Major Jenkins Art Project – Visual Interior Installation

Project Overview

Architreasures and our partner Mercy Housing, a comprehensive affordable housing provider, is seeking artist(s) to develop interior artwork for the Major Jenkins Apartments, a supportive housing residence for individuals who have experienced or are at risk for homelessness. The Major Jenkins Apartments is located in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood at 5012 N. Winthrop.

The overall goals of the Major Jenkins Art Project are to:

– Create visually compelling and uplifting artwork that enlivens two common areas in the building as part of its renovation

– Incorporate a community informed practice in the development of the artwork, with designs that connect to the experiences, needs, and interests of Major Jenkins’ predominantly African-American residents

– Collaborate with Mercy Housing staff and residents in the refinement of design concept

The selected artist(s) will design and produce artwork for 1 or 2 wall spaces within Major Jenkins located in building’s front entryway and a community room (see site location parameters). The artist fee for the project is $2,500-4,000 for the entryway (@ 50 sq/ft) and $5,000-8,000 (@ 105 sq/ft) for the community room, to be determined based upon design proposal. Material and production expenses will be established with Architreasures upon approval of final designs.

Deadline: May 20

Project Timeline

May: Shortlist of artists provided $500 stipend to develop initial design concepts
June: Artist(s) selected after presentation and interviews with project committee
Jul-Aug: Artist(s) develop and refine artwork design with community engagement
Sept-Nov: Artwork production and fabrication
Dec: Artwork installation and project celebration