RFQ for Art in Public Places Program / Calls & Submissions

July 1, 2021

Organization Name: Oregon Arts Commission

Organization Location: Corvallis, OR

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Qualifications sought from artists interested in the commission of site-specific artworks for Oregon State University’s Fairbanks Hall, Corvallis, OR, through the Oregon Percent for Art in Public Places Program, managed by the Oregon Arts Commission.

The deadline for applications is July 1, 2021.

Approximately $84,000 is available for commissioning site-specific interior or exterior art, which includes artist fees, fabrication, insurance, travel, installation, documentation, and all other project costs.

Artists and artist teams living in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and Idaho are eligible to apply. The RFQ solicitation process is to be inclusive. Artists from traditionally or currently underserved communities, including (but not limited to) rural communities and communities of color, are especially encouraged to apply. Women artists and artists new to creating publicly-commissioned artwork are also encouraged to apply. Artists currently on Oregon’s Public Artist Roster who reside in Oregon, Washington, California, Montana, and Idaho are welcome to apply.

Selection Criteria:
Applications 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
– Letter of interest

About Oregon State University:
Oregon State University (OSU) is an international public research university that draws people from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. It was founded more than 150 years ago as a land grant institution. This university is built on the idea that everybody deserves access to an education that transforms their lives which is why OSU has two campuses, 11 colleges with over 200 academic programs, numerous graduate and doctoral programs, 12 experiment stations, and extension programs in all Oregon counties.

About Fairbanks Hall:
One of the landmark historic buildings on OSU’s campus, Fairbanks Hall was constructed in 1892 and is located on the university’s 420-acre main campus in Corvallis. The roughly 26,000 square foot, four-story building is the home of the visual art and graphic design programs. In addition to classroom spaces, offices, and the Fairbanks Gallery, a new student gallery and lounge spaces will be located in this building. The Fairbanks Hall renovation – both interior and exterior spaces – is designed to foster community and be a center point for creative practice.

Fairbanks Hall is a contributing resource to OSU’s National Historic District along 26th Street. The building is aligned to the Memorial Union Quad to its east, nearest the Women’s Building to its north, Asian & Pacific Cultural Center to its west, and the Native American Longhouse Eena Haws to its southeast.

Potential Art Zones:
The selection committee is interested in having artists consider site-specific artworks at the selected interior and exterior locations. Site plans with the interior and exterior location can be obtained by emailing Renee Couture, Project Manager, at coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com.

Selection Process:
Phase 1: The selection committee will review applications and select three (3) finalists for a proposal process.

Phase 2: Three (3) 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. A virtual site tour will be arranged for shortlisted artists.

Tentative Schedule:
JULY 1 2021 RFQ submissions due
JULY 2021 Finalists Selected
OCTOBER 2021 Artist Proposal presentations
NOVEMBER 2021 Artist selected and contracted
SEPTEMBER 2022 Installation of completed work (on or before)

Submission Materials:
Please submit the following (properly named) materials no later than July 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Send via a file share program of your choice to Oregon Arts Commission project manager Renee Couture at: coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com. If you need assistance or require an alternative method to submit materials, contact Renee. No printed materials.

Letter of Interest
1. PDF limited to 1 page
– A clear statement describing your interest in the project or what inspires you about this call, and the art zone(s) you are interested in creating work in, and general theme/idea you would explore within your work.
– A clear statement describing your past experience with creating public artworks, your familiarity/interest in educational environments and/or how this project will positively impact your professional growth.
– 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.
– File must be labeled with “artist’s last name, first initial, coverletter” (doejcoverletter.pdf).

2. Images of relevant past work *
– Up to 10 JPEG images of work samples, up to 14 images for teams.
– Images size should be no more than 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 *
– PDF with the following information: project, date of completion, material(s), size, the budget or purchase price, and a brief description of work.
– File must be labeled with “artist’s last name, first initial, image list” (doejimagelist.pdf).

Resume *
– PDF limited to 2 pages per person. Teams: each team member may submit a resume.
– 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).

* 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.

Selection Committee:
(Please do not contact selection Committee members.)
Michael Boonstra, Instructor of Visual Art, School of Arts and Communication at Oregon State
Julia Bradshaw, Associate Professor of Art and New Media Communications in the School of
Arts and Communication at Oregon State University
Jonathan Bucci, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Lillian Carman, Student, Oregon State University
Lori Fulton, Director, Capital Project Delivery, Oregon State University
John Shorb, Architect, Opsis
Michael (Mike) Zillis, Landscape Architect, Walker Macy
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, Independent Artist (Advisory Member)

Renee Couture, Facilitator and non-voting member, Oregon Arts Commission

Contact Information:
Renee Couture, Project Manager, 541-496-4666 or 541-580-9666, coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com

Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places Program
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.

Oregon was one of the first states in the nation to pass Percent for Art legislation, placing works of art in public spaces throughout the state. The state art collection now includes more than 2,500 artworks: drawings, paintings, mixed media, photography, original prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass, mosaics, murals, textiles, and both site-specific and structurally integrated art installations. More than 1,000 artists have been involved with Percent for Art since its inception, and more than $6 million has been paid directly to artists. The state collection can be viewed online: Oregon’s Percent for Art Collection (state-of-oregon-art-collection.org). The artworks in the state collection at the Oregon State University, which number over 300, can be viewed under “Featured Collections.”

The information in this RFQ is available in alternate formats upon request.


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