REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
Proposals are requested from artists based in Pueblo, Colorado who are interested in a unique opportunity to create a small-scale, site-specific exterior public artwork for a data center on Colorado State University Pueblo’s campus.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTAL: Friday, November 18, 2016
TOTAL ART BUDGET: $1,000
ABOUT COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY PUEBLO
Colorado State University-Pueblo is nestled in a historically and culturally rich community of more than 100,000 people, located in the southern part of the state near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains—just a short drive to Denver and Colorado Springs. Colorado State University-Pueblo (CSU-Pueblo) has a long history of serving the community and responding to the growing needs of higher education in our region. First established in 1933, CSU Pueblo began as a three-room junior college with 63 students and two instructors. They spent many years thereafter serving the community in that capacity and officially became a four-year university in 1965. Colorado State University-Pueblo became the institution’s name in 2003. Today, the university is a regional, comprehensive institution with a focus on professional studies such as business, nursing, social work, and teacher education, and offers 26 baccalaureate and six master degree programs, serving nearly 5,000 students from all 50 states and 23 countries.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR PUBLIC ART
CSU’s new data center sits against a retaining wall on a heavily trafficked pathway north of the library between the student center and the library. The building, roughly the size of a shipping container, is surrounded by black iron fencing. For this public art call, CSU Pueblo is looking to commission an artist to create an exterior artwork that activates the fence and/or area outside the fence to create a more pleasant pathway and walking experience around the building. No artwork will be placed on the building itself or within the fenced in area. Ideally, the artwork will block view through fencing to make the barrier more opaque. Opportunities for artwork include mounting to the fence and/or painting or treating the cement area around the building, including the cement spheres. CSU Pueblo would like to see an artwork proposal that both screens the view of the building and directs the path past the building utilizing art as a wayfinding mechanism.
The Selection Committee will consider the following:
- Artistic excellence
- Technical competence
- Scale, material, form and content
- Appropriate relationship to the function of the site
- Resistance to general wear, vandalism, or theft
- Ease of maintenance, minimal and low cost maintenanceELIGIBILITY
All applicants must be residents of Pueblo. The Program is open to all artists regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical handicap.
SELECTION PROCESS AND SCHEDULE
All complete submittals will be reviewed. Final selection(s) will be made from the qualifying proposals. The schedule is as follows:
November 18, 5 pm MST – Deadline for receipt of application via email November/December – Selection panel selects Artist, Artist notified
All applications for this project are being accepted via email to Ruth Bruno, Public Art Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The applicant will be asked to submit six (6) digital images (see below for more information), a resume, and a brief statement of interest and project description. There is no application fee.
Digital Images. In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must electronically submit six (6) digital images total. Three to four (3-4) of these images should be of previously completed artworks and two to three(2-3) should show images of the proposed artwork. Proposed artwork images may be sketches or digital renderings, but should properly demonstrate the type and style of artwork and where it will be located in relation to the fenced area (ie on the fence or addressing the concrete area).
Resume: Submit a current résumé that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist.
Statement of Interest: A statement of interest and description of the project (approximately 500-1000 words) must be submitted. It should briefly address the interest in the specific opportunity and outline the proposed artwork for the site, including type of materials.
If you require more information or clarification, please contact Ruth Bruno, Public Art Program Manager, Colorado Creative Industries at 303-892-3813 or email@example.com.