United States Mint Call for Artists: Seeking Artists to Design United States Coins and Medals

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United States Mint Call for Artists: Seeking Artists to Design United States Coins and Medals

Time: November 7, 2013 at 6pm to January 10, 2014 at 7pm
Location: online application
Website or Map: http://arts.gov/grants-indivi…
Event Type: call, to, artists
Organized By: National Endowment for the Arts
Latest Activity: Nov 7, 2013

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Application Deadline: January 10, 2014
Work Samples to be uploaded by:  January 28, 2014
Applicants Notified if Selected to Submit a Paid Drawing Exercise: by February 28, 2014

About the United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program

The designs on United States coins and medals are more than simple illustrations on small metal discs; they are expressions of the values, aspirations, and shared heritage of our Nation. They serve as illustrations to the world of the essence and the story of America.

The United States Mint is seeking artists interested in taking coin and medal design in new directions and trying new approaches as part of our endeavor to ensure that the designs on United States coins and medals are of the highest quality to best represent our country for years to come.

Subject to the conditions and criteria below, the United States Mint will award contracts to up to 20 artists to participate in the United States Mint Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) and submit designs for selected coin and medal programs. Depending on the number of active years in the AIP, artists receive between $2000 and $3000 for each design submission and an additional $5000 if their design is selected and used for a coin or medal design. All selected designs are sculpted by United States Mint Sculptor-Engravers, who also prepare designs for coin and medal programs.  Artists of selected designs are named as designer in historical documents, Certificates of Authenticity and promotional materials.  In most cases, the artist’s initials appear on the final coins or medals (along with the initials of the United States Mint Sculptor-Engraver who sculpted the selected design).

Eligibility

To qualify you must be a citizen of the United States, you must be willing to accept the Terms and Conditions, and you must be an established professional artist, defined as one who meets all of the following criteria:

  • has at least five years of relevant work experience, or has received specialized training in his or her artistic field, such as a degree or certification
  • derives a portion of his or her individual earned income from his or her art or areas related to his or her art
  • has experience in digital art techniques such as use of Photoshop, Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, Wacom tablets or similar technology
  • has a professional portfolio that includes published or publicly displayed art

Requirements and Criteria

To be considered for the AIP, you must submit an application containing the following required materials.  All artists who are interested in being considered must submit an application by January 10, 2014, and upload representative work samples by January 28, 2014.  Detailed instructions can be found in "How to Prepare and Submit an Application"

Read more and to Apply here:

http://arts.gov/grants-individuals/united-states-mint-call-for-artists

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