Friday, February 3, 2012

RFP- Sculpture for Mount Vernon Public Library

 Request for Proposals Public Art Installation / Mount Vernon, New York

Design Vision and Goal:
ArtsWestchester, in collaboration with Mount Vernon Public Library, seeks to commission a free-standing, site-specific exterior work to enhance the children’s room entrance to the Mount Vernon Public Library. The work selected will be sensitive to the historic character of the building, identify the library as an energetic and creative community resource, and enliven the streetscape. The project must integrate well with the location and be constructed of weather- resistant materials.

This opportunity is open to visual artists, ages 18 and older, who reside in or maintain a studio in the lower Hudson Valley (New York City, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties). The Panel reviewing submissions will give preference to artists with previous experience in the creation of public art and engagement with the community.

The Site: Mount Vernon Public Library:
Mount Vernon Public Library is located at 28 South First Avenue, Mount Vernon, NY 10550. The City of Mount Vernon is a small, densely populated urban center in the Southern tier of Westchester County, just north of Bronx, New York.
The library was chartered by the State of New York in March 1896. In 1904, with support from Andrew Carnegie, the library was constructed on its present site. The library’s Neoclassical Revival and imposing size make it one of the city’s most important buildings. Today, Mount Vernon Public Library is the largest library in Westchester County and the sixth largest in New York State. The library also serves as the Central Library of the formed Westchester Library System. Mount Vernon Public Library serves as the main cultural resource in the city. In addition to its vast holdings, the library offers workshops, lectures and discussions and, in partnership with ArtsWestchester, operates the Rotunda Gallery.
The Artist Selection Process:
Semi-finalists will be selected by a panel consisting of representatives from Arts Westchester, the library, and artists/administrators in the field of public art will review the proposals. All artists will be informed of the panel decisions by mid-May 2012. Semifinalists will be invited submit more detailed applications, including maquettes or scale drawings for review and final artist selection by the panel.

Final Selection Criteria will be based on:
Artistic merit
Appropriateness to the site
Durability (appropriate for heavily used, outdoor site)
Required Application Materials:
In response to this RFP, applicants must submit the following:
•    Completed and signed coversheet/certification form
•    Digital portfolio: link to a professional website OR a DVD with 10 digital images and title list. Artwork must be clearly labeled with the artist’s name, date of completion, materials & dimensions.
•    Written description of the proposed work (no more than one page)
•    Preliminary drawing of the proposed work (dimensions not to exceed 18” x 24”)
•    Proposed budget
•    Timeline for the project
•    Current biography and curriculum vitae (CV)
•    Names and contact information of two references (email and phone)
$38,000 for the total project including artist’s commission, design, materials and fabrication, transportation and installation
Deadline for Submission:
All submissions must be postmarked on Friday, April 6, 2012 or hand-delivered by 5:30 pm to Arts Westchester. Please note that applications will not be accepted by fax or email All artists will be notified of the selection results by mid-May 2012

Installation: April 2013

Submissions must be delivered to:
Arts Westchester
Attn: Mount Vernon Public Art
35 Mamaroneck Ave.
White Plains, New York 10605

Proposed Locations of Public Art Project:
Mt. Vernon Library:

For more information:
Mt. Vernon Library:
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