P.O. Box 6015
300 S. Providence
Columbia, MO 65205
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS: Short Street Parking Garage
open to Missouri artists: postmark deadline March 16
The City of Columbia, Missouri, invites artists to apply for a public art project at the planned Short Street Parking Garage. The City seeks an artist or artist team to create new site-specific, original, public artwork(s) for the garage. Works in a variety of durable media and forms will be considered. The project is a component of Columbia’s Percent for Art Program, established in 1997, and is being implemented by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). At this point, artists should submit qualifications only, not a design proposal. Finalists will be invited to develop preliminary design proposals and offered an honorarium for the work (see Selection Process and Application Information for details).
Once completed, the multi-level facility in downtown Columbia will provide more than 400 parking spaces. This project will utilize pre-cast façade panels and will be coordinated with the design of an adjacent boutique hotel. Two stair/elevator towers for vertical circulation of patrons will be glass enclosed to maximize visibility for patrons and proximity to nearby destinations. The garage façade will compliment surrounding downtown Columbia architecture and will employ pre-cast panels to mask ramped parking structure floors. In addition to the parking utility, the design is proposed with integrated mixed-use space for the ground level of the structure, along the Walnut Street frontage, for integration of retail, or office development.
As a designated Percent for Art project, one percent of the overall construction project has been set aside for site-specific public art at the garage. Due to its prominence in the downtown area, it’s location in the North Village Arts District and the high volume of traffic to and from it, the project affords a unique opportunity for meaningful public art in Columbia. No aspect of the art is pre-determined.
The budget for the site-specific public art at the Short Street Garage project has been established at $58,000. The amount must include all artist fees, materials, fabrication, shipping, installation, etc.
The project is open to all artists and artist teams legally residing and eligible to work in Missouri. Professional artists with experience in the field of public art are encouraged to apply. All applicants, regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, origin or disability, will be considered. If appropriate, more than one artist may be selected.
The city’s Standing Committee on Public Art, made up of artists, arts professionals, community representatives and project staff, will review applications and choose finalists. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of artistic and technical merit and strength of past work. Three finalists will be invited to develop preliminary design proposals and will be offered an honorarium of $2,000 for doing so. Once selected, finalists will be given information on the design for the garage and locations appropriate for artwork.
The preliminary design proposals should include an explanation of the work and be accompanied by full color artist’s renderings approximately to scale for two dimensional work or a scale model for three dimensional work. The proposal shall state the materials, dimensions, weight, finish of the work, suggest the location of the work, engineering, mounting, lighting and maintenance needs and set out an expected budget. Proposals will be displayed for public comment. Finalists will be invited to discuss proposals with the Standing Committee on Public Art. Reasonable expenses associated with travel to Columbia for this meeting will be reimbursed. The Standing Committee on Public Art will recommend the finalist they believe to be most qualified for the project to the city’s Commission on Cultural Affairs. The City Council will finalize the decision.
To be considered, submit the following:
Do not bind your application materials or put them in a notebook or folder. Do not send any materials not specifically requested (i.e. photographs, drawings, transparencies, DVDs/videos). If sent, they will not be reviewed by the selection panel.
If you wish to have your CD-ROM returned, enclose a self-addressed, stamped mailer.
Applications must be postmarked by Friday, March 16, 2012. Faxed or e-mailed applications cannot be accepted. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered.
MAIL VIA USPS, postmarked by March 16, 2012
City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO, 65205
EXPRESS MAIL, postmarked by March 16, 2012
City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, 300 S. Providence, Columbia, MO, 65201
HAND-DELIVER SUBMISSIONS by 5 p.m. on March 16, 2012
City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, 300 S. Providence, Columbia, MO, 65201, office is open 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
City of Columbia, Missouri, Office of Cultural Affairs, 573-874-6386 or oca@GoColumbiaMo.com
This request for qualification (RFQ) does not commit the City of Columbia (City) to enter into an agreement with any applicant and is not an offer for contract. All City arts programs are contingent upon availability of funds. At its sole discretion, the City may reject any or all applications, may modify or terminate the application or selection processes and without prior notice. Applicant agrees that all materials submitted become the property of the City and shall not be returned. Notwithstanding the foregoing, applicant shall retain all copyright in the work which may be held by applicant. The applicant certifies that the information contained in the application is true and correct to the best of his or her knowledge. The City is not responsible for damage or loss of materials submitted. Failure to comply with all the requirements of this RFQ will constitute an invalid application.
The City of Columbia (City) reserves the right at any time to supplement, amend or otherwise modify this solicitation and to request additional information from any participating artists for any reason and without prior notice. In addition, the City reserves the right to accept or reject at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all proposals; to waive any defect or technicality; and to advertise for new requests for qualifications.