2017 Request for Proposals

 

To Artists of All Ages:

The Jackson County Historical Society is seeking artists to create and submit art for an auction to raise funds for the restoration of the LaMotte Narrow Gauge Depot Project.  The theme of this project is Railroads – specifically the Narrow Gauge.  Artists are not limited to just the theme of the project, but submissions could feature any of the “Treasures of Jackson County, Iowa.”  All art will be auctioned with 50% proceeds to the artist and 50% to the Restoration LaMotte Depot Project. Artist will be provided with a donation receipt for the 50%  which benefits the LaMotte Narrow Gauge Depot Project.  Artists of All Ages are invited to submit a proposal.  Please take the time to read the proposal opportunities and consider becoming a part of our project.  All proposals submitted must be received by the time specified below under the “Submission Deadline.”

ALREADY LISTED: Painting by Rose Frantzen, world renown artist, print by Patrick Costello, wildlife & nature artist, watercolor landscape by Alyssa Baguss of Minneapolis and photograph by Kevin E. Schmidt, photographer.

Project and Location

Works of art will be displayed at the Clinton Engines Museum, Maquoketa Art Experience, and the Drew Art Gallary at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.  They will also be displayed on-line for bidding prior to the auction.

Call Elements: Definitions and Descriptions

The Jackson County Historical Society invites and welcomes proposals from all ages.  The theme of the project is railroads, specifically the Narrow Gauge, but proposed works of art may also reflect the many “Treasures of Jackson County, Iowa” including its rivers, wildlife, agriculture, buildings and people.

 

Call Summary

The Jackson County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and sharing of our history.  Currently, we are restoring the last remaining narrow gauge railroad depot in Iowa, which has been moved to our Clinton Engines Site.  To further tell the story of this colorful little railroad, volunteers are readying over 250 artifacts to exhibit inside.  Outside we are laying track, restoring the telegraph, building a wooden water tank and a narrow gauge combination car (passenger, baggage and mail car in one).  To raise money for this project, an Art Auction will be held in conjunction with the grand opening of the LaMotte Narrow Gauge Deport.  Other events taking place at that time will be tours of the Depot, Clinton Engines Museum, and Agriculture Heritage Building as well as a Fish Fry.

The Art Auction and other events will be held on Sunday afternoon, September 10. 2017, at the Clinton Engines Site – 605 East Maple Street. Maquoketa, Iowa.  The theme for this project is Railroads specifically the Narrow Gauge.  There will be on-line bidding as well as a local auctioneer.  50% of the bid amount will go to the JCHS for the LaMotte Narrow Gauge Depot Project.  The remaining 50% will go to the artists – with a tax write-off for the material costs of the half donated to the JCHS, which is a registered 501(C)(3).

 

Application Deadline: Project Timeline

January 6, 2016 ~ Call to Artist

February 20, 2017 ~ Call for Entries

April 1, 2017 – July 1, 2017 ~ Submission of Art

July 15, 2017 – On-line Roll Out

August 1 thru September 9, 2017 ~ On Display

July 15 thru September 10, 2017 ~ On-line Bidding

 

Project Description

The Jackson County Historical Society is holding an auction to raise funds for the ongoing LaMotte Narrow Gauge Depot Project.  

Art Goals or Criteria

The overall theme is railroads, specifically the Narrow Gauge but may also reflect the many “Treasures of Jackson County, Iowa” including its rivers, wildlife, agriculture, buildings and people. We envision such donations to be paintings, sculptures, needlework, photography, mosaics, basketry and all other art forms.

Art Location

The art will be displayed at the Ohnward Fine Arts Center in the Drew Gallery, the Maquoketa Art Experience, and the Clinton Engines Museum, all in Maquoketa.

 

Application Requirements

Proposals received by the stated deadline will be given primary consideration.   All proposals, submitted by the deadline, will be reviewed and evaluated based upon information provided in the submitted proposal.

Entries:  One entry per artist.

Please submit an image of the piece you would like to have included in the auction or a written description of a piece that you would like to create for the auction along with an image of a similar piece that you have created in the past.

Materials:  List materials/media of the work you would like have included in the auction.

Size:  Note the overall dimensions of the piece.  For 2D works of art, list height and width.  For 3D works of art/craft, list height, width, and depth.

Artist Value:  Artist are asked to submit a suggested opening bid for their artwork.  In addition, artists can submit a minimum bid, keeping in mind that this is a 50/50 auction. If a minimum bid is listed, a works of art that does not receive at least its minimum bid will be returned to the artist.

Rules

Insurance:  All insurance is the responsibility of the artist.  

Shipping:  Packing and Shipping is the responsibility of the artist.

 

Upon completion of the auction, the Jackson County Historical Society will return to the artist a check for 50% of the auctioned value.  Additionally, each artist may take a tax deduction for the material costs of the half donated to the JCHS, which is a registered 501(C)(3).

 

RFP Contact

Bonnie Mitchell, Curator
605 East Maple Street

Maquoketa, IA  52060

(563) – 249 -1776

curator@jciahs.com
www.jciahs.com