The U.S. Mint is looking for artists to create United States coin and medal designs. The agency is accepting applications for its Artistic Infusion Program (AIP) beginning Sept. 3, 2018.
The AIP, established in 2003, was created to develop and train a pool of external artists ready to work with the Mint’s staff, including sculptor-engravers, to generate new designs for coins and medals.
Designs from AP artists are featured on many U.S. coins, like the Mint’s America the Beautiful Quarters® Coins, Native American $1 Coins, Commemorative Coins, American Platinum Eagle Proof Coins, Congressional Gold Medals, American Liberty Gold Coins, and various silver and bronze medals.
Artists who join the AIP work under contract from their own studios, providing candidate designs in the form of finished drawings. They are paid from $2,000 to $3,000 per assignment and are awarded a $5,000 bonus for any design that is selected for sculpting on a coin or medal.
In addition to the bonus, the artist’s information is included in historical documents, Certificates of Authenticity, and promotional materials. In most cases, the artist’s initials appear on the final coins or medals along with the initials of the Sculptor-Engraver who sculpted the selected design.
Applicants must fill out an application form and submit five to 10 images of work from their portfolio. Artists may also be asked to provide a resume. Once reviewed, the Mint will invite selected artists to participate in a further evaluation round, which will require the development and submission of a demonstration design for which each selected artist will be paid a fee of $1,500.
The Mint is especially interested in artists who will bring innovative perspectives and utilize symbolism in their work to clearly and evocatively convey subjects and themes. From portraits and landscapes to depictions of notable achievements in American history, coin and medal designs require rendering a range of subjects and themes on a small space.
To apply for the AIP, artists must be U.S. citizens who are established professional artists, defined as one who meets all of the following criteria:
Has at least five years of relevant work experience or has received specialized training in his or her artistic field, such as a degree or certification
Derives a portion of his or her individual earned income from his or her art or areas related to his or her art
Has experience in digital art techniques such as use of Photoshop, Illustrator, Wacom tablets, or similar technology
Has a professional portfolio that includes published or publicly displayed art
To be considered, artists must register online at www.usmint.gov/callforartists and submit their application, including images, by Oct. 29, 2018, at 11:59 a.m. Eastern Time (ET).