Seeking Visual Artist(s) for Stevenson High School Public Art Project
Public Art Opportunity
Call for Artists / Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Stevenson High School
1 Stevenson Dr, Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
Stevenson High School is seeking qualifications from artists or artist teams for the commission and installation of site-specific, original, indoor murals for two rotunda ceilings in the west campus building. The budget for the project is $10,000 - 15,000. The budget is all-inclusive and must cover design fees, travel expenses, all materials, insurance costs, site-preparation costs, installation, artist fees, and any other expenses related to the design, fabrication, and installation of this project.
The deadline for submission is Aug 31, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (CST).
Project and Location Information
The mission of Stevenson High School’s Public Art Committee is to beautify our school by incorporating professional works of art that reflects our school’s vision and values. Specifically, this includes the acquisition, placement, and installation of public art. Examples of Stevenson’s student and professional public art can be found here.
The Public Art Committee has developed this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to commission and install public murals in two rotunda ceilings in the west campus building.
Both rotunda ceilings are located above heavily trafficked intersections, with one hallway continuing through and the other dead-ending into an existing art gallery. The first floor rotunda is located amongst science and art classrooms and adjacent to the Visiting Artist Gallery which showcases professional works of art. The second floor rotunda is located amongst world language classrooms and adjacent to the Student Art Gallery, which showcases works from our permanent student art collection. Both rotundas feature architectural lighting around the perimeter. The intent of the project is to add unique visual art to both rotunda ceilings to enhance the existing space – drawing the eye upward, without competing with art that may be featured in the gallery.
Project Intent & Concepts
The Public Art Committee has been inspired by the aesthetics of mandala designs and non-representative circular patterns. The following World History Encyclopedia article (linked here) provides a detailed account of the history and common themes found in mandala artworks throughout time.
While Stevenson’s rotunda murals will be secular in nature, the goals of placing these artworks near our Visiting Artist and Student Art Galleries will be to further add to an environment that promotes reflection and awareness.
Furthermore, the Public Art Committee recognizes the importance of the rotunda murals not to interfere or compete with the artwork displayed in the galleries. With this in mind, we encourage artists to consider more subtle hues and tones, while having the designs to fill approximately ¾ to ½ of the ceiling spaces.
Student Engagement & Learning Experience:
Stevenson students will be engaged throughout the Public Art creative process. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Involvement in the selection process
- ARTalk exhibition and discussions with the selected artist
- Odyssey workshops and/or presentations
- Odyssey unveiling event.
Aug. 17, 2021
Visit Stevenson High School on 8/17 at 7pm to visit the future mural locations and ask questions about the project. Click here to RSVP.
Aug. 31, 2021
All Requests for Qualifications must be submitted.
Sept. 17, 2021
Up to five artists/teams will be invited to submit an mockup design.
Oct. 15, 2021
An honorarium for $150 to create preliminary designs will be provided to up to five finalists. The Public Art Committee may exhibit these designs for community input that may inform the selection process.
Nov. 1, 2021
All artists/teams will be notified of the selection results.
Dec. 20, 2021
Jan. 3, 2022
On-Site Work Begins
With advance scheduling, the artist/team will have the opportunity to work, free of school-day time restraints during Stevenson’s winter break.
Jan. 4, 2022
Feb 4, 2022
On-Site Work Continues
With advance scheduling, the artist/team will have the opportunity to work after the school day is concluded (3:25pm) and on weekends.
Feb. 9, 2022
The project will be unveiled at an Odyssey Festival event. Odyssey is a biennial fine arts festival where Stevenson students enjoy two days of performances and workshops featuring more than 200 artists in dance, music, performing, visual, and media arts. The selected artist/team will have additional opportunities to participate as an Odyssey presenter.
This opportunity is open to all artists and artist teams over the age of 18. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, women, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
The selected Artist (referred to as the Contractor) will be required to agree to the following:
- Background Check - The Contractor agrees to submit to a criminal history records check.
- Small Project Agreement - The Contractor agrees to sign and abide by the terms and conditions of a small project agreement issued by the District. A sample agreement can be requested for review.
- Indemnification, Insurance, and Ownership - The Contractor agrees to indemnify and hold the District, its board members, officers, agents, employees, administrators, and any other parties designated by the District harmless from all losses, claims, liabilities, injuries, damages and expenses, including but not limited to, all attorneys fees, defense and court costs and expenses, that the Indemnities may incur arising out of, or occurring in connection with, the performance, acts, omissions, or breaches by Contractor of its duties and obligations under or pursuant to this Agreement. This indemnification obligation shall not be limited by a limitation on amount or type of damages, compensation or benefits payable by or for the Contractor or a Subcontractor under workers’ or workmen’s compensation acts, disability benefit acts or other employee benefit acts.
The Contractor shall carry Commercial General Liability insurance with a minimum coverage amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and $2,000,000 in the aggregate. The Contractor shall provide the District with a Certificate of Insurance naming the District as an additional insured.
Upon completion of the project, ownership of the final artwork and all rights will be transferred solely to the District.
Applications are due no later than Aug. 31, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (CST). Applications must be delivered electronically and available for download via a sharefile service (Google Drive, Dropbox, Sharefile, etc). No exceptions. Refer to application procedures below for specific submittal requirements.
RFQ Selection Process and Criteria
After the submission deadline, the SHS Public Art Committee, visual art faculty representatives, and school administration representatives will screen submissions and an honorarium for $150 to create preliminary designs will be provided to up to five finalists.
Criteria to select finalists:
- Submittal of all required application materials as outlined in this RFQ
- Artistic merit as evidenced by submitted materials
- Experience creating artworks in public spaces
- Evidence of track record/ability of the artist or artist team to successfully work with a projected timeline and budget
- Written and visual communication skills
- Availability and ability to work for the term of the project
- Openness to engage the student body, faculty, and staff in presentations or other creative forums.
Criteria to select final artist:
- Demonstrated interest in and understanding of the project.
- Artistic merit of design, with consideration for uniqueness/originality, professional quality (neatness and craft), aesthetic quality (design, composition, color/tones), themes, selection and application of materials.
- Clarity of concept and creative process as demonstrated through an interview with the selection committee.
- Input from the Stevenson community, which may include students, faculty, parents, and community members.
How to Apply
A complete submission must include all the information and materials described below:
1. Letter/Statement of Interest. Describe in one page your interest in the project and preliminary ideas for how you would approach this project. Submitting a specific proposal is not required at this time and will not be reviewed by the selection committee. Please include your name and contact information, including address, phone number, email and web site.
2. Current Resume. Resume should reflect artist experience designing, fabricating and installing artwork in public settings. Resume should include information regarding past public art commissions, design team experience, exhibitions, awards, grants, and education. If submitted as a team, please identify the team leader and include resumes for each team member, with each resume being no longer than three pages.
3. Images of Past Work. Artists/teams must submit up to ten images of relevant work samples. Please submit pdf or jpeg files with a minimum 72 DPI resolution. Every image file must be titled first with the number or the image in the order to be viewed, followed by the artist’s last name [for example: 01_Smith; 02_Smith]. Number must correspond to an annotated image list, including the title of the piece, the medium, the dates and the dimension of the art. Artists applying as a team may only include examples of existing collaborative work.
4. Three professional references. References should have an intimate knowledge of your work and working methods in public settings. Please include name, affiliated organization (if appropriate) address, phone number and email address for each individual. Please indicate relationship to each reference.
Submittal: Electronic application materials must be received by August 31, 2021, 5:00 p.m. (CST). Email Amanda Long at email@example.com with your application materials available to download from a sharefile service (Google Drive, Dropbox, Sharefile, etc).