The site insight project

CALL FOR ARTISTS! OPEN NOW TIL JAN. 15 -- SEE BELOW

The first piece: "I Will. I Am. I Am Afraid." created by Traci Molloy in collaboration with a group of teens from United Action for Youth.

The first piece: "I Will. I Am. I Am Afraid." created by Traci Molloy in collaboration with a group of teens from United Action for Youth.

The Site Insight Project is an ongoing series of large-scale, artist-designed banners displayed on the north wall of the Wesley Center building at the intersection of Market and Dubuque Streets.

The project aims to use the highly-visible space on the main road into Iowa City to highlight under-recognized local groups and issues and to support socially-engaged art practice. Artists are paired with local social good organizations, communities, or initiatives to collaboratively produce a piece that will be exhibited for several months.

"I Am. I Will. I Am Afraid."
October 2015 -
The first installation (and the inspiration for the project) was created by Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy in collaboration with youth social services organization United Action for Youth. Molloy conducted a workshop in summer 2014 with 12 self-described "outliers" in which they reflected on their identities, hopes, and fears. Molloy took each youth's portrait and then created a composite figure overlaid with their writing to create an image printed on an 11'x17' banner.

For more information, to donate to the project, or to get involved, email: gallery@publicspaceone.com

The founding sponsors of the project are:
The Wesley Foundation
Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitor's Bureau
The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
Iowa City Downtown District
City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee

Press:
"Reaching out, reaching art." Daily Iowan. 10/1/15
"IC Youth and Brooklyn Artist Unveil Collaboration" Iowa City Press-Citizen. 9/30/15.

ARTIST CALL

About the project:

The Site Insight Project uses a highly-visible space in downtown Iowa City to highlight under-recognized local, social justice groups and organizations through the creation of a large (11'x17') vinyl banner. Artists are paired with local organizations, communities, or initiatives to collaboratively produce a piece that will be printed on the banner and exhibited for 3-6 months.

The first installation was created by Brooklyn-based artist Traci Molloy in collaboration with the IC organization United Action for Youth. Molloy conducted a workshop in summer 2014 with 12 self-described "outliers" in which they reflected on their identities, hopes, and fears.

We’re looking for a local artist/artist team:

  • Passionate about social justice happenings within the Iowa City community
  • Who is self-reliant
  • Interested in collaborative work
  • Who will think critically and empathetically about the purpose of public/ethical artistic representation
  • Has a positive attitude
  • Recognizes the visible significance of the mural

All levels of experience will be considered.
Artists will be compensated, but project budget is limited.

Deadline:
January 15th, 2015
via email to john@publicspaceone.com
We will schedule interviews hereafter!

Application:
Please include your name, phone number, and email address, as well as a short response addressing the following questions:

  • Artist Background
  • What theme/topic would you like to partner with?
  • What makes this project of interest to you?