CCT: Artist Registry FAQ

COA Artist Registry 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Responses to frequently asked questions will be posted on this page on an ongoing basis.

Q.  Does one just need to be in the Artist Registry to be considered? (posted on 12/30/13)

Answer:  Yes.  The process we use for the majority of our public art projects is through an initial RFQ.  Artists interested in being considered must register in the Art in Public Spaces Registry and supply their qualifications (portfolio of images and resume).    


Q.  I am entering information to join the public artist registry.  Can you tell me something about the purpose portfolio is meant to serve?  I have already included a link to my website, where all my work is shown, as well as a sample of recent public art projects. (posted on 12/30/13)

Answer:  Public art committee members access artist portfolios using two methods: 1) through the portal via the uploaded images and 2) at review meetings by viewing printed hard copies of the Image Sheets.

A portion of the committee may begin their review by accessing the images uploaded into the portfolio section of the registry. This will give them an opportunity to preview the work of the registered artists. However, the primary review will take place at in-person review meetings where the group looks at hundreds of printed contact sheets. Therefore, submitting a consistent portfolio under the two requested formats is recommended but not required.

Committee members may access artist websites on occasion but only for those artists who are further shortlisted and require a closer examination.


Q. I see that it says that we have to be in the COA roster to be eligible, but is any secondary entry required after submitting to the roster? Or is the inclusion in the roster the application for that specific project? (posted on 12/17/13)

Answer: There is no secondary entry required and no specific application for the project. The program utilizes a registry process in which one registration is kept on file and will be reviewed by Art in Public Spaces committees. The committee will review artists registered in our database and based on qualifications they shortlist a handful of artists who will be invited to submit site-specific proposals.

Q. Will selection panel consider non-traditional mediums for projects? (posted on 12/17/13)

Answer: Yes, selection panels might consider non-traditional materials as long as the materials are durable and appropriate for the specific building project and public space. Artists should submit portfolios which best represent their work and committees will review and select those who they feel are appropriate for the project.


Q. Are you requesting 12 different images or can images be of different shoots of a selected works that show detail or expressive qualities? (12/17/13)

Answer: Artists should select images that best represent their work. Detail shots are allowable and may assist in providing more clarity; just be aware that the overall restriction is 12 images (not 12 separate artworks). Therefore assemble a portfolio which provides reviewers with a clear understanding of your overall body of work and select a range of images which you feel are appropriate.

Q.  I recently heard about the SCSU project in CCSU, and I was wondering what is the required scale for the submission sketch have to be? (posted on 12/16/13)
Answer: Regarding both current projects posted on our website (SCSU and CCSU), we are ONLY accepting the qualifications of artists, not proposals; therefore, artists should register their portfolios in the Artist Registry.  From the registry, approximately 5 artists will be shortlisted for further consideration and will be asked to prepare site-specific proposals.

Q.  What is the difference between the 12 digital images I uploaded and portfolio images? (posted on 12/16/13)

Answer:  They can be the same images or different but overall they should be roughly of the same body of work.  We ask for these two formats as reviewer’s access the materials in two ways.

    1. Reviewers are provided with online access so they can review portfolios in advance of our selection meetings. We can also project particular works of art during these meetings.
    2. The contact sheets are printed and brought to meetings so reviewers can shuffle through our registry of artists. This hands on approach has been highly valued by our committees and the one-page contact sheet provides an easy to view, quick glance overview of an artists' portfolio.
Q.  I submitted an application yesterday for the Artist registry and I’m wondering how long before the CT artist is included on the registry list? (posted on 12/16/13)

Answer:  The time varies based on work flow.  The online registry established with a series of rounds; Registration Round, Pre-Review Round and Review Round.  After you submit your registration it goes into Pre-Review Round where COA staff check your submission for completeness.  If complete, COA staff then move it into Review Round where it becomes accessible to committees (and other groups) who utilize our database. Artists will receive an email from COA confirming receipt after it has been reviewed for completeness.  


If you are a Connecticut artist, your name will be added to the Artist Registry webpage with a direct link provided to your website (if you have provided a link in your registration).   



Content Last Modified on 12/30/2013 5:21:04 PM