Call to Artists for Memorial Work, Deadline Jun. 10

Vince Droser, one of Peabody Square’s most beloved citizens and boosters, passed away suddenly this winter, and the community he left behind hopes to honor his life, work and spirit with an artistic tribute to be located on one of two potential public sites within the neighborhood: the north plaza of the new MBTA Ashmont station, or on a landscaped traffic square in front of Ashmont Grill and the historic town clock tower. For more information, please see attached PDF. You may also contact Ricardo Barreto, Director of UrbanArts, at ricardo.barreto@massart.edu or (617) 879-7970.

Trinity Financial, the Boston real estate development firm where Droser served as vice president, has issued a Call for Entries to New England artists who’d like to submit a concept for a permanent sculpture installation. Trinity Financial and Friends of Vince have formed a committee to sponsor the initiative, with a budget estimated between $150,000 and 200,000. The Urban Arts Institute at the Mass College of Art will facilitate the artist selection process.

The planned sculptural tribute, in addition to beautifying the blocks of Peabody Square that Vince Droser was passionate about in his personal and professional life, has a secondary purpose; to serve as a community gathering spot for the types of contests, celebrations and offbeat, seasonal culinary challenges that Droser was fond of. The winning entry should speak to Droser’s joie de vivre, and its design should as a focal point for continued community action.

Trinity Financial encourages New England artists and sculptors to submit material for consideration. Deadline for entries is June 10. In mid-July, three to five finalists will be announced and awarded $1,000 each. Work is expected to commence in spring or summer of this year for a fall 2012 installation.

Artists represented by the Urban Arts Institute’s artist registry should submit digital images of past work and any other relevant materials. All others should visit www.massart.edu/About_MassArt/Urban_Arts_Institute/Opportunities for complete submission requirements.