RFQ

Alameda Creek Watershed Center Public Art Project

Project Overview

The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the Alameda Creek Watershed Public Art Project. Opportunities include:

  • Large outdoor sculpture located on a 30’ diameter plaza at the entrance to the Center’s gardens.
  • Artwork integrated into the Center’s gardens, which may consist of sculpture(s).

Project Budget

The total artwork budget is $500,000, inclusive of all artist's fees, as well as associated expenses for design, fabrication, insurance, transportation and installation.

 

Project Description

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is currently constructing the Alameda Creek Watershed Center (ACWC) in Sunol near the Sunol Water Temple as part of its effort to improve its existing facilities in the Sunol Yard. Located on the aboriginal homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Center's mission is to educate the public about the Alameda Creek Watershed, the SFPUC water system, and the history and heritage of the Muwekma Ohlone people through interpretive and interactive exhibits. The nearby Sunol Valley Water Temple, a 1910 beaux arts landmark, marks the confluence of three sources of water flowing into Sunol Valley. Adjacent to the Temple is the Sunol AgPark, 18 acres of land that support small-scale sustainable farms that provide fresh food to Bay Area communities, as well as hands-on environmental education and job training. Construction on the Alameda Creek Watershed Center is scheduled for completion in Summer 2021.

The goals of the Alameda Creek Watershed Center Public Art Project are to commission an artwork for the Center’s gardens or 30’ diameter garden entrance plaza that acknowledges the historical and contemporary presence of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe in the Alameda Creek Watershed; highlights the Watershed’s diverse natural resources and role in the SFPUC water supply system; and serves as a focal point, yet is integrated with the site and surroundings.

Selection Process

Artist Qualification Panel: RFQ applications will be reviewed by an Artist Qualification Panel consisting of two arts professionals and one SFAC staff, who will review and score the applications to identify the short list of qualified artists to be considered for the project opportunity based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence, innovation, originality, and appropriate for public space as evidenced by representations of past work and other supporting materials. 
  • 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, including working in a large scale.
  • The artist is available to consult with community and Muwekma Ohlone Tribe representatives in the development of the artwork design.
  • The artist is available to participate in the design, approval and implementation of the project as required.

Artist Selection Panel: The list of qualified artists will be presented to the Alameda Creek Watershed Center Project Selection Panel consisting of one representative of the SFPUC, one Arts Commissioner, one community member, one representative of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, and three arts professionals. The panel will identify at least three finalists who will be invited to develop conceptual site-specific proposals after attending an orientation session with the project team and key stakeholders. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium of $2,000 for the development of a conceptual design proposal, plus the reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses, approved by the Arts Commission prior to travel arrangements being made for the orientation and panel interview.

The proposals shall be displayed at a location in proximity to the project site for written public comment prior to the final selection panel meeting.

The Alameda Creek Watershed Center Project Selection Panel will reconvene to consider the finalists’ proposals in an interview format, as well as a summary of public comments, and will select one artist and an alternate for the project for recommendation to the Arts 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: https://www.sfartscommission.org/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 to be appropriate to the goals of the project, including working in a large scale.
  • 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 consult with community and Muwekma Ohlone Tribe representatives in the development of the artwork design.
  • 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 for project finalists.

Project Timeline

RFQ Issued                                                       July 11, 2019
RFQ Deadline                                                  September 16, 2019
Artist Qualification Panel                               September 25, 2019
Artist Selection Panel One                             October 2, 2019
Artist Finalists Orientation                              Week of October 21, 2019                     
Finalist Conceptual Proposals Due                December 20, 2019
Public Display of Proposals                             December 20 – January 6, 2019
Final Artist Selection Panel                             January 8, 2020
VAC Approval                                                     January 15, 2020
Arts Commission Approval                              February 3, 2020
Artist Under Contract                                       February 2020

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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 September 16, 2019, 11:59pm (PST) deadline.

Application materials include:

1. Letter of Interest

  • 5,000 characters maximum.
  • This should be a summary of your artistic focus and professional career, especially as your background relates to your qualifications for this project. Do not make a specific proposal for a new commission.

2. Resume

  • 25,000 characters maximum.
  • 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.

3. Ten images of previous work

  • SlideRoom accepts all image file types up to 5MB. SlideRoom can accept any media file type. However, the following file formats are optimized for browser-based viewing: .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga
  • For team application, please indicate the lead artist for each project.
  • For more information on image requirements, please click here. 

4. 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 5:00 PM (PST) on the deadline date, September 16, 2019.

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

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

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

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

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

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

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

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

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125