Ingenuity Cleveland is pleased to announce a call for artists to provide photographic and other visual artworks for Dominion Energy’s Community Connection initiative.
About the Initiative
Dominion Energy is updating artwork on its Cleveland-based campus located in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood. Seeking to create a connection to the neighborhood(s) surrounding the campus through updated artworks, Dominion Energy places focus on human needs, environmental stewardship, education, and community vitality. Dominion Energy is inviting local photographers and artists to submit their works for a cash award. The selected artwork will be printed professionally and displayed at the Dominion Energy Campus in St. Clair – Superior neighborhood beginning in early 2020.
What type of Art will be Considered?
Goal: Connect the Dominion Energy Cleveland campus to the surrounding neighborhood(s), and the people who live and work here.
We are seeking primarily photographic works, though some 2D visual artworks created in other media and some 3D artworks will be considered. Square format is preferred, and works will be reproduced in a range of sizes up to 36×36”.
Neighborhoods: with a particular focus on the following neighborhoods
St. Clair / Superior, Collinwood, Glenville, Hough, Buckeye, Slavic Village, Tremont, Ohio City, Downtown Cleveland, etc.
People who live and work in the neighborhood(s) listed above
Unique landmarks: primarily featuring buildings, bridges, parks and most importantly, the people in the community
Bridges of Cleveland
And other things that truly express the unique nature of Cleveland
Remember: The goal of the project is to create a sense of community connection between Dominion Energy and surrounding neighborhoods.
You may enter your artwork(s) for consideration by completing the above-linked form. Please provide as much detail as possible when completing the form; note that your photo/work description, artist bio, and photo will all be used to display your art if your works are selected.
All submissions are welcome. In most cases, individual chosen works will be awarded a $100 stipend for a high-res digital file that will be issued to the artist upon completion of the project. If multiple works are chosen, additional compensation will be awarded. Three-dimensional works and originals may be compensated at a higher rate. We will cover the cost of high-quality reproduction for all prints, and all works will be recognized through a permanent printed plaque and through an online directory of artist’s profiles.
Ingenuity relies on a team of contractors, volunteers, and Ingeneers to create events like IngenuityFest, and keep our warehouse space functioning year-round. We wanted to introduce you to one of our crew, our site manager, José!
He’s a jack-of-all-trades who can fix a plumbing leak and then go on to paint a beautiful piece. His background is vast, and his energy contagious.
Here’s what he has to say about working with Ingenuity:
“At times when I have been asked where I’m from, I tell them I’m “A World Citizen” because I don’t have an easy/short answer. I’ve been so many places in my life and all have been a world apart from each other, so to speak. But I learned from all of them. Now I’m here at Cleveland enjoying being one part of what Ingenuity is accomplishing.
Marcus Aurelius said: ‘The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.’ In other words, one of the points of life is to be a free thinker, and Ingenuity Cleveland has many of these people. Why wouldn’t I hang out here, right?
There are many other reasons of why Ingenuity is important to me but it would be a long list, haha.”
Our board members are active Clevelanders striving to make our region a fun, vibrant place to live, and they see Ingenuity as an important partner in doing so!
Who Is Holly?
She’s an attorney and volunteer. In addition to serving on Ingenuity’s board, she also serves on the board of the Children’s Museum of Cleveland and Old Trail School. Her hobbies include enjoying Cleveland’s spectacular nightlife and food and art scene, spending time with family, and traveling.
What Drew Her to Ingenuity?
“As an attorney, not much of my day job was focused on the creative or arts. I got involved with Ingenuity to give back to a city I love, do what I could to help make it a more vibrant place, and to participate in the creative scene.”
Chris McNulty served as Community Engagement Coordinator for the LGBT Community Center for 16 glorious months before relocating to Key West, FL for a new adventure. He is an activist, knitter, astrologer, and life-long seeker of new truths.
What does Chris have to say about working with Ingenuity?
“The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland was thrilled to have an educational and immersive installation at Ingenuity Fest 2019 for the second year in a row. The folks an Ingenuity Fest were so welcoming and supportive, with creative ideas, materials, time, and encouragement. It was also through the incredible staff at Ingenuity Fest that we were able to make a connection with the Queer Student Alliance at Cleveland State University to develop and implement our installation, ‘The Out House.’ Ingenuity Fest provided the LGBT Center with the opportunity to reach Clevelanders beyond our regular channels to educate and celebrate LGBTQ+ identities in a creative space.”
Meet Lisa Curll! She’s a business analyst at Dominion Energy, where she coordinates Workplace Sustainability programs. She started Dominion’s first-ever corporate composting program with Rust Belt Riders last year, and to date has offset over 50,000 pounds of food waste from landfill across their territory.
Why Did Lisa Get Involved with Ingenuity?
“I joined the Ingenuity Cleveland board earlier this year because I believe in the collaborative artistic community we are building. I love working on projects and seeing new faces – from accomplished artists and musicians to newbies – building their visions and making their dreams come to life in our maker spaces.”
Amanda is one of our IngenuityLabs coordinators and an Ingeneer! A multi-media artist, she loves playing with color and focuses much of her 2-D art on abstract “flow” arts. Amanda mixes her background in religious studies and art history into her art life through the creation of large-scale installations that center around liminal spaces like hallways and entryways. Amanda also crafts movement as a flow dance performer when she has time around her other creative pursuits!
What Does Amanda Have to Say About Her Work with Ingenuity?
“Ingenuity has been nothing short of empowering. Since my first day, my voice has been heard, my ideas have been given life and support, my skills have been nurtured and grown. I see the world as being full of possibilities now, not limitations. Talent, knowledge, and passion are shared by people from all walks of life, all career paths, all interest groups. I’ve been able to build amazing things and watched others take joy and wonder from those creations. I have a place, a safe space, a world where being different is exactly what everyone wants to see, and a community that gives back tenfold to all of my contributions. And I’ve been able to share the magic with others, to watch it spread and grow, to help people who, like me, never imagined a place like this existed. Ingenuity is a home to EVERYone that no only takes us in, but helps us to become our best selves.”