The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists living in Maine to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Falmouth Elementary School’s Percent for Art site. The project has an approximate budget of $50,000 and a deadline for submissions of Tuesday, June 1.

The committee in charge of selecting artwork for the school seeks proposals appropriate for pre-kindergarten through 5th grade students that will provide a continual educational experience as they progress through their development at the school. The piece(s) also should have relevance to staff, parents and the community at large. Although the community is proud of its historic past, the selection committee requests artists to propose projects that look toward to its future and reflects the modern design of the new building, addressing the unique architectural features of the building.

The committee has set no limitations on content of the art. The only criteria are that it is site appropriate and be of the highest quality art in terms of content and craftsmanship.

The new Falmouth Elementary School is a dynamic, modern design concept constructed of brick, glass and metal. There is a “green” roof above the entry vestibule with skylights. A sunshade trellis above allows light to filter through to the plantings. The facing wall is entirely glass looking into the main lobby. Areas that are under consideration for this competition are the entry atrium and the green roof feature between an outdoor botanical classroom and large windows that look into the atrium. It would be possible to locate a work of art in this location that would be visible from both the exterior front of the building as well from inside the atrium.

Those with questions about the architectural elements of the site should contact Sarah Smith by e-mail to ssmith@oakpoint.com. The site may be visited by contacting Bonnie Taylor at btaylor@fps.k12.me.us to set up an appointment. All other questions can be directed to Alison Ferris at the Maine Arts Commission, 287-2710 or alison.ferris@maine.gov.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.