RFQ: Art in Public Places Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center / Calls & Submissions

June 27, 2022

Organization Name: Oregon Arts Commission

Organization Location: Scappoose, OR

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


The Oregon Arts Commission is accepting qualifications from artists for a Percent for Art in Public Place opportunity at the Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center Research & Development (OMIC R&D) new Additive Innovation Center on the OMIC R&D campus in Scappoose, Oregon.

Eligibility: Artists and artist teams who reside in the states of Oregon, Washington, California, Idaho and Montana are eligible to apply. Emerging artists and artists from traditionally or currently underserved communities, including rural communities and communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply. Artists with current contracts through Oregon!s Percent for Art in Public Places program are not eligible.

Budget: Approximately $95,000 for a site-specific commission. Artist commissions are inclusive of design, engineering and permitting fees, fabrication, insurance, shipping, travel, installation, documentation and any other project costs.

About OMIC R&D
OMIC R&D was created to serve two core missions. First, to work with manufacturing companies globally in collaboration with local universities to solve challenges that will allow those companies to grow their economic footprint. The second mission is to work with community college-based manufacturing programs to ensure students are receiving relevant
industrial knowledge.

OMIC R&D sits on 10 acres of reclaimed gravel pit. The center had humble beginnings starting in 2018 with 10 industry/academic members and a staff of one researcher in a nearly empty building. It has since grown to 42 industry/academic members, and a group of carefully selected industry experts. OMIC R&D works and specializes in many fields including machining, additive technology, alloy development, bio-medical, robotics and metrology.

Additive Innovation Center
The Additive Innovation Center will be the second building of the OMIC R&D campus. Hosted by the Oregon Institute of Technology (Oregon Tech), the state’s polytechnic university, the new 30,000 square foot OMIC R&D Additive Innovation Center will include a large industrial workshop, ample office space with adjoining classrooms, staff offices, partner workspaces andlounge, as well as a dedicated student lounge with break room. The new building will focus on
additive manufacturing, which means creating an object by adding layers of material– specifically 3D printing–and enable manufacturers to adopt emerging technologies. OMIC Additive Innovation Center is officially a project of Oregon Tech, which is based in Klamath Falls with a smaller campus in Wilsonville.

Themes, Goals and Characteristics for the Art
The art selection committee has identified themes, goals and desired characteristics for the Additive Innovation Center Percent for Art project. The selection committee seeks artwork that:
• Makes people feel comfortable, creates a warm atmosphere, contributes to a welcoming and positive environment
• Reflects concept of innovation – this can be an innovative way of making the work, materials use, form or thought/concept
• Reflects OMIC’s core mission of problem solving, research, and development of new technologies, techniques, and tools through collaboration
• Highlights the work taking place in the Additive Innovation Center
• Collaboration
• 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)

Art Locations:
The selection committee is interested in having artists consider site-specific artwork in one of four (4) potential locations: two potential exterior sites and two potential interior sites. Images of possible art zones can be requested by contracting Project Manager Renee Couture at coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com.

– Interior Site 1: High ceilings offer an opportunity for suspended artwork located in the entryway and spacious hall area. Each purlin can hold 200 pound point load on one roof purlin. There are 6 purlins total. Ceiling area is 20’ x 36’.
– Interior Site 2: High wall space located in entry area and spacious hall area provide opportunity for wall-mounted work(s), relief work or mural.
– Exterior Site 1: Highly visible location in OMIC’s parking area. Dimensions of sites are 13’2” x 20’.
– Exterior Site 2: Located near between the Additive Center and the parking lot making this location highly visible. Dimensions of this site are 20’”in diameter. Electricity would be available at this location.

Selection Process
The selection committee is made up of representatives from OMIC, the project architect, and business and arts professionals. Manager Renee Couture is the non-voting committee chair. The selection committee may also consider artists from the Oregon Art in Public Places roster.
– Phase 1: The selection committee will review applications and select finalists for a proposal process. There will be at least three (3) shortlisted finalists selected for to create formal proposals.
– Phase 2: Shortlisted finalists will receive an artist fee of $1,500 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. Shortlisted artists will attend either an in person or virtual project orientation, depending on COVID-19 concerns, to learn more about the art zones and OMIC.
– Phase 3: One (1) artists/artist team will be commissioned to create a site-specific artwork based on their art proposal.

Selection Criteria
The following criteria will be used to select finalists, based on the submitted materials:
• Appropriateness of scale, material (including long-term durability), and style of past work as they relate to the project values/goals and site.
• Artistic and technical quality of past work, including mastery of skills and techniques, communication of a unique artistic perspective, and/or consistent application of professional practices, conceptual framework or use of materials.
• Demonstrated ability of the artist to successfully complete artwork with a project timeline, limited budget through artist#s professional experience as indicated by resume

Anticipated Schedule
June 27, 2022: RFQ Submission due
mid-July 2022: Finalists Selected
early September 2022: Artist Proposal Presentations
October 2022: Artist Selected and Contracted
December 2023: Installation of Completed Work (on or before)

How to Submit Qualifications
To be considered for this opportunity, submit all required materials by 5 p.m. Pacific Time (PST), Monday, June 27, 2022. Send prepared files via a file share program of your choice to Oregon Arts Commission project manager Renee Couture at: coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com.

* Artists on the 2020-2022 Oregon Arts Commission Roster: your images, resume and image descriptions on file with the Arts Commission can be used, however, a letter of interest specific to this RFQ must be submitted (all items under #1). Please indicate in your letter of interest if you want the other required materials from the Arts Commission roster to be used.

Application Materials
Please include your name and contact info on each sheet of your submittal and use the naming protocol mentioned below to facilitate the file collection process.
1. Letter of Interest. One-page (maximum) PDF file named with “artist!s last name, first initial, letter” (doej_letter.pdf). Discuss your interest in this project and how your artwork and art- making process would be a good fit for it. Indicate which site most interests you. If you are an emerging artist or are desiring to expand your art practice to include public art, please discuss this and how your qualifications support your ability to successfully complete this project.
2. Resume. As a PDF file named with artist!s “last name, first initial, resume” (doejr_esume.pdf). Two (2) pages maximum. For teams, include resumes of each team member. Please include your complete contact info: street address, phone number, email.
3. Image List. As a PDF file named with “artist$s last name, first initial, list” (doejlist.pdf). Provide project title, location, date completed, media, dimensions, cost/budget, commissioning agency, project partners, and brief description of the project/conceptual information.
4. Images. As jpg files named as follows: “artist!s last name, first initial, number” that corresponds to the image information on the image list” (doej_01.jpg). Up to 10 (ten) images of your past work relevant to this project. File size: minimum 1200 pixels on the longest side and 5 MB maximum.
* Images other than JPEG format will not be reviewed and reviewers will not visit websites.

For questions about the project and the application process, email Oregon Arts Commission project manager Renee Couture, 541-496-4666 or 541-580-9666, coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com.
This information is available in alternate formats upon request.

Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program
Managed by the Oregon Arts Commission, the Percent for Art in Public Places program places art in state buildings and public universities throughout Oregon. Oregon!s Percent for Art in Public Places Collection includes more than 2,500 works of art.


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