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West Texas Food Bank Innovation Garden - Midland, TX

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Budget: $100,000
Activated: 03/25/2021
Deadline: 05/15/2021
Call Summary
West Texas Food Bank in conjunction with Odessa Arts & Abell-Hanger Foundation, Warren Charitable Foundation, Don Bennett & family, Concho, Ovintiv,, FMH Foundation, H-E-B, Occidental, PDC Energy, Scharbauer Foundation, XTO Energy Mike Black & Lea Crump, invite professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and complete one prominent and several smaller sculptures at the new WTFB Innovative Gardens in Midland, TX
Budget Description
Funding for this project was acquired through generous financial contributions. The budget covers all project related costs including (but not limited to): project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted services, lighting, travel to complete the artwork, shipping, delivery of artwork to site, and installation. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.
Project Description
The West Texas Food Bank's Innovative Garden houses a classroom, two geodesic domes, and various water and vegetation features. WTFB is looking for artworks that are whimsical, and relate to the outdoor space. Themes of wildlife, and vegetation are encouraged, as are vibrant colors. The art should speak to the term 'Innovation.' The gardens are fairly large and provide ample space for multiple pieces that relate to one another.
Artwork Goals
Art in The Innovative Garden should be bright, innovative, whimsical. Art should encourage visitors to stroll and discover. The Selection Committee seeks works by professional artists to enhance the look and feel of the Innovative Gardens in Midland. The work should speak to the idea of sustainability in food production, and distribution. In addition to the goals stated above, the art should also:
Meet the needs of the community
Reflect a quality that will engage the community
Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Midland to the external art community
Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Midland, making it an Arts destination
Allow the community to use the artwork as an example of exceptional public art
Be durable, sustainable and easy to maintain
Artwork Location Description
The artwork will be sited in the garden area in front of the WTFB's Midland location on Andrews Hwy (see attached map)
Site History
The WTFB Midland facility was constructed in 2016 and opened in January 2017. The 20,000 square foot state of the art facility has a primary purpose to promote volunteerism and education. It is powered by solar energy and is equipped with a demonstration kitchen, 2 greenhouses, an outdoor classroom and playground, rainwater harvesting and a compost station. Food distribution from the facility occurs in the Senior Client Choice Pantry.

In 2018, a $1.2 million capital campaign was launched to expand the footprint of the facility in order to add more parking spaces and create an innovative garden area. Land to the north of the facility was donated and $1.4 million was raised for the project. Construction is to be completed in January 2021.
This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist teams with experience in similar projects. All media will be considered. 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 processing serious intent and ability. Subcontracts may be used and are defined as those providing technical implementation including but not limited to: construction, fabrication and assembly for portions of a finished product under the direct supervision and control of an artist. Applications not meeting eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration. All applications MUST be submitted though No email or mailed applications will be accepted.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 5
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
Proposals will be reviewed by the WTFB Selection committee to ensure that each application is legible, complete, and meets all requirements. The pool will be narrowed to three finalists who will be interviewed by the selection committee.

Selection Criteria
Artwork will be selected based on the following criteria:
Artist merit and technical expertise
Demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope
Ability to execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area
Express interest in creating artwork for the opportunities presented by this request for qualifications
RFP Released: March 25, 2021
RFP Closed: May 15, 2021
Finalists Notified: June 1, 2021
Commission Awarded June 15, 2021
Additional Resources
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Contact Information
Randy Ham
Executive Director
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States



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