Milwaukee Public Library seeks artists for Public Art Project

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by Jesse Tovar

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) is seeking Wisconsin artists for two public art pieces for the interior of the new East Branch. MPL is searching for qualified artists who have the experience and ability to create site-specific public art. The submission deadline is Monday, June 15.

The development will house the new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library, with construction beginning in August and set to be completed by fall 2014. "Public art is an important part of expressing history and culture in the heart of one of the east side's thriving business districts," says Library Director Paula Kiely.

The new branch will incorporate the hallmarks of a 21st century library model - technology-rich, highly flexible spacing used to create a forum for community engagement and collaborative work ideas, a smaller print collection, areas for each age group, and self-service technology. The branch plans to be reflective of local history and culture.

Up to six finalists will be selected by a public art selection committee, who will review artist portfolios the week of July 15th. The finalists will be asked to submit site-specific concept proposals at a public meeting.

The request for qualifications and complete program description can be found at http://www.mpl.org/EastLibrary/. Submissions are due no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 15, 2013.

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