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The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a prequalified artist pool for upcoming public art opportunities. The 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool will be used to select artists for commissions for a range of new permanent public art projects associated with the construction of new civic buildings, parks, playgrounds, transportation and streetscape improvement projects throughout San Francisco. Certain projects may also offer opportunities for artists to work as part of a design team along with the project architect/designer.
The Arts Commission seeks visual artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches. Past public art experience is not required. These commissions are for artists who are interested in having their design concepts implemented in durable and maintainable materials; unfortunately, due to limited resources the Arts Commission is usually unable to commission electronic media based artworks.
Budgets for commissioned permanent public project range up to $500,000 (inclusive of all costs).
Professional, practicing visual artists or artist teams residing in the United States. Artists who apply as part of a team may not also apply as individual artists. All artists and members of an artist team must reside in the United States to be eligible.
UPCOMING PUBLIC ART PROJECT SITES
In 2017/2018, public art will be commissioned in conjunction with various City and County of San Francisco Capital Improvement Projects at a variety of locations throughout the City. Artists included in the 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool will be eligible for all project opportunities with budgets under $500,000 as they arise in the next two calendar years.
Upcoming sites/projects may include:
The applications will be reviewed by an Artist Selection Panel consisting of an Arts Commissioner and two arts professionals. The applicants will first be screened for the minimum qualification criteria. as follows:
The panel will then use the following criteria to score all remaining eligible portfolios:
All Public Art selection panel meetings are open to the public and are posted on the Arts Commission website at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. To check the meeting schedule for public art projects, please go to our website at http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection/category/public-meetings/.
HOW WILL THE POOL BE USED?
The 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool will be used to select artists for each new project opportunity with a budget up to $500,000, based on appropriateness of the artist’s media and experience for specific project requirements. An ad-hoc selection panel will be convened for each project to review the qualified candidates and make selection recommendations. The panel’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Arts Commission for final approval.
ELIGIBILITY FOR OTHER ADDITIONAL CALLS
Artists included in the 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool must apply separately to additional RFQs issued by the Arts Commission for projects over $500,000 in budget. The Arts Commission may also issue an RFQ for a project with a budget under $500,00 that has specialized requirements. In that case, artists included in the 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool will be automatically be considered for that call and need not re-apply.
ADDITIONS TO THE POOL
Artists not initially included in the 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool, but who are short-listed for subsequent calls, will automatically be included in the 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool.
Applicants to the 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool are expected to be notified of their status the last week in January, 2017. This is subject to change.
All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom (https://sfgov.slideroom.com) by December 5, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Applications sent via email, post, or hand delivered will not be considered. There is no application fee to apply or to use the SlideRoom online application system. Applicants can receive SlideRoom technical support by emailing email@example.com, or by accessing the online help desk: https://support.slideroom.com.
Application materials will include a budget range verification form (provided on the Slideroom site), a letter of interest, a resume, 10 images of previous work, and image descriptions.
FOR QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RFQ
For questions regarding the 2017/2018 Prequalified Artist Pool RFQ, contact Zoë Taleporos, Public Art Program Associate by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (415) 252-2243.
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