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St. Mary's College of Maryland New Academic Building & Auditorium, Call for Public Art (RFQ)


Budget: $250,000
Activated: 11/01/2021
Deadline: 01/19/2022
Call Summary
This Request for Qualifications seeks to identify a qualified individual artist or artist team who will be commissioned to develop a new site-specific and responsive work of public art for the New Academic Building & Auditorium Project at St. Mary's College of Maryland. The selected artist or team will be tasked with designing, fabricating, and installing an artwork that functions as a public landmark and entry point while responding to the unique setting, history, and relationship to the environment present throughout St. Mary's College of Maryland campus. Up to four qualified semi-finalists will be selected from the respondents to this RFQ. Selected semi-finalists will be provided stipends to develop site-specific concept proposals for artwork.
Please read the full RFQ document for more information and see visual renderings of the project.

The deadline to receive applications to this RFQ has been extended through 5:00 pm (EST) Wednesday, January 19, 2021.
Budget Description
The all-inclusive budget to commission public artwork for the New Academic Building and Auditorium project is $250,000.
Up to four semifinalists will receive $2,500 stipends to develop unique concept proposals.
All professional artists or artist teams living in the United States may apply. Employees of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the Maryland State Arts Council are not eligible to apply. Artists who are currently under contract for a State Building Artwork Commission as an individual or as part of a team are not eligible to apply for another project through the MSAC Artwork Commissions program. An Artist may apply again as an individual or a part of a team after a two-year period following the transfer of artwork title project completion date.
Application Requirements
Resume: 10 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 10
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Please explain your interest in this opportunity and how your unique xperience and unique approach to developing a work of public art will respond to this particular project and the Themes & Goals listed in the RFQ.
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
The artist selection process for this project will happen in three steps:
Step 1: The Artist Selection Committee will review and score each eligible application based upon Selection Criteria
Step 2: Based on Step 1 scoring, a shortlist of up to eight (8) applicants will be individually invited to a virtual/video interview with the Selection Committee. Applicants invited to the interview will be asked about their creative process and relevant experience, how they would conceptually approach the project and the rationale for the proposed approach.
Step 3 : Following Step 2, the Selection Committee will invite three to four (3-4) semifinalists to tour the site and campus and to develop artwork concept proposals.
Selection Criteria
In Step 1 The Artist Selection Committee will review and score each eligible application received based upon the following criteria as they relate to this project:
1) How the applicant’s demonstrated experience and Statement of Interest connect to the themes and goals outlined for the public art project.
2) How the applicant’s background artwork samples reflect technical skill, authenticity, originality, commitment to material(s)/media and artistic practice, and evoke response or inquiry.
3)The applicant’s experience as demonstrated by the resume.
Based on Step 1 scoring, a shortlist of up to ten (10) applicants will be individually invited to a virtual/video interview with the Artist Selection Committee.
Additional Resources
SMCM New Auditorium & Academic Building RFQ (PDF)
Ex. Artist Contract & Supplementary Attachments (PDF)
PAAM Round 1 Scoring Rubric (PDF)
Contact Information
Ryan Patterson
Public Art Project Manager
Baltimore Maryland United States



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