The CTA has issued a call to artists to create public art work for the seven Red Line North “L” stations that are currently undergoing rehabilitation, including the Morse and Jarvis stations.
I am sponsoring a community meeting with the CTA to discuss the Public Art Project this Thursday, September 20th, 7:00 p.m., at the United Church of Rogers Park, 1545 W. Morse (3rd Floor). Parking is available in the parking lot at the southwest corner of Morse and Ashland.
A “Request for Proposals” (RFP) seeking artists who have an interest in seeing their art enhance public space is posted on the CTA’s website. Prior public art experience is not a requirement. For information about the program and to download the RFP, CLICK HERE.
The CTA is inviting local, national and international artists to apply. Applicants are asked to submit their qualifications and portfolio for consideration per the instructions in the Request for Proposals. An evaluation committee will then select approximately 25 artists from all submissions based on artistic merit, qualifications and professional recognition of the artists, and the artists’ written statements of interest.
Submissions must be delivered in person or by mail no later than 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 10th, to CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake St., 2nd Floor Bid Office, Chicago, Illinois 60661.
The group of about 25 artists will then be asked to submit specific art proposals and the seven artists ranked highest among the group will be offered a commission.
The CTA already has more than 50 works of art at 41 stations throughout its system, including two works of art at the new Howard Street Transit Center.
Federal Formula Funds provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will be used to pay for the total project budget for all seven stations. The CTA’s budget for the seven stations will not exceed $525,000.
I’m excited about this project and encourage local Rogers Park artists to apply. The works of art will further enhance the beautiful rehabilitation work that already has taken place at the Morse station and that will soon take place at the Jarvis station.