Call for Artists: 2017 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series

2017 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series


RFQ Issue Date:  March 22, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight 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 Monday, June 6, 2016, 11:59 p.m. (PDT) deadline.

Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. (PDT) on the deadline date, Monday, June 6, 2016.

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (CDT).

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 Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.

  • No travel budget is available for this project.
  • During the course of the project, the artist must be available to make 4 in-person visits with the San Francisco Arts Commission.
  • The artist’s portfolio must demonstrate a familiarity with the San Francisco Bay Area and/or artwork that responds to various aspects of the San Francisco Bay Area cultural scene.

The Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series has commissioned new temporary artwork by Bay Area artists since 1992. The Program commissions four consecutive three-month poster exhibitions annually. Each poster series consists of a set of six original designs that are professionally reproduced and printed as six sets of posters, 68 inches high by 47 ¼ inches wide, for installation in 36 bus shelter kiosks on Market Street between 8th Street and the Embarcadero. All artists’ designs must be approved by the Arts Commission and are expected to be appropriate for a broad public audience.

The Summer of Love shaped San Francisco inextricably; 2017 sees its 50th anniversary. This hippie counterculture movement defined by sexual and social disinhibition had San Francisco as its epicenter. The social changes from this seminal sociopolitical movement reverberated into the early 1970s, the effects of which echo throughout contemporary society. This call hands over creative license to artists to reinvigorate this melting pot of politics, music, drugs, creativity. Half a century on, and with particular reverence to current political rhetoric, we see history repeating itself; many oppose America’s keen support of the military-industrial complex; are suspicious of corporate America, and grapple with the consumeristic society that San Francisco has become. There is no San Francisco without The Summer of Love, 1967.

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 list of qualified artists will be presented to an artist selection panel consisting of two arts professionals and one Arts Commissioner. After considering the artists’ application, the artist selection panel will identify approximately 7 finalists for recommendation to the Arts Commission for approval. The finalists will be invited to develop conceptual proposals after attending an orientation session. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium of $850 to develop their proposals.

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:

The Qualification and Selection Panels will use the following criteria to evaluate and score the applications:

  • Complete application submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • Demonstrated quality of past artwork as represented in the applicant’s submitted images.
  • The artist is available to participate in the design, and approval of the project as required.

The selected artists will develop a final Proposal for the Project based on a maximum budget of $8,000 for project costs, including, but not limited to, Artist’s fee, design, all preparation work necessary to complete each poster design to the printer’s specifications, and print-outs of at least two color copies of each of the six poster designs for (1) presentation to Arts Commission and (2) submission to printers for color proofing. Production and installation costs will be organized by the SFAC under a separate budget.

PROJECT SCHEDULE (subject to change)

RFQ Issued: March 22, 2016

Application Deadline: June 6, 2016

Selection Panel Meeting #1: beginning of June 2016

Visual Arts Committee approval of finalists: June 15, 2016

Development of Proposals: mid-June to August 2016

Selection Panel Meeting #2: week of August 8, 2016

Visual Arts Committee approval of Project Artists: August 17, 2016

Project Artists under contract: mid-September 2016

Anticipated installation dates for each Kiosk Poster Series is as follows:

  • January/February/March 2017
  • April/May/June 2017
  • July/August/September 2017
  • October/November/December 2017

Project Artists will be assigned to one of the four installation time frames by Arts Commission staff.

All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom ( by Monday, June 6, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Applications sent via email or post will not be considered. Application materials include:


Resume of past relevant work, not to exceed three pages. 10,000 characters maximum

Letter of Interest

  • Letter of interest including a brief statement about how you might approach developing a proposal. Please do not create and submit images of a specific proposal or proposed poster designs. Proposal imagery will not be considered at this stage in the selection process. 5,000 characters maximum.

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

  • When you upload your images, SlideRoom will prompt you to fill out 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 2017 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series RFQ, contact Zoë Taleporos, Public Art Program Associate by email at, or by phone at (415) 252-2244.



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 will apply. The Arts Commission will:

  • 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.

Local Business Enterprise Goals and Participation

The requirements of the Local Business Enterprise (LBE) and Non-Discrimination in Contracting Ordinance set forth in Chapter 14B of the San Francisco Administrative Code (collectively the “LBE Ordinance”) shall apply to this RFQ. The artist selected may be required to subconsult a percentage of the total value of the contract to a subcontractor certified by the Contract Monitoring Division (CMD), and submit documentation of the good faith outreach efforts required by Chapter 14B. The City strongly encourages proposals from qualified LBEs, and a ratings bonus will be in effect for the award of this project to any proposers certified as a CMD LBE. All contractors and subcontractors awarded contracts are required to use the Elation secure web-based Local Business Enterprise Utilization Tracking System (LBEUTS) to submit payment information. More information on CMD certification and requirements can be found at, or contact Lupe Arreola, CMD Compliance Officer for the Arts Commission at 415-581-2306, or at

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:

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 will 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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San Francisco, CA 94102

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