Call for Proposals- Griffiss International Sculpture Garden

  • Deadline:
    May 1, 2013, midnight
  • Location:
    Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, Griffiss Business and Technology Park, Rome, New York, 13440, US

Sculpture Space, Inc. in partnership with Griffiss Park Landowners Association (GPLA) with funding from the New York State Council for the Arts (NYSCA) and the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council (MVREDC) is pleased to accept submissions for the Season of Sculpture Festival.

We seek to commission an artist or artists’ team for a site-specific artwork.
From this RFQ, finalist selections will be made and proposals solicited.

This RFQ is open to all professional artists over the age of 18. Sculpture Space Alumni are strongly encouraged to apply.

MARCH 2013
Applications accepted online at: and should include:
1. Statement of Interest in the project that includes relevant experience and conceptual/practical
approaches to the Public Art and design process (one page maximum);
2. Resume/CV;
3. EIGHT-TEN images of previous work;
4. Contact information (name, affiliation, phone, email) for THREE professional references.

$59,500 – Griffiss International Sculpture Garden, Rome, NY
Site-specific proposals for placement along one of the main avenues (e.g., 825 corridor, @14,000 passenger cars/day) of the Griffiss Technology and Business Park. GPLA is looking for a monumental, iconic piece of sculpture that may be enjoyed by employees, their families and friends, as well as corporate visitors and guests; both from their vehicles as well as on foot.

*Please note commission is inclusive of ALL of expenses related to the creative process from beginning to end; including: RFP final plan/proposal and related travel/research, transportation, materials, equipment rental, assistants, food/lodging, artist’s fee and installation. Artist must provide engineering report if deemed necessary by GPLA (GPLA will arrange if desired for a maximum fee of $2000).

To apply innovative Public Art solutions to enhance the innovative Griffiss Technology Park and add to the
distinctive character of the Griffiss International Sculpture Garden in support of the MVREDC initiative.

MARCH 2013 Announcement of RFQ
MAY 1, 2013 Deadline for receipt of application materials
MAY 15, 2013 Request for RFP to finalists
JUNE 15, 2013 Final proposal due
JULY 1, 2013 Final selection announced
JULY 2013 – AUGUST 2014 Creation/installation of commissioned work
*Dependent on New York State funding – dates may be altered/revised as necessary

The Selection Committee will include representatives from Sculpture Space, GPLA and other arts and non-arts professionals who will review qualifications and select finalists. Finalists will be invited to visit the sites and submit a proposal (at their own expense).

The Selection Committee will use the following criteria in the selection process:
o Submittal of all required application materials as outlined in the RFQ;
o Originality, creativity and uniqueness as demonstrated in previous projects;
o Quality – both materially and conceptually – as demonstrated in previous projects;
o Appropriateness of proposal relative to project parameters and goals;
o Feasibility;
o Proven track record/ability of artist to complete proposed work.

Sculpture Space accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage of artist submission materials or technical issues with online submissions. Sculpture Space accepts no responsibility for costs incurred by the artist in responding to this RFQ. Artists and artist collaborations selected for this project will be required to meet all contract terms and scopes. Respondents to this RFQ agree to abide by its terms and conditions. At the conclusion of the RFQ, Sculpture Space reserves the right to choose not to commission any proposal.

Monika Burczyk, Sculpture Space, Inc. – Executive Director,

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