Call to artists: Submit your proposal for The Piano Project by July 18

The Arlington Heights Memorial Library invites local artists to submit a design concept for The Piano Project – a public outdoor art display and marketing campaign for the library's community reading initiative, One Book, One Village. This project will consist of individual artists each painting one functioning upright piano and one bench. The reinvented pianos will then be placed in the community to enjoy visually and play instrumentally from September to October 2018.
Artists must be from the Chicagoland area. Priority will be given to artists who are Arlington Heights residents or art students who formerly resided in Arlington Heights or attended Arlington Heights schools. Must be 18 years or older or have parent/guardian consent.
  • Deadline for Submissions: July 18, 2018
  • Artists selected will be notified: August 1, 2018
  • Artists selected to receive piano: August 2-10, 2018 (Library will transport piano and deliver it to artist. Artist must be flexible with delivery date, per delivery service availability.)
  • Selected artists at work: August 2-30, 2018
  • Piano artwork must be completed: August 31, 2018.
  • Finished piano will be picked up at artist’s location and delivered to final destination: September 1-10, 2018. (Artist must be flexible with pick up date, per delivery service availability.)
  • Pianos in the community: September 10 – October 12, 2018

  • This project requires artwork on all surfaces of an upright piano and bench created by selected artist.
  • Artist will be provided a $500 per piano stipend for materials and payment of services.
  • Artist is responsible for safe storage of piano during painting period.
  • Artist will supply all needed materials.
  • Artwork must be family and community friendly.
  • Artwork may contain the following text, if artist design allows:
  • After artwork is complete, piano music stand will be mounted with plexi or acrylic signage describing the project and acknowledging the artist and the piano’s sponsors.
  • Pianos will be tuned for playing, secured and provided with some protection from weather.
  • All pianos and subsequent artwork will be the property of Arlington Heights Memorial Library upon completion.
  • Artist agrees to make themselves and their workspace available to Communications and Marketing staff from the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for social media promotional purposes during the painting period. Artist agrees to a social media partnership with the library for promoting the project. Artist agrees to have work photographed or taped for a video project by AHML staff. Artist agrees to make themselves available to local media who may be interested in covering The Piano Project.
  • Artists will be recognized via the placard placed on each piano, in the library’s fall newsletter and on the library’s website, as well as in the library’s social media accounts.
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library staff will jury the submitted proposals.
  • Individual proposals must be submitted for each piano used in the project. Artists are welcome to submit more than one proposal.
  • Number of finished pianos will be dependent on number of artists selected, final number of host sites and availability of pianos. 
  • Proposals submitted after deadline will not be accepted.
  • Completed and signed Entry Form
  • Resume (including artist background, qualifications, relevant past experience and art projects involved)
  • Link to artist website, social media accounts, and/or examples of previous artwork
  • Approximate 200 word or less concept for proposed piano artwork
  • Sketches of proposed artwork for piano, using attached template
  • Artists under age 18 must also submit written guardian consent
If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

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