Entry Deadline: 1/15/15

REQUIREMENTS:

Media
Images – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Video – Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media – Minimum: 1, Maximum: 12

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Budget: $358,508

 

Deadline for submissions: January 15, 2015

 

Location: San Marcos, TX

 

Eligibility: International

 

 

 

1 Summary

 

Texas State University invites professional artists, or artist teams, to submit qualifications to design and fabricate sculpture or sculptures for an exterior and/or interior public space on its campus in San Marcos, Texas. The site is a new residence hall complex, currently under construction on Moore Street.

 

 

 

2 Budget Description

 

The funds for this project are derived from the 1% for public art portion of the Texas State University’s estimated construction budget.

 

This budget covers all project-related costs including, but not limited to, project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted services, and travel required to complete the artwork, transportation and delivery of the work to the site, as well as installation, heavy machinery rentals, storage, related permits, licenses, insurance, and documentation of the completed project. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.

 

Skyline Art Services will coordinate the installation of the work in collaboration with the artist.

 

Finally, the budget covers travel expenses for the artist to visit the campus after installation to attend a reception to recognize the new work and to take part in a formal discussion with students about the work.

 

 

 

3 Project Description                 

 

The artwork will be located in the public space between Moore Street and the front of a new residential complex, currently under construction, as well as potentially the interior entryway of the community building. The artist will work with the project design team and project stakeholders to conceptualize the project, including determining the location for the sculpture or sculptures and preparation of the site, I.e. structural, foundational, lighting.

 

Art consultant Skyline Art Services is organizing this call for qualifications, and will manage the design collaboration and installation of the sculpture or sculptures.

 

Artwork should be harmonious with the natural, geological, ecological surroundings, as well as the diverse cultures at home at Texas State University. Artwork must be suitable for outdoor weather conditions as well as interaction with the general public.  The location is exposed to all elements. The intended location is highly visible, even from a distance, so the work of art should be prominent and proportionate to its surroundings.

 

One or two artists maybe selected to produce works of art.

 

The artist is also required to return to campus after installation to attend a reception to recognize the new work and to take part in a formal discussion with students about the work.

 

 

 

4 The building and the campus

 

The Moore Street residence hall complex serves undergraduate students at Texas State, nearly all of whom are freshmen. Their first experience of college life begins on this site, meeting new friends, and preparing for new and life-changing experiences, and meeting the challenge presented by new fields of knowledge and learning. At the west end of campus, the new building’s main entrance will face east toward the unique grounds of Texas State University, built into the hills above San Marcos, characterized by expansive use of brick, stone, and dozens of buildings joined together by stairways, ramps, and terraces. The campus also includes the headwaters of a stunningly clear and cold-spring fed San Marcos River. The area’s visually striking geology and ecology are unique to this part of Texas.

 

 

 

5 Mission

 

Texas State University is a public, student-centered, Emerging Research University dedicated to excellence in serving the educational needs of the diverse population of Texas and the world beyond.

 

Texas State University System Board of Regents allocates one percent (1%) of the construction budget of each new major construction project to its Public Art Program. These works of public art shall be located at or near the site of the construction project. Works of public art are to be separate from and in addition to the aesthetic features incorporated into the building itself. They seek works by professional artists to add to and integrate with the campus and its growing collection of public art.

 

 

 

6 Review and selection process

 

Submissions by applicants will be reviewed by the art consultant organizing the call, Skyline Art Services, to ensure that each application is eligible, complete, and meets all submission requirements. The pool is then reviewed by the Texas State University Public Art Committee, who will select two or three artists (the shortlist) to invite to submit proposals for a work or works of art to be incorporated into the design of the new building project.  Invited applicants will be paid a $1500 stipend each to develop and present a formal proposal to the Public Art Committee. The stipend covers the costs of the artist’s time, materials, and travel expenses.

 

The Public Art Committee comprises representatives from the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the School of Art and Design, the Facilities Department, the Department of Housing and Residential Life, and a student representative from the Residence Hall Association.

 

 

 

7 Artwork goals

 

•       Meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community.

 

•       Stimulate curiosity and engage students.

 

•       Reflect a quality that will enhance the prestige of the university, making it an arts destination.

 

•       Reflect a quality that strengthens the visibility of the campus among the external art community.

 

•       Allow faculty to use the art as examples of exceptional public art.

 

 

 

A variety of media will be considered; however, the work must be durable, sustainable, and very easy to maintain.

 

 

 

Artwork incorporating water features will not be considered.

 

 

 

8 Selection criteria

 

·       artistic merit and technical expertise

 

·       demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope

 

·       ability to successfully execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area; and

 

·       expressed interest in creating artwork for the opportunities presented by this Request for Qualifications

 

 

 

9 Eligibility

 

This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist-led teams with experience in similar such projects.

A professional artist is defined as a skilled practitioner in the original arts with an original self-conceptualized body of work, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional possessing serious intent and ability. He or she generates designs and concepts for creative works that reflect form, beauty, and aesthetic perception.

 

Artists are allowed to apply in teams.

 

Subcontractors may be used and are defined as those providing technical implementation including but not limited to construction, fabrication, and/or assembly for portions or all of a finished product under direct supervision and control of an artist.

 

The awarded artist or artists will be required to visit the campus after installation to attend a reception to recognize the artwork and to participate in a formal discussion with students about the artwork.

 

Texas State University especially encourages submissions by women, artists of color, and artists from Texas.

 

Existing sculptures as well as new sculpture proposals will be accepted.

 

Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

 

 

 

10 Application requirements for artists or artist teams

 

·       Resume (4 pages maximum)

 

·       Statement of Interest (1000 words max)

 

·       Biography/Artist Statement (500 words max)

 

·       Image list: title, media, year completed, dimensions, and retail or commission price (if applicable) for each corresponding image selected from your portfolio

 

·       Work examples: 10 maximum

 

o   IMAGE: Only JPEGs up to 5MB with a minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side.

 

o   VIDEO: Only 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, ASF, MPG, MP4, M2T, MKV, M2TS up to 100MB with a minimum resolution of 640 x 480; minimum 12 fps.

 

·       References: 3

 

 

 

11 Submission process

 

Applications must be received online via www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ) no later than 5:00 pm (CST) on January 15, 2015. For technicalassistance with your application, first consult the CaFÉ help resources and contacts guide. https://www.callforentry.org/cafehelp.phtml

 

Applications will not be accepted by postal mail or by email.

 

All questions regarding this RFQ shall be in writing to the contact listed in Section 13 no later than Dec 1, 2014 at 5:00 (CST). Answers to questions will be posted to the RFQ on www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ) by December 15, 2014.

 

 

 

12 Timeline – May be subject to change

 

·       RFQ released: November 1, 2014

 

·       Questions accepted until: December 1, 2014

 

·       Deadline for submission: January 15, 2015

 

·       Shortlisted artists notified: February 6, 2015

 

·       Proposal presentations, maquettes, and interviews: April 16, 2015

 

·       Awarded artists notified: April 30, 2015

 

·       Installation: June 2016

 

·       Reception and public presentation: October/November 2016

 

 

 

13 Contact – For questions about the details of this call.

Hank Hancock

Project Manager

Skyline Art Services

[email protected]

 

 

 

14 Historical Background

 

Beginning in 1886, San Marcos hosted a Summer Normal Institute where educators gathered to study and earn advanced certification. Those who came to San Marcos for study saw its promise as a site for a permanent Normal School to serve teachers in South Texas and in December, 1892 they petitioned the Legislature for such a designation. Work on the Main Building began in 1902 and the Normal School was ready for 303 students and 17 faculty members when Southwest Texas State Normal School opened in 1903. Over the years the Texas Legislature broadened the institution’s scope and changed its name successively to Southwest Texas State Normal College, Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College, Southwest Texas State College; and, in 1969, Southwest Texas State University. Finally, in 2003 the name was changed to Texas State University. In a little over 100 years the University changed from being little more than a High School into a prominent institution with 97 undergraduate, 89 masters and 9 PHD Degree programs. While teacher preparation remains an important responsibility, the scope of the university services has greatly expanded its prestige, prominence and recognition. The student population has now exceeded 32,500. The original 11 acres has grown to over 475 acres, not counting over 4000 additional acres that are not part of the campus. In January 2012, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) reclassified Texas State University as an Emerging Research University. In light of its new classification, the university is developing a long-term research strategic plan for achieving recognition as a National Research University. Texas State remains deeply committed to undergraduate student success, even as the university broadens its mission to include doctoral programs and an expanded research agenda.

 

15 Questions and Answers

 

As of 12/4/2014

 

QUESTIONS

 

 

    • I’m looking for the site dimensions and any survey details you can provide, for the potential exterior and interior sites for proposed sculptures at TSU?  For the interior site, can you provide any details with regards to materials and color selection(s) by the interior designer?  Also, if you can provide any additional guidance on project expectations this will be appreciated.

 

    • Are there plans and virtual images available of the residential Building? North location of the entrance and the public space Moore Street and the front of the residential complex. Plan and visibility?

 

    • Is there an overhead view of the proposed site that shows the dimensions to be worked with?

 

    • Can you send me a layout of the area that will be allocated for the art? I’m wondering if the art outside is visible from where the art inside is located. I think it would be an exciting piece to work on and I’d like to work on a design.

 

    • Do you have any pictures or architectural renderings of the site?

 

    • Can you send me a layout of the area that will be allocated for the art? I’m wondering if the art outside is visible from where the art inside is located. I think it would be an exciting piece to work on and I’d like to work on a design.

 

 

ANSWER: As this is a Request for Qualifications, not a Request for Proposals, we are providing only an introductory look at the site with the rendering provided at this link: https://www.callforentry.org/fair_plans/2259.jpeg. The Texas State University Public Art Committee will provide complete plans to the artists that are invited to submit proposals, as described in Section 6 of the RFQ.

 

The RFQ describes the location for the new sculpture in Section 3: “The artwork will be located in the public space between Moore Street and the front of a new residential complex, currently under construction, as well as potentially the interior entryway of the community building.”

 

QUESTION: What style of of sculptural work is desired for the Texas State art commission?  Figurative, modern, abstract, etc.?

ANSWER: The RFQ does not specify a style for the artwork.

QUESTION: You are correct; it is not specified.  That is the reason for my question.  Being un-specified means it is not specific.  I am asking your client to clarify and be more specific as to what they are looking for.  A good example would be, if they desire abstract sculpture, there would be no reason for a figurative-realist to apply.

ANSWER: The Public Art Committee does not specify or prefer any subjects or styles for this RFQ. The artwork goals and selection criteria in sections 7 and 8 of the RFQ are the stated qualities that will be considered by the Public Art Committee.

 

QUESTION: It is our understanding that this invitation is open to all national and international professional artists. Thank you and we look forward to your confirmation.

ANSWER: Eligibility is open to international applicants, as stated in the preliminary information of the RFQ, before Section 1.

 

QUESTION: I perused the RFQ at Cafe Management but saw no figure for the actual budget.  I need to know this before submitting.

ANSWER: The budget for this project is $358,508, as listed in the preliminary information of the RFQ, before Section 1.

 

QUESTION: Since we are located in Berlin, Germany, we wanted to ask if we could hold the (potential) presentation via Skype/video conference? Also, I couldn’t find information about the necessity of a marquette – is it compulsory or facultative?

ANSWER:  Artists who are invited to submit proposals will be provided complete specifications with the invitation to submit a proposal, after the RFQ, and we will make specific arrangements with them about their presentation and interview. Those specification for the proposals have not yet been determined, but it is safe to assume that a maquette will be part of the proposal packet. And indeed, an interview by video conference is a distinct possibility.

 

QUESTION: Does the sculpture location have any underground restrictions?

ANSWER: There are no known restrictions on the underground component of a potential sculpture. As described in section 6, the Public Art Committee will “select two or three artists (the shortlist) to invite to submit proposals for a work or works of art to be incorporated into the design of the new building project.” During this process, additional details about the site will be provided to the artist, including infrastructural needs and resources. Additional collaboration with the architects and contractors to prepare the site will happen once a proposal has been selected.

 

QUESTION: Is the space going to be used as a place for students to gather?

ANSWER: So far, exact programming for the site has not been determined, though a bus route does follow Moore Street. And the residential building complex entrance faces the sculpture and the rest of campus, as described in Sections 3 and 4 of the RFQ. The potential for sculpture to bring about gathering among students may be potentially a component of the Artwork Goals as described in section 7.

 

QUESTION: There is a request for 3 references. Generally speaking should the references lean towards to artist’s ability to actually produce the work effectively in a timely manner, or lean towards high profile people who have or are collecting the artist’s work?

ANSWER: Professional references will be used to confirm the qualities sought in the RFQ. Pertaining to your inquiry, see these terms in Sections 7 (Artwork goals):

 

 

    • Reflect a quality that will enhance the prestige of the university, making it an arts destinations

 

    • Reflect a quality that strengthens the visibility of the campus among the external art community.

 

    • Allow faculty to use the art as examples of exceptional public art.

 

 

and 8 (Selection criteria):

 

 

    • artistic merit and technical expertise

 

    • demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope

 

  • ability to successfully execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area