REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS
FIRST HILL PARK:
SITE-SPECIFIC PUBLIC ART AT A NEIGHBORHOOD PARK
ARTWORK BUDGET: $100,000, PLUS APPLICABLE CONSTRUCTION CREDITS. The artist’s contract will be organized into two phases: $25,000 for design, and $75,000 (plus applicable construction credits) for implementation contingent on pending additional funding. [BUDGET IS INCLUSIVE OF DESIGN, ENGINEERING, FABRICATION, INSTALLATION, & APPLICABLE WA SALES/USE TAX]
ELIGIBILITY: Open invitation to experienced artists who have successfully completed at least 3 similar projects on a public scale.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 16, 2018, AT 5 PM
The First Hill Improvement Association (FHIA) seeks an artist to create public art for First Hill Park, a Seattle Parks Department neighborhood park. The Park is undergoing improvements in response to a public process conducted by FHIA in conjunction with Departments of Neighborhoods and Parks. The selected artist or team will collaborate with the park design team led by the landscape architecture firm Site Workshop and the project will be reviewed by the Seattle Department of Parks for long-term maintenance. Reflecting comments heard in public process, the design team is interested in artwork that responds to the unique 1910 story of two bear cubs which were raised as pets at the Stimson Green Mansion next door. For more about this story, see “Wild Life in First Hill” link is included below. The successful art element should be playful, engaging, and have cross-generational appeal. First Hill park is approximately 122' x 72'.
First Hill Park is located at Minor Avenue and University Street. The desired location for artwork within the proposed design is the northeast corner of the plaza noted below with the possible option for an integrated element that encircles the two planted areas.
First Hill Improvement Association is the neighborhood association of First Hill in Seattle, Washington. FHIA employs two staff persons with expertise in urban planning and is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation with a Board of 14 members. Local residents, medical center representatives, and business owners are elected by the membership to serve on the Board. The purposes and goals of FHIA are to advocate for the neighborhood on issues of Urban Design and Public Space, Transportation, Safety & Cleanliness, and Economic Sustainability. Activities include negotiating with developers and the City regarding pedestrian friendly urban design of private and public buildings and spaces, creative use of public right of way, equitable transit and transportation, and communicating with the neighborhood via website, social media, e-newsletter, and public meetings. Activation of public spaces, community clean ups, and advocating for homeless neighbors are among FHIA activities whose mission is to make First Hill a welcoming, attractive place for all.
RESEARCH THE TEAM
First Hill Improvement Association: firsthill.org
Seattle Parks and Recreation: seattle.gov/parks
Wildlife in First Hill: http://www.historylink.org/File/2715
Application Deadline November 16, 2018
Selection Panel Meeting November 20, 2018
Finalist Notification November 21, 2018
Finalist Interviews** November 27, 2018
Artist Contract Issued December 4, 2018
Design Development January 15, 2019
Final Design Complete January 30, 2019
Artwork Installation TBD
* Schedules are subject to change;
** Applicants are expected to hold this date in order to participate in an interview if selected as a finalist.
ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS
A selection panel will oversee the selection process. The panel members represent a diversity of ages and backgrounds, and comprise representatives from the First Hill Improvement Association, Project Design Team, Seattle Parks, and residents with a meaningful connection to First Hill. The panel will review all applications received, identify finalists for interview, and select an artist for the job on the basis of interview. The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted applications and interviews. All finalists are expected to attend an Interview on November 27, 2018.
Finalists will be selected based foremost on the following criteria:
Quality and strength of past work as demonstrated in submitted application;
Ability to consider a site and create art specific to it, and an expressed interest to develop art that connects with First Hill’s neighborhood history and current context and creates a playful feature;
Experience with exterior grade materials and/or suggestion of how portfolio work may be translated into materials suitable for an exterior site;
Able to begin design work in December 2018 and install artwork by June of 2019.
Open invitation to experienced artists who have successfully completed at least 3 similar projects on a public scale. Selection panel members and their immediate family are not eligible to apply.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS - APPLICANTS MUST SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS:
PROFILE — Artist contact information.
RESUME —Two-page (maximum) current professional résumé. Artist teams should include two-page resumes for all members as one document. PDF format only.
STATEMENT OF INTEREST — 500 words (or less) that explain your interest in this project, how your approach and past work is relevant to the above noted selection criteria.
WORK SAMPLES — Submit up to 10 total work samples. Samples in excess of 10 will not be reviewed. Please submit samples in PDF format, not to exceed 10 MB.
You are encouraged to submit samples of past work that best illustrate your qualifications for this project. The title of the artwork/project name, completion date, medium and dimensions are required fields. Please provide a brief description (75 words or less) for each work sample. Completion of optional fields for project location, commissioning agency, budget, project partners, photo credit, and copyright owner are encouraged.
PLEASE SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED MATERIALS NO LATER THAN 5PM ON NOVEMBER 16TH VIA EMAIL TO INFO@FIRSTHILL.ORG
Questions may be directed to FHIA Executive Director Anne McCullough at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on November 16, 2018.