Call for Artists: Bayview Gateway Public Art Project

 Bayview Gateway Public Art Project


RFQ Issue Date: September 16, 2013


Deadline extended to December 2, 2013, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Applications are available through SlideRoom (, 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 December 2, 2013, 11:59 p.m. (PST) deadline.

Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. (PST) on the deadline date, December 2, 2013.

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email until 8 p.m. (CST).


Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists who reside in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines shall be withdrawn from consideration.


The total budget for artwork is $445,000 inclusive of all artist’s fees, as well as associated expenses for design, fabrication, insurance, transportation and installation.


The Port’s Bayview Gateway Project will create a new one acre public open space along the southern bank of Islais Creek in San Francisco’s south east waterfront. The Project Site is bound by Islais Creek on the north, Cargo Way on the south, 3rd Street on the west, and Illinois Street on the east. This area was reclaimed in the 1900’s to create a working waterfront with a timber wharf and shed buildings. The shed was removed in the early 1980’s leaving an asphalt covered lot. The Project will demolish the existing timber wharf, rehabilitate the seawall, and transform the asphalt lot into a public green space with walkways, plaza spaces and green spaces so that residents and visitors to the Bayview may enjoy the waterfront. The Project will also serve as a connection to the Bay Trail along Illinois Street and Cargo Way and a resting place to view Islais Creek and the surrounding maritime activity. Construction is scheduled to be complete by summer 2014.


The Port of San Francisco in consultation with the community has determined that this site offers an opportunity for a large scale permanent signature artwork, which will represent the entry to the Bayview neighborhood. The public art project site features two distinct areas which are divided by 3rd Street at the intersection of Cargo Way and Arthur Avenue. The primary location for the artwork is to the west of 3rd Street, however, selected finalists may choose to focus on both sides of the intersection. Due to the complexity of the project site with significant competing infrastructure (railway tracks, large traffic lights and wide intersections which are utilized by heavy vehicles), artists will be encouraged to develop unique and site responsive solutions that transcend the constraints of the designated artwork areas.

Possible themes/concepts include artwork that:

  • Signifies entry into the Bayview community;
  • References the culture and history of the Bayview community;
  • References the Bayview’s maritime and other commercial history, or reflects the industrial nature of the area;
  • ‘Connects’ or unifies both sides of Third Street at Cargo Way/Quint Street;
  • Heightens awareness of natural phenomena (wind, sun, creek current) and/or employs green technologies.


  • Complete application, and submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • Artwork examples submitted represent the artist’s own original creative work.
  • The artist’s work reflects artistic excellence, innovation and originality, as evidenced by professional quality of craftsmanship and mastery of skills, techniques; professional approaches to processes and presentation, and/or communicate a unique vision or perspective.
  • The artist’s work is judged to be appropriate to the goals of the project.
  • The artist’s professional experience is adequate to meet the demands of the project. 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 art practice.
  • The artist is available to participate in the design, approval and implementation of the project as required.
  • Assessed ability to meet project deadlines and to perform work in a timely and professional manner.
  • Results of reference checks.


Artist Qualification Panel: The applications will be reviewed by an Artist Qualification Panel consisting of representatives from Arts Commission staff and arts professionals to identify a list of qualified artists to be considered for the project opportunity.

Artist Selection Panel: This pool of qualified artists will be presented to an artist selection panel consisting of three arts professionals, one community member, one representative of the SFAC, one representative of the Port, and one representative of the design team. After considering the artists’ qualifications, the Artist Selection Panel will identify finalists for recommendation to the Arts Commission for approval. The finalists will be invited to develop conceptual proposals after attending an orientation session with the project team and key stakeholders. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium of $2,000 for development of a conceptual design proposal.

The proposals will be displayed for two weeks at the Bayview Branch Library for written public comment, as well as on the Arts Commission website. Following public display, the selection panel will reconvene to consider the finalists’ concepts in an interview format along with any community input and will select one artist for recommendation to the Arts Commission and the Port Commission.

Arts Commission Approval: The Artist Selection Panel’s recommendation will be submitted first to the Visual Arts Committee, a subcommittee of the Arts Commission and then to the full Arts Commission for approval.

All Arts Commission meetings and 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:

All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom ( by December 2, 2013, 11:59 p.m. PST. Applications sent via email or post will not be considered. Application materials include:

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • 10 images of previous work
    • SlideRoom accepts jpg, png, and gif files up to 5MB. Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1500 x 1500 pixels.
  • Image descriptions. Please include the title, medium, dimensions, and year for each work. You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work.

There is no application fee to apply or to use the SlideRoom online application system. To view the application, go to (no “www”) and sign up for an account.


Applicants can receive SlideRoom technical support by emailing,  or by accessing the online help desk:


For questions regarding the Bayview Gateway Public Art Project RFQ, contact Zoë Taleporos, Public Art Program Associate by email at, or by phone at (415) 252-3215.



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.

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 Countyof 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:

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.  For the contractual requirements of the MCO, see paragraph 42 of the Ordinance. Additional information regarding the MCO is available on the web at:

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

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: 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.



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