Call To Artists
Sculptors we want to ask you.
Are you a sculptor, a contemporary artist, or a traditional artist interested in making public art? The Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial Committee, under the auspices of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Teaneck invites artists’ to submit to this competition. To create a Holocaust Memorial which will perpetuate the memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Individual or collaborative original work must be sculptural. Your application will be acknowledged with respect and discretion. Please read on for more information and share this call with other artists you know.

Submission Materials:
Download: Prospectus Package •  (includes all of the submission information) •
Download: Flyer• (feel free to print this 11 x 17 in. flyer and post it!) •

Important Dates
March 20, 2020Call to Artists Opens
April 26, 2020Information Session 3-5 PM
June 30, 2020Submission Deadline
September 30, 2020Semifinalists Notified
November 2020 (TBD)Semifinalists Presentation to Jury
December 30, 2020Selected Artist Announced
Spring 2021 (TBD)Public Artwork Installed and Unveiled
Information Session
Come and visit the site.
Learn about our educational components to be assembled with your sculpture.
Plus experience the space set aside for the Memorial on the Municipal Green.
Sunday April 26th 3–5 pm
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 30, 2020

Overview

The Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial Committee, under the auspices of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Teaneck is commissioning and endowing a Holocaust Memorial and Education Center on Teaneck’s Municipal Green. The Committee, invites artists’ proposals for a new public artwork for placement in the Garden to Nurture Human Understanding, which will encompass the existing WWII, Korean and Vietnam Memorials, and a newly designed Memorial to Enslaved Africans. A Jury of artists, and arts professionals, design professionals and representatives from the Northern New Jersey Holocaust Memorial and Educational Center and Project Advisors —will participate in the review and selection of the Submissions. Up to to five qualified semi-finalists will be invited to submit maquettes and supporting illustration boards for the monument. When a final proposal is selected, the Sculptor will have time to fabricate and install his/her work in a period of 3 to 4 months after they are selected. The goal is to install the completed work in the Spring 2021.

About the Holocaust Memorial and Education Center
The overall 35 foot by 35 foot site has been designed for the Holocaust Memorial, with further refinement to be accomplished. A central sculptural focal point will be mounted on a 18 inch high by 6 foot hexagonal granite base, and will serve as the heart of the composition. The Memorial must be a tribute to the memory of the six million Jewish victims who perished due to the Holocaust. It is planned that the sculpture will eventually be surrounded by a Reading Rail which will provide information to the viewers about the Holocaust. The sculpture will also be encircled by a Memorial Wall. The site is being designed to draw visitors into it and will remind us of the past, to think about the present and to help shape the future. The sculpture will serve as a visual with the purpose to help teach tolerance and humanism, it will help educate people of all ages and backgrounds about the horrors, atrocities and heroism that defined the Holocaust.

Eligibility
Projects may be proposed by individual artists or artist collectives (in which case a lead artist must be identified with the application). Artists must be over age 21. Artists with in-depth feeling or connection to the memory of the Holocaust are encouraged to apply.

Project Location
Located at the intersection of Teaneck Road and Cedar Lane, the 35 foot by 35 foot site is one of three or four potential memorial sites authorized by the Teaneck Mayor and Council.  The memorial sites are located on the expansive and well-treed Teaneck Municipal Green directly in front of the historic and stately Municipal Building. A ten foot wide East-West processional walkway leads from Teaneck Road to the Municipal Building’s entry portico.  An American flag flies from a forty foot high flagpole on the axial walkway rising from an impressive stone WWII memorial base. Korean and Vietnam War memorials stand nearby.

Project Budget
The budget for the project will include several parts:
Proposal Fee for Semifinalists: Three to Five semifinalists for the commission will be selected by the Jury. Semifinalists will be invited to prepare a more detailed proposal and maquette which they will each receive a fee of $2,000.
Artist Fee for Final Project: The artist (or artist collective) selected for the commission will receive a one-time total fee of $225,000, payable in installments and will be outlined in the written commission agreement for the project.
Production Budget: The total production budget for design, design reviews, fabrication, delivery, shipping and installation of the selected sculpture and its foundation will not exceed $225,000.

Submission Time Table
March 20, 2020Call to Artists Opens
April 26, 2020Information Session 3-5 PM
June 30, 2020Submission Deadline
September 30, 2020Semifinalists Notified
November 2020 (TBD)Semifinalists Presentation to Jury
December 30, 2020Selected Artist Announced
Spring 2021 (TBD)Public Artwork Installed and Unveiled
Winning Commission Artist Responsibilities
The artist or collective selected responsibilities will be defined in a written commission agreement, which may include, but will not be not limited to:
  • Before commission agreement is signed, working with the Project Advisors and possible consultants (for example, structural engineers or art conservators) to finalize material specifications and fabrication plans (including technical drawings), to ensure the artwork’s durability for display in an outdoor context.
  • Before commission agreement is signed, presenting a final fabrication budget.
  • Following the finalization of fabrication plans and budget, signing a commission agreement with The Holocaust Memorial Committee and the
  • Jewish Community Council of Greater Teaneck
  • to initiate project and payments to artist.
  • Adhering to established schedule and deadlines for the project.
  • Participating in periodic presentations with various community constituencies.
  • Participating in documentation of the project’s development with the Project Advisor.
  • Working with the The Holocaust Committee and the Project Advisors and being present during installation of the piece.
  • Communicating regularly with The Holocaust Committee and the Project Advisors throughout the development, fabrication, and installation of the project.
How to Apply
Individual artists and artist collectives meeting the eligibility requirements are invited to submit the required materials to be included in the first round of consideration for this new project.

Download: Prospectus Package •  (includes all of the submission information) •

Detailed application guidelines are provided below.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: June 30, 2020
What to Submit

SAMPLE IMAGES
Include up to 5 - 10 images of your previous artwork in JPEG format. It is recommended that your images should not exceed 1240 x 1240 pixels and maximum 2 MB each in file size.

WRITTEN MATERIALS
Proposal packets should be in PDF format (8 ½ x 11 in.).
Include all of the following:
  • Artist Statement: A description of why you are interested in the project, and your artistic approach. Limit 1,000 words.
  • Résumé/CV: Your current résumé or that of each artist involved, up to two pages per artist.
  • Image List: A description of each of the attached 5 - 10 images, not to exceed 200 words each. Number each JPEG to correspond with the Image List.

PROJECT PROPOSAL
  • A Cover Letter describing your approach to the project as it relates to the “memorial philosophy”.. The letter should not exceed one page. This should be in PDF format. Proposal must include:
  • A written statement describing artwork concept.
  • Illustrations or renderings of overall concept.
  • Description of proposed scale.
  • Description of proposed materials.
  • A general overview of fabrication and production process.

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