CALL FOR ARTISTS / REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS City of Muscatine, Iowa

Full RFQ
Public Art

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2021
Project Organizer: City of Muscatine Public Art Advisory Commission
Contact: Melanie Alexander, Staff Liaison to Public Art Advisory Commission and Director of the Muscatine Art Center, malexander@muscatineiowa.gov, 563-263-8282 Project Budget: base amount of $25,000 (potentially greater for an exemplary project)

INTRODUCTION

The City of Muscatine’s Public Art Advisory Commission announces a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify three qualified artists to develop site-specific public art proposals in and/or surrounding the newly constructed roundabout at Mulberry Avenue and Second Street in Muscatine, Iowa.

The RFQ is the first phase of a three-phased process concluding with the installation of a single public art project. The Public Art Advisory Commission will select three artists from the RFQ. Each selected artist will receive a stipend of $750 to develop their public art concept. The three concept projects will then be presented for broad community input and selection. One artist will be selected for the third phase of fabrication and installation.

ELIGIBILITY / MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Professional or emerging/student artists 21 years of age and older residing in Iowa and neighboring states may apply. Artists who are full-time employees of the City of Muscatine are not eligible to apply. The application is open to individuals who meet these requirements regardless of race, color, national origin (ancestry), sex, sexual preference/orientation, gender identity, gender expression, transgender, marital or parental status, creed, religion or political beliefs, mental or physical disability, genetic information or status as a veteran. Artists must have the ability to travel to Muscatine, Iowa to complete the installation.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS (forms and details provided on pages 8-9) 1. Application Form with signature and list of two references

  1. Letter of Interest – Tell us why the project is a good fit for you. (2 page limit)
  2. Resume/CV (3 page limit)
  3. Images of prior projects, preferably public art installations, (limited to 8 images, file size

    not to exceed 10mb)

EVALUATION

Submissions will be evaluated only if the application is complete, received by the deadline, and requirements are met. The Public Art Advisory Commission will make selections based on the artist’s prior work, the artist’s ability to complete and deliver a project that meets the stated goals, and the reasoning provided in the artist’s letter of interest. During the selection process, artists may be asked to participate in an interview, and references may be contacted.