The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists living in Maine or those who have strong personal and professional ties to the state. Artists are invited to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School Percent for Art site in Ellsworth. The project has an approximate budget of $50,000 and a deadline for submissions of Thursday, May 20.

The Percent for Art law in Maine reserves one percent of the construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide art work for the public areas of these buildings and/or their exterior renovations and additions.

The art selection committee in charge of selecting artwork for the school is looking for work that focuses more on its future, both as a changing city and the dynamic and modern architectural features that the new school provides. The highest quality of art is more of a priority than references to the city’s historic past. The school will house about 800 students from pre-kindergarten to eighth grade. It is a spacious and light filled addition to a completely renovated school that employs energy efficiencies such as a “green” roof design, geothermal heating and a soaring entrance with large windows. There are many interior site lines that allow visibility and transparency throughout the building. It also has cutting edge instructional technology in all areas of the school.

Areas that are under consideration for this competition are the main entrance corridor, the library and the main entrance itself. The entrance corridor could house freestanding or suspended artwork, while the library could house work that interacts with the ceiling design. The grassy area to the left of the school’s main entrance could be the location for a significant piece of work.

Artists who are employees of the Ellsworth School Department of RSU24 are ineligible for Percent for Art projects at the location where they are employed, as are members of the selection committee and their immediate families. The project is open to all artists age 18 and older regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status or physical disabilities. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.

Those with questions about the architectural elements of the site should contact Sarah Smith at ssmith@oakpoint.com. The site may be visited by contacting Katrina Kane, assistant superintendant, at kkane@rsu24.org to set up an appointment. All other questions can be directed to Alison Ferris at the Maine Arts Commission at 287-2710 or alison.ferris@maine.gov.