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CALL FOR ARTISTS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY is inviting interested artists to provide responses to this REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS for an interior work of art focusing the history of transportation in Hillsborough County, for the lobby area of the Frederick B. Karl County Center Building at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, Florida 33602.
INSTRUCTIONS TO PROPOSERS
PROJECT TITLE: PUBLIC ART PROJECT FOR COUNTY CENTER LOBBY
PROJECT GOAL: TO PROVIDE INTERIOR ARTWORK FOCUSING ON THE HISTORY OF HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY AND ITS DEVELOPMENT THROUGH TRANSPORTATION.
LOCATION: FREDERICK B. KARL COUNTY CENTER, 601 E. KENNEDY BLVD. TAMPA, FL 33602
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2020 AT 5:00 PM
DELIVER PROPOSAL BY E-MAIL TO: PublicArt@hillsboroughcounty.org
PHYSICAL ADDRESS OF PROGRAM: DEPARTMENT OF CAPITAL PROGRAMS, PUBLIC ART PROGRAM, COUNTY CENTER, 23rd FLOOR, 601 E. KENNEDY BLVD., TAMPA, FL 33602
Location: The Frederick B. Karl County Center is an approximately a 440,000 square foot, 28-story building located in downtown Tampa. It houses approximately 1,500 employees and receives approximately 400 daily visitors and is the seat of the Board of County Commissioners and other elected officials. The lobby is located at ground level and provides a venue for a major work of art.
Project Overview: Hillsborough County (County) is interested in receiving submissions from artists demonstrating their ability to provide a major art piece that focuses on the history of Hillsborough County and its development by transit, via rail, river, bay, water, road, air, and other ways. The artwork is to be installed in the main lobby of the Frederick B. Karl County Center building. This artwork will be permanently displayed in the County Center lobby. Images and floor plans of the proposed space are included in Exhibit A of this document.
The project will have several stakeholders including the Board of County Commissioners, County Administration, the Public Art Committee, various County Departments, and other interested community organizations and individuals. The desired theme for the artwork is the history of transportation in Hillsborough County and its development through transit. The artist should propose a medium that is durable and requires low maintenance. The selected artist(s) will be responsible for the design, fabrication, and installation of the artwork, to include structural design and related permitting. The artwork will become part of the County’s permanent public art collection. Artists are encouraged to submit along with their qualifications, illustrations (images, renderings), and a brief statement describing an initial concept idea for this project. It is hoped that a full range of art mediums suitable for an environment where there is heavy foot traffic and appropriate for interior installation will be represented in the response.
The County intends to select a minimum of three finalists will be selected to provide site specific proposals. Shortlisted artists shall coordinate with the Tampa Bay History Center, the custodians of the County’s valuable history, in preparation of their site specific proposals. Each selected finalist will be paid an honorariums of up to $750.00 (seven hundred and fifty dollars). Site Specific Proposals must include a site specific maquette and/or other visual depictions of the proposed artwork. Final selection will be made by the Board of County Commissioners.
Artists who wish to be considered for this project must submit the following materials electronically. Ensure that all files sent electronically have been scanned by up-to-date virus scanning software. Files with detected viruses will be destroyed and will not be considered. All images and documents must be accessible in the MS Windows environment. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The following documents are required:
A written description of proposed artwork for this project including the title, type of media, dimensions, and up to 8 images/graphics to convey the design intent of the proposed art work.
Scans of publications, reviews or other items that may assist the County in evaluation of the artist’s capabilities. (No more than 3 items of this type should be included in the submission.)
Instructions for electronic submission:
Submissions may be made by e-mail to: Publicart@Hillsboroughcounty.org. Large files may be zipped. The use of file transfer sites is not permitted.
As an alternative to email submission, a USB flash drive may be mailed to the address below:
Amanda Grant, Public Art Coordinator
P.O. Box 1110
Tampa, Florida 33601
Additional Information and Instructions
Proposals will be reviewed by a Site Advisory Committee and the County’s Public Art Committee.
The intent of the review is to short list a group of up to three artists to provide more specific proposals for the artwork. The County intends to contract with only one artist or artists group to fulfill the requirements of this project.
Hillsborough County does not guarantee that any commissions will result from this call.
2.4.4 Any commission will be subject to availability of funding.
ESTIMATED BUDGET, SCHEDULE AND SELECTION PROCESS:
Estimated Budget For the Project: $100,000 to $125,000.
March 9, 2020
– Submission deadline
– Review of artist’s submissions
– Artists are selected to provide a site specific proposal.
– Proposals ranked and
– Artists notified of selections and an Agreement is negotiated with top-ranked proposer.
For this project, a Site Advisory Committee composed of members of the public, County staff associated with the location, the County project manager, and members of the Public Art Committee will propose a short-list of a minimum of three artists to develop site-specific proposals. Short-listed artists will be given further information on the project. Using this information, each artist will develop site-specific proposal(s). Artists may use models, drawings, computer-generated imagery and material samples to communicate their proposals. They must include in their proposals a working budget. The site-specific proposals will be initially reviewed and ranked by the Site Advisory Committee. The Site Advisory Committee’s ranking will be considered by the Public Art Committee which will make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for final selection of the Artwork.
Subsequently an Agreement will be negotiated with the selected artist, subject to funding availability. The Agreement will require the artist to provide the complete artwork and meet all related costs such as travel, materials, fabrication, transportation, insurance and installation of the work within a mutually agreed time period and for a fixed fee. Progress payments are made over the course of the contract in accordance with a mutually agreed upon schedule. Compliance with financial arrangements between the artist and his/her sub-contractors is the responsibility of the artist.
If an agreement cannot be successfully negotiated in a timely manner with the top-ranked artist(s), the County has the option to negotiate with the artist(s) next in order of ranking.
REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION/CLARIFICATION:
Any artist requesting additional information, interpretation, and/or clarifications relating to this Call shall make a written request addressed to:
Amanda Grant, Public Art Staff
P.O. Box 1110
Tampa, Florida 33601
If it is deemed necessary, an addendum to this Call for Artists may be issued through the Hillsborough County Public Art webpage at:
Persons responding to this Call do so at their sole expense and risk. The County reserves the right to change or cancel this Call at any time.
No proposer is guaranteed the award of an Agreement or any work as a result of being shortlisted or selected for this project.
Any changes made to this Call shall be made by means of a written addendum. It shall be the responsibility of the Artist to assure that all addenda have been received prior to submitting a proposal.
PUBLIC RECORDS ACT:
Pursuant to Florida Statutes, sealed responses to this Call to Artists are exempt from the public inspection requirements of the Public Records Act until such time as the announcement of a decision based on the proposals or within 30 days after proposal receipt date, whichever is earlier.
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