Share the Trail
Preliminary Call for Public Art Proposal
Art on the Rail Trail (ART), an initiative designed to bring public art installations to the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, is excited to announce a preliminary call for proposals by artists, designers, and teams to develop dynamic messaging/signage along the Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail, a nine-mile paved multi-use trail that spans from South Pearl Street in Albany to the Village of Voorheesville. “Share the Trail” is a public safety campaign designed to ensure that all visitors are aware of each other and can equally enjoy the trail, no matter their age or physical ability and regardless of whether they are biking or walking, running or rollerblading.
The “Share the Trail” project is a collaboration between Albany County and ART on the Rail Trail (a sub-committee of the Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy), which was formed in 2017 with a mission to support and improve the Albany County Helderberg-Hudson Rail Trail through the installation of art along the trail. To date, the ART committee has placed five murals and a multi-piece installation along the trail as well as hosted three community chalk art events.
The goal of “Share the Trail” is to develop signage that delivers, through visual, textual, or a combination, periodic reminders of the established guidelines for all trail users. Playfulness is encouraged but messaging should be clearly comprehensible relative to the usage guidelines (see Albany County Rail Trail website for trail etiquette). Preference will be given to proposals that have multiple installations (4-8) along the trail, with specific locations determined in consultation with the selected artist, Albany County representatives, and ART committee members. Signage painted on the asphalt, fabricated signs installed on posts or a combination of the two will be considered. Strong preference will be given to proposals that contain a public participation component (with social distancing needs taken into account) at some stage of the installation process.
ART and its partners welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds and creative voices and do not discriminate based on factors of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disabilities/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and/or socioeconomic background.
Priority will be given to Albany County residents.
Project contingent upon funding.
Application Deadline: Initial applications are due on or before April 30th at 11:59 pm.
Proposal text and images must be submitted in a single PDF labeled artistname.pdf and submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline.
- The art can be painted directly onto the asphalt or can be signs fabricated from metal or wood (or other durable material) or a combination of mediums. The proposal should include a design plan not only for the art but also for the installation. The selected artist will have access to some help from Albany County DPW with installation but any anticipated need should be articulated, in detail, in the proposal.
- Art and its installation should be durable and able to withstand the weather and require little to no maintenance.
- Art should be designed to be eye-catching and easily interpreted while in motion. Art should be appropriate for trail users of all ages.
- The proposal should incorporate a community involvement component, whether it be in the creation, installation of the art or in an event related to the art post-installation.
- The project budget is anticipated to be up to $10,000 depending on the number of installations and the medium used. Artists are asked to submit a proposed budget, inclusive of their design fee, material costs, etc.
- Artists are encouraged to visit the site at their convenience. Direct any questions about the project and site to email@example.com.
Applications should include:
- Artist’s resume (including exhibitions, installations, and public art projects ).
- Names and email addresses of two professional references.
- 5 to 10 digital images of your work.
- A written proposal (up to 750 words) to include artistic concept, installation details, and a draft budget.
- Detailed scale rendering of your proposal including one or more actual site locations
- Timeline identifying successive project stages with a completion date of no later than 10/15/21.
The selection committee will judge proposals on the following criteria:
- Quality, originality, and appeal of the concept,
- Concept’s appropriateness for the site, and
- Artist’s proven capacity for adherence to the project timeline and budget.
Notification of Award
Up to 3 finalists will be asked to participate in a public presentation of their proposals. Artists asked to present their work will be given a $250 honorarium in recognition of their time and efforts. In addition to digital renderings, artists may be required to supply material samples and production details.
Award amount: Up to $10,000 ( includes artist fee, all materials including those needed for the production and installation of the artwork, and artist’s insurance if deemed necessary) depending on the number of installations and medium used.
Final selection to be announced by early June 2021
Thank you in advance for your thoughtful submissions. We are eager to find the right partner for this project.