The city of San Ramon is looking for artists for their new temporary public art program, "Upcycle Your HeART Out: Coming Out of COVID-Signs of Hope."
The program will use upcycled election signs, painted and primed white, in which artists can paint or draw over. The signs, completed with the artwork, will be displayed in an outdoor gallery in San Ramon.
This year, the theme "Coming Out of COVID" signifies the celebration of a difficult yet important period of time coming toward an end as well as the lessons learned from it. The opportunity of expression through art along with the outdoor art exhibit allows for local artists to be engaged in the community and for the community to view the reflections of its residents.
The city outlined five objectives with the new temporary public art program, citing accessibility to all in the community, visual enjoyment in local parks, opportunities for artist participation, encouragement to go outside and view artworks, and examples of upcycling and reusing materials.
To participate, artists must be residents of Alameda or Contra Costa counties and be 16 years old or older. Aspiring participants need to submit an application at bit.ly/2TTn5dT by Aug. 4. The application asks for basic information, description of self as artist and explanation of participation, images of previous work samples, and proposed designs on the upcycled election sign.
The applications and designs will be reviewed by the Arts Advisory Committee who will be selecting around 50 artists for the program, depending on how many people apply. Selected artists will be notified of their selection by Aug. 24 and can pick up their signs between Aug. 25-29.
Because of the smaller size of the signs, no stipend will be awarded to the artists selected for the program and artists will need to provide their own supplies, keeping in mind that the signs will be displayed in an outdoor setting. Completed signs are due to be returned to the city by Sept. 22 and the city will seal the signs with weather resistant coating before exhibiting them.
Exhibition will start on Oct. 7 at San Ramon Central Park and Dougherty Station Community Center courtyard for 4 weeks at each location, with a total of eight weeks on display. After display, the signs will not be returned, as the signs belong to the city and may be used for future exhibits, but will be photographed and cataloged with artist information listed online as well.