Calls for Entry

Prince George’s Art and Humanities Council Public Art Proposal: Hyattsville Library

Proposal Deadline: October 12

Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council has announced a public art opportunity for interior and exterior installations at the Hyattsville Branch Library.

Designed by Grimm & Parker Architects, the library will also feature a green roof with solar panels; a dedicated children’s area with drawbridge, moat and castle walls; study rooms; public meeting rooms;a tech lab and outdoor reading areas with a garden.DID YOU KNOW? There are two public art opportunities within the Hyattsville Branch Library design elements:
• An exterior terrace installation under or near the relocated “Flying Saucer”.
• An interior mural installation located in building vending cafe depicting local significance.

DESIGN VALUES
• Focus on 2D artwork inlays, ceramic artwork and glass artwork appropriate in scale, form and texture for exterior public ground areas of buildings.
• Complement the proposed wavelike landforms of the site along Adelphi and Toledo roads.
• Complement landscaping elements.
• Have a strong daytime and nighttime presence.
• Respect diversity, elevate equity and be inclusive.

ROLE OF ARTIST(S)
• Provide concept design ideas through renderings or other media.
• Coordinate design ideas with building/landscape infrastructure. • Collaborate with community/project stakeholders.
• Generate final rendering presentation materials, drawings, a model, and related specifications in sufficient detail and in the format required to convey the design intent for the place indicated on the site.
• Fully execute exterior installation as detailed.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
• Professional artist(s) and design professionals are invited to apply as individuals or teams. Candidates must demonstrate collaborative, project team experience working with other artist and design professionals (engineers, architects, environmental and urban planners, or landscape architects) and direct experience with exterior sculpture design and installation. Local artists are encouraged to apply. Artists and design professionals that are residents or have studios in Prince George’s County are encouraged to apply.

PROJECT BUDGET
$164,000
•Project budget includes artist design fees, materials, fabrications, installation and any other project expenses.

SELECTION PROCESS & CRITERIA
After the submission deadline, Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities public art staff will convene an Art Advisory Committee composed of representatives of the community, artist/design professionals, and project team members including Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) representative, Grim and Parker Architects representative and Council District 2 representative. The Art Advisory Committee will screen submissions to establish a qualified candidate pool to be considered for this commission. These pre-qualified artists and/or artist teams will be presented to the County appointed Arts in Public Places (AIPP) Panel who makes decision of final contract award.

The Art Advisory Committee will use the following criteria to make their selection:
• Artistic merit as evidenced by submitted digital representation of past work samples,
• Appropriateness of the artist’s medium, style, and previous professional experience as they relate to the public goals and design values of this project,
• Experience with projects of similar scale and scope, including a demonstrated ability to successfully collaborate with public agencies, engage in a successful public review process, work well with diverse community groups, and plan and carry out successful community engagement activities,
• The ability of the artist to successfully work within the project timeline and budget.The Art Advisory Committee will review applicants’ submitted materials, have an opportunity to ask clarifying questions of applicants initial ideas and approaches to the project in broad conceptual terms and develop a ranked list of two to three qualified candidates who will be invited for interviews. Finalists will be paid an honorarium to produce a more detailed concept proposal. Following the interview/proposal stage and reference checks, Prince George’s County Art in Public Places Panel will vote to approve the final artist recommendation. Upon approval, the selected artist or artist team will be issued a design contract. Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council serves as the County’s AIPP program coordinator overseeing contract issuance and deliverables and overall project management.

Please submit the following to publicart@pgahc.org:
•Name and contact information including resident/primary studio address.
• Statement of interest which describes how you will address the project design values.
• Preliminary ideas for how you would approach the project and what uniquely bring to enhance overall vision.
• Resume/ArtistVitae outlining your professional accomplishments. If submitting as a team, please identify team leader and include resumes for each team member.
• Images of most recent work that represents your artistic process. (please limit to 10 images per artist or team member)
• Three professional references, including name, affiliated organi-zation (if appropriate), email address, phone number.RFQ will also be posted on two national platforms.

ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE
Submission of Qualifications: OCTOBER 12
Interviews with Selected Finalists: OCTOBER 19
Award of Contract: OCTOBER 30
Final Design Proposal by selected artist/team: NOVEMBER 15
Installation: FEBRUARY 2021

For questions and all inquires contact:Rhonda Dallas: rdallas@pgahc.org