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RFQ: 3D/Sculptural Artwork for Towson University, College of Health Professions


Budget: $355,000
Activated: 06/15/2022
Deadline: 08/15/2022
Call Summary
Towson University (TU), in partnership with the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), seeks to commission artists or teams to create permanent public artwork for the new College of Health Professions (CHP) building.
Two artwork commission opportunities are offered:
-Two-dimensional, or low relief artwork for the interior; and
-Three-dimensional, sculptural, or landscape based artwork
Please read the full RFQ document for a full overview of both opportunities.
Artists and teams with the appropriate qualifications and experience may apply to both locations but are required to submit two separate applications.
Budget Description
The Artist Selection Committee has identified $355,000 to commission three-dimensional, sculptural, or landscape-based artwork created for the College of Health Professions building or exterior landscape.

Up to three Semi-Finalists will be invited to develop and present artwork concept proposals to the Artist Selection Committee in person. Semi-finalists will be offered a stipend of $2,500 each for their time and travel.
Project Description
There two public art commission opportunities offered for the TU CHP are part of a State of Maryland Capital Improvement Project, managed by the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The Public Art Across Maryland: Artwork Commissions program serves as the state’s percent-for-art program, commissioning artwork for new and renovated State-owned buildings; it is administered by the Maryland State Arts Council staff and overseen by the Maryland Public Art Commission. Upon completion, all artwork will become the permanent property of Towson University.

Please read the RFQ document for a full description of the Artwork Themes & Goals, Location Description, Site History and Architectural Plans.
All professional artists or artist teams living in the United States may apply.
If artists apply as a team, the team should be listed on the application, specifying a team leader to receive notifications. Artists currently enrolled in a university or college degree program are not eligible to apply. Employees of Towson University, the University of Maryland-Baltimore, and the Maryland State Arts Council are not eligible to apply.

The selected artist(s) or team must be able to register as a Maryland vendor and adhere to all applicable state permitting and licensing and tax requirements for the duration of the contract.

Application Requirements
Resume: 5 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 10
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
This is an opportunity for each artist or team to address their interest and approach to this particular commission opportunity. Successful applicants will address the themes & goals of this project.
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
All applications received will be reviewed by staff for completeness and eligibility based on the submission requirements, and the unique contexts of this project as they are described above.
All applications deemed eligible by staff will be advanced to the Artist Selection Committee for review and scoring based on the Selection Criteria. The Artist Selection Committee will choose up to three applications, per commission location, to be advanced as Semi-finalists. Semi-finalists will be notified by staff and invited to develop artwork concept proposals. Following a concept development period, Semi-finalists will present their concepts to the Artist Selection Committee. Following the Semi-finalist interviews, the Artist Selection Committee will select a finalist to be awarded the commission contract. Artists or teams may apply to both the interior and exterior artwork commission opportunities. If an artist or team is selected as a semi-finalist for both sites, they are eligible to be awarded both contracts if selected by the panel.
The selected artist(s) will enter into a contract directly with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, who is responsible for managing the state capital construction project. The artist’s contract must be approved by the Maryland Board of Public Works before work can commence.
Selection Criteria
The Artist Selection Committee will review and score all complete and eligible applications based upon the following criteria.
1) The applicant’s demonstrated experience working with teams completing projects of comparable scope and scale. (40%)
2) The applicant’s work samples reflect originality, technical skill, sensitivity to site, and knowledge/experience of materials and fabrication methods suitable for permanent installation in a public environment (40%)
3) Expressed interest in creating a signature work of art for the College of Health Professions site location, and artwork themes and goals described above. (20%)
Additional Resources
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Contact Information
Ryan Patterson
Public Art Project Manager
Baltimore Maryland United States



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