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Charlotte Airport Seeks Artist for Major Light-based Public Art Project

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Charlotte Airport Seeks Artist for Major Light-based Public Art Project




The Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Arts & Science Council (ASC) is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a significant public art opportunity at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

CLT recently initiated a $2.5 billion capital investment program called “Destination CLT” that encompasses several terminal and airfield improvement and expansion projects intended to accommodate passenger growth forecasts through the year 2035. When completed in spring 2018, a new Concourse A will consist of approximately 232,000 square feet, inclusive of a new connector that will branch off of the existing concourse. The new connector will feature a programmable lighting array that consists of several hundred RGB LED Ribbons embedded in exterior metal fins interspersed at regular ten-foot intervals along the 850 foot long façade of the completed structure. The new structure will face the reconstructed roadway entrance to the terminal and feature prominently in the redesigned airport terminal.

This RFQ represents an opportunity for an artist or team of artists to design a dynamic, site responsive lighting program for the exterior LED array in addition to the design and fabrication of a related permanent installation on the inside of the new connector.

Project Budget

$950,000 USD, to cover all artist fees, design, testing, fabrication and installation, including but not limited to travel, public meeting presentations, administration, taxes and insurance relating to the programming of the exterior kinetic light display and the realization of an interior art installation at one or several yet to be determined locations inside the future concourse connector.

Artist Eligibility 

This call is open to professional artists or team of professional artists.  Artists who have received a commission or purchase for over $25,000 from the Arts & Science Council cannot be considered for another commission or purchase for 3 years after the date of a signed contract or letter of agreement.

Projected Timeline

October 6, 2016                                Artist applications released

December 15, 2016                          Artist application submission deadline

January 4, 2017                                Artist selection panel reviews applications and selects 3-5 finalists

February 6, 2017                               Artist selection panel interviews finalists and selects one artist/team

Begin design work with facility architect

Summer 2017                                    Artwork installation based on final project and construction schedule

April 2017                                            Substantial project construction completed


Selection Criteria

The artist will be selected on the basis of the following criteria, as evidenced in application materials and conversations with listed references:  artistic merit in concept and fabrication; experience incorporating artwork into the architectural elements of a construction project; demonstrated ability to collaborate in the early phases of a project with design teams and community stakeholders; demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget. Although not an absolute requirement, a demonstrated ability to create distinctive and engaging art experiences using programmable LED components and software is highly desirable.

Selection Process

An artist selection panel of local and national arts professionals and community stakeholders appointed by the Public Art Commission will review eligible artists’ applications, determine a shortlist of finalists, interview three to five finalists and select one artist or team of artists. The selected artist or team of artists will be recommended to the Public Art Commission and the Board of the Arts & Science Council for final approval and to enter into contractual agreement for this project.

How To Apply

Applications must be received via SlideRoom ( by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Savings Time on December 15, 2016. There is no application fee to apply or use the SlideRoom online application system.  The following materials will be required to be uploaded to SlideRoom:

·         A letter of interest (1000 character max) outlining the artist’s interest in this project, and addressing selection criteria with references to previous artworks in public places. Applicant(s) may apply as a single artist or team. If applying as a team, identify all team members and their proposed project role (i.e.: lead artist, technical consultant, programmer, etc.) in the statement.

·         A current professional resume or CV (two pages maximum). If applying as a team, submit a one‐to‐two page résumé for each team member.

·         Three professional references who can speak to the artist’s ability to meet deadlines, work with community, and create innovative work as part of a design team.  Include name, organization, phone number, and email.

·         Eight (8) images of related artwork completed within the past fifteen (15) years.  Please provide the following (if applicable) for each image: the name of the artist(s), title of work, date, media, dimensions of work, description of site, client, and budget.  This information may be submitted as a separate document or may be inserted into each image caption on SlideRoom.