, and meals.

The deadline for submissions is May 22, 2020. A copy of the full RFQ can be found by clicking here, and includes details relating to timeline and budget. This project is partially supported by a grant through the National Endowment for the Arts.

General information about the Arts Plaza project can be obtained by visiting the Freeport Art Museum at

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