Bayview Public Sculpture Project / Calls & Submissions

August 15, 2023

Organization Name: Bayview Foundation

Organization Location: Madison, WI

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Bayview Foundation and the Bayview Public Art Selection Committee invite artists and artist teams to submit
public art qualifications for the design and installation of a sculpture near the entrance to Bayview Community
Center at the intersection of the new La Mariposa Lane and Braxton Place in Madison, WI.

Bayview Foundation’s mission is to support its culturally diverse, low-income families in realizing their
aspirations by providing affordable housing, fostering cultural pride, and building community through the arts,
education, and recreation. Bayview provides safe, affordable housing and vital services to a diverse community
of individuals, families and seniors in one corner of the “Triangle” created by West Washington Avenue, Regent,
and South Park Streets in the heart of Madison’s downtown.

After years of planning with residents and community leaders, Bayview is in the process of redeveloping the
6.4-acre property. In addition, other housing properties on the Triangle owned and operated by the Community
Development Authority (CDA), will be redeveloped over the next ten years. It’s estimated that the resident
population on the Triangle will grow from 750 today to over 3000 in the near future.
Although CDA and Bayview residents both call the “Triangle” home, Bayview’s redevelopment is a separate
initiative from CDA’s effort.

Bayview’s redevelopment initiative is an intentional and uniquely responsive model to the cultural and
individual needs of residents. This project is the result of a design justice process that included years of
meetings, individual resident interviews, and design charrettes that engaged over 70 percent of Bayview’s
households. In overall scope and in all levels of detail, the plans reflect the input — hopes, dreams, fears — of
the people who live here.

Guided by this process, Bayview is now in the second year of a phased, three-year plan to rebuild the property.
The new Bayview will feature more residential units, and a stunning new community center that is twice the
size of the current center with the capacity to serve Bayview and CDA residents, as well as residents from the
broader community.

Community art, placemaking, and cultural programming elevate the voices of the people who live at Bayview,
increase their connection to each other and the neighborhood, and demonstrate the importance of co-creating
social change.

Central to the plans for the Bayview community redevelopment is the integration of art – participatory,
community-based art, and commissioned public art – into the overall redevelopment including on the exterior of
the residential buildings, in and outside the community center, and in the gardens and other greenspaces.
Bayview anticipates the creation and installation of up to 20 works of art on its campus, including ten works that will
be designed and created in collaboration with residents and neighbors, and ten that will be commissioned.

Bayview’s second artwork in this collection will be a sculpture near the entrance to the Bayview Community
Center at the intersection of La Mariposa Lane and Braxton Place.

The intention for this piece is to be a beacon that marks Bayview’s entryway and creates a welcoming bridge to
all residents and visitors. Bayview welcomes the possibility for the sculpture to have functional attributes that
foster people coming together and interacting. In addition, the artist or team will be charged with developing a
sculpture that acknowledges the history of the land on which it stands; honors the social cohesion of the
neighborhood; and evokes a future of belonging.

The selection committee anticipates the sculpture will be of significant scale and visible from a distance of two
city blocks, as well as holding a presence within a 900 square foot hardscaped area, and the adjacent two-story
community center.

Bayview seeks to support and fund artists working in all career stages and a range of public art
practices with an emphasis on supporting and amplifying the artistic work of BIPOC, Native artists, and
artists of historically marginalized backgrounds.

Responding artists/teams must commit to completing the project within the specified budget for this
project. Submissions suggesting larger costs/budgets will not be considered.

Responding artists/teams must commit to project completion within the timeline stated below.
Submissions suggesting alternate timelines will not be considered.

Eligible artists or teams of artists must
● Have completed two commissioned public sculptures with budgets of $40,000+
● Demonstrate a history of projects that engage and reflect community experiences
● Design an approach to the project that is consistent with Bayview’s mission and values

June 23 RFQ announced
August 15 RFQ submission deadline
September 11-29 Three Finalist RFP project proposal
December 1 Selected artist is notified
January 2 (2024) Contract signed
Sept. 1 (2024) Project completion

BUDGET $65,000
The total budget for the project is $65,000. This not-to-exceed total must cover all costs associated with the
design, fabrication, installation, infrastructure, site-preparation, site visits, and other related expenses. More
information about the site, including CAD files, will be made available to the selected artist or team.

Phase One (RFQ)
The submitted qualifications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of Bayview staff and
residents, adjacent community members, and art and design professionals. Selection of three finalists will be
based on the following criteria:
• Quality and fit of letter of interest
• Quality of work samples
• Quality of statement describing approach to the project and the site
• Demonstrated ability of artist(s) to complete project based on bio and prior work experience

Phase Two (RFP)
Three finalists will be selected to advance and will be given more detailed information regarding the location of
the sculpture. Each finalist will be awarded a $500 honorarium to present their project proposal in front of our
selection committee. One artist or team will be selected for the sculpture commission. Selection will be based
on the following criteria:
• Proposal’s resonance with the overall project description
• Compatibility of mode of working and design process with Bayview’s values, work style, and community
• Ability to communicate design concepts and complex issues with a variety of stakeholders
• Experience bringing people together through sculpture and placemaking

HOW TO SUBMIT THE RFQ (in digital format only)
Please provide the following in a single PDF document (sample jpeg’s can be sent as a separate file)
● Contact information for artist or lead artist and team members
● One-page biographical information or resume; if you have multiple team members please keep
biographical information to one paragraph for each member
● Work Samples: 10 digital images of your recent projects. Number images 1 through 10 with applicant’s
full name/s and save as standard JPEG
● Work sample list: Provide a written list of images 1 through 10 stating the applicant’s name, the work’s
location, commissioning entity, participating artists if a team, purpose, process, medium, size, date of
completion, and cost. Keep entries as brief as possible
● One-page letter describing your interest in the project, a statement addressing eligibility criteria, and a
brief description of your approach to placemaking in general and this project in particular
● Three references (contact information only) for recently completed projects
Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: All materials must be received by 4
pm CST Tuesday August 15, 2023. No RFQ’s will be accepted after this time.


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