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THE OPEN CALL IS NOW CLOSED. THE SELECTED ARTIST(S) WILL BE ANNOUNCED FALL 2021. WE WILL POST MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2022 OPEN CALL IN THE COMING MONTHS.

CALL TO ARTISTS
What is a monument? The word “monument” comes from the Latin word “moneo” or “monere”, meaning to remind, to advise, to warn. This etymology suggests a monument allows us to see the past thus helping us to visualize what is to come in the future. In 2021, we continue to witness an international debate on monuments, reconsidering who they honor, their purpose and relevance and the validity of continued existence. What if we ponder the notion of impermanence and imagine a temporary monument dedicated to the present?

The Bass is sited in Collins Park, a public park in Miami Beach. There are four existing monuments commissioned by different groups at different times atop stone plinths in the south side of the park. They pay homage to Cuban epidemiologist Dr. Carlos Finlay, Venezuelan political leader Simón Bolívar, Nicaraguan scientist Dr. Luis Henry Debayle and Cuban writer Jose Martí.

Building upon this context and engaging in current conversations, The Bass opens the second cycle of the New Monuments program by calling for artists to create a temporary, new monument. Who or what should be memorialized on a plinth in Miami Beach, in the United States, or globally? In 2021? Following its inaugural year and winner Najja Moon, this initiative returns to invite artists to answer this question with a work of art that will be on view in Collins Park for approximately 10-12 months each. The following open call for artist submissions is for the 2021 cycle. Subsequent calls will be announced annually. The selection process will be made by the museum’s curatorial team and external jurors.


GUIDELINES

When?

• Deadline for submission: August 27, 2021, 11:59 PM EDT
• Notification date: by September 15, 2021
• Approx install date: March 13, 2022
• Project period: approx 10-12 months
• Information Sessions (registration required, click date to register)
August 10, 2021 at 6pm
August 24, 2021 at 6pm

Who?

• This call is open to any artist living or working in Miami-Dade County.
• The museum encourages applications from artists of under-represented backgrounds, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists.
• The selection process will be made by the museum’s curatorial team and external jurors.
• One artist will be selected from this application process. Subsequent calls for future projects will be announced annually.

What?

Propose your idea for a work of art, that:
• Fits conceptually with New Monuments (as described above)
• Is made of reasonable materials that will retain integrity outdoors in Collins Park for 10-12 months, including during inclement weather such as hurricanes, high winds and heavy rainfall
• Can anchor to a 17 x 25.5 x 60 in. plinth base(don’t worry about engineering yet!)

How?

• Drawing or computer rendering to illustrate proposed monument (jpg, png, or pdf format)
• Statement of 500 words max. about the proposal
• Resume or CV (max 2 pgs.)
• 3-5 images/examples of past work (including title, date, medium, dimensions etc.)
• Application materials must be submitted through the online application below. ​You will receive a confirmation of your application via email upon submitting.

Costs?

The Bass pays for all costs relating to the selected project including production costs, engineering, installation and maintenance. The selected artist will also receive a $5,000 honorarium. If a duo or group is selected, the honorarium will be divided evenly amongst the group.


FAQs

1) Is there a fee to apply?
There is no fee to submit a proposal.

2) What is the process after a selection is made?
Once a project has been selected, The Bass team will work with the artist in consultation with structural and fabrication experts on engineering, materials research, as needed and finalizing proposals. The Bass team will take care of permitting, installation and everything else required to make it happen. The selected work is installed, around March 2022, and we celebrate!

3) What happens when the work is no longer on view?
The selected work is deinstalled by The Bass and delivered to the artist’s home or studio for them to keep.

4) Can we submit the proposal as a duo or group of artists?
Yes, however all artists must be living or working in Miami-Dade County.

More questions?
Please email [email protected].

 

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New Monuments is part of the Knight Art Commissions Program, established with a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • Knight Foundation