AMB Sports & Entertainment (AMBSE), comprised of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta United FC and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, along with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), today announced an open call for Georgia artist portfolio reviews as part of an effort to identify and acquire leading edge local art for the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium collection.
Artists of all levels and experience are eligible to submit work, which can explore a variety of themes including, but not limited to, football, soccer, the history and culture of Atlanta and Georgia, fan excitement, and community activity. This call is limited to Georgia-based artists.
“We are looking for local talent to bring a unique perspective to the stadium,” said Laurie Ann Farrell, SCAD’s Executive Director of Exhibition Initiatives. “If your art has game, we want to see it.”
AMBSE announced a partnership with SCAD in November 2015 to incorporate world-class art into the new multi-purpose stadium. The agreement includes commissioning, acquiring and installing original artwork, as well as the selection and installation of memorabilia.
Mike Egan, Senior Vice President of AMBSE, a subsidiary of AMB Group, parent company of Arthur Blank’s businesses, is organizing the art initiative. “We’re excited to partner with SCAD to enhance Mercedes-Benz Stadium with locally sourced art,” said Egan. “This will be an iconic building for the city of Atlanta and we are proud to support Georgia artists who will bring a unique perspective to the fan and guest experience.”
To submit work for consideration, artists are asked to email a portfolio of up to five JPEGs representative of their style, along with an artist statement and CV including contact information. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, February 12, 2016. Submissions should be sent to ATLstadium@scad.edu. Please ensure that email attachments do not exceed 10 MB, and note that only portfolios received via email will be considered.
Artists selected during this review will have the opportunity to put forward formal proposals for potential commissions to display in the stadium’s interior public and private spaces. The final selected Georgia-commissioned works will be exhibited alongside memorabilia and original art from around the world.
Friday, February 12 5 p.m. deadline to submit portfolios
Friday, April 1 Accepted artists notified via email
Medium for Submission
Painting and Drawing
Mixed Media and Installation
“The aesthetic design of any space, public or private, has the power to teach, influence, and inspire,” said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. “By collaborating with the Mercedes- Benz Stadium development team, SCAD has a unique opportunity to elevate the guest experience through unforgettable, dynamic art in Atlanta’s new superlative stadium.”
The multi-purpose Mercedes-Benz Stadium will be home to the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United and will also serve as host venue to global, marquee sports and entertainment events. The artwork and memorabilia will be installed prior to the stadium opening in 2017.