TEMPOArt seeks qualifications from curators to initiate, manage, and oversee the
installation of temporary public art projects(s) in and around the Back Cove of Portland,
Maine in the spring/summer of 2018. The curatorial stipend is $6000
TEMPOart Maine energizes Portland’s public spaces through temporary art
installations—engaging residents and visitors, enriching its creative community and
enhancing Portland’s reputation as a world-class city. We provide opportunities for artists
to experiment with new mediums, highlight current issues and engage a wide public
audience. We partner with other non-profit educational and cultural institutions, using
each project to inspire innovative learning opportunities for all ages.
Project types may include sculptural installations, time-based/durational media, and other
forms of temporary public art that respond to and activate the site. Depending on the type
of media and site, works may remain on display for up to one year.
The successful curatorial candidate will ensure that the following goals of the project are
• Activate spaces and sites to attract residents and visitors to explore Portland, Maine’s
public art landscape;
• Showcase works of art that are innovative and consider audiences in dynamic,
interactive, and socially-engaged ways;
• Provide opportunities for artists to experiment with approaches beyond those available
through permanent public art commissions;
• Engage Portland’s local communities and visitors alike with educational opportunities
through community partnerships.
The Call is open to all curators or curatorial organizations with site-specific and/or
temporary public art experience; however, preference will be given to curators with
strong connections to the Northeast region.
TEMPOart’s 2018 site is Portland’s Back Cove. Possible sites may include the areas
around Back Cove Trail, Tukey’s Bridge, Preble Street Field, the Estuary Basin, and/or
other areas agreed upon by curator/artist, TEMPOArt, and the City of Portland.
TEMPOArt will work with the selected curator and/or artist to finalize and secure
permitting for the 2018 installation(s)/activation(s).
TEMPOArt has allocated $6,000 for the curator, and $20,000 for the project(s), inclusive
of artist fees, the design, fabrication, travel costs, installation and de-installation of the
installation/activation. The selected curator will lead the implementation process and will
manage and oversee each artist’s concept(s), budget(s), and schedule(s).
TEMPOArt will provide site permits, marketing, events management, publicity, and
overall project coordination. The curator is encouraged to promote TEMPOArt within
their artistic, professional and social networks, as well as be available for occasional
collaboration with community organizations to develop engagement programs.
Eligibility is open to professional, practicing curators (students are not eligible). Curators
working in the Northeast are especially encouraged to apply.
The selected curator will be expected to attend occasional TEMPOArt board meetings,
participate in several fundraising events, and be available for occasional community engagement activities during the duration of the installation/activation.
Please submit a Letter of Interest, Current Resume/CV, and Portfolio of pastprojects with 5 images to firstname.lastname@example.org