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Minnesota Veterans Home Seeks Public Art Proposals

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Minnesota Veterans Home Seeks Public Art Proposals



The Minnesota State Arts Board, on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, requests proposals from working, professional artists or artist–led teams for permanent, site–specific public artwork at the Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis.

Budget: $155,415, all-inclusive with a $5,000 finalist design proposal contract

Eligibility: Working, professional artists or artist-led teams residing in the United States are eligible to apply. Responders submitting qualifications shall be at least 18 years of age.

Deadline: 11:59 P.M. (MT), Thursday, June 29, 2017

QUESTIONS?  E-mail Ben Owen at The deadline to submit questions regarding this RFP is 4:30 P.M. (CT), June 20, 2017.  See below for details.

Purpose of RFP
The purpose of this two-phase RFP is to retain a contractor to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific public artwork at the Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis. 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.

Background and Context
Founded in 1887 for indigent veterans of the Civil War, the Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis is located on a 53-acre wooded campus overlooking the Mississippi River. Originally called the Old Soldiers Home, the mission of the Minnesota Veterans Home is serving those who have served by providing quality health care in an environment of trust, dignity, and sharing.

The Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis is currently undergoing a $116.4 million multiphase campus improvement. The current phase will replace Building 17, originally constructed in the 1970s, with Building 22. Building 22 will be the site for new public art at the Veterans Home.

Located near Minnehaha Falls, the site is known for the natural beauty of its surroundings. More insight about the intentions of landscape architect Horace William Shaler Cleveland for the landscape and original site plan of the Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis, circa 1887, is available in a report titled “H.W.S. Cleveland and the Minnesota Veterans Home Complex.”

Working, professional artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply. Responders submitting qualifications shall be at least 18 years of age, and must provide evidence of successfully completing public art projects that are comparable in scope and nature to the work requested in this solicitation.

An all-inclusive budget of $155,415 is available for this project. This amount represents all professional services and deliverables related to the artwork, including but not limited to the contractor’s design fee, labor, consultants, travel, transportation, materials, site preparation, installation needs and equipment, storage, documentation, studio overhead, insurance, taxes, contingency, and contractor’s participation in a public event related to the artwork.  The final artwork may require reports and/or certification by structural, lighting, electrical, mechanical, hydraulic engineers and consultants licensed to practice in the State of Minnesota, and review by a professional fine art conservator. Such reports and certifications will be included in the designated project budget.

Public Art Intent & Goal
The State recognizes this project as a valuable opportunity to commission artwork for the Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis. The artwork for this project will be located in area(s) of the facility that will be freely accessible, on a regular basis, to members of the public. The goal of this public art project is to select artwork that:

  • Promotes healing and supports the organization’s mission of serving those who have served, focusing on life at the home rather than being a war memorial;
  • Complements the unique natural beauty of the campus landscape and is compatible with the history, use, and character-defining features of the site;
  • Encourages viewer interaction and engagement, with consideration for accessibility and the physical and mental health needs of the residents;
  • Contributes to the local, regional, and national dialogue on contemporary art; and
  • Enriches and diversifies the State of Minnesota’s public art collection.

Opportunities for Artwork Placement
This public art opportunity is open to a range of possibilities to be proposed during Phase II of the RFP. The site selection committee has identified three areas where the project could be installed. Artists may use any or all of the available space. Construction documents of the available spaces can be found here. Each location is described in detail in the full RFP document.

Proposed artwork must be durable, low maintenance, permanent, suitable for interior or exterior display with exposure to extreme environmental conditions, safe for both children and adults, safe for individuals with light and/or sound sensitivities, and be ADA compliant.

As a designated site on the National Register of Historic Places, artwork commissioned for this project must conform to the Secretary of Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, specifically the Rehabilitation Standards, and the associated Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes. If an exterior site is selected, formal review/s by the State Historic Preservation Office will be required. If the selected contractor chooses an interior space for the artwork, no formal reviews with the State Historic Preservation Office will be required.

Selection Process

It is anticipated that up to three responders from Phase I of this RFP will be selected to develop a schematic design proposal. During Phase II, the finalists will enter into a contract with the State, and will receive $5,000 upon completion of all professional services and deliverables of the schematic design proposal.

Application Deadline

Proposals must be received online via the CaFÉ™ system no later than 11:59 P.M. (MT), June 29, 2017.

After the submission deadline passes, the Arts Board will open all application materials and will review them for responsiveness. Proposals that do not include the mandatory information outlined in this solicitation will be rejected without further consideration.

Information Contact
The information contact for this RFP is:

Ben Owen, Percent for Art program officer
Minnesota State Arts Board

Other personnel are NOT authorized to discuss this RFP. No member of the proposing firm or its sub-consultants shall discuss the contents of this RFP with any member of the site selection committee or the Minnesota State Arts Board. Contact regarding this RFP with any personnel not listed above could result in disqualification.

RFP Questions and Answers
Requests for information or clarification of clauses within this RFP shall be by e-mail only to Ben Owen, by 4:30 PM (CT), June 20, 2017. Answers to all questions received by the deadline listed in the project timeline will be released as an addendum to the RFP issued on or around 12:00 PM (CT), June 23, 2017.

When e-mailing questions, please include “Question regarding RFP #169 Minnesota Veterans Home, Minneapolis” in the subject line. All requests shall be submitted in writing and include the name of the questioner, the firm name, e-mail address, telephone number, and if applicable, a fax number. Anonymous inquiries will not be answered.

Addenda to the RFP
If appropriate, a change responding to questions or clarifications may be issued by the Minnesota State Arts Board in the form of an addendum to the RFP. Any necessary addenda to the RFP will be posted at, and a copy will be sent to all known responders.

How to Apply

Apply only through the CaFE system  Before applying, be sure to download the full RFP and review it carefully.  Instructions on submitting an application through the CaFÉ™ website, including creating an artist profile, and uploading work samples to the CaFÉ™ portfolio are available at Duplicate, incomplete or late submissions will not be considered.  Applications in any other format will not be considered, including but not limited to: e-mail, facsimile, hard copies, external hard drives, in-person delivery, and CDs. When a proposal is submitted, a confirmation will be sent to the responder by e-mail. Responders are advised to print and retain a copy of this e-mail as proof of their submission. For technical assistance related to using the CaFÉ™ website that is not answered in the FAQ’s mentioned above, contact CaFÉ™ support staff during regular business hours by calling (303) 629-1166, (888) 562-7232, or e-mail at


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