CURRENT STATUS: 2009 Bay Area Artists Regsitry

The 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY is now closed to new applications (see below for original RFQ). Thank you to everyone who applied. The Registry will be the Arts Commission’s primary source for recruitment of artists for a range of upcoming public art opportunities at sites as diverse as a new Branch Library to a revamped Valencia Streetscape. The wide array of City and County of San Francisco Capital Improvement Projects provides exciting opportunities for artists working in a variety of media to participate in public art projects throughout the City.  Following is a list of upcoming projects:

Recreation and Parks sites include: Chinese Recreation Center, McCoppin Square, Mission Playground, Sunset Playground, Fulton Playground, Palega Recreation Center, Cayuga Playground, and Guy Place/Rincon Hill Pocket Park. Streetscape sites include: Leland Avenue, Valencia Street and up to three sites along Upper Market Street (near Castro Street, near Duboce Street and near Octavia Boulevard). The library site is North Beach Branch Library. Additional public art project sites may be identified and added to the list of projects for which the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY will be used.

Next Steps…
For each new project, SFAC staff will use the registry to research potential project artists and will compile a pool of candidates from the registry whose artistic approach is appropriate for the opportunities at the project site.  If SFAC staff includes you in the pool of candidates for a specific project, we will contact you to make sure that you would be interested and available for the commission if selected.  Due to the number of artists in the registry and the volume of upcoming projects, SFAC staff cannot contact all artists in the Registry for each new project opportunity.

Typically for each new project, SFAC staff will present the pool of candidates to an ad-hoc selection panel who will narrow the pool to a limited number of finalists from which one artist will be chosen for the project by the panel. That selection will be forwarded to the Art Commission for approval.

To learn more about our selection process, go here.

The 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY will expire in March 2010.

ORIGINAL RFQ FOLLOWS:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 23, 2009, 5:00 PM (PST)

ELIGIBILITY
Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists residing in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. Previous public art experience is not required and artists working in all media are encouraged to apply. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines may be withdrawn from consideration.

OVERVIEW
The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists to apply for the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY. This registry will be used to select artists for a range of new public art opportunities associated with the construction of new civic buildings, parks and playgrounds as well as transportation and streetscape improvement projects. Given the great diversity of public art project opportunities, the Arts Commission seeks to include in the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches, and especially those artists who are interested in having their design concepts translated into durable and easily maintained materials. Such materials may include (but are not limited to) metal, concrete, glass, stone, ceramic tile, and light. Certain projects may also offer opportunities for an artist to work as part of a design team along with the project architect/designer.

PUBLIC ART PROJECT SITES
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. Recreation and Parks sites include: Chinese Recreation Center, McCoppin Square, Mission Playground, Sunset Playground, Fulton Playground, Palega Recreation Center, Cayuga Playground, and Guy Place/Rincon Hill Pocket Park. Streetscape sites include: Leland Avenue, Valencia Street and up to three sites along Upper Market Street (near Castro Street, near Duboce Street and near Octavia Boulevard). The library site is North Beach Library. Additional public art project sites may be identified and added to the list of projects for which the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY will be used.

ARTWORK BUDGETS
Artwork budgets range from $30,000 to $200,000.

ELIGIBILITY
Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists residing in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. Previous public art experience is not required and artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.

APPLICANT WORKSHOPS
Interested artists may attend an applicant workshop to find out more about the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program and the project opportunities associated with the 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY, and to receive instructions on submitting a registry application through CaFÉ. While attendance at an applicant workshop is not required, applicants to the registry are encouraged to attend. The same information will be presented at both workshops, and applicants need only attend one. The workshops are free and open to the public.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2009
6 – 7:30 PM
WHERE: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 (Lower Level)
San Francisco, CA 94102

WHEN: Saturday, March 7, 2009
10 – 11:30 AM
WHERE: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70 (Lower Level)
San Francisco, CA 94102

TO APPLY
All application materials must be submitted online via CaFÉ. There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ online application system. To view the application, go to www.callforentry.org, register a username and password, navigate to “Apply to Calls”, and search for “2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY – San Francisco Arts Commission”. Assistance with using the CaFÉ system is available during regular business hours (Mountain Time) via e-mail at cafe@westaf.org.

PLEASE NOTE
Artists who have applied for previous Arts Commission projects must apply to this new Call for Artists in order to be eligible for consideration for these opportunities.

Artist teams must submit one application and are limited to 10 images total.

The 2009 BAY AREA ARTISTS REGISTRY will be terminated as of March 2010.

ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS FOR PROJECT OPPORTUNITIES
The Arts Commission Public Art staff will screen applicants to establish a list of qualified candidates to be considered for each individual project. These artists will be presented to community-based Artist Selection Panels for most projects. At the initial screening, the selection panel will select up to three finalists, who will receive an honorarium for attending an orientation meeting and preparing and presenting a proposal. Often, the proposals are displayed in the project neighborhood for written public comment. At a second meeting, the selection panel will interview the artists and review public comments along with the proposals and references. The panel’s recommendation of a project artist will be based solely on the specific project selection criteria and considerations. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the Arts Commission for approval.

All Public Art community meetings and selection panel meetings 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/.

CONTACT
For questions, please contact Tonia Macneil at (415) 252-2551 or tonia.macneil@sfgov.org. or Jennifer Lovvorn at (415) 252-4637 or jennifer.lovvorn@sfgov.org.

POLICIES

Proposal Board and Maquette Policy

Artists will be asked to develop a proposal board and/or maquette or other design materials for the proposal for which the following policy shall apply.
The Arts Commission shall:
● At its sole discretion, have the unconditional right to own proposal boards and maquettes or other design materials produced as part of this selection and/or commission process.
● Be given credit upon display and/or reproduction of any maquette or proposal commissioned, whether selected for implementation or not.
● Require that all concepts, proposals, and/or maquettes submitted are original and unique.

Equal Benefits Ordinance

The City and County of San Francisco, in its effort to provide equality of opportunity and equality of benefits, requires that all entities receiving public monies comply with Sections 12B and 12D of the Administrative Code, relative to provision of equal benefits to registered domestic partners and demonstration of good faith efforts to hire minority-owned, women-owned and San Francisco-based subcontractors.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The selected artist(s) will be required to comply with Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in addition to related federal, state and locals codes and will be encouraged to develop artwork(s) sensitive to programmatic as well as physical accessibility issues in cooperation with the Arts Commission and disabled communities.

Required Forms and Contracts

In addition to the proposal MOU, as part of the City’s contracting process, the artist selected and approved by the Arts Commission shall be asked to enter into contract with the City and County of San Francisco for the entire duration of the project. Artist applicants should review the Arts Commission standard template contract which can be found on the Arts Commission website: http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection/documents/pa03-sample-artist-contract/. While some items specific to individual projects such as scope of work, payment schedule and schedule of deliverables may be negotiated, the terms of the contract will not be changed. Depending upon the specific scope of the project, prior to the issuance and throughout the duration of the contract, the artist will also be required to maintain a San Francisco business tax license, go through the Vendor set-up process, fill out specific documents from the Human Rights Commission and will be required to carry various types of insurance, including Automobile Liability, General Liability, Fine Arts, and other insurance as required by the City.

All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.