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Maryland Department of Agriculture Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory Call for Public Art

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Budget: $70,000
Activated: 04/26/2021
Deadline: 06/07/2021
Call Summary
This call to artists seeks to commission either a two dimensional interior or three dimensional exterior original and unique public artwork for the new Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory. An all-inclusive* total budget of $70,000 has been identified for this opportunity.

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:

*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.
Budget Description
The total budget for the artwork commission is $70,000. Up to four semi-finalists will be selected to develop proposals. Each semi-finalist artist or artist team will receive a $1500 proposal stipend.
Project Description
The Maryland Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Animal Health Program prevents and controls infections and contagious diseases in Maryland livestock and poultry. The MDA works closely with state and federal counterparts, as well as private and commercial veterinarians, to protect Maryland’s agriculture industry against infectious diseases that threaten public health, endanger food supplies, or threaten the economic security of the animal industries. The Salisbury Animal Health Lab plays a key role in the agriculture industry on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The new lab building will replace the department's original lab that was built in 1953, and has been in need of major renovation. Specializing in poultry disease, the new Salisbury Lab will play a critical role in regional efforts to safeguard the health of millions of birds on the Delmarva peninsula. At nearly 20,000 sq. feet, the new lab will provide larger work areas, public meeting and training spaces, and a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory for advanced diagnostic work. The Lab had been designed with energy efficiency in mind and will be a certified LEED Silver building when completed. The Lab will be frequently visited by local farmers and those in the poultry industry delivering samples for testing. In addition to serving the poultry industry, the lab also provides veterinary services to regional facilities such as the Salisbury Zoo.
Artwork Goals
Livestock agriculture, especially poultry farming, has a long-history on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and has provided economic support to local residents over generations. The commissioned artwork should respect the dignity and history of the local farmer, as well as the work the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Program performs on behalf of the public.
The Animal Health Laboratory hopes that the selected artist will take advantage of the visibility of the location to create an artwork that can become a memorable and positive landmark and something that can communicate to all who enter, or pass by, the importance of animal health to this important aspect of the Eastern Shore’s economy and culture.
Artwork Location Description
The facility has two proposed publicly accessible artwork locations for either the exterior or interior of the Lab complex.

The exterior site is located within a landscaped median or “turn around” outside of the front building entrance. The location would lend itself to a free standing three-dimensional artwork. A conduit has been run to this site to accommodate power for lighting.

The interior location is a long wall within a large conference room. The wall will be viewable from the Lobby through a glass curtain wall and visible to all employees and visitors. The conference room will be used regularly for public meetings, convenings of the agriculture industry and other uses.

For either the interior or exterior sites, the artwork will be seen by all employees and visitors entering and exiting the building. The exterior location will also be visible to those driving by on Nanticoke Road in west Salisbury, Maryland.

The scope and location of the artwork will be proposed by selected semi-finalists in their concept proposal submission. No artwork proposals are submitted at this time. Please reference the Attachments for the architectural plans and renderings in the Request for Qualifications on the MSAC website at:
Site History
Salisbury is the county seat of Wicomico County, Maryland, and the largest city in the Eastern Shore region of Maryland. The city is home to Salisbury University and Wor-Wic Community College and is considered the commercial hub of the Delmarva peninsula, which has a long history of agriculture, and southern-coastal culture. The area where the MDA Salisbury Animal Health Laboratory is located is considered part of the Salisbury metro-core and a growth area in the county. Many local residents coming and going from nearby residential developments, and on their way to work and school will pass by the new Lab.
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.
Application Requirements
Resume: 5 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 10
Letter of Interest: 300 word maximum
Explain why you (or your team) are interested in creating an original artwork for the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s Salisbury Animal Health Lab. 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. (300 words maximum)
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
The Artist Selection Committee will review applicants and select up to four semi-finalist artists or teams to tour the site and campus and develop concept proposals.

Each semi-finalist artist or artist team individually presents their concept proposal to the Artist Selection Committee. The scope and location of the artwork will be proposed by the semi-finalist in their concept proposal submission.
Selection Criteria
Semi-finalist 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

Semi-finalists will be asked to provide two references who have worked with the artist and have detailed knowledge of the artist’s work.

RFQ Posted: April 26, 2021
RFQ Application Deadline Monday June 7, 2021 3:00pm ET
Semi-Finalist Notification July 16, 2021
Semi-Finalist Site Visit August 2-4, 2021
Semi-Finalist Proposals Due 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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