The Maine Arts Commission is making a call to all artists living in New England, with a preference for Maine artists, to submit proposals to design, create and install artwork at the Chelsea Elementary School Percent for Art site. The total project budget is $43,500 and the submission deadline is Monday, Jan. 10.

The Town of Chelsea is located in central Maine near the state capital of Augusta. It is a rural community steeped in a history of farming and agriculture with a traditional Maine ambiance centered on its natural surroundings. The new school is envisioned as a central point of its aspirations for the future. As well as being an elementary school, it also will serve as a community center and gathering place to serve the region as a multi-purpose facility.

The Percent for Art funds will be used to commission work(s) from a single artist, more than one or an artist team. An artist budget proposal must cover all design, fabrication, transportation, documentation and installation expenses including any building or site modifications associated with the artwork.

A Percent for Art selection committee of five members will jury submissions for the project. The committee will review the materials to determine whom to invite for a second round of evaluation. Artists selected for the second round will receive a $1,000 design fee for refining their proposals. Final proposals will include detailed models, drawings, renderings, samples of work and/or materials depending on the nature of the proposal. All finalists will present their final proposals to the committee in person.

All professional artists who work in New England may apply for consideration to this project. Artists who are employees of the Chelsea School Department 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 regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical disabilities. Artist teams are eligible to apply including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.

Full details of this competition, including images and floor plans, can be found within the opportunities outlined in the Directories page of