Johnson County, KS Seeks New Public Art

Johnson County, KS Seeks New Public Art


 Olathe, KS, Unknown

Johnson County Public Art Commission, on behalf of the Johnson County (KS) Public Building Commission, is seeking artists or artist teams to closely collaborate with project designers and constructors to develop innovative, original art for two new building projects.

Project No. 1 – New Johnson County Courthouse, Olathe, KS:  A new courtroom facility at the busy intersection of Santa Fe St. and Kansas Avenue in downtown Olathe.  Project budget:  $193M.  Public art budget:  approximately $1M

Project No. 2 – New Johnson County Coroner/Medical Examiner Facility, Olathe, KS:  A new facility on the County’s suburban Sunset Drive campus at 119th St. and Ridgeview Rd. in Olathe.  Project budget:  $21M.  Public art budget:  approximately $200,000

Deadline:  October 6, 2017

Eligibility:  The opportunity to compete for one or both of these projects is open to all professional artists residing in the United States, including emerging artists in collaboration with other professional artists.

Information about both projects can be found at: 

For the Courthouse project, conceptual information including massing and site plan can be found in the 2016 Courthouse Study:

For the Coroner/Medical Examiner Facility project, conceptual information including massing and site plan can be found in the 2016 Coroner Study:

Submission Requirements (individual submissions are required for EACH project)

Interested artists should submit the following which must be received by 5:00 pm, October 6, 2017. Materials should be sent/delivered or emailed via a download link. County email size limits are very restrictive and large image files will likely not be received. Please submit one packet for each project in the order listed below:

  1. A professional resume/CV (limit 3 pages). Artists working collaboratively must submit a resume/CV for each collaboration member
  2. A letter of interest outlining your approach to developing public art as well as providing the selection panel with insights regarding your interest in making art for this project and the public realm in general; what you bring to this type of project as an artists; challenges and/or sources of inspiration presented by the project and site; what you would hope to gain from this experience; and any other comments that might help to differentiate you as a candidate for this project.
  3. An annotated image list of past works that clearly indicate the title, dimensions, materials, date of work, and location, as well as project budget and commissioning entity, if applicable. Image names must match image names on the CD/USB and be in the exact same order. If possible, please include thumbnail pictures next to each artwork listed.
  4. One CD-ROM (or USB drive or download link) with up to 15 clearly labeled images of related past work in JPEG format:
    -Image resolution – up to 200 pixels per inch (ppi)
    – Maximum file size per image 800 KB
    – Name each image with the following format in the order you want them to appear: lastnamefirstnameimagenumber.jpg. For example, filenames for artist Pablo Picasso would be picassopablo01.jpg, picassopablo01.jpg, picassopablo02.jpg, picassopablo03.jpg, and so on.
    Label the CD/USB with the artist’s name. The Johnson County Facilities Management Office is no responsible for distortion or alteration of images as they appear on monitors as projected.
    Movie clips accompanying digital images must be cued and no more than three minutes maximum length.
  5. Up to three individual pieces, total, of selected printed materials such as articles, catalogues, etc. (pdf file preferred)

6. Three references with current contact information.

Selection Process

Review the Johnson County Public Art Master Plan.

Per the process outlined in the Master Plan:

  1.  A diverse Artist Selection Panel (ASP) will be convened for each project. Based on qualifications and Artist Statements, each panel will shortlist artists to be interviewed in the 4th Quarter of 2017.
  2. Shortlisted artists will be provided additional project information, as available, and will be required to present, in person, one or more proposed concepts. Stipends will be paid for the development of proposals/finalist interviews. Site visits and interface opportunities with the design/construction teams will be available.

3. Following the interviews, each ASP will recommend one or more concepts (from one or more artists) to the Public Art Commission.

Concept Development

Each ASP-recommended artist will be contracted through the Architect of Record or the Design/Build Team to further develop and finalize their proposed concept(s) in close collaboration with the Architect as the building design is being developed. A highly-integrated “Placemaking” final concept is the desired outcome.

At the architectural Design Development stage of each project, a recommendation from the Public Art Commission will be solicited in support of the fully-developed concept(s).

Final Contract & Implementation

Upon receipt of an affirmative recommendation by the Public Art Commission, each artist will be contracted through the Construction Manager or Design/Build Team to finalize design documents, coordinate associated infrastructure requirements, and implement the approved art concept(s).

Submission Instructions

Submit all materials, either electronically or by mail/delivery to the contact listed below by 5:00 pm, Monday, October 6, 2017. Use the same contacts for any questions.

Project No. 1 – New Johnson County Courthouse, Olathe, KS:

Daniel Wehmueller

Project No. 2 – New Johnson County Coroner/Medical Examiner Facility, Olathe, KS:

Chad Foster

For mailed submissions:

Johnson County, Kansas
Facilities Management
111 S. Cherry, Suite 2100
Olathe, KS 66061