Call for Artists - Otter Exhibit

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Public Art for the Otter Exhibit

Hutchinson Zoo  

Application Deadline: December 19, 2017

The Public Art Design Council invites professional and emerging MURAL artists or artist teams over the age of eighteen (18) years old and residing in Reno County, Kansas to submit qualifications to create public art at the Otter Exhibit planned for new construction at the Hutchinson Zoo.

The Otter Exhibit Project involves new construction of an exhibit to house a pair of North American River Otters.  Construction of the exhibit is scheduled to begin in December 2017 (weather permitting).  The mural artwork will begin following exhibit construction sometime in the spring of 2018, and will be painted on a tall vertical concrete wall (dimensions and scale are provided in the Call for Artists). 

The total budget for the exhibit is $375,000 with 50% coming from the fundraising efforts of Friends of the Zoo and the remaining 50% from City of Hutchinson.  The Percent for Public Art budget for the mural artwork is $3,750.  

The mural artwork at the Otter Exhibit should:
Enhance the connection of the exhibit to its surroundings.
Serve as a backdrop (not a focal point) within the Otter habitat.
Strengthen the visitor experience.
Withstand exposure to extreme weather conditions, including ice, water, humidity and sunlight.

Details for the Thematic Considerations, the Exhibit Site Plan (with artwork dimensions), Artist Selection Process, Timeline, Eligibility Requirements and Application Procedures can be found in the Call for Artists posted on this web page under Related Documents. The application deadline and submission is 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017. Questions can be directed to Meryl Dye, Assistant City Manager at

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