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Artist Sought for Exterior Artwork at Norfolk Airport

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Artist Sought for Exterior Artwork at Norfolk Airport




The Norfolk Public Art Commission and the Airport Art Planning Committee seek to commission an artist to design and create exterior artwork.

Budget: $200,000 (all-inclusive; must hire a VA-licensed contractor for installation)

Eligibility:  [not stated]

Site Context
Norfolk is the cultural, educational, medical and business center of the seven-city Hampton Roads area. It is thriving with culture, history, diversity, festivals, attractions and entertainment and boasts the best shopping and dining experiences in the entire region. The city is a vital confluence of commerce, water, city, rail, transportation, government and business all coming together. Norfolk hosts the world’s largest naval base, one of the busiest international ports on the East Coast, and the region’s international airport.

Norfolk International Airport is the major airport serving southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. Surrounded by water and garden, it is enhanced by the splendor of the neighboring Norfolk Botanical Garden, which creates a beautiful buffer zone between the airport and the outside world. The year-round beauty of the airport grounds has become a national role model for reconciling expanding air facilities with a delicate ecological sanctuary. It has one of the most beautiful air approaches of any city in the world. The recently renovated lobby and concourses are bright and modern with open views of the lush landscapes.

Project Description

The Public Art Planning Committee seeks an artist to design and create exterior artwork that will signal Norfolk as a friendly and welcoming city. The art should be site-specific, creatively stimulate thought and conversation, and be relevant to Norfolk. The perfect artwork will create a sense of arrival, originality and momentarily relieve the stresses of air travel.  The artwork should be large enough to be viewed by the maximum number of people entering and exiting the airport. Artwork must be fabricated in durable, permanent outdoor materials that are safe and easily maintained.

Artwork Location Description
There are a variety of potential artwork sites. A key location is at the main entrance on Norview Avenue and Azalea Garden Road and would be seen as travelers enter or exit the airport grounds. The park just outside the pedestrian bridge which runs between the main terminal and the baggage claim would also be a good location for artwork to be viewed both from indoors and outdoors. Artwork would need to be approximately 20’ tall to be at eye level to the inside.

Selection Process
Up to five finalists may be selected to be interviewed by the Public Art Planning Committee via Skype. The finalists are not expected to complete a design at this stage but will be interviewed about past work and creative process. There will also be a preliminary discussion of the site. The committee reserves the right to select the final artist without a finalist process.  A city contract will be issued to one artist, with a design phase requiring review and approval by the Public Art Commission prior to fabrication.

The selected artist must carry a Commercial General Liability Insurance Policy naming both the City of Norfolk and the Norfolk Airport Authority as additional insured, and must provide certificates of insurance to that effect guaranteeing thirty (30) days written notice before any changes to the policies become effective. The normal expected insurance requirement is three million dollars each occurrence. Insurance can be purchased and certificate presented after the first payment is made. If the artist employs anyone in connection with this work, the artist must carry a workers compensation insurance policy and an automobile liability insurance policy if appropriate. The artist shall also be responsible for assuring subcontractors, if there are any, meet the same insurance requirements.

Selection Criteria

  • Artistic merit (excellence, originality, creativity and innovative approaches) as evidenced by submitted materials
  • Professional artistic experience to fulfill the requirements of this project either in studio, educational, community, employment and/or art projects and the ability to undertake the design, creation and installation of the artwork
  • Appropriateness of materials, style and concepts in relation to this prospectus


(This calendar is subject to change.)

  • May 4, 2017, 11:59 PM MDT time, submission due date and time
  • June 2017, selection announced
  • Spring 2018, completion of art


Application Requirements

  • Statement of Understanding, online agreement of compliance to all State of Virginia codes.
  • Letter of Interest, not to exceed 2000 characters, outlining your interest in this project and how you will approach the artwork design and creation.
  • Resume, maximum of 6000 characters outlining your professional accomplishments. If submitting as a team, please include resumes for each team member, with each resume not exceeding 6000 characters.
  • Artwork images, selection of eight (8) images representing artworks most relevant to the scope of this opportunity. You may submit up to two (2) audio and two (2) video files if relevant to showing the artwork. Instruction on how to format images can be found at
  • 3 professional references, including name, affiliated organization (if appropriate), email address, phone number, and relationship to each reference.


How to Apply

Please review the complete call information before applying at  Online applications will be received ONLY through the CaFE site. There is no charge to use the application site and there is no application fee. For assistance with the CaFÉ online application process, contact CaFÉ tech support at 888-562-7232 or, Monday-Friday, 8:30 PM to 5:00 PM MDT.

No emailed or file-transfer applications will be accepted.

Mailed and hand-delivered applications may be directed to Danny Hawk, City of Norfolk, 232 E. Main St., Norfolk, VA  23510 to arrive before 2pm on May 4.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Danny Hawk, or 757-664-4026