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Bowie State University MLK Jr. Communications Arts & Humanities building Call for Public Art (RFQ)


Budget: $515,000
Activated: 11/01/2021
Deadline: 02/16/2022
Call Summary
Bowie State University, a member institution of the University System of Maryland and the state's oldest Historically Black University, is building the new Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts & Humanities building (CAH). Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, managed by the Maryland State Arts Council's Public Art Across Maryland program, artists (or artist teams) will be invited to develop concept proposals for a new and original public artwork to be featured prominently at the new building. The MLK Jr. CAH building is being designed by Perkins and Will and is expected to open in Fall 2024.

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 Martin Luther King Jr. Communication Arts & Humanities building is $515,000.

All professional artists or artist teams living in the United States may apply.
Employees of Bowie State University, the University of Maryland-College Park, 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 experience 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 Committee will review and score all applications and select up to four (4) semifinalist artists or teams for an in-person oral presentation/interview at BSU. The semi-finalists will tour the site and campus in person, and interview with the Artist Selection Committee, faculty, staff, and representatives of BSU. Artists will individually present their background public art experience and approach to the project. Semi-finalists will receive a $2,500 stipend to offset their travel and lodging expenses
Following the artist's interviews, the Artist Selection Committee will make a recommendation of the Finalist to receive the commission. The selected Finalist will enter into a contract with the University and begin the Concept Design Development phase. The artist’s contract is required to be approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works.
Selection Criteria
The Artist Selection Committee is seeking an artist with experience working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary professionals to create an original artwork that integrates into the specified site. Applications will be reviewed and scored on the following criteria as they relate to this project:
How the applicant’s demonstrated experience and Statement of Interest connect to the themes and goals outlined for the public art project.
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.
The applicant’s experience as demonstrated by the resume/CV.
Applications that include artwork concepts may be removed from the review.
Additional Resources
BSU CAH Public Art RFQ +Attachmnets (PDF)
Example Contract + Terms & Conditions (PDF)
Required Supplemental Contract Attachments (PDF)
Contact Information
Ryan Patterson
Public Art Project Manager
Baltimore Maryland United States



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