Mayo Civic Center Seeks Artists for Public Art

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Mayo Civic Center Seeks Artists for Public Art


The Minnesota State Arts Board, on behalf of the City of Rochester, Minnesota (Owner), requests proposals from professional public artists or artist-led teams for permanent, site-specific public artwork within the newly expanded Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota.  The purpose of this two-phase RFP is to retain a professional public artist or artist-led team to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific artwork within the Mayo Civic Center Expansion.

This is a two-phase RFP process. Artist’s qualifications will be evaluated during the first phase, and finalists will receive a stipend to develop a proposal for the project during the second phase.

The Mayo Civic Center is a multi-purpose event facility and is Southern Minnesota’s premier destination for local, regional, national and international conventions, entertainment, social and sporting opportunities. The facility consists of Taylor Arena, Auditorium, Presentation Hall and a 25,000 SF Exhibit Hall and a new, 187,000 SF convention center expansion. The convention center is a two-story addition to the existing building, including a ballroom, breakout meeting rooms and prefunction spaces.  The Mayo Civic Center has chosen to include public art as part of this expansion project.

Professional public artists or artist-led teams residing in Minnesota and in the United States are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and must have successfully managed and completed at least one publicly-funded commission project with a budget equal to or greater than $50,000.

An all-inclusive budget of $160,000 is available for this project. This amount represents all professional services and deliverables related to the artwork. Up to three artists are anticipated to be selected to develop a proposal for the project, and will receive $5,000 upon completion of all professional services and deliverables of the proposal. 

Request the full RFP here.

This application process occurs through CaFE, There is no fee to apply, but you must register for a free CaFE artist account.

Questions about the RFP?
Any requests for additional information or clarification of clauses within the RFP need to be submitted by email to the information contact listed below. Other personnel are not authorized to discuss the contents of this RFP. All RFP questions received by the deadline will be answered by the target posting date or a time shortly after.  Deadline to Submit Questions:  4:30 PM (CDT), March 24, 2016


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