Request for Qualifications

San Francisco Traffic Company & Forensic Services Division

San Francisco Traffic Company & Forensic Services Division Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Issue Date: May 25, 2018

Friday, June 29, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time

Project Overview

The Traffic Company and Forensic Science Division building will be located at the intersection of Evans Avenue and Toland Street in San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunter’s Point neighborhood. The building will be shared by the San Francisco Police Department’s Traffic Company, a division that serves the community by providing traffic enforcement, accident investigations and education, and the department’s crime scene investigations, computer forensics unit, and criminalistics laboratory.

Up to $900,000 inclusive of all artist's fees and associated expenses for design, fabrication, insurance, crating, transportation and consultation during installation.

Project Description

The goal of the project is to create an artwork with a meaningful connection to the Police Department and the building’s functions. The artwork will also enhance the site’s location as a gateway to the adjacent Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhoods. The project artist will work closely with the Police Department during design development to ensure that this is achieved.

The building’s public art opportunity is a sculpture located on the building’s entry plaza. This location will allow the artwork to be viewed by staff within the building, by passing vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and from nearby residential neighborhoods.

Selection Process

Professional, practicing artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply by submitting a portfolio of past work representative of the scale of a new sculpture to be considered for this opportunity. Artists’ agents or galleries may submit on an artist’s behalf upon agreement by the artist.
Artist Qualification Panel: After the application deadline the applications will be reviewed by an artist qualification panel to select a short list of qualified candidates to forward to the Artist Selection Panel for further review.

Artist Selection Panel: The lists of qualified candidates will be presented to a selection panel. The panel will identify three finalists who will be invited to develop a conceptual proposal specific to the site. Finalists will be asked to participate in an orientation session with the project team and key stakeholders.

Proposal Development Display: The finalists’ proposals will be on display for public comment near the project site and on the SFAC website prior to the final selection panel meeting.

Final Selection: The selection panel will reconvene to consider the finalists’ proposals in an interview format and will select the proposal for the project for recommendation to the Arts Commission.

Arts Commission Approval: The selection panel’s recommendation will be submitted first to the Visual Arts Committee (VAC), a subcommittee of the Arts Commission, and then to the full Arts Commission for approval.

Public Meetings: 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.

•    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 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 and commercial art galleries, 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, with a minimum of 4 in-person visits with the San Francisco Arts Commission and project team.
•    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 Deadline June 29, 2018
Qualification Panel Early July 2018
Artist Selection Panel #1 Early July 2018
Approval of Finalists July 18, 2018
Finalist Orientation Meeting Late July 2018
Artist Selection Panel #2 Early September 2018
Approval of Project Artist September 19, 2018
Full Commission Approval October 1, 2018
Artist under Contract October 2018



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. Letter of Interest

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

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, June 29, 2018. Please contact Craig Corpora at, or 415-252-2249.

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

Finalists selected to develop proposals will be paid an honorarium of $4,000, travel inclusive.


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

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