2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool

2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool

Issued: October 29, 2012

Applications must be completed online by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 (PST). Applications are available through SlideRoom (https://sfgov.slideroom.com), an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted after the 4:00 pm deadline.

The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the Western States (see eligibility requirements below) to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a prequalified artist pool for upcoming public art opportunities. The 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool will be used to select artists for a range of new permanent public art projects associated with the construction of new civic buildings, parks and playgrounds, as well as transportation and streetscape improvement projects throughout San Francisco.

The Arts Commission seeks to include in the 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool visual* artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches, and especially those artists who are interested in having their design concepts implemented in durable and maintainable materials. Certain projects may also offer opportunities for an artist to work as part of a design team along with the project architect/designer.

*Revised 11/14/12. The 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool is not open to performing artists.

Artwork budgets range between $25,000 and $200,000.

Professional practicing artists or artist teams residing in the Western States (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming) are eligible to apply to the 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool. Artist teams of up to two members may apply. Artists who apply as a team may not also apply as individual artists. Both members of a team must reside in the Western States to be eligible. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an ongoing course of study in visual arts are not eligible.

Arts Commission staff will pre-screen applicants for basic qualifications which include:

• Application is complete and submitted prior to the application deadline
• The application submitted represents the artist’s own original creative work
• The artwork submitted reflects basic professional quality of craftsmanship, mastery of skills and techniques, professional approaches to processes and presentation, and/or communication of a unique vision or perspective
• The artist’s resume reflects evidence of professional competence. Qualifying activities would include some combination of the following: education and training as an artist; an exhibition record in museums; commercial art galleries; and/or non-profit art spaces; previous public or private commissions; participation in artist-in-residency programs, or other related activities indicative of a professional practice

The Arts Commission will convene a selection panel comprised of arts professionals and a representative of the Arts Commission to review and rank the pre-screened applicants’ qualifications and select the highest ranking artists for inclusion in the 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool. The panel will use the following criteria to rank all eligible portfolios:

• Artistic excellence. Evidence of some or all of the following: mastery of skills and techniques, professional approaches to process and presentation, and/or communication of a unique vision or perspective
• Appropriate materials. Evidence of the artist’s ability and/or willingness to execute artwork utilizing durable materials that are appropriate for a public space
• Site responsiveness. Evidence of the artist’s potential to create artwork that addresses the physical and/or community context of its placement

The list of artists selected for inclusion in the 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool shall be approved by the Arts Commission.

The 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool will be used to select artists for each new project opportunity with a budget up to $200,000, 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.

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/.

During 2013 and 2014 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. The 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool will be eligible for all project opportunities as they arise in the next two years, including parks, recreation centers, fire stations, the San Francisco General Hospital Acute Care Unit, and the Port of San Francisco’s Blue Greenway waterfront projects.

All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom (https://sfgov.slideroom.com). There is no fee to apply or to use the SlideRoom online application system.

Application materials include:

Artist statement (250 words maximum)

  • Brief description of your inspiration/interest of your artwork
  • Executive summary of your professional experience as an artist. You may specifically want to address how that experience may qualify you for public projects
  • If you have not previously executed a public art project, or worked in permanent outdoor materials, you may want to address how you might envision making this transition
  • If you are applying as a team, address the justification for this collaboration

Resume (3 pages maximum)

  • SlideRoom requires that you copy and paste your resume into their online software. Please keep formatting simple in your original document as only basic spacing will be saved
  • If you are applying as a team, please include either a joint resume or the resume of each team member (3 pages maximum per team member)

10 images of previous work

  • SlideRoom accepts jpg, png, gif and pdf files up to 5MB. Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1200 x 1200 pixels
  • Submit only images of your own original artwork, or collaborative work for which you share copyright credit
  • Do not submit images of works by other artists for which you played a supportive role (fabricator, engineer, etc.)
  • Do not include more than two images of the same work
  • Do not submit specific proposals

Annotated image descriptions

  • Please include the title, medium, dimensions, year and a brief statement (4 sentences maximum) about each work.

Artist teams must submit one application and are limited to 10 images total. Please identify the team member responsible for each artwork in your annotated image descriptions.

Applicants can receive technical support by emailing support@slideroom.com, by calling toll free at (866) 249-7350 or by accessing the online help desk: http://slideroom.zendesk.com.

For questions regarding the 2013/2014 Prequalified Artist Pool, contact Zoë Taleporos, Public Art Program Associate by email at zoe.taleporos@sfgov.org, or by phone at (415) 252-3215.

For artists who are interested in more information about applying to public art projects, the San Francisco Arts Commission will host two free workshops that will cover strategies for making a strong application and will provide technical support for SlideRoom. Artists working in all media and disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, November 8, 2012, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
SOMArts Cultural Center
934 Brannan Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Bayview Opera House
4705 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

Artists interested in other public art commissions are encouraged to visit the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Public Art Program website at http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection/
Information is updated whenever new opportunities arise.



Rights Reserved by the Arts Commission
The City reserves the right to not accept any applications, to not accept any artist recommended by any of the selection panels, to initiate an alternate Selection Process, or to reissue the RFQ for additional pre-qualified artist candidates.

Artwork Selection Criteria
The selection of an artwork proposal to be implemented for any of the projects for which this pool is established shall be a recommendation of the project ad-hoc Artist Selection Panel based on the following criteria:
a. Aesthetic quality
b. Appropriateness of the proposed artwork for the facility/site
c. Demonstrated feasibility of the preliminary proposal and the proposal budget
d. Demonstrated maintainability and durability of the artwork’s design, materials, fabrication and installation methods
e. Results of reference checks

Proposal Board and Maquette Policy
In the event that you are asked to develop a proposal, the following policy shall apply. The Arts Commission shall:
• At its sole discretion, have the unconditional right to own proposal maquettes or drawings selected for implementation as part of commission awards or may alternatively choose to retain all such maquettes until the project is complete.
• Retain first right of refusal to purchase proposal maquettes and drawings submitted by the artists not selected for implementation.
• Be given credit upon display and/or reproduction of any maquette or proposal commissioned, whether selected for implementation or not.
• Require that all proposals and/or maquettes submitted are original and unique.

Non-Discrimination and Equal Benefits Ordinance
The City and County of San Francisco, in its effort to provide equality of opportunity and equality of benefits, requires that individuals and businesses doing business with the City comply with Sections 12B and 12D of the Administrative Code. This requires that if you are an employer, and if you provide health or other benefits to the spouses of your employees, you must provide equal benefits to the registered domestic partners of your employees. This section also requires demonstration of good faith efforts to hire local disadvantaged business enterprises. More information on these policies may be found at: http://www.sf-hrc.org/index.aspx?page=86

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.

Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO)
(This requirement only pertains to artists who have over 20 employees, or artists who may have their artwork fabricated by a company with over 20 employees.) The selected artist(s) will be required to agree to comply fully with and be bound by the provisions of the Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO), as set forth in S.F. Administrative Code Chapter 12P. Generally, this Ordinance requires contractors to provide employees covered by the Ordinance who do work funded under the contract with hourly gross compensation and paid and unpaid time off that meet certain minimum requirements. Currently, the hourly gross compensation is $9.00 an hour. For the contractual requirements of the MCO, see paragraph 42 of the Ordinance. Note that the gross hourly compensation for covered employees increases to $10.00 for For-Profit entities on January 1, 2002 and increases 2.5% annually thereafter for 3 years. For Nonprofit entities and public entities, this increase is required only if the City makes the finding required by Section 12P.3(a)(ii) of the San Francisco Administrative Code. Additional information regarding the MCO is available on the web at: www.sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=403

Health Care Accountability Ordinance (HCAO)
(This requirement only pertains to artists who have over 20 employees, or artists who may have their artwork fabricated by a company with over 20 employees.) The selected artist will be required to agree to comply fully with and be bound by the provisions of the Health Care Accountability Ordinance (HCAO), as set forth in S.F. Administrative Code Chapter 12Q. Artists should consult the San Francisco Administrative Code to determine their compliance obligations under this chapter. Additional information regarding the HCAO is available on the web at www.sfgsa.org/index.aspx?page=407

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.

San Francisco Arts Commission

401 Van Ness, Ste. 325
San Francisco, CA 94102

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