Request for Proposals: Centerpieces for UrbanGlass’ 2019 Gala & Auction

UrbanGlass seeks proposals for dynamic centerpieces or table installations to be featured on dinner tables at our most important annual fundraiser taking place on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The event will be design-focused and we are seeking projects that exemplify contemporary design. The primary material of proposed works should be glass.

About UrbanGlass’ Gala & Auction

Up to 260 of UrbanGlass’ most significant supporters attend this event, including donors, glass collectors, gallery owners and artists. The event opens with a cocktail party and silent auction in the Agnes Varis Art Center; guests enjoy a seated dinner, with awards and a live auction in BRIC’s ground floor black box theater; the event finishes in UrbanGlass’ 3rd floor studios for an After Party and Performance.

Guidelines

  • Work should be primarily glass.
  • Work will be positioned on a 60” round table, with a circle of roughly 20” diameter of available space at the center. Please consider sight-lines across the table and to the stage.
  • Work will be for sale as a part of UrbanGlass’ fundraising efforts at the event.
  • Work that encourages interaction (or additional donations!) among table guests or with the work is welcome.
  • Budget: up to $200 per table.
  • Selected projects will adorn between 6 and 26 tables. (Between 1 and 5 designs will be selected to fill out the room.)
  • Consider whether or not your work will incorporate flowers. UrbanGlass works with a floral designer to augment each table, and will work with each selected artist to determine a strategy to enhance their work.
  • Projects cannot incorporate open flames. 
  • UrbanGlass will not be responsible for any expenses (shipping or otherwise) to get the work to the event.

Dates and Deadlines


  • Please submit your proposal by Friday, January 25, 2019 to rachel@urbanglass.org.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the UrbanGlass Gala Committee and responses made by Friday, February 15, 2019.
  • (At least) One complete work must be at UrbanGlass by Friday, March 29, 2019 for photography.
  • All complete works must be at UrbanGlass on Friday, May 3, 2019.*

To apply, please send the following materials to Rachel Feinberg at rachel@urbanglass.org with the subject “2019 Gala Centerpiece Proposal”. Send all information as email attachments:

  • Current CV or Resume highlighting previous applicable work.
  • A brief (no more than 500 word) proposal describing the object or installation, keeping in mind the parameters described above in “guidelines” section. 
  • 2-3 Images of proposed works, with details about dimensions. Make sure to clearly label each image with the artists name. If you wish to leave a sample work – please make arrangements via email with Rachel Feinberg prior to the application deadline.
  • Include project cost and proposed sale price. Artist is responsible for all material and studio fees incurred in making the work.
  • UrbanGlass will pay selected artist(s) a deposit of $100 per table to be created at the outset of the project, and the balance upon delivery to UrbanGlass*.

*Artworks should be delivered in packaging adequate for storage and protection.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Feinberg: rachel@urbanglass.org.