Rochester, NY Seeks Artist Proposals for New Public Art Commission

Rochester, NY Seeks Artist Proposals for New Public Art Commission


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The City of Rochester, in partnership with the New York State Department of State, is inviting qualified artists to submit proposals for public art as part of the Brooks Landing Phase II Public Improvements Project, located along the Genesee River in the historically rich Genesee Valley Park, in the Brooks Landing Neighborhood. In addition to public art, the project includes the design and construction of park and streetscape enhancements to: enhance the pedestrian and visual access to the waterfront, enhance the recreational value and scenic quality of the park, and acknowledge the history of the surrounding neighborhood as well as the historically significant Frederick Law Olmsted designed Genesee Valley Park. Construction of the park improvements are substantially complete.

Total funding available for the artwork is $150,000. The City reserves the right to commission a single artist or multiple artists, as it sees fit, to complete the project.

The public art will create focal point(s) within the public space.The artwork(s) shall: be expressive of their respective themes; unique to their site; enrich the experience of the public realm and its sense of place; and will serve as a focal point for the adjacent neighborhood, trail users, motorists, and travelers on the Genesee River / Erie Canal. Planned enhancements to Genesee Valley Park will pose an ideal opportunity to consider conceptually connected components that traverse the site and associate with the flow of the river and improved trails, and the larger neighborhood and environment. Artists are encouraged to consider the space as part of a larger environment and bear in mind its connectivity to the greater neighborhood, park, roadways, waterways, and trails.

The artwork will be selected in an open competition. Up to three artists will be selected to enter into contracts with the City for the design, fabrication, transport and installation of the work.

An informational meeting is scheduled for 5:30 P.M., Thursday, June 23, 2016, in City Hall Council Chambers, 30 Church Street, Rochester, New York 14614. The deadline to submit proposals is 4:00 P.M., Thursday, July 7, 2016.

The prospectus is available online at