42 Broad Street Sculpture Commission
Request for Artist Qualifications
ArtsWestchester, in partnership with 42 Broad Street West Owner, LLC (the Owner), seeks qualifications from professional New York State artists or artist collectives interested in creating a permanent site-responsive work of public sculpture for 42 Broad Street, a new luxury for-rent apartment complex in the Fleetwood neighborhood of Mount Vernon. The free-standing, site-specific exterior sculpture will enhance and enliven the streetscape, and distinguish 42 Broad as an energetic, creative, and up-scale destination in the neighborhood.
The request for artist qualifications is the first of a two-stage competitive process to identify an artist for the commission.
From this RFQ, the Selection Committee will identify up to five artists to be invited and awarded a stipend to submit artwork proposals. Artists will be asked to present their proposals in-person to the Selection Committee.
Artists will be notified if they are invited to submit full proposals on or around February 4, 2019.
Commissions must be completed by September 15, 2019, in preparation for installation on site by October 15, 2019.
Please review all details in this document before making your submission.
RFQ DEADLINE: Qualifications must be submitted online by January 9, 2019, 11:59PM, E.S.T.
Eligibility: Artist must reside, work, or maintain a studio in New York State to be eligible for consideration.
PROJECT BUDGET: The $100,000 commissions will cover all services from final design through installation, including artist fee, fabrication, insurance, and artwork transportation to the site. Installation of the sculptures at the sites will be the responsibility of the Owner.
Artists invited to prepare full proposals will receive a stipend of up to $1,000 to prepare required materials. Finalists will receive an additional honorarium of $500.
A joint venture of the Alexander Development Group, The Bluestone Organization, and institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Asset Management, 42 Broad is a luxury transit oriented development (TOD) located three blocks from the Metro-North Railroad Harlem Line (Fleetwood stop) in Westchester County, NY. The 16 story building with first class tenant amenities will encompass 249 luxury rental apartments, 20,000 SF of retail, and an adjacent parking garage. Amenities include a heated swimming pool, large community/party room, fully equipped gym, and a library/reading room.
Located in Fleetwood (a prosperous community in Mount Vernon adjacent to Bronxville), the site is easily accessed via an on-off ramp of the Cross County Parkway directly across the street. The property is nearby Gramatan Avenue, Fleetwood’s main retail strip.
The building is destined to be the most energy efficient large scale multi-family building in the county.
The commissioned sculpture will be a landmark feature of the 42 Broad Street West property. Placed at a highly visible plaza at the corner of Broad Street and Fleetwood Avenue, the work of art will be on view for pedestrians as well as drivers exiting and entering the Cross County Parkway.
HOW TO APPLY:
All submissions must be made electronically, via Submittable. No submissions via email or mail, or in person shall be accepted. Artists interested in being considered for this opportunity must submit the following:
Format: Word Doc or PDF.
Chronological resume demonstrating a minimum of five (5) years of professional art experience (exhibitions, sales, commissions etc.). If submitting as a team, a current resume should be submitted for each team member. A biography will not be accepted in place of a resume. (Total resume may be up to 5 pages. If your resume exceeds 5 pages, or does not contain your education history and experience with dates, your submission will not be considered).
2. Artist’s Statement:
Format: Word Doc or PDF.
A written description of the artist’s body of work to give the viewer understanding or insight. It should inform, connect with an art context, and present the basis for your work. It can be descriptive, or reflective in nature. (1-page maximum)
3. Work Samples:
Format: JPEG, TIFF, PDF
Submit a minimum of five (5), up to ten (10) DIGITAL images of original completed artwork, not proposals, which demonstrate the artist’s qualifications for the project. Teams may submit a total of ten (10) images with at least one image from every team member.
Slide file names should use the following convention: artist last name_artwork title_date.
Slides, emailed, or hardcopy mailed submissions will NOT be accepted. All images must be submitted electronically through submittable, which will remain open until December 14, 2018.
4. Work Sample Checklist:
Format: Word Doc, PDF
A listing of work samples submitted for consideration which should include the corresponding image file name, title, date, materials, artwork location, and if applicable, commissioning entity.
5. Letter of Interest:
Format: Word Doc or PDF.
Brief statement summarizing the artist’s methods of working, interest in this project and particular site, and availability to participate in the design and implementation of the project. (1-page maximum.)
6. References (optional):
A list of up to three professional references that have an intimate knowledge of the artist’s work and working methods. Include complete addresses, email, and telephone numbers. References will be contacted for artists invited to develop a proposal for the commission.
Applicants are encouraged to apply early to reduce risk of technical difficulties. Incomplete, late, hand-delivered, mailed or emailed submissions will NOT be accepted for any reason.
SELECTION PROCESS & CRITERIA:
A selection committee will review all eligible artist submissions. The committee will include representatives from the Westchester and Mount Vernon arts communities and the Owner.
Submissions will be evaluated by the following criteria:
- Artistic excellence and originality as evidenced by representations of past work images and other supporting materials.
- Appropriateness of artist’s medium, style, and previous experience as they relate to the project goals and setting.
- Experience with projects of a similar scale and scope.
- Ability to participate in the design and implementation of the project as required.
Up to five (5) artists for each site will be identified as semi-finalists and invited to prepare full proposals. Each semi-finalist will be furnished with an honorarium of up to $750 to prepare their proposals, and able to attend a second information session. Semi-finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Selection Committee in March, 2019 as well as to the Fleetwood community at a “Meet the Artists” event.The Selection Committee will identity two (2) finalists. Finalists will be furnished with an additional honorarium. In addition to the honoraria, travel stipends will be available for all semi-finalists and finalists.
The Selection Committee will name one (1) winner. Winners will be approved by the Owner and will contract with the Owner.
A wide variety of materials will be considered, including cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, ceramic, glass, and more. All proposed work must be designed to withstand an outdoor, four-season environment. Design elements may include (but are not limited to) integrated or accessory lighting or other elements that will further accentuate the sculpture.
All proposals will be judged based on their artistic merit.
Final sculptures should not exceed a maximum diameter of 12 feet and a maximum height of 20 feet.
SCOPE OF WORK:
Artists invited to submit full proposals will be given complete details about requirements, but should expect to provide the following:
- 2D renderings of the proposed sculptures
- 2D renderings of the proposed sculpture in situ, which shows the physical volume of the space and allows for multiple perspectives of the artwork within the space.
- A scaled model/maquette of the proposed sculptures
- Material samples
- Installation requirements
- A project statement
- An all-inclusive project budget, not to exceed $100,000, including artist fees, material costs, fabrication costs, engineering costs, transportation costs, and contingency.
- Quotes from proposed subcontractors for the design and fabrication.
Additional materials may be requested at the time artists are invited to submit proposals. All proposal documents, including the maquette and renderings, will become property of the Owner and ArtsWestchester and will be used for educational and/or promotional purposes of the project. Each semi-finalists proposals and maquette may be exhibited for committee and community consideration.
Finalists will be asked to provide shop drawings from fabricators (if applicable) and engineers.
Artists who are awarded the commissions will be contracted by the Owner to produce the artwork, in keeping with the final designs accepted by the Selection Committee and approved by the Owner. Upon successful installation of the sculptures on site, title of ownership of the sculptures shall pass to the Owner.
Additional responsibilities of the selected Artists include, but are not limited to:
- The Artist shall be available with reasonable advance notice for a reasonable number of meetings required to coordinate design and project implementation, ceremonies, press conferences and photo opportunities and the like, as necessary.
- The Artist shall perform all services and furnish all supplies, material and/or work equipment as necessary for the design and fabrication of the Artwork.
- The Artist shall provide required insurance in amounts and limits specified in the final contract between ArtsWestchester, the Artist, and the Owner.
- The Artist shall secure any and all required licenses, engineering approvals, and similar authorizations at the Artist’s expense as may be necessary for the installation of the Artwork at the Site.
- The Artist shall provide a maintenance manual with a description of all materials, processes and products utilized in the Artwork and the required care and upkeep involved, as well as recommended procedures in the event of necessary conservation.
Timeline & Project Schedule
Applications due Wednesday, Januar 9, 2019, 11:59PM EST
Selection Committee meeting January 2019
Notifications On or around February 4, 2019
Semi-Finalist Info Session February or March 2019
Proposal Development February - April 2019
Proposal Presentation March/April 2019
Finalist Notification April 2019
Notice of Selection May 2019
Contracting May - June 2019
Fabrication June 1 - September 1, 2019
Installation September 15, 2019
All questions about this opportunity should be directed to ArtsWestchester.
Exhibitions Manager, ArtsWestchester
914.428.4220 ext 331
Director of Public Programs, ArtsWestchester
914.428.4220 ext 306
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
ArtsWestchester, founded in 1965, is the largest, private, not-for-profit arts council in New York State. Its mission is “to provide leadership, vision, and support, to ensure the availability, accessibility, and diversity of the arts in throughout Westchester County.” As the county’s designated arts agency, ArtsWesthester distributes $1.5 million in grants to artists and arts organizations, supporting an arts industry that fuels the local economy with $173 million in spending. Our grants help fund concerts, exhibitions and plays; we bring artists into schools and community centers; we advocate for the arts and build audiences through our marketing initiatives; we are the county’s leader in public art programs, collaborating with developers and municipalities.
In 1998, ArtsWestchester purchased the nine-story neo-classical bank building at 31 Mamaroneck Avenue which has since been transformed into a multi-use resource for artists, cultural organizations, and the community featuring. Since moving to our permanent facility, we have grown our capacity to present original exhibitions that address local and global issues. ArtsWestchester is the county’s advocate and leader in public art. Working with developers, businesses, health care facilities and municipalities, ArtsWestchester has managed a range of temporary and permanent public art initiatives that include festivals, commissioned murals and sculptures, and curated rotating exhibitions.