Request for Proposals (RFP)
platFORM: Student Sculpture Lease Opportunities
- Deadline – Friday, April 15, 2016 (midnight)
- Projects – Up to 6 opportunities in Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Surprise
- Budget – Variable range of $2500 - $3000 contingent on the accepted placement
- Eligibility – All students currently enrolled in an arts program at any university or college within the state of Arizona (Individuals and Collectives/ Groups/ Teams)
In its fourth year, the public art programs from Tempe, Scottsdale,
Surprise & Chandler have joined forces in platFORM, an initiative to create
opportunities for student artists/artist teams to place existing or propose
new sculptures for placement in public places. All sites have concrete and
metal pedestals or platforms (in various sizes) available for sculpture
mounting and placement. Students currently enrolled in an art program at
any university, community or private college within the state of Arizona
University and College art programs have the opportunity for project staff
to provide Public Art Educational Forums as well as Q & A sessions in the
classroom to support this Call to Artists.
Sculpture pads are available for placement at Tempe Beach Park, at the
Surprise City Complex, on southern Scottsdale Road at Roosevelt and Oak
Streets, and in downtown Chandler at Arizona Avenue and Boston Street.
- City of Tempe Public Art
Tempe Public Art has cultivated a diverse
collection of temporary and permanent projects that complement the natural
and built environment. By collaborating, Tempe Public Art continues to
implement new initiatives and commission artwork that engages our
community. This public art project will be located in Tempe Beach Park at
the Tempe Bike Corral. Tempe Beach Park is one of the most visited parks in
the State of Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon, and is the
centerpiece to our Tempe community. The 25-acre park overlooks Tempe Town
Lake and anchors the north end of Downtown Tempe which features more than
100 shops, restaurants and diverse businesses. The sculpture plinth at the
Tempe Bike Corral was made possible through a partnership with Class XXX of
the Tempe Leadership program.
For more information visit: www.tempe.gov/publicart
- Scottsdale Public Art (SPA)
Since its beginnings as a homestead farming community in 1888, Scottsdale
has fostered a supportive environment for the arts and sought to create
close ties between local artists and the community at large. Scottsdale
Public Art has continued cultivating this relationship for the past 30
years while being a leader in the field of public art. Through creative
place making, signature events like Canal Convergence at the Scottsdale
Waterfront, exhibitions in the city's libraries, in addition to permanent
and temporary art installations, Scottsdale Public Art substantially
contributes to the community's quality of life and economic vitality.
Scottsdale is home to some of the region's finest galleries and
restaurants, as well Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale
Center for the Performing Arts, and the Scottsdale Arts Festival. The
platFORM project is part of the Scottsdale Road Streetscape Guidelines that
designated opportunities for permanent and temporary public art be included
in the efforts to make Scottsdale Road more attractive, interesting,
distinctive, and memorable.
For more information visit: www.scottsdalepublicart.org
- City of Chandler Public Art Program
Since 1983, the Chandler Arts Commission has administered the City of
Chandler's Public Art Program, commissioning and purchasing unique works of
art for the enjoyment of Chandler residents and visitors. This public art
project is supported cooperatively by the City of Chandler and the Chandler
Arts Commission and will be sited in the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in the
center of Downtown Chandler.
For more information visit: www.chandleraz.gov/publicart
- City of Surprise
The City of Surprise is a young, growing community in the NW Valley that is
continuing to emerge from a rich agrarian heritage. We are newer at
collecting public art and have a small but diverse collection. We are in
the process of creating a long range plan for the city and want to include
PLATFORM in those plans. Our beautiful library, lake area and grounds
around city hall are our first choices because a very large percent of our
population would have the opportunity to enjoy art in those areas.
For more information visit:
All submissions must be fabricated of materials suitable for exhibition in
the Arizona climate. All submissions must fall within a height range of 36"
– 120." All artworks must be primed, painted, coated, sealed and/or
patinaed with appropriate materials for prolonged exposure to the elements.
Selection Process and Schedule
All students currently enrolled in an arts program at any university,
community, or private college within the state of Arizona are eligible to
submit existing original sculptures or propose new sculptures for
placement. Artists will be selected through a public process conducted by
all three partnering agencies. The selection panel will recommend one
artist and one alternate per available opportunity. All artists will be
notified of selection results via e-mail.
We seek to provide opportunity, experience, and education to emerging
student artists. These opportunities are intended to be tenable for those
who may not have previously applied for a public art project.
*Schedule is subject to change and some aspects may vary slightly from city
|February 19, 2016
||Request for Proposals (RFP) Released
|Friday, April 15, 2016
||Deadline for response to RFP
|Tuesday, May 10, 2016
|Monday, May 16, 2016
||Notification of selection results
|May 16 – July 30, 2016
||Proposal Refinement/ Project development and contracting with selected artists and project managers in respective cities
|October 1, 2016
||Installations begin (individual project schedules to be determined during proposal development)
|October 1 – 30, 2017
||De-installations to be scheduled on an individual basis
How to Apply
Art students seeking degrees are encouraged to apply. Team applications are
permitted but must identify one member to act as point of contact for
submittal/selection process and all future related communication if
selected. All submittals must include a letter of reference from a current
professor/instructor. The entire submission should be sent as one PDF file
including all submittal materials listed below. All selected finalists will
have optional question and answer mentorship opportunities provided by
E-mail all submittal materials as a single PDF to: email@example.com
Helpful link for creating single pdfs: http://wwwimages.adobe.com/www.adobe.com/content/dam/Adobe/en/feature-details/acrobatpro/pdfs/combine-multiple-documents-into-one-pdf-file.pdf
Submit the following:
- Resumé: submit a current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
including artist address, email, and phone number. It is understood that
students are applying and past experience may be limited for the resume
portion of the application. If applicant’s professional experience is
limited, please list contact information and any school experience.
Teams must submit contact information and one resume/CV per team member.
- Digital Images: Up to 5 digital images of previously completed
artwork and up to 3 digital images of pre-existing original sculpture or
proposed sculpture renderings, digital schematics or sketches.
- Image List: A descriptive listing that corresponds with the images
sent. Information should include artist, title, media, dimensions, date,
and a thumbnail of the image.
- Letter of reference from artist(s)’ current professor/instructor.
- Proposal Narrative(s): Maximum 1 page double spaced, 12pt font.
- Addresses how the applicant(s)’s previous experience and
current artistic direction will result in a successful
- States whether the proposal is for a pre-existing sculpture or
a proposed sculpture, and describes the pre-existing sculpture
submittal in detail (to include all dimensions) or describes
the design, materials, fabrication and mounting design for the
- PLEASE NOTE: All sculptures should be fabricated with a plate
anchor for bolt mounting into concrete or metal pad. Pad
dimensions vary in size and depth.
- If proposing a sculpture for fabrication, exact dimensions will
be determined during proposal refinement stage if selected.
Proposals for fabrication are initial concepts and once an
artist is selected and assigned a specific site, then concept,
scale and technical details will be refined. Average sites will
accommodate sculptures 2" to 8" in height.
- A successful artwork will draw-in pedestrians from a distance,
but hold the viewer’s interest upon closer inspection through
All submissions must be complete or submissions will be rejected.
If you have questions concerning your submittal or to request site images contact:
City of Chandler Public Art