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Artist Sought for Bronze Portrait Plaque

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Artist Sought for Bronze Portrait Plaque




The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a plaque honoring the late Mayor Edwin Lee. The plaque will be installed in the Mayor Edwin M. Lee International Terminal Departures Hall of the San Francisco International Airport.

BUDGET:  $42,000 (installation to be performed by others)

ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists residing in the United States

DEADLINE: January 8, 2020, 11:59 AM PST

San Francisco International Airport is renaming the International Terminal Departures Hall in honor of the late San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee. On behalf of the Airport, the Arts Commission will manage the artist selection process and Artist’s contract for design and fabrication of a bronze plaque honoring the late Mayor Edwin Lee for the Departures Hall. The plaque will be 5 ft. x 5 ft. and will feature a bas relief portrait of the Mayor along with biographical text. The format of the plaque will be similar to the existing plaque honoring Henry Berman.  The plaque will be located between aisles six and seven of the Departures Hall of the International Terminal. Funding for the project will be from the Airport. The completed plaque will not become part of the Civic Art Collection.


  • Application deadline: January 8, 2020
  • Qualification Panel: January, 2020
  • First Artist Review Panel: January 2020
  • Final Review Panel: February 2020
  • Approval of recommended proposal by Visual Arts Committee: March 18, 2020
  • Approval of recommended proposal by Arts Commission and Airport Commission: April 15, 2020
  • Artist under contract: Summer 2020
  • Anticipated completion: October 2020


After the application deadline, the Arts Commission staff will establish an artist qualification panel consisting of two arts professionals and one Arts Commission staff member to screen the applicants to establish the pool of artists best qualified to execute the project as evidenced by examples of past work. The list of qualified artists will be presented to the Mayor Edwin Lee Plaque Project Review Panel consisting of a representative of the Arts Commission, a representative of the Airport Commission, a member of the Ed Lee Dedication Community Advisory Board, an Arts Commissioner, and one outside arts professional. The panel will identify three finalists who will be invited to develop a maquette for the plaque. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium of $1,000.

The Mayor Edwin Lee Plaque Review Panel will reconvene to consider the finalists’ proposals in an interview format and will choose one proposal to recommend to the Arts Commission and the Airport Commission. Both the Arts Commission and Airport Commission must approve the selected proposal.

All Arts Commission meetings and Public Art Selection Panel meetings are open to the public and are posted on the Arts Commission website at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. To check the meeting schedule for public art projects, please go to To check the meeting schedule for the Airport Commission, please go to


  • Complete application submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • Artwork examples submitted represent the artist’s own original creative work.
  • The artist’s work reflects artistic excellence, innovation and originality, as evidenced by professional quality of craftsmanship and mastery of skills, techniques; professional approaches to processes and presentation, and/or communicate a unique vision or perspective.
  • The artist’s work exhibits skill in portraiture.
  • The artist’s work is judged to be appropriate to the goals of the project.
  • The artist’s professional experience is adequate to meet the demands of the project. Qualifying activities would include some combination of the following: education and training as an artist, an exhibition record in museums, commercial art galleries, and/or non-profit art spaces, previous public or private commissions; participation in artist-in-residency programs, or other related activities indicative of a professional art practice.
  • The artist is available to participate in the design, approval and implementation of the project as required.
  • Assessed ability to meet project deadlines and to perform work in a timely and professional manner.
  • Results of reference checks for project finalists.


Application materials include:

  1. Letter of Interest: 5000 characters maximum. This should be a summary of your artistic focus and professional career, especially as your background relates to your qualifications for this project. Do not make a specific proposal for a new commission.
  2. Resume: 25,000 characters maximum. If you are applying as a team, please include your team/studio resume. If that is not available, please combine the individual resumes (one right after the other) of each team member into one document.
  3. Ten images of previous work. SlideRoom accepts all image file types under 5MB. For team application, please indicate the lead artist for each project. For more information on File Size and Types, please click here
  4. Image Descriptions: When you upload your images, SlideRoom will prompt you to fill out image descriptions. Please include the title, medium, dimensions, and year for each work. You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work.

Check out our How to Apply to Calls for helpful tips on how to submit the most competitive application.


Applications will not be accepted after Wednesday, January 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (PST). Applications are available through SlideRoom, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed or hand-delivered will not be considered.

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM (PST)

QUESTIONS? Contact Program Associate Craig Corpora at or 415-252-2249.


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