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Rosewood Neighborhood Park, Austin, TX


Budget: $44,000
Activated: 12/20/2018
Deadline: 02/14/2019 11:59 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department (EDD) seeks to commission an Austin-area visual artist or artist team to design and fabricate a work of public art to be sited on or near the exterior of a new bathhouse structure that is being built adjacent to the Rosewood Neighborhood Park Pool.
Budget Description
The total award for an artist contract is $44,000, inclusive of design, fabrication and installation, including engineering and permitting fees, travel and shipping expenses, insurance and other project-related costs.The funding for this project comes from the 2012 Bond.
Project Description
A popular feature of Rosewood Neighborhood Park is its aquatics facilities. Improvements to the pool area, such as the addition of a splash pad, have been ongoing since 2009. The next phase of these improvements is the creation of a new bathhouse facility. The City has hired METHODarchitecture to design the structure. The new structure will include restrooms, showers, exterior water fountains, and an entrance gate. Currently, the construction project is on schedule to be installed by late 2019.
Artwork Goals
The Art in Public Places program seeks to commission works of art of redeeming quality that advance public understanding of visual art and enhance the aesthetic quality of public places through the selection of a qualified artist or artist team who can innovatively and thoughtfully design within the context of this project. The goal of the Rosewood Neighborhood Park AIPP Project is to select an artist/artist team who will design artwork that:

• reflects the nature and character of the Rosewood Neighborhood Park and Pool;

• conceptualizes a strong overall artwork design approach that Integrates with the site and the required signage for the project;

• is consistent with and mindful of the historic values of the Rosewood community and Rosewood Neighborhood Park site;

• is easily maintained and vandal resistant in an exterior environment; and

• contributes to the depth/breadth of the City of Austin’s public art collection.
Artwork Location Description
The selected artist or team will be charged with integrating artwork into or adjacent to the design of the new bathhouse structure. The medium and location of the artwork will be determined through discussions between the artist, community stakeholders, the design team and the AIPP Panel. The artist(s) is/are expected to gather community input in the development of their design. Potential locations for artwork include, but are not limited to, the north-facing wall of the bathhouse, the fence around the pool area, and adjacent landscape areas. Due to the challenges for maintenance of the artwork, only artwork of substantial durability and low maintenance needs will be considered.
Site History
Located at the intersection of Rosewood Avenue and North Pleasant Valley Road, Rosewood Neighborhood Park is a 17-acre public park that includes a swimming pool, tennis courts, baseball fields, picnic areas, a splash pad, the Delores Duffie Recreation Center and the Doris “Dorie” Miller Auditorium. The park offers year-round classes, workshops, special events, tournaments, performances, and

Historically, the site of the park served as the home and property of local store owner Rudolph Bertram. In 1875, Bertram built the 14-room limestone block house that serves as the Recreation Center today. In 1928, the City of Austin purchased the house and land for the purpose of creating a segregated park for the African American community. In 1929, a playground and after-school program, were established at the site. The swimming pool, tennis courts, and other amenities were added in the 1930’s. In 1973, the historic Henry Green Madison cabin was re-assembled on the park property. In 1974, the cabin was named a State Historical Site by the Texas Historical Commission.
Visual artists at least 18 years of age living and working in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnett, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. Only one application per artist or artist team will be accepted (an artist may not apply as an individual and as a team member separately). Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees including employees of the Economic Development Department are ineligible to apply. Artists currently under contract and employees of the project consultants and sub-consultants are also ineligible to apply.

Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 10
Letter of Interest: 700 word maximum
Short letter of interest should include: - Why you are interested in this opportunity - what makes you a good match for the opportunity - how you might approach the project Artists with a lived experience in the Rosewood neighborhood should describe their connection to the community here as well.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Demographic Survey Agreement/Certification
Selection Information
Selection Process
Applications must be submitted through by the February 14th, 2019 deadline. The City of Austin Art in Public Places Panel will convene a selection panel to evaluate the submissions. The selection panel and advisors shall review qualifications and select three finalists for interviews unless there is consensus on the selection of recommending one applicant and one alternate. The selection panel and advisors shall convene for interviews and select one artist/artist team and one alternate. This recommendation will be presented to the Art in Public Places Panel and Arts Commission for approval. The approved artist(s) will be put under a design + commission contract to coordinate with the City and project team to develop a final design, which is subject to approval by the AIPP Panel and the Austin Arts Commission prior to fabrication and installation.
Selection Criteria
The selection of an artist, or artist team, shall be based on whose qualifications best meet the requirements contained in the Request for Qualifications. In addition to the standard AIPP project selection criteria found on the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places website (, the Selection Panel will review and consider the following evaluation 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; and
» ability to successfully engage the Rosewood neighbourhood community
» Stakeholder and User Department approval.

Special consideration will be given to artists with a lived experience in the Rosewood neighborhood.
Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)

December 2018
Approval of Prospectus by AIPP Panel and Austin Arts Commission
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released

January 2019
Project Information Meeting (Monday, January 14th 6PM CST – Carver Branch Library)

March 2019
Selection of Finalists
Interviews and Selection of Artist + Alternate

April 2019
Approval of Artist and Alternate by AIPP Panel and Arts Commission
Artist(s) under contract

May 2019
Artist Meet with Design Team
Community Engagement

June 2019
Mid-Design review

September 2019
Final Design review

October 2019
Fabrication/Ordering of materials

November/December 2019
Completion of Bath House Construction (tentative)

December 2019/January 2020
Installation of Artwork
Additional Resources
Unnamed Resource (PDF)
Contact Information
Curt Gettman
Austin Texas 78701 United States