City of Berkeley: BART Plaza Public Art Call-for-Artists

INTRODUCTION

The City of Berkeley, in collaboration with the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART), is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to California based artists interested in designing artwork for long-term but potentially non-permanent placement on selected architectural features in the Downtown Berkeley BART Station Plaza.

As a result of this RFQ and the selection process described below, one artist or artist team will be commissioned to create distinct, original artwork to be reproduced as an art film (also known as patterned film or adhesive vinyl) that will be adhered to selected architectural glass structures in the Plaza. These structures include the glass canopy entryway (“Head House”), two bus shelters, and a second auxiliary entrance to the BART station. The artwork imagery must meet certain design criteria, such as allowing for visibility through the glass, thus the project may be ideal for artists who do monochromatic line work.

Architectural Renderings of the Plaza and the Art Sites:

Sites Overview

Head House

Secondary Entrance

Bus Shelter

ELIGIBILITY

This RFQ is open to practicing, professional artists residing in California. Artists must be U.S. citizens or have legal working status in the United States and be at least 18 years old. Bay Area artists are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted only from artists whose work is being submitted in response to this RFQ. Applications submitted by third parties such as galleries, art consultants, family members, etc. will not be considered.

Applicants must demonstrate appropriate skills or experience in designing and managing an art project relative to the scale and complexity of the art project described herein. The selected artist/team must be available to work collaboratively with the City and BART to make any refinements to the artwork as may be needed to conform to BART’s technical and logistical requirements. The selected artist/team must also be available to work within the expedited project timeline in Section VIII below. Applicants not meeting the eligibility requirements will be withdrawn from consideration by the City.

Please find the complete RFQ here.

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