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The Bernalillo County Arts Board solicits artists and artists’ teams for a site-specific outdoor public art project that will be installed at the new Route 66 Visitor Center located at “Nine Mile Hill,” near Atrisco Vista and I-40 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The established budget for the project is $22,500. Artists working in a variety of media including sculpture, murals, and mosaics are invited to apply. The center is expected to open in early summer of 2022. The call is open to New Mexico-based artists.

Albuquerque has the longest stretch of the historic “Mother Road” in the country. When it opens later this year, the Route 66 Visitor Center will have a national presence and locally will further advance economic development on the West Central corridor. The artist or artists’ team selected for the project will develop a concept that celebrates the history, traditions, and cultures of Route 66 and the importance of the visitor center to the community. The winning artist or team will be responsible for all aspects of design and installation. The design of the artwork should have a strong visual impact for both motorists on Central Avenue and visitors to the facility who will be able to view the art piece up close.

The call for art started on March 7 and is open until April 7.

From the submissions, three finalists will be chosen by the selection committee to prepare a more detailed design for the project. The Bernalillo County Arts Board will select the finalist for the project after the presentations.

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