The US Mint is seeking applications from artists to participate in their Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) to help design coins and medals. Up to six associate designers will join the current AIP designs under contract with the program.
US Mint Director Edmund Moy stated, “We are very excited about this unique program and its latest call to tap into the best artistic talent in the country. This is a tremendous opportunity for artists representing all types of backgrounds to inspire and educate the entire Nation.”
Applications will be accepted beginning September 1, 2009. There will be three deadlines November 9, 2009, March 8, 2010, and July 6, 2010, after which applicants will be evaluated for selection to the AIP.
The US Mint encourages applications from artists representing diverse backgrounds and a variety of interests. Applications include five to ten works from the artists’ portfolios, a resume, and a statement of interest. In order to be eligible for consideration, the following criteria also apply:
- US Citizenship.
- Have specialized training in his or her art form.
- Have derived a portion of his or her income from art for a minimum of 5 years.
- Have a history of public presentation of art in a professional context.
Artists awarded contracts to participate in the program will be paid established fees for their work, and those whose designs are selected for coins and medals will be named as designer in historical documents, Certificates of Authenticity and promotional materials.
In the past, AIP artists have submitted successful designs for high-profile coins, such as commemorative quarter-dollar coins, American Eagle Platinum Coins, Presidential $1 Coins, First Spouse Gold Coins, 2009 Lincoln Bicentennial One-Cent Coins and commemorative coins.
Interested artists can apply on the US Mint’s website at http://usmint.gov/artists