Request for Qualifications

49 South Van Ness 2-D Art

The Arts Commission is seeking original artworks for prominent locations within this new City office space that reflect the nature of the work performed by the departments housed within it, the built urban environment, and the landscapes of San Francisco and the Bay Area.  
Architectural rendering of large multi-use building

Project Overview

The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists who work in two-dimensional media, such as painting, drawing and photography, to submit original works that are available for purchase for the 49 South Van Ness Two Dimensional Art program as well as other 2-D art programs.

Project Budget 
Up to $15,000 for unframed original artwork. Purchase price will depend on scale of artwork and market rate for artist’s work. Artists will be responsible for delivery to a specified location. Framing and installation costs will be the responsibility of the Arts Commission.

Size of unframed artwork should be no smaller than approx. 20 inches x 24 inches in any direction and no larger than approx. 48 inches x 60 inches in any direction

Please note that the weight limit for each individual work is 70 lbs max. 

Project Description

49 South Van Ness Avenue is being developed by the City as a permit center and office building to be occupied by several City departments including Building Inspection, Planning, and Public Works. The new City building will be an 18-story tower on 11th Street between Market and Mission streets. 

The Arts Commission may consider applications for other city projects as well.

Selection Process

Staff will review all applications and establish a short list of applicants for presentation to the Selection Panel.

Artist Selection Panel: This list of qualified artists/artworks will be presented to an artist selection panel consisting of an Arts Commissioner, one arts professional, and one or two representatives of the client agencies. The Selection Panel will review and evaluate the list and select approximately 15—30 artworks for display. Final purchase of artwork is contingent on in-person review and approval of artwork by Arts Commission staff.

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 calendar

ARTIST SELECTION CONSIDERATIONS

  • Complete application 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 appropriate to the goals of the project. 

Project Timeline

Selection Panel 1st Meeting — Early May 2019

Approval of selected artist — May 15, 2019
by Visual Arts Committee

Approval of selected artist — June 3, 2019
by Full Commission 

Artwork Purchases — June—August 2019

Delivery if artworks to Arts — August—September 2019
Commission 

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How To Apply

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 deadline. Application materials include:

1. Resume

  • If you are applying as a team, please include your team/studio resume. If that is not available, please combine the individual resumes (one right after the other) of each team member into one document.

2. Ten images of previous work

  • SlideRoom accepts all image file types up to 5MB. Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels
  • For team application, please indicate the lead artist for each project
  • For more information on image file sizes and types, please click here

3. 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.

Check out our How to Apply to Calls for helpful tips on how to submit the most competitive application.

Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. (PDT or PST) on the deadline date, May 3, 2019. Please contact Craig Corpora at (415) 252-2249 or craig.corpora@sfgov.org.

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM (PST) support@slideroom.com.

Eligibility

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

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

May 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

May 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

May 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

May 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125