Parkside Business & Community In Partnership, Inc.
Request for Qualifications
For the Creation of a Public Art Piece
Parkside Business & Community In Partnership, Inc. (PBCIP) is
requesting submissions of qualifications for a public art piece which
will be installed on the Haddon Avenue commercial corridor in Camden,
Deadline for submission is March 1, 2010.
Project Description: Background and Scope
This piece of art will be the culmination of PBCIP’s first annual
Youth Public Arts program, wherein youth aged 12-18 worked with
professional artists to conceptualize ideas for a piece of
3-dimensional artwork. PBCIP seeks a professional artist to create
this piece of public art, which will be sited in the youth’s
neighborhood, the Parkside neighborhood of Camden, NJ.
The goal of the Youth Public Arts program is to empower the youth by
bringing their vision for their city to fruition while introducing them
to careers and concepts in art, community organizing and urban
planning. The piece of art will be a key step in PBCIP’s diverse and
creative approach to the renewal of the Haddon Avenue business district
in Camden’s Parkside neighborhood. This is the first of several
public art pieces planned for the Haddon Avenue business corridor.
The Artist’s Role:
The youth and PBCIP have come up with ideas, keywords, and themes that
they would like to see incorporated into the piece. These ideas will
be provided to each finalist, along with examples of public art which
the youth found appealing. It will be the artist’s challenge to
integrate their own aesthetic with the ideas provided by the youth to
create a cohesive concept. After the proposals are received, the
youth, in conjunction with and under the guidance of PBCIP’s
selection committee, will select the proposal that they feel most
closely expresses their vision.
Durability and Safety:
The artist will be expected to use a durable material, such as (but not
limited to) metal or stone, that will age gracefully and withstand
extremes of weather. The piece should be of a permanent nature. The
piece should be resistant to vandalism, for example, by employing a
protective coating. The piece should have no sharp, jutting or jagged
edges that may prove a danger to the public. The piece will likely be
installed on a public sidewalk, and will therefore be required to
comply with ADA guidelines. The artist should keep the above in mind
when crafting the piece.
The artist will be expected to incorporate eco-friendly choices in the
creation of the piece. Some examples of eco-friendly materials are
recycled metal or reclaimed granite. It is not required that the
entire piece be made from such materials, but there should be more than
a token amount.
The artist can expect to work closely with the staff of Parkside
Business & Community In Partnership, Inc., and may also expect to have
professional dealings with representatives of the City of Camden, and
the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County.
3-01-2010 RFQ due date*
3-18-2010 Preliminary selection of finalists
4-19-2010 Finalists design submissions due*
5-03-2010 Selection of Artist
10-04-2010 Expected completion date of piece
10-18-2010 Tentative installation date
* Submissions must arrive by this date. Late submissions will not be
All dates are subject to change by Parkside Business & Community In
The baseline budget for the artist’s public art commission is:
$15,000 with the possibility to increase if additional funding is
This includes but is not limited to:
* Artists design fee
* Materials such as paint, steel, concrete, etc.
* Fabrication costs
* Installation costs
* Artist’s contingency for cost overruns.
Eligibility and Selection
This project is open to all artists (or artist teams) aged 18 and over
regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age,
military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or
mental disability. Eligible artists include those who have a resume
which includes durable public artwork or durable sculpture. Emerging
artists are encouraged to apply.
Artists must be able to begin work on the piece immediately after
selection on 5-03-2010. Artists should be able to complete the piece by
10-04-2010, and oversee its transport and installation on or around
Artists located outside of the Delaware Valley metropolitan region will
be considered, however the cost of long-distance transportation will be
a consideration in the decision-making process.
The selection process is a two-step process. The preliminary selection
is the first step, wherein PBCIP and its affiliates will select the
artists who will be invited to become finalists based on the Call for
Artists submissions. The finalist selection will consist of a thorough
review of the finalists design proposals, past work, interviews,
education and references.
1) The jury will consist of PBCIP staff, representative/s from DCM
Architecture, PBCIP board members from the Youth & Education Committee,
and youth who have participated in the Youth Public Arts program.
2) Qualifications reviewed will include no less than 5 and no more
20 photographic examples (CD preferred) of past completed artwork and a
3) Preliminary selection of finalists will take place on 3-18-2010
Final Selection of Artist
1) The final selection process will include a design proposal
competition. Up to three finalists will be invited to develop design
2) Payment to finalists for the development of proposals will
of a modest fee proportionate to the total amount of the public art
3) Finalists may be invited to discuss their proposals in an
by the selection committee. Finalist interviews will take place
between 4-20-2010 and 4-30-2010.
4.) The successful applicant will be notified of their selection via
email on or around 5-03-2010. PBCIP, Inc. reserves the right to
reject all proposals if none are deemed satisfactory by the selection
Call to Artist Requirements (due by 3-01-2010)
1.) Name of artist/s, physical address, telephone and email address.
1.) Resume/C.V. and 5-20 photographic examples of past completed
artwork in a similar vein.
2.) Letter of interest, no longer than 1 page. May include a
3.) Provide two professional references with current contact
Finalist Requirements/ Design Submissions
(due from selected finalists only by 4-19-2010)
1.) Electronic or hard copy submissions may be delivered as indicated
2.) Submissions must specifically address each section of the Call to
3.) All submissions will be reviewed by the aforementioned selection
4.) Submissions should include one of the following, (but may include
more with a limit of five design examples):
* Scale drawing/rendering
* Three-dimensional model
5.) Submissions should include a written description of the proposed
6.) Submissions should include a detailed budget for fabrication and
installation with a timeline for completion.
7.) Submissions should include a list of proposed materials.
The selected artist shall retain liability insurance to cover the
possibility of damage, injury or loss during the fabrication or
installation process. Proof of insurance will be required at the time
of selection. The Artist should maintain the following minimum Limits
1. General Liability Insurance:
The minimum Limits of Liability for this insurance shall be as follows:
$1,000,000 Each Occurrence / $2,000,000 General Aggregate. The coverage
provided under this policy should include Products & Completed
Operations. The policy should also name Parkside Business & Community
In Partnership as an Additional Insured.
2. Workers Compensation:
Workers Compensation Insurance shall be provided in accordance with the
requirements of the Laws of the State of New Jersey. The State minimum
Employer’s Liability Limits shall be as follows:
Bodily Injury by Accident: $100,000 Each Employee
Bodily Injury by Disease: $500,000 Policy Limit
Bodily Injury by Disease: $100,000 Each Employee
3. Automobile Liability Insurance:
Automobile Liability Insurance shall be provided in accordance with the
requirement of the Laws of the State of New Jersey. The State minimum
Limits of Liability shall be as follows:
Bodily Injury $15,000 Per Person / $30,000 Per Accident
Property Damage $5,000
Or $35,000 Combined Single Limit.
Parkside Business & Community In Partnership, Inc. will retain full
ownership of all work created by the selected artist(s). The artist(s)
will retain the copyright, however Parkside Business & Community In
Partnership, Inc. will hold reproduction rights. The artist(s) will be
credited when the work is reproduced. The specifics of this
partnership will be enumerated in the artist’s contract.
All submissions should be delivered to the attention of
Program Coordinator Stella Bonaparte
Email: email@example.com or to:
1487 Kenwood Ave.
Camden, NJ 08103
Call to Artists (RFQ) submissions must arrive by March 01, 2010. No
submissions will be returned.
Questions may be directed to Stella Bonaparte, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 856-964-0440.