The Washington, DC Department of General Services (“Department” or “DGS”) is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to engage individual artists and artistic teams (Artist) to respond to this Call to Artists with professional qualifications in addition to a proposal of site-specific artistic capital improvements for the renovation and additions to Murch Elementary School, located 4810 36th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20008 in Ward 3.
Budget: $150,000 total (several sites in the facility)
Deadline: 12/31/2017 5:00 PM Central Time
Eligibility: Professional artists with a minimum of five years of site-specific and/or public art experience. Some categories are restricted to artists from Washington, D.C. or represented by a D.C. gallery. Artists are allowed to apply in teams. Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves. Artists should have demonstrated experience working with community representatives, youth, businesses and government entities. It is also important that if the artist(s) selected for the project actively engage and collaborate with local residents.
1) East Courtyard (2 locations) – $45,000.00
2) Main entrance/ Lobby (4 locations) – $45,000.00
3) Early childhood commons (3A), early childhood commons courtyard (3B), and main playground (3c) – $45,000.00
5) DC ARTISTS ONLY – Corridor installations (5 A,B,C) – $15,000.00
Total Commissions $ 150,000.00
The indicated budget must include ALL artists’ fees and costs associated with design, fabrication, travel, transportation of work to the site. insurance. permits. installation and documentation of the artwork. The Artists shall develop new, original, permanent works of art made specifically for the site.
Submit application form, downloadable from https://www.publicartist.org/resources/1695_1.pdf
The selection committee, representing diverse interests and expertise, will review images submitted by artists and recommend (3) three to (5) five Finalists for each project. Each Finalist will be awarded a $500 honorarium to create a site-specific design proposal that would include a scale model or rendering, an itemized budget, a project timeline, and a project narrative. An additional $500 is allocated for artists who’ve been selected as finalists and reside outside of Maryland, DC or Virginia for travel to present models. The selection committee will review the designs, references will be checked and then (1) one finalist/team for the project will be recommended.
FULL RFQ (PDF)
Contact Information for Questions
Submit materials by email to SANDY.BELLAMY@DC.GOV
Emailing Submission Instructions
Round One – Submit Resume, 10 Images and Letter of Interest VIA EMAIL (Design proposals are NOT accepted at this stage.)
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