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Oct 03 2019 - 04:15 PM
The Gottesman Libraries Art Commission - Now Accepting Proposals for the 2020 Commission

Commission Information


About the Art Commission



Made possible by a trust founded by Col. Eugene Myers, which funds art education initiatives at Teachers College, the Gottesman Libraries Art Commission has brought relevant art content to the patrons of the Gottesman Libraries for years.

The aim of the Gottesman Libraries Art Commission is to create art experiences in the library that present themes of education, learning and libraries through innovative work. In the last few years an effort to incorporate interaction and technology has been made in order to expose audiences to ideas and methods that are not part of traditional educational curriculum.

Examples of past commissions can be found here.


Application Guide



Art Commission | Guidelines for Proposals

File:Gottesman Libraries Art Commission | Guidelines for Proposals.pdf

Gottesman Libraries in collaboration with the Myers Foundation, offer funding, exhibition space, and support to artists who explore the intersections between education, technology, data, art, and media. The goal of the Gottesman Libraries Art Commission 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, the Gottesman Libraries will award selected artists up to $20,000 to collaborate on imaginative new work based on the concepts above. Artists will work alongside the Gottesman design team to create art that impacts the community on campus, in New York, and beyond.

Funding is also available for exhibition of relevant existing work and varies by project.

Background Information

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 which includes the production and display of applicable artwork.

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

Required Submission Materials - Due December 15 2019

Email all submission documents 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 (Dec 16, 2019 to Jan 31, 2020)

Proposals will be reviewed by the Library art commission committee and selected based on applicability to mission, impact, and innovation.

The review committee 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 submit their updated proposals to the review committee within this period.

The review committee will evaluate all submittals and recommend 1 to 3 artists as commission recipients. Final selection will be based on the applicability of the proposal to Gottesman Libraries 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 review committee according to scope and applicability. The review committee and artist will develop a contract and scope of work in this final phase of the selection process.

New Commissioned Work

  • Up to 16 cumulative weeks
  • up to $20,000 in funding

Exhibition of Existing Work

  • Timeline to be determined by the Artist and Gottesman Libraries
  • up to $3,000 in funding 

*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

Gottesman Libraries will work with the artist to identify 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 Library Management for content. The artist must be present and participate for a period to be determined (see “Scope of Work” above) by the review committee 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, Library educational seminars, press, and publication.

Payment Schedule

Artists are paid on an agreed-upon schedule by the artist and the Gottesman Libraries. 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 the Gottesman Libraries for future use and exhibition as part of the original commission.

Important Dates
  • Oct 7: Call for proposals
  • Dec 15: Applications are due by midnight EST 
  • Dec 16 - Jan 31: Library committee reviews proposals and generates pool of finalists who will be contacted to develop their proposals further with Library team. Library review committee selects up to 3 artists for the commission
  • Feb 2020 onward: Selected artists finalize contracts with review committee and commence collaborations

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


Application Deadlines



Important Dates
  • Oct 7: Call for proposals
  • Dec 15: Applications are due by midnight EST 
  • Dec 16 - Jan 31: Library committee reviews proposals and generates pool of finalists who will be contacted to develop their proposals further with Library team. Library review committee selects up to 3 artists for the commission
  • Feb 2020 onward: Selected artists finalize contracts with review committee and commence collaborations

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


Past Commissions


Knowing Together -2018/2019



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.

Knowing Together Workshop


This workshop and 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

Knowing Together Exhibition at Offit Gallery

Knowing Together Exhibition at Offit Gallery

Knowing Together Exhibition at Offit Gallery

Knowing Together Books

Knowing Together Sculptures





The Art of Living - 2017



"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 included 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.


Future Textile Library - 2017



This showcase of responsive and tangible textile processes and designs was installed in the Second Floor Reading Room of Gottesman Libraries with interactive workshops that focussed on wearable technology, fashion, and data.

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.


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 Seymour: Founder and CEO of SUPA, Urmila Mohan: Bard Graduate Center/AMNH Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology and Annelie Koller: Human Ecologist, Founder The Lady Tech Guild.



Exhibit dates were Oct 16- Dec 23 2017


Keepsake - 2016



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

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.


*Image from documentation of prototyping proces




Collective Wisdom - 2016



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

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey

Collective Wisdom is an interactive installation that 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 historic scholars who are significant to Teachers College and education through the "book" on the central platform.

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.

User Testing, spring 2016


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


word.camera @smith.learning.theater - 2016



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.


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


Matt Taylor - 2015



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.







For more see Matt Taylor's Website


Nest Builders - 2014



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.




Past Commissions



Past Gottesman Libraries Art Commissions include:

For information about art at the Library before 2010 please contact a librarian through the Gottesman Libraries website.


Spaces


Library Art Spaces Overview



The Gottesman Libraries are home to a variety of potential art spaces that vary from traditional galleries, highly trafficked group work rooms to state-of-the-art multimedia environments. Artists applying for the Myers Art Commission are highly encouraged to visit the Library and explore the possibilities.

The following are some of our most successful art spaces to consider.

*The Gottesman Libraries Art Commission will work with all artists to find the best place to install artwork - it is not necessary to determine final location before applying.


The Offit Gallery



The Offit Gallery

The Offit Gallery is located on the 3rd Floor of the Library and is the most traditional gallery space in 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 en route to class or the neighboring quiet reading room.

A traditional exhibition in the Offit Gallery lasts an average of 6 weeks and is facilitated by the library in exhibition design, installation and printed support material if needed.

Artists can also apply to have existing, un-commissioned artwork exhibited in the Offit Gallery by submitting a request through the library.

*The Gottesman Libraries Art Commission will work with all artists to find the best place to install artwork - it is not necessary to determine final location before applying.


The Kasser Space



The Kasser Space

With over a thousand people entering this Gothic Hall each day, the Kasser Gallery is the most trafficked location at the Gottesman Libraries. This complex area is the most pivotal public space in the library and as such has more restrictions than a traditional gallery but the best audience access.

Artists can also apply to have existing, un-commissioned artwork exhibited in the Offit Gallery by submitting a request through the library.

*The Gottesman Libraries Art Commission will work with all artists to find the best place to install artwork - it is not necessary to determine final location before applying.


The Smith Learning Theater



The Smith 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 installations, projections, performances, learning events and more. This space has an active schedule which will affect the timespan and audience access of an installation.

The Learning Theater is best used for interactive workshops for large audiences, performance art, projection and sound exhibitions that cannot be displayed anywhere else. At least six months prior notice is required for scheduling.

More information on the Smith Learning Theater can be found via the Gottesman Libraries Website.

*The Gottesman Libraries Art Commission will work with all artists to find the best place to install artwork - it is not necessary to determine final location before applying.

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