Public Art Commission Opportunity
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Site: County of Rockland Highway Department
Emergency Operations Facility, Ramapo, New York
The Rockland County Art in Public Places Committee seeks an artist/artist team to design and create a site-specific public art project at the County of Rockland Highway Department Emergency Operations Facility currently under construction and slated for completion in the Spring of 2022.
A state-of-the-art $35-million facility, the 24-acre location is situated on the border between Clarkstown and the village of Chestnut Ridge, in the town of Ramapo, New York, just north of New York State Thruway Exit 14A. The complex will include administration and operations buildings, vehicle storage, a repair shop, truck wash, salt shed, fuel station and storage.
The commissioned work(s) will be installed in a landscaped courtyard measuring 44’ wide and 41’ deep in front of the southwest corner of the Administration Building (Building 1).
The Rockland County Highway Department is responsible for the safety, maintenance and efficient operation of the county highway and bridge system.
The commissioned artwork(s) will combine innovation, a knowledge of materials suitable for the location and four-season environment and a sensitivity to cultural diversity. The work(s) must consider the safety of passersby and vehicular traffic, must be durable, easy to clean and maintain, and resistant to vandalism.
A budget of $147,500 is allocated for this project and includes artist fees and any and all costs associated with the design, engineering, fabrication, permitting, delivery and installation of the artwork(s). An insurance certificate will be required to enter into a contract with the County.
The project is open to all professional artists and artist teams, 21 years and older, residing in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Applicants should have experience completing projects of a similar size and budget, experience in completing projects on time and on budget, and experience working with other professionals including fabricators, landscape architects, engineers and government officials.
The Rockland County Art in Public Places Committee (AIPP) will review applications received through this RFQ and select up to five finalists to develop proposals. All finalists will receive an honorarium of $500 and be asked to submit their proposal and make an in-person presentation, with visuals, to the AIPP committee. After the AIPP committee makes its final selection, the artist(s) should expect to commit to at least three rounds of revisions that might be requested.
Responses to this RFQ will be evaluated based on artistic merit and technical quality of body of work, strong professional qualifications and/or experience completing large-scale public artwork and demonstrated ability to work within a given budget and timeframe.
The following schedule is preliminary and subject to change.
Deadline for RFQ submissions: AUGUST 1, 2022
Announcement of selected finalists: AUGUST 15, 2022
Deadline for proposal submission: OCTOBER 1, 2022
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS (in PDF and/or JPG format only)
Resume or CV (2 pages maximum)
Five (5) photographic examples of work, each to include the title, dimensions, medium, year produced, commission dollar amount (if produced as a commission), and 1-2 sentences describing the project and commissioning agency/client, if applicable.
Three references with contact information.
Artist statement/letter of interest (200 words maximum).
Submissions should be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Write “Highway Project” on the subject line.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: AUGUST 1, 2022
The Rockland County Art in Public Places Committee – a group of 11 local volunteers including artists, art historians, architects, conservators and arts administrators – commissions, selects, places and preserves site-specific works of art in a variety of media. For over 30 years, AIPP has integrated art with architecture and the environment to enhance public spaces. The committee is supported by the Percent for Art Law which provides that funds from certain county construction projects be allocated for the acquisition of unique works of art in public sites throughout Rockland County.