The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams to submit qualifications for the Alameda Creek Watershed Public Art Project. Opportunities include a large outdoor sculpture and locations in a garden setting.
Budget: $500,000 (all-inclusive)
Eligibility: Professional artists living in the United States
Deadline: 08/28/2019 11:59 PM Central Time
Review full RFQ here.
The goals of the Alameda Creek Watershed Center Public Art Project are to commission an artwork for the Center’s gardens or 30′ diameter garden entrance plaza that acknowledges the historical and contemporary presence of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe in the Alameda Creek Watershed; highlights the Watershed’s diverse natural resources and role in the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) water supply system; and serves as a focal point, yet is integrated with the site and surroundings.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is currently constructing the Alameda Creek Watershed Center (ACWC) in Sunol near the Sunol Water Temple as part of its effort to improve its existing facilities in the Sunol Yard. Located on the aboriginal homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Center’s mission is to educate the public about the Alameda Creek Watershed, the SFPUC water system, and the history and heritage of the Muwekma Ohlone people through interpretive and interactive exhibits. The nearby Sunol Valley Water Temple, a 1910 beaux-arts landmark, marks the confluence of three sources of water flowing into Sunol Valley. Adjacent to the Temple is the Sunol AgPark, 18 acres of land that support small-scale sustainable farms that provide fresh food to Bay Area communities, as well as hands-on environmental education and job training. Construction on the Alameda Creek Watershed Center is scheduled for completion in Summer 2021.
RFQ applications will be reviewed by an Artist Qualification Panel consisting of two arts professionals and one SFAC staff, who will review and score applications to identify the short list of qualified artists to be considered for the project opportunity, based on the criteria listed below.
The list of qualified artists will be presented to the Alameda Creek Watershed Center Project Selection Panel, consisting of one representative of the SFPUC, one Arts Commissioner, one community member, one representative of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, and three arts professionals. The panel will identify at least three finalists who will be invited to develop conceptual, site-specific proposals after attending an orientation session with the project team and key stakeholders. If chosen as a finalist, the artist will be paid an honorarium of $2,000 for the development of a conceptual design proposal, plus the reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses approved by the Arts Commission prior to travel arrangements being made for the orientation and panel interview. The proposals shall be displayed at a location in proximity to the project site for written public comment prior to the final selection panel meeting.
The Alameda Creek Watershed Center Project Selection Panel will reconvene to consider the finalists’ proposals in an interview format, as well as a summary of public comments, and will selection one artist and an alternate for the project for recommendation to the Arts Commission.
ARTIST QUALIFICATION PANEL CRITERIA:
ARTIST SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS:
What to Submit
Application materials must include:
How to Submit
Applications are available through SlideRoom, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, faxed, emailed, or hand-delivered will not be considered.
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