The Department of General Services (“Department” or “DGS”) is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to engage individual artists and artistic teams (Artist) to respond to this Call to Artists with professional qualifications in addition to a proposal of site-specific artistic capital improvements for the renovation and additions to Orr Elementary School, located 2200 Minnesota Avenue, S.E., Washington, D.C. 20020 in Ward 8.
Budget: $230,000 total (9 locations)
Deadline: 12/31/2017 5:00 PM Central Time
Eligibility: Professional artists with a minimum of five years of site-specific and/or public art experience. Some categories are restricted to artists from Washington, D.C. or represented by a D.C. gallery. Artists are allowed to apply in teams. Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves. Artists should have demonstrated experience working with community representatives, youth, businesses, and government entities. It is also important that if the artist(s) selected for the project actively engage and collaborate with local residents.
1) Southwest Corner of Site – Sculpture – $50,000.00
2) Northwest Corner of Site Sculpture – $50,000.00
3) Basketball Court – 2 dimensional – $15,000.00
4) DC Artist Only – 1st Floor Student Commons – 2 Dimensional – $15,000.00
5, 8, 11) 1st, 2nd & 3rd Floor Corridor – $30,000.00 total
6) DC Artist Only – Dining Room – 2 Dimensional – $15,000.00 (2D design to be transferred onto vinyl and applied to gIass curtain wall)
7) DC Artist Only – 2nd Floor Student Commons – 2 Dimensional – $20,000.00
9) DC Artist Only – Welcome Center – 2 Dimensional – $15,000.00
10) DC Artist Only – 3rd Floor Student Commons – 2 Dimensional – $20,000.00
Total Commissions: $230,000.00. Please be very specific (referring to Artist number) as which piece(s) of art you are responding to. The Artists shall develop new, original, permanent works of art made specifically for the site.
Application Form A: PDF Form available from https://www.publicartist.org/artist/call.cfm?id=1699
The selection committee, representing diverse interests and expertise, will review images submitted by artists and recommend (3) three to (5) five Finalists for each project. Each Finalist will be awarded a $500 honorarium to create a site-specific design proposal that would include a scale model or rendering, an itemized budget, a project timeline, and a project narrative. An additional $500 is allocated for artists who’ve been-selected as finalists and reside outside of Maryland, DC, or Virginia for travel to present models. The selection committee will review the designs, references will be checked and then (1) one finalist/team for the project will be recommended.
FULL RFQ (PDF)
Contact Information for Questions
Submit required materials via email to SANDY.BELLAMY@DC.GOV You can use Google file sharing or Dropbox for large files.
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