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The City of Oklahoma City announces this call for professional artists to submit their qualifications to be considered for public art for the two atriums of the new MAPS 4 Convention Center currently under construction. The goal of this public art commission is to create a monumental public art experience to capture the grandeur of Oklahomans’ spirit and resources, in one or both of the glass-fronted atria. These atria create the grand entrance to the Convention Center.
Budget: $1,300,000 (one commission for two artworks)
Eligibility: All practicing artists/teams, with all members at least 18 years of age
Deadline: November 7, 2018 4:00 p.m. Central
View full RFQ for Bid #RFQ-OCITY-060 – REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: Interior Public Art for Maps3 Convention Center at BidSync. Applications will only be received through the BidSync system. Free registration is required.
Oklahoma City’s new convention center will occupy a site in a formerly blighted zone previously separated from Downtown by an elevated portion of Interstate 40. After the I-40 relocation the area between Downtown and the Oklahoma River was opened for redevelopment. The 70-acre Scissortail Park and the Convention Center, both under construction, are the major publicly funded elements in this renewal. A 605-room Omni Hotel is under construction next door as a public-private partnership, and private developments are planned for adjacent properties.
The facility, scheduled for a summer 2020 opening, is designed by Populous architects, an international leader in convention center design with work across seven countries. The $288 million center will include 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, plus meeting space and a 30,000 square foot ballroom. Main entries to the facility open into spacious atriums, which are the suggested focal points for the art in this announcement.
After the submission deadline, artist application materials will be screened by staff to ensure completeness of applications and conformity to the standards outlined in this Call to Artists before presentation to the selection committee. Incomplete submittals will not be considered.
The selection committee will be comprised of, but not limited to:
The selection committee will be highly involved in the selection of finalists and recommendation of project award. At the first selection meeting, the committee will evaluate all submittals to produce a short-list of three to five finalists. The finalists will then be invited to participate in a mandatory site tour and detailed project overview. After the site tour the artist will be paid $5,000 to present a site-specific conceptual design to the selection committee.
The following four criteria are considered in the first round of the selection process:
The following five criteria are considered in the final round of the selection process:
HOW TO SUBMIT
To fully respond to this Request for Qualifications you will be required to upload the following items to BidSync prior to the 4:00:00 pm November 7, 2018 deadline established in this announcement. All document files must be in Word or PDF format. Pages documents will not be accepted: convert them to PDF. Put identifying information on each document (not images) that is submitted: your name, email, and the category, at a minimum.
QUESTIONS? Contact Robbie Kienzle, Robbie.Kienzle@okc.gov All questions must be submitted in writing no later than October 31, 2018 and the answers will be made public.
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