RFQ: Rock of Truth / Calls & Submissions

December 15, 2021

Organization Name: University of Cincinnati Planning+Design+Construction

Organization Location: Cincinnati, OH

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


Request for Qualifications

About the artwork:
Rock of Truth will be commissioned by University of Cincinnati’s Office of Planning, Design and Construction with the financial support of Sigma Sigma Honorary Fraternity. The artwork will be located in front of UC’s College of Law on Campus Green, the primary green space on UC’s West campus. Any and all media will be considered. It will be free standing and should be appropriate for viewing by all members of the general public and the campus community.

About Sigma Sigma:
Founded in 1898, Sigma Sigma Honorary Fraternity is a group of male students of University of Cincinnati with the purpose of advancing the University of Cincinnati to a position second to none among colleges in the U.S. This character has been retained until the present day, and unselfish service and loyalty to the best interest of UC has been the outstanding characteristics of all Sigma Sigma. Leaders in all phases of student activity on the campus are members of Sigma Sigma.
Sigma Sigma is strictly a local society, and will remain so, as its most important function that of teaching loyalty to and advancement of the University of Cincinnati can best be performed as a local organization.
Sigma Sigma’s values include commitment, leadership and service. Rock of Truth should convey these values.

About University of Cincinnati:
The University of Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience.
UC is a public research university with an enrollment of more than 46,000 students and has been named “Among the top tier of the Best National Universities,” according to U.S. News & World Report.
UC campus has 118 facilities on 476 acres and 414 degree programs.

The total budget for the project is 300,000.00, about 60,000.00 of which will be used for site preparation and landscaping, which the selected artist may choose to be involved in. The semi-finalists will be paid 1,500.00 to develop designs for artwork, and these payments will be part of
the 300,000.00 total. This budget amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project, including, but not limited to, the artist’s design fee, other consultation fees such as structural engineering; insurance, including State of Ohio Workers Compensation; small tools; materials; fabrication; transportation and installation; any building or site modification required; travel to and from the site; per-diem expenses; project documentation; contingency to cover unexpected expenses, and any other costs of any kind.

Who may submit to the RFQ:
Any artist in the U.S. may apply for consideration regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical handicap. Artists working in any media are encouraged to apply.
Applicant(s) may apply as a single artist or multi-person collaboration. In the case of teams, please submit a single résumé for the whole team (see details below).

Three semi-finalists will be selected a committee comprised of University of Cincinnati affiliated persons including staff, faculty, students and alumni. Those two will be invited to submit a proposed design for the artwork, which should include both a CAD rendering or a hand sketch and a verbal description.
All public art projects are exposed to weather, physical stresses, and subject to vandalism, and should be considered in proposal development. Semi-finalists are encouraged to consult with a professional conservator or fabricator before submitting a final proposal.
Community engagement is a vital component in University of Cincinnati’s decision-making process. Semi-finalists should be prepared to present or have their proposals presented to the public in some fashion during the decision-making process. The final recommendation of the selection panel will be presented to the Director of the UC Office of Planning, Design and Construction, who will advise the President of the University of Cincinnati, who will make the final decision.
The selected artist(s) will collaborate with UC’s Office of Planning, Design and Construction when finalizing their designs for installation. Public art commissions must go through applicable review and permitting processes.

Application requirements :
1. Between 6-12 images of successfully completed public art works identified with title, materials, dimensions, date, location and name of commissioning party.
2. Resume, maximum 2 pages, highlighting professional accomplishments.
3. Two professional references that can speak to your accomplishments as an artist.
Submit your application requirements by email directly to byrda4@ucmail.uc.edu with the subject “Rock of Truth RFQ Submission”

1. Deadline to submit RFQ: December 15, 2021
2. Selected artists contacted by committee: January 15, 2021
3. Proposed designs due: March 15, 2022
4. Artist selected: May 15, 2022
5. Installation begins: July 1, 2023
6. Installation complete: August 1, 2023


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