The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County (NC) Public Art Commission is seeking an artist or artist-led team with community organizing experience to engage the public and facilitate a citywide art project with the working title, “Winston-Salem Portrait Project.” We envision this project as a photographic portrayal of our community: a portrait made of our many faces, displayed where we come together and where we’re divided. We are seeking an artist/organizer experienced in photographic media, with strong communication skills and the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively to conceive of and lead a community-wide project.
Winston-Salem is a city of 240,000 in central North Carolina. Once known for manufacturing cigarettes and textiles, it is shaping a new identity as “The City of Arts and Innovation.” It is home to five colleges and universities, including Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and HBCU Winston-Salem State University. Downtown Winston-Salem is resurgent with condos, restaurants, breweries, and the best examples of the creative economy. Yet, despite our community’s efforts, the transition from industrial to postindustrial city has not ended the problems of segregation, inequality, and poverty. We hope this artwork will help us see each other and the places we inhabit more openly and increase our capacity for compassion.
Finalist Honorarium: $1,000 + travel stipend
Projected Budget: $200,000 total; $60,000 artist fee
Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 5, 2018, 4:00pm EST