RFQ submission deadline:
Friday, May 4, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (EST)
Request for Qualifications
Wickford Junction Station
North kingstown, Rhode Island
Deadline: Friday, may 4, 2012, 5:00 pm eastern
Artwork for the facade and grounds of the Wickford Junction Train Station, 1051 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown, RI, will be commissioned through Rhode Island’s Public Art Law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to the purchase and maintenance of public art. Through this program the State recognizes that “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens.”
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) is responsible for a diverse transportation system of more than 1,100 miles of roads and approximately 800 bridges that provides a variety of convenient, cost-effective mobility opportunities for people and the movement of goods to support economic development and improved quality of life.
Established in 1967, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community.
Wickford Junction is a train station on Ten Rod Road, (Route 102) in North Kingstown on the Northeast Corridor, extending the Providence/Stoughton Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail south from Providence. It will serve local commuters to Providence and Boston, Massachusetts. The new station will have a park and ride garage and is part of a $336 million project that includes the new T. F. Green Airport station. It has one 840’ platform. There are 1100 parking spaces in the garage.
Ground was broken for the new station on August 18, 2010 and service is expected to start in spring 2012 with eight trains in each direction per day Travel time to Providence will be 25 minutes; time to Boston will be approximately 100 minutes. Some 80% of the 1700 riders per day projected for the extension to T.F. Green and Wickford are expected to board at Wickford Junction.
The name, "Wickford Junction," comes from a previous station in the same area that also served the now-abandoned branch to Wickford Landing. The previous station was served by a state-subsidized Providence-to-Westerly commuter train starting in 1972, and later by Amtrak's Beacon Hill from 1978 to 1981.
For more information: http://www.dot.state.ri.us/intermod/index.asp#Wickford
Please note: This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is the first step in the public art selection process. This is a preliminary round. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will then be asked to provide many more specifics.
RISCA will conduct the Wickford Junction Station application process online, with all materials submitted in digital format through CaFÉ (see below). There is no charge to the artist for applying or for submitting digital images. At this preliminary selection stage, we are requesting submissions from artists or art teams consisting of six (6) images representing current work (completed within the past ten years), resumes, and very brief descriptions of potential site-specific proposals.
If an artist wants to apply as an individual as well as part of a team, two separate CaFÉ profiles and two separate CaFÉ applications must be completed (i.e., one application submission for you and one application submission for your team).
Applications consisting of six images, answers to designated questions, and resumes will be reviewed by the public art selection panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist's work, interest in their proposal idea, and the artist’s ability to carry out a substantial public art commission.
Applicants are asked only to provide a short description of their proposal for artwork at the site along with a rough outline of expenses for the design and construction totaling no more than $315,000. Three finalists will be selected from the pool of RFQ applicants and those finalists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $2,500. This stipend includes all travel expenses: hotel, transportation, mileage, etc., for both the site visit and the subsequent presentation meeting. Finalists will not be reimbursed separately for any travel costs.
No slides or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. First time CaFÉ applicants must allow enough time to prepare their CaFÉ formatted digital images and electronic submission prior to the deadline. CaFÉ surveys have shown that it takes approximately 2-4 hours to prepare images and submit an online application, dependent on a variety of factors.
Each application must be submitted via the CaFÉ (tm) web site (www.callforentry.org) and must include:
May 4, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (E.S.T.) Deadline for submissions
Early June 2012: panel meeting for selection of finalists; artist notification
July 2012: Finalist site visits
September 2012: Finalist presentations to selection panel; panel selects commissioned artist
September 2012: Final approval by RISCA Council
TBD: Contract signed
TBD: Work installed and completed
According to law, recommendations of the selection panel will be presented to the governing council of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts who will have final approval of the public art selection.
Finalist’s site-specific proposals should convey artist’s ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project's intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Artists chosen as finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated. The finalists will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the Wickford Junction Station. A site visit as well as a meeting with the architect and the Station administration will be scheduled for the finalists. An honorarium of $2,500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, RISCA reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.
The Public Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right to not accept any final proposal submitted. If the recommendations of the Public Art Selection Panel are approved by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the selected artist/s will enter into a contract with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by the State of Rhode Island.
The commission process can be lengthy. It is within the purview of RISCA and the other commissioning agencies to request changes in the original proposal.
The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:
This call is open to all artists. Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges.
Excluded from participation are RISCA Council members, staff and their family members as well as Public Art Selection Panel members and their families.
If you have questions about the RFQ, email Elizabeth Keithline: Elizabeth.Keithline@arts.ri.gov.
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