The Maine Arts Commission is making an international call to artists to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Stewart New Media Center/Art Complex at the University of Maine, Orono. The total project budget is $10,000 and the submission deadline is Thursday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m.

The funds for this project are available through the Percent for Art law in Maine, which reserves one percent of the construction funds for all state-funded building projects to provide artwork for the public areas of these buildings and/or their exterior renovations and additions.

Recent work at the Orono campus transformed a former dining area and added additional space to create the Stewart New Media Center/Art Complex. This is an approximate 33,000 square foot structure housing the New Media Innovation, Research and Development Center. It also houses facilities for audio, video, rapid prototyping and computer production, as well as providing studio spaces for the Department of Art. This includes painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and 3-D design.

All professional artists may apply for consideration to this project. Artists who are employees of the University of Maine 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. Students at any level are ineligible. The project is open to all artists age 18 and older. Artist teams are eligible to apply including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.

The full prospectus can be found on All questions should be directed to Donna McNeil at the Maine Arts Commission via e-mail to or by calling 287-2726.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or