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Maryland District Court, Catonsville Courthouse Call for Public Art


Budget: $208,000
Activated: 04/26/2021
Deadline: 06/07/2021
Call Summary
The Maryland State Department of General Services (DGS) has completed construction on the new Catonsville District Courthouse. New public artworks, both visual and literary, will be incorporated for the interior and exterior of the building and will be reflective of the themes and goals described below. The artist selection process and artwork implementation will be co-administered between DGS and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Applicants submit background work samples, Letter of Interest and Artist Resume/CV. No artwork proposals are submitted at this time. Before applying please read the Request for Qualifications available here:

“How to Apply” information webinars will be held on: May 7, 12:00-1:30 pm, and May 25, 6:30-8:00 pm. To register:
Budget Description
The individual budgets for each site-specific artwork commission are:

Visual Artworks: Entry Lobby Wall $150,000; Second Floor Hallway $50,000. Both commissions are all inclusive contracts.*
Three semi-finalists will be selected for each location. Each semi-finalist artist or artist team will receive a $2,500 stipend to develop an artwork concept proposal.

Literary Artwork: Exterior Stone Inscription of literary composition, $8,000 Writer Commission. (Stone engraver under a separate agreement not included in this RFQ).

*All inclusive contract includes but is not limited to: artist fee and expenses (sub-consultants, travel/lodging, printing, overhead, etc…), artwork shop drawings and specifications; artwork materials and fabrication; storage (if applicable), transportation and installation; related permits, license, insurance; and if significant site modifications are made.
Project Description
The Catonsville District Courthouse serves the western portion of Baltimore County from the County’s most southwestern areas clockwise around the Baltimore Beltway (I-695). In addition to hearing cases, the courthouse provides a place for people to access self-help legal resources through a walk-in Self-Help Center to resolve disputes using a mediator through Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), and to obtain other services through court-related agencies. Included among the site amenities is a public parking garage.

Although the new courthouse is available to the general public throughout Baltimore County and beyond, many westside Baltimore County neighborhoods are served including among others Owings Mills, Owings Mills New Town, Milford Mills, Randallstown, Lochearn, historic Windsor Hills, Woodlawn, Catonsville, Arbutus, Halethorpe, and Lansdowne. The Court hears landlord/tenant cases, petitions for domestic violence protective orders and peace orders, replevin and detinue actions, traffic violations, criminal cases classified as misdemeanors and certain felonies, and civil cases in the amount of $30,000 or less.

The new courthouse has been intentionally designed as a contemporary facility with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) "Silver" certification which is awarded to buildings that prioritize safe, healthy, and sustainable spaces. This courthouse has specifically focused on exterior views of the landscape and providing natural light in the public and interior spaces throughout.
Artwork Goals
Creating artwork for the new Catonsville District Court is an opportunity to interpret and convey the principles of the American justice system: the rule of law, equal justice under the law, due process, access to justice in the criminal system, the right to an attorney for those who cannot afford one, as well as the presumption of innocence. In doing so, every person’s human dignity, intrinsic self-worth, and autonomy can be respected throughout all stages of the justice system. The artwork created for the new courthouse will interpret these concepts from a contemporary perspective. In general, the artwork should avoid relying solely on literal and traditional symbols of justice (e.g., the allegorical figure of Lady Justice).

In addition to the above, all artwork commissioned for the new courthouse should:
-Be accessible and appropriate to the broadest possible range of audience
-Reflect and speak to the diverse representation of Baltimore County residents that will visit the courthouse today and into the future
-Reward attention and introspection by providing a personal moment for visitors, during which might be a stressful experience.
Artwork Location Description
The Artist Selection Committee has identified three distinct locations for artwork to be incorporated into the most publicly accessible areas of the Courthouse property.

Entry Lobby Wall (Two-dimensional or low relief wall-mounted): $150,000
The public enters the courthouse through a curved floor-to-ceiling glass wall and into a spacious two-story lobby filled with natural light. Opposite the front doors and 12’ above the terrazzo floor is a large open wall space that has been reserved for new site-specific artwork. The designated area measures 13’ (H) x 32’ (L) and is visible from the first and second floors and the connecting stairwell. The artwork will be mounted over gray porcelain matte tiles installed over a plywood substrate. The wall location dictates a two-dimensional artwork in any media; however, the work could have some dimensional relief beyond the surface plane. The artwork must be installed so that its entire weight is supported by the wall, and not require additional support from ceiling hanging mounts. It should also be noted the artwork location is sited above a band of nine 24” x 42” digital monitors posting court number locations of individual trials.

Second Floor Hallway Mural (Two-dimensional wall-based): $50,000
The second floor of the courthouse is home to the walk-in Self-Help Center and the Courthouse Clerk’s office. To the left of the Clerk’s office is a long open wall space that has been identified as a location to host a two dimensional wall-based artwork or mural. The open area measures 54’ feet long and 14’ feet high (floor to ceiling). The selected artist will not have access to the courthouse to create the mural on-site. The final artwork must be created off-site, transported to the courthouse and professionally installed in the hallway. The second floor hallway is a high traffic public space that also receives sunlight throughout the day from south facing windows. The material and coatings of the final artwork should be durable to light exposure and an easy-to-clean surface.

Exterior Stone Inscription: $8,000 writers commission
A literary artist or poet will be commissioned to write an original piece of poetry to accompany the building's public art program. The poem, or a selection of the text, will be engraved onto indigenous granite boulders arranged alongside the building entry walkways. The stones were excavated during construction and sited on landscaped lawn areas and passed by daily by workers, officers and security staff, lawyers and the public entering and exiting the building. The selected literary artist will work collaboratively with a professional stone mason (separate contract) to determine the typeface and layout on the stones for the composition to be visible and legible to passers-by. The area available for text is limited to approximately 150-250 characters spread across multiple stones. While the full text of the commissioned writing may extend beyond this limitation, the selected writer will be expected to work closely with the project team and the stone mason to select and layout exactly which text is selected for the stones and how it is placed. The selected literary artist will also be asked to perform/read their work, in-person, at the artwork dedication ceremony. No proposed literary work is submitted at this time.

Please reference the Attachments in the Request for Qualifications on the MSAC website at:
All professional artists or artist teams living in the United States may apply. If artists are applying as a team, the team should be listed on the application form, specifying a team leader to receive notifications. Artists currently enrolled in a university or college degree program are not eligible to apply.

All applicants MUST submit work samples:
Visual Artists submit visual work samples under "Artwork Submissions".
Literary Artists submit writing samples and optional performance recordings under "Additional Requirements".
Application Requirements
Resume: 5 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 10
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Explain why you (or your team) are interested in creating original artwork for the Catonsville District Courthouse. Explain why you would be a good candidate and how does your experience inform how you will respond to the themes and goals of the project.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Wring Sample (video performance) Image/Video Upload
Writing Sample Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
Artists and Teams must apply on The Artist Selection Committee will review applicants and select up to three semi-finalist visual artists or teams and three literary artists to tour the site and develop concept proposals.

Concept Proposal Presentation:
Each semi-finalist artist or artist team individually presents their concept proposal to the Artist Selection Committee. The semi-finalist artists or artist teams preparing concept proposals must agree to the following:
--The artist or artist team shall retain intellectual property rights to the artwork commissioned for Catonsville District Courthouse.
-The Maryland Department of Agriculture shall have the unconditional right to retain the proposal materials (drawings, illustrations) for public art education purposes, whether or not the artwork is selected for implementation. Full credit will be given to the artist or artist team if the proposal is disseminated by print or digital means.
-If utilizing the proposal for future public art applications, the artist shall give credit to the Maryland State Arts Council and the Public Art Across Maryland program.
Selection Criteria
Semi-finalist visual artists will be selected based on the following criteria:
-Background work reflects technical skill, authenticity, originality, commitment to material(s)/media and artistic practice, evokes response or inquiry
-Artist experience as demonstrated by resume
-Artist demonstrated experience and Statement of Interest connect to the artwork themes and goals outlined for the public art project
RFQ Posted April 26, 2021
RFQ Application Deadline June 7, 2021 3:00pm ET
Semi-Finalist Notification July 16, 2021
Semi-Finalist Site Visit HOLD August 5-6, 2021
Semi-Finalist Virtual Proposal Presentations Week of August 30, 2021
Finalist Notification September 2021
Artist Contract Signed October 2021
Artwork Design Development Phase & Community Mtg. Oct.-Nov. 2021
Artwork Final Design Phase December 2021
Fabrication Period January - February 2022
Expected Installation Period March 2022
Opening/Unveiling Spring 2022

Additional Resources
Contact Information
Ryan Patterson
Public Art Project Manager
175 W. Ostend Street
Baltimore Maryland 21230 United States



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