RFQ

SFPUC'S New Southeast Community Facility at 1550 Evans Plaza Sculpture Project

Project Overview

The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the SFPUC’s new Southeast Community Facility (SECF) Plaza Sculpture Project. This art opportunity is for a large-scale, focal sculpture in the SECF exterior plaza that will be illuminated at night.

Project Budget 
Funds for Art Enrichment at the new Southeast Community Facility at 1550 Evans originate from the Sewer System Improvement Program.

Artwork Budget: $975,000
Installation Allocation: $100,000
Community Engagement/Benefit Program Allocation: $25,000

Project Description

Bayview-Hunters Point residents organized to ensure the City and County of San Francisco mitigated the adverse social, economic, and environmental impacts of the Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP) expansion in the 1980s. The community’s vision for the mitigation centered on providing residents with meaningful access to educational programs, job opportunities, and services for children and the elderly. The result of that community mitigation agreement, enforced by the California State Water Resources Control Board, was the construction of the current SECF, located at 1800 Oakdale Ave. in San Francisco.

After an extensive community engagement process, the Bayview Hunters Point community expressed a preference to build a new SECF at 1550 Evans Avenue. Accessible by MUNI bus and the T-line and less than a mile away from the existing SECF, the new facility will include a large, state-of-the-art special events space and multi-purpose space for meetings, events, and recreation such as dance classes, gatherings and day care services. The new facility will also provide a wide range of social services supporting workforce development and education for Southeast residents of all ages.

The goals of the new SECF Plaza Sculpture Project are to commission a focal sculpture of large, landmark scale that supports the new SECF as a destination; is an icon and asset for the neighborhood; activates the SECF plaza in both day and nighttime hours; welcomes and engages viewers from afar and up close; and is judged to be complimentary to the integrated wall artworks in the new SECF Main Lobby and new SECF Alex Pitcher Room.

The SECF Plaza Sculpture Project will also provide for opportunities for community engagement and benefit aligned with the Bayview Arts Masterplan. The selected artist will work with SFAC, in consultation with SFPUC, to develop and participate in a community engagement and benefit program that may consist of artist workshops, professional development opportunities for local youth, and/or public lectures and presentations. The artist’s anticipated time commitment for developing and participating in the community engagement and benefit program is a total of 40 hours over the course of one year.

Selection Process

Artists in the Arts Commission’s 2018 Bayview Artists Registry will also be considered for this opportunity, and need not apply to this RFQ.

Artist Qualification Panel: RFQ applications will be reviewed by an Artist Qualification Panel consisting of one outside arts professional, one client representative, and one SFAC staff member. The panel 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. 
  • Appropriateness of artist’s work to the goals of the project. 
  • Artist’s professional experience and ability to meet the demands of the project, including working in a large scale
  • Artist’s availability to participate in the design, approval and implementation of the project as required.
  • Artist’s willingness to work with SFAC, in consultation with SFPUC, to develop and participate in a community engagement and benefit program.
  • Artist’s meaningful connection to the Bayview neighborhood and community

Artist Selection Panel: The shortlist of qualified artists will be presented to the SECF Plaza Sculpture Artist Selection Panel consisting of two representatives of the SFPUC (shared vote), two members of the new SECF design team (shared vote), one Southeast Community Facility Commissioner, one Arts Commissioner, one community representative, and three outside arts professionals. The panel will review and score the applications of the short list of qualified artists based on the criteria outlined above. The panel will identify four finalists who will be invited to develop conceptual site specific proposals after attending an orientation session with the project team and key stakeholders. The finalists will be paid an honorarium of $4,000 plus travel reimbursement for development of a proposal, approved by the Arts Commission prior to travel arrangements being made for the orientation and panel interview.

The finalist proposals will be on display for written public comment for one week at the Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Branch Library, one week at the Southeast Community Facility at 1800 Oakdale, and two weeks on the SFAC website prior to the final selection panel meeting.

The Artist Selection Panel will reconvene to consider the finalists’ concepts in an interview format along with any community input and will select one artist and an alternate 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 the calendar page of our website. 

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.
     
  • 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 for project finalists.

Project Timeline

RFQ Issued                                                    May 7
RFQ Deadline                                               June 21
Artist Qualification Panel                           Week of June 24
Artist Selection Panel One                         Week of July 8
Artist Finalists Orientation                          Week of July 22                          
Finalist Conceptual Proposals Due           September 9 
Public Display of Proposals                        September 16 - 30
Final Artist Selection Panel                        Week of October 7
VAC Approval                                               October 16
Arts Commission Approval                        November 4
Artist Under Contract                                 Late November 2019

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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. Letter of Interest

  • 5,000 characters maximum.
  • This should be a summary of your artistic focus and professional career, and emphasize how your background and experience relate to the following criteria:
    • Ability to meet the demands of the project, including working in a large scale
    • Availability to participate in the design, approval and implementation of the project as required.
    • Willingness to work with SFAC, in consultation with SFPUC, to develop and participate in a community engagement and benefit program
    • Experience engaging a local community during the development and implementation of a project
    • Meaningful connection to the Bayview
  • 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. 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 file sizes and types, 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 p.m. PST on the deadline date, June 21, 2019. Please contact Craig Corpora at craig.corpora@sfgov.org, or 415-252-2249

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

June 04
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1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

June 04
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

June 04
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

June 04
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125