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Augusta Seeks Artist for Gateway Sculpture

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Public Art; Visual - DEADLINE :  
Augusta Seeks Artist for Gateway Sculpture




The City of Augusta, Georgia is soliciting statements of qualifications from qualified artists, or a team of artists, that are interested in providing professional services for the design, construction and installation of a Gateway Structure, including the development of construction plans, specifications, cost estimates, contract documents and construction administration services.

BUDGET:  $225,000

ELIGIBILITY:  Professional artists over 18 living in the United States

DEADLINE:  November 1, 2018 11:00 a.m.

Please download and review the full announcement as there are necessary forms to submit.


Augusta, Georgia is geographically located in East Central Georgia along the banks of the Savannah River. While rapidly transforming to a cyber-technology economy, Augusta is rich in history and culture, and host to the annual Masters Golf Tournament. Augusta believes in the importance of placemaking and creating cultural spaces for a diverse community of 200,000 plus citizens and thousands of visitors who make Augusta a destination each year.

Over the next two to three years, Augusta, Georgia working through the Recreation and Parks Department (ARPD) in collaboration with the Greater Augusta Arts Council’s Public Art Advisory Panel, will commission three Gateway Sculpture installations. The first installation will be located near the intersection of Riverwatch Parkway and Alexander Drive.

The purpose of this invitation is to evaluate a professional artist(s)’s ability to perform the design, construction and installation of the first Gateway Sculpture. The selected artist or artist team will work with the Augusta Recreation & Parks Department and the Public Art Advisory Panel to further develop and finalize their proposed concept. During the term of the contract for services, Augusta, Georgia may engage the artist(s) for services independently or collectively.


The artist(s) will furnish the necessary services to design, construct and install the structure. The selected artist(s) will perform the actual construction work, procurement of equipment, materials and supplies, together with all other work and labor necessary for the construction of this project.


All Qualifications will be evaluated by an Augusta, Georgia Selection Committee (Committee). The Committee may be composed of Augusta, Georgia staff and other parties that may have expertise or experience in the services described herein. The Committee will review the submittals and will rank the proposers. The evaluation of the Qualifications shall be within the sole judgment and discretion of the Committee. From the pool of artist(s) submitting qualifications, three artist(s) showing the highest aptitude to deliver a high quality, visually appealing monumental work of art will be selected. If needed, the selection process will include oral interviews. The consultant will be notified of the time and place of oral interviews and if any additional information that may be required to be submitted. Each of the three artist(s) will provide conceptual design drawings and/or statuette prototypes for a final selection to be made. Each artist(s) finalist will be compensated $3,000.00. The artist(s) finalists are to understand and agree that the conceptual design drawings and statuette prototypes will become property of Augusta, Georgia, but their creative processes and intellectual property remain their own.

Once selected, the artist(s) will attend a mandatory site visit (in person) to the installation location with the Public Art Advisory Panel members. Over the course of the project, the artist(s) will be required to make at least one presentation to the local community to share the process of developing the Gateway Sculpture.


In an effort to further expand the capabilities of local artists to implement art installations of this scale and scope, the selected artist(s) will be expected to select one to three pre-screened apprentice candidates with whom to work. The Public Art Advisory Panel will be responsible for the solicitation and pre-screening of the apprentice candidates. The selected artist(s) will be responsible for all apprentice-related employment benefits and regulatory compliance. This apprenticeship may be paid or unpaid. In no case shall Augusta, Georgia or the Greater Augusta Arts Council be responsible for the payment or supervision of the apprentice(s). Nor will such apprenticeship(s) constitute an employment and/or contractual relationship between Augusta, Georgia and the apprentice.


The artist shall provide a qualifications portfolio to include the following:

  • Include at least three large-scale public sculpture installations for which the artist was primarily responsible for during the past five years.
  • The portfolio should contain at least ten full-page, images (individual images only, no collages) demonstrating an ability of the artist to design, create, and install large scale, outdoor artwork. The portfolio should demonstrate the artist’s professional experience meeting the demands of the project, including proven ability to meet project budgets, deadlines, commission parameters, and to perform work in a professional manner. The portfolio should showcase successfully collaboration with fabricators, structural engineers, landscape designers, government agencies, and other stakeholders. Each image should be labeled to include the artwork title, artist’s name, year of installation, media, dimensions, location, project budget, commissioning agency contact, and any collaborators.
  • A current resume
  • List of three references, including title and contact information, must be provided for each member of the artist team.


Responses will be received in the office of the Director of Procurement at 535 Telfair Street, Suite 605, Augusta, GA 30901 until Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 11:00 a.m. Each RFQ must be submitted in a sealed envelope, and must be plainly marked on the outside as “RFQ 18-297 Design/Construction of Gateway Sculpture”. They should be marked to the attention of Geri Sams, Director of Procurement. You are required to submit one (1) marked unbound clipped original and seven (7) copies of your Request for Proposal. Submittals will not be accepted after the date and time indicated.


All questions must be submitted in writing by fax to 706 821-2422 or by email to to the office of the Procurement Department by Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 5:00 P.M.

Augusta Procurement Department

Attn: Geri A. Sams, Director of Procurement

535 Telfair Street, Room 605

Augusta, GA 30901

Fax: 706-821-2422 or Email: