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Oct 08 2019 - 03:48 PM
Myers Art Commission - Exploring the Art of Learning

General Info


2018 Application Guide



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2018 Art Commissions | Guidelines for Proposals


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Please read this guide carefully before applying to ensure that all required materials and information are included by the dates outlined. Take our Statement of Purpose and Background Information (below) into consideration when writing your proposal. We look forward to collaborating!


Available Location 1 - Kasser Space (proposals using this space will have priority)


The main entrance of the Gottesman Libraries is known as the Kasser Gallery.


This complex and highly trafficked area is the most pivotal public space in the library and as such has more restrictions than a traditional gallery. Fire safety prohibits certain freestanding elements or anything that would inhibit egress. Projection and lighting elements are possible up to a point as are wall-mounted pieces. It is advisable to restrict weight as much as possible.


Available Location 2 - Offit Gallery


The more traditional gallery space located on the third floor of the Library behind the quiet reading room. Rails provide easy hanging for framed and mounted pieces. There are electrical outlets for screens and lighting can be adjusted. However it is located next to a quiet reading room so sound-based installations are not encouraged.


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*It is highly recommended that prospective applicants visit the spaces in person in addition to reviewing the included images and specifications. Visits are easily arranged by emailing  Zoe.Logan@tc.columbia.edu


Statement of Purpose


EdLab is offering funding, exhibition space, and support to artists who explore the intersections between education, technology, data, art, and media. The goal of EdLab Art Commissions is to create novel, meaningful, and transformative experiences in the context of a graduate school of education, health, and psychology. Selected artists complete multimedia art projects, which lead to public outcomes including installations and performances, seminars, public discussion, and publication.


With support from the Myers Foundations, EdLab will award selected artists up to $20,000 to collaborate on imaginative new work based on the concepts above. Artists will work alongside the EdLab design team to create art that impacts the community on campus, in New York, and beyond.


EdLab is also open to exhibiting and/or purchasing relevant existing work. Funding for existing work varies by project.



Background Information


EdLab was established at Teachers College in 2005 to advance education in the post-industrial age. Located within the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College Columbia University, EdLab is a research and development unit organized to support educational software, multimedia, consulting, and publishing. In addition to holding the largest collection of materials devoted to the educating professions, the Gottesman Libraries has developed a range of new services to meet the needs of students and faculty members interested in accessing and producing educational and research materials in multiple media.


See our Gallery of EdLab Art Commissions to learn more about past commissions.




Required Submission Materials


Email all submission documents by March 5, 2018 to Zoe.Logan@tc.columbia.edu

  1. Letter of intent for project (no more than two pages). Briefly describe your approach to the project. Please include an initial budget for fee, materials, and installation costs.

  2. Portfolio of up to 10 work samples (may be submitted as PDF, website or physical document) with corresponding details on each work.

  3. CV or Resume

  4. One or two pages of related biographical information with complete contact information

  5. List of 3 references, ideally from those who have engaged you in similar projects



Evaluation and Award Process (March 6, 2018 to April 30, 2018)


Proposals will be reviewed by the EdLab team and selected based on applicability to mission, impact, and innovation.


The EdLab team will research and identify a pool of qualified candidates. From this pool, no more than 5 artists will be invited to continue in the selection process. Finalists will be given the opportunity to develop one or more preliminary concepts for Teachers College and to tour the space and have the ability to request access for research, photography etc. In the case of existing art, the proposal must include details about installation, location, and any additional support.


Proposals should be developed enough to provide a good understanding of how the art will look within the context of the location. Finalists will be asked to present their proposals to the EdLab team.


The review committee will evaluate all submittals and recommend 1 to 3 artists as commission recipients by April 30, 2018. The final selection will be based on the applicability of the proposal to EdLab and Teachers College’s mission and the level of uniqueness and innovation proposed.


Scope of Work/Timeline for Projects


As part of the selection of the final commission recipients, funding will be determined by EdLab according to scope and applicability. The EdLab and Artist will develop a contract and scope of work in this final phase of the selection process.



Type of Project

Timeline

Available Budget

Collaboration for new work

Up to 16 cumulative weeks

for production (no weekly or daily requirement); Work will be exhibited for up to 1 year overlapping or in addition to collaboration

up to $20,000

Exhibition of Existing work

To be determined by the Artist and EdLab

up to $3,000

Additional funding may be available for limited travel, housing, shipping and necessary installation/event expenses and will be considered on a case by case basis.


Roles and Responsibilities


EdLab will work with the artist to locate the best location on the premises for the work and help to install, maintain, and de-install work. The artist is responsible for making sure that the art is finished, functional, and adheres to the specifications set by EdLab for content. The artist must be present and participate for a period to be determined (see “Scope of Work” table above) by EdLab and artist at each stage of the project.


The artist must be available and prepared for potential public outcomes about the work such as, but not limited to: openings, EdLab educational seminars, press, and publication.


Payment Schedule


Artists are paid on an agreed-upon schedule by the artist and EdLab. Payments are usually planned in four phases: 40% for initial materials, 30% for proof of concept, 20% upon successful installation and 10% for an artist talk or presentation.


Intellectual Property


All accepted artworks, collaborations, and their representations will be licensed by EdLab for future use and exhibition as part of the original commission.


Important 2018 Dates


  • February 5: Call for proposals

Proposals include:

  1. Letter of Intent for project

  2. No more than 10 Portfolio pieces

  3. CV/Resume

  4. Short Bio and contact info

  5. 3 References

Email applications and any questions to Zoe.Logan@tc.columbia.edu


  • March 5: Applications are due by midnight EST

  • March 6-31: EdLab team reviews proposals and generates pool of finalists who will be contacted to develop their proposals further with EdLab team

  • April 1-30: EdLab team selects up to 3 artists for the commission

  • April-onward:  Selected artists finalize contracts with EdLab and commence collaborations


2018 Timeline



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Art Commissions |  Dates


  • February 5: Call for proposals

Proposals include:

  1. Letter of Intent for project

  2. No more than 10 Portfolio pieces

  3. CV/Resume

  4. Short Bio and contact info

  5. 3 References

Email applications and any questions to Zoe.Logan@tc.columbia.edu


  • March 5: Applications are due by midnight EST

  • March 6-31: EdLab team reviews proposals and generates pool of finalists who will be contacted to develop their proposals further with EdLab team

  • April 1-30: EdLab team selects up to 3 artists for the commission

  • April-onward:  Selected artists finalize contracts with EdLab and commence collaborations



Art Commission Overview



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Statement of Purpose


EdLab is offering funding, exhibition space and support to artists who explore the intersections between education, technology, data, art, and media. The goal of EdLab Art Commissions is to create novel, meaningful, and transformative experiences in the context of a graduate school of education, health, and psychology. Selected artists complete multimedia art projects, which lead to public outcomes including installations and performances, seminars, public discussion, and publication.


With support from the Myers Foundations, EdLab will award selected artists up to $20,000 to collaborate on imaginative new work based on the concepts above. Artists will work alongside the EdLab design team to create art that impacts the community on campus, in New York, and beyond.


EdLab is also open to exhibiting and/or purchasing relevant existing work. Funding for existing work varies by project.


Background Information


EdLab was established at Teachers College in 2005 to advance education in the post-industrial age. Located within the Gottesman Libraries, EdLab is a research and development unit organized to support educational software development, media, design, educational consulting, and publishing. In addition to holding the largest collection of materials devoted to the educating professions, the Gottesman Libraries has developed a range of new services to meet the needs of students and faculty members interested in accessing and producing educational and research materials in multiple media. 

See our list of Past Commissions for more information about the kinds of projects we have supported.


Please view the full Application Guide for additional information on developing a proposal.


Past Commissions


2018 - Knowing Together




Knowing Together is an experiment in collaborative photography and the expression of embodied experience in three-dimensional art. Rosalie Yu uses 3D capturing techniques to explore the limits of perception and memory, to reflect upon archiving practices, to transform everyday experience through rituals, and to interrogate the process of capturing depth in photography.

"Knowing Together" began with a workshop in late September where the artist and a group of strangers learn photogrammetry, a technique for creating 3D models of objects by combining photographs from multiple angles. The group formed a circle and passed around a camera to progressively capture a 3D image as the two strangers embrace platonically for the duration of the scan. Each embrace is 3D printed and exhibited as a sculpture. The entire group is credited as creators of these sculptures, which are displayed alongside raw captured images, video footage, and other source materials from the creation of these sculptures.


This exhibition was made possible by the Myers Fund through the Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University, displayed at the Offit Gallery from January 2nd through February 25th 2019.



Knowing Together Exhibition at Offit Gallery

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2017- The Art of Living



"The Art of Living" is an interactive Augmented Reality installation by artist Ziv Schneider, exploring the idea of simulating learning subjects through living, and particularly the use of practice cottages in the early 20th century to teach home making.

Inspired by a class titled "Household Arts For Students From Other Lands" taught at Teacher's College in 1923, the artist Ziv Schneider puts her own avatar into a reconstruction of a model home, walking the viewer through her findings.

The installation will include 5 "classes" and an introduction that guides the user through the house virtually through a downloadable app or pre-loaded iPads.

"The Art of Living" opened March 5 2018 and was on view through June of 2018.


"The Art of Living" was also on display at the Macy Gallery at Teachers College from June - July 2018.


2017 - Future Textile Library





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This showcase of responsive and tangible textile processes and designs was installed in the Second Floor Reading Room of Gottesman Libraries.

The Future Textile Library installation presented selected garments, processes, samples and functionalities of the work by Wearable Media Studio, a collective of artists working at the intersection of textile and technology.

Patrons of the library were able to interact with the existing work, see how the garments were made and even make small versions of their own at three free workshops.



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Artists Yuchen Zhang, Jingwen Zhu and Hellyn Teng guided library patrons in an introduction to wearable technology, data, fabrication and fashion and have hands-on projects with sensors, LEDs, programming and wearable elements to take home.



Wearable Media Studio also hosted an artist panel at Teachers College with speakers Sabine SeymourFounder and CEO of SUPA, Urmila MohanBard Graduate Center/AMNH Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology and Annelie Koller: Human Ecologist, Founder The Lady Tech Guild.

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Exhibit dates were Oct 16- Dec 23 2017


2016 - word.camera @smith.learning.theater



Artist Ross Goodwin uses a Neural Network trained on the collected publications of the 'Teachers College Record' to create a version of his 'word.camera' image captioning piece specifically for the Smith Learning Theater.

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Video feeds throughout the Theater are processed and 'captioned' with Goodwin's program, then visualized through a projection. The output of the 'word.camera' is a poetic narrative that describes the footage being taken in real time using the lexicon of TCR as constructed by the neural network. No recordings other than the language are taken.


* Image taken from user testing


2016 - Keepsake



'Keepsake' is an interactive light and projection installation that evokes the way memories are recalled in the brain.


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Partner artists Clara Santamaria and Jonathan Sparks collaborated with EdLab to construct this sculptural piece in the Offit Gallery on the 3rd floor of the Library.


The structure, which spans the hallway, was influenced by the look and feel of neurons. It is comprised of 400+ linear feet of acrylic tubes, each containing programmable LED lights. The buttons, when pressed, trigger animated paths through the web-like sculpture, representing the neural pathways in which our memories are stored and retrieved.


Clara Santamaria is an artist and designer originally from Colombia.

Jonathan Sparks is an artist and musician from Connecticut.

Both artists are graduates from the ITP program at NYU and are based in Brooklyn, New York.


Keepsake was commissioned by the Gottesman Libraries with the generosity of the Myers Foundation.


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*Image from documentation of prototyping proces





2016 - Collective Wisdom




"Collective Wisdom" is a virtual library designed by interaction designer and developer Adiel Fernandez.

The installation uses projection mapping and motion capturing cameras to allow users to browse the 'library' and add their own content via www.CollectiveWisdom.cc

Users can also explore a selection of scholars who are significant to Teachers College through the book on the central platform.


The artist, Adiel Fernandez is a New York City native who began as a Physics teacher before completing a masters in Design and Technology at Parsons School of Design. He has since instructed at the American Museum of Natural History, been adjunct professor at Parsons, and completed several projection mapping installations throughout the United states.







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Artist Adiel Fernandez uses projection mapping and 3D animation to create an interactive virtual library where visitors can input their own content while learning about other scholars in the field of education.


See Adiel's EdLab Seminar about "Collective Wisdom" on Vialogues


2015 - Matt Taylor



Artist of "Environmental Design and Planetary Transformation" Matt Taylor, was commissioned to participate in the design of the  Library's Smith Learning Theater project and build an archive of related materials in Teachers College's institutional repository, PocketKnowledge.


Taylor brought the EdLab community together for an intensive 3-day "Design Shop" event, gave illuminating Design process seminars with his partner Gail Taylor, and created a suite of furniture designed specifically for the users of the Gottesman Libraries and the Smith Learning Theater.


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For more see Matt Taylor's Website

2014 - Nest Builders



Public installation artist Mark Reigelman II was commissioned to create the sculptural installation Nestbuilders.



Built on a hanging metal substructure and cladded in over 10,000 pieces of magnetically-attached stainless steel, Nestbuilders sits at the heart of the Gottesman Libraries' collaboration space, where hundreds of teachers gather every day to engage in dialogue and advance learning.





2010 - Jer Thorp



Data artist Jer Thorp was selected to create a piece about Teachers College's Pressible application, an online publishing network built on WordPress. Thorp used data visualizations to show use over time while preserving privacy. With many users participating on dozens of blogs, Pressible generates a wealth of raw data from across the network.


Thorp continued on to work at the New York Times Research and Development Lab and teach as an adjunct professor at ITP at NYU.


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2009 and earlier



For more information about works of art commissioned by the Gottesman Libraries please contact a librarian through the Gottesman Libraries website



Installation Spaces


Kasser Gallery



The Kasser Gallery the main entrance to the Library which is a Gothic Hall.

It is a high traffic area with over a thousand visitors a day.

This complex area is the most pivotal public space in the library and as such has more restrictions than a traditional gallery. Fire safety prohibits freestanding elements or anything that would inhibit egress. Projection and lighting elements are possible up to a point as are wall-mounted pieces. It is advisable to restrict weight as much as possible.

It is highly recommended that prospective applicants visit the space in person in addition to reviewing the included images and specifications. Visits are easily arranged by emailing Zoe.Logan@tc.columbia.edu







Offit Gallery



The Offit Gallery Space is located on the 3rd Floor of the Library. It is equipped with picture rail for hanging work and power outlets. It is a popular area for students who are meeting, studying  and passing through the hallway.


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The Learning Theater



In Fall of 2017 the Gottesman Libraries opened the Smith Learning Theater, a 6000 square foot event space on the fourth floor of Russell Hall. There are several potential areas of the Learning Theater that might host installationsprojectionsperformances, learning events and more. This space has an active schedule which may affect the timespan of an installation from one day to several weeks.

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