Pulic Art Opportunity – Klamath Falls, OR / Calls & Submissions
December 30, 2020
Organization Name: Oregon Institute of Technology
Organization Location: Klamath Falls, OR
Type: Calls & Submissions
Qualifications sought from artists interested in the commission of site specific artworks for Oregon Institute of Technology’s Center for Excellence in Engineering and Technology, Klamath Falls, OR, through the Oregon Percent for Art in Public Places Program, managed by the Oregon Arts Commission.
Budget: There are two Percent for Art Projects related to Center for Excellence in Engineering and Technology building. Artists or artist teams are invited to apply to one of the following opportunities, or submit two separate applications if applying to both opportunities.
Interior Artwork Budget:
Approximately $70,000 is available for commissioning site-specific interior art, which include artist fees, fabrication, insurance, travel, installation, documentation, and all other project costs.
Exterior Artwork Budget:
Approximately $140,000 is available for commissioning site-specific exterior artwork, which will include artist fees, fabrication, insurance, travel, installation, documentation, and all other project costs.
Artists and artist teams living in Oregon, Washington, and California are eligible to apply. The RFQ solicitation process is to be inclusive and encourage a diverse selection of artists to apply, including those from communities of color, rural communities, LBGTQ+, and emerging artists. Artists currently on Oregon’s Public Artist Roster who reside in Oregon, Washington, and California are welcome to apply.
Applicants will be reviewed using the following criteria:
– Artistic and technical quality of past work
– Appropriateness of scale, material, and style of past work
– Artist’s professional experience as indicated by resume and cover letter
The selection committee will also consider an applicant’s experience with:
– Completion of two or more works integrated into interior architectural spaces (if applying for the interior artwork opportunity)
– Completion of two or more prior public and/or private artwork commissions with minimum budget of $50,000 (If applying for the exterior artwork opportunity)
If you are an artist emerging into the public realm without the above experience, please address the reasons why you believe you are qualified for the opportunity, or the steps you would take to ensure successful completion of an integrated or large scale artwork commission in your Letter of Interest.
Completed applications must be received no later than December 30 2020 at 11:59 pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Oregon Institute of Technology, known as Oregon Tech, is a polytechnic university located in eastern Oregon. Oregon Tech was originally founded in 1947 as a vocational facility for World War II veterans. Over the years, it changed to a community college and then a four year technical school, and is now a university with graduate programs. Popular majors at OIT include engineering-related fields and health-related fields, among others.
About the CEET:
The Center for Excellence in Engineering and Technology (CEET) will house the expanded, integrated, and interdisciplinary College of Engineering, Technology and Management for Oregon Tech’s Klamath Falls campus. The 70,000 square foot building will provide a new model of learning that integrates offices, classrooms, labs and interactive workspaces, and conference rooms. Working labs will be visible and teaching spaces enhanced with state of the art technology. CEET will demonstrate best engineering practices in sustainable design. The building’s interior, is described as light, flexible, and collaborative with wide hallways, an open ceiling, exposed beams, and windows into classrooms and lab spaces. CEET is a new build project and slated to be finished in August 2021.
Artists may consider site-specific and/or integrated artwork in one of numerous of potential interior locations, or the artist/artist teams could create contingent works in more than one of the locations.
Artists may consider site-specific, exterior artwork in one of two potential exterior locations, or the artist/artist teams could create contingent works in both locations.
Site plans are available. Please contact Renee Couture, Project Manager, 541-496-4666 or 541-580-9666, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Characteristics, Goals, Potential Themes of the Artwork:
– Uplifting and contributes to a welcoming and positive environment
– Adds to or references the collaborative environment of Oregon Tech and CEET
– Encourages engagement, interaction, and curiosity
– Connects to the surrounding region of the Klamath Basin and is responsive to local environment or people
– Artwork is expected to be of materials and design that are lasting, sustainable and maintenance free as possible (and compatible with outdoor application for exterior artwork)
Phase 1: The selection committee will review applications and select finalists for a proposal process. There will be three (3) finalists selected for Interior Artwork location, and three (3) finalists selected for Exterior Art location.
Phase 2: Shortlisted finalists will receive an artist fee of $1,000 per artist/artist team to produce an art proposal which will include: concept narrative, visual representations of proposed work, estimated budget, timeline and availability to complete the project.
December 30, 2020 RFQ submissions due
Late January 2021 Finalists Selected
Early/Mid March 202 Artist Proposal presentations
Late March 2021 Artist selected and contracted
February 2022 Installation of completed work (on or before)
Please submit the following (properly named) materials:
1. Letter of Interest – Limited to 1 page or less PDF describing your interest in the project, your past experience with creating integrated artworks or exterior artworks; your familiarity/interest in educational environments; how this project will positively impact your professional growth; and your availability to meet the schedule. File must be labeled with “artist’s last name, first initial, coverletter” (doejcoverletter.pdf).
2. Images – Minimum of 5 and up to 10 JPEG images of work samples; minimum of 7 and up to 10 images for teams. Images size should be 1920 pixels on the longest side and 72 dpi. Maximum 4MB each. Each image filename should be as follows: artist’s last name, first initial, number that corresponds to the number on the image list (doej01.jpg). Teams should name files in a consistent manner with last names or team name (doetakahashi01).
Images other than JPEG format will not be reviewed and reviewers will not visit websites.
3. Image Identification List – as a PDF with the following information: title of work, date of completion, material(s), size, the budget or purchase price, and a brief description of the project/conceptual information. File must be labeled with “artist’s last name, first initial, image list” (doejimagelist.pdf).
4. Artist Resume – as a PDF limited to 2 pages per person. Include a daytime telephone number, email and address. Include names and contact information of two references. File must be labeled with “artist’s last name, first initial, resume” (doejresume.pdf).
Send via a file share program of your choice to Oregon Arts Commission project manager Renee Couture at: email@example.com.
Please state which opportunity—interior or exterior—you are applying to in your email. Artists wishing to submit to both interior and exterior projects must send separate submissions.
If you need assistance or require an alternative method to submit materials, contact Renee. No printed materials.
Isami Ching, Instructor, Fine Art Faculty, University of Oregon
Thom Darrah, Director Facilities Management Services, Oregon Institute of Technology
Tom Keyser, Dean, College of Engineering, Technology and Management, Oregon Institute of Technology
Scott Malbaurn, Director, Schneider Museum of Art, Southern Oregon University
Matthew Picton, Artist
Gabbi Santiago, Student, Oregon Institute of Technology
Sean Sloan, Professor of Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering Technology, Oregon Institute of Technology
Kristy Weidman, Professor of Management, Oregon Institute of Technology
Tim Wybenga, Architect, TVA Architects
Renee Couture, Facilitator and non-voting member, Oregon Arts Commission
Please do not contact selection Committee members.
For More Information:
For more information about OIT visit: https://www.oit.edu
For more information about Oregon’s Art in Public Places Program visit:
Contact Renee Couture, Project Manager, 541-496-4666 or 541-580-9666, firstname.lastname@example.org
This project is made possible through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places program [ORS 276.073-909], managed by the Oregon Arts Commission. This information is available in alternate formats upon request.
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