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Linn County: Courthouse

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Entry Deadline: 5/11/12
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Request for Artist Qualifications
Linn County Public Art Commission
Percent for Art Project

The Linn County Public Art Commission is seeking qualifications from artists for artwork to be incorporated into the Linn County Courthouse.

The Linn County Public Art Commission was established in 2010 by an ordinance adopted by the Linn County Board of Supervisors to direct funding for the inclusion of works of art in County capital improvement projects. The Commission, overseen by the County’s Board of Supervisors, is responsible for the planning, commissioning, and acquiring of all artwork in Linn County capital improvement projects. The mission of the Linn County Public Art program is to enrich the lives of local citizens and visitors by integrating public art into County planning, services, design and infrastructure.

The Linn County Public Art Commission invites artists to submit their qualifications for consideration for the following opportunity:

Linn County Courthouse

Built and dedicated in 1925, the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids has served the people of Linn County for almost 90 years. A Bedford limestone courthouse in Greek and Roman architecture, the Courthouse was constructed on an island in the Cedar River. The ten columns that adorn the front entrance enhance the building's powerful image. Inside, the posts and walls are made of travertine and the floors of marble. The building sustained damage from the flood that devastated much of the surrounding area of Cedar Rapids in June of 2008. The upper floors of the courthouse reopened later that year; however, the lower levels, which at the time housed juvenile court offices and record storage, are now being renovated into office and courtroom space, and the interior will be returned to its previous grandeur. Construction is expected to be completed by December 2012.

An artist will be commissioned to create a three-dimensional art piece which incorporates seating on the main level of the courthouse and becomes an integral part of the courthouse interior. Please refer to this link ( for several images of the courthouse interior prior to the flood; also attached is a PDF of the main level floor plan.
Project Goals

• Be in harmony with the interior spaces of the Courthouse.
• Provide seating for visitors, patrons and staff.
• Enhance the overall experience of the Linn County Courthouse.

$66,500 including design, fabrication, and installation.


This Request for Qualifications is open to all professional artists and artist teams.

Only the first 200 applications received will be accepted. Linn County is not required to make selections from the submissions if, in its opinion, qualifications are not appropriate.

Review Process
A selection panel will review qualifications for each project and select up to 3 finalists for each project who will be asked to develop concept proposals. A proposal fee of $500 will be paid to each finalist. Finalists will make proposal presentations to the selection panel via conference call.

The selection panel will include members of the Linn County Public Art Commission, a representative from the architectural firm working on the facility, a member of the staff housed in the Courthouse, and community stakeholders, including a member of the public representing the building’s users. The final recommendation of each panel must be approved by the Public Art Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

Selection Criteria
• Artistic excellence as demonstrated by past work and the submitted qualifications and as shown in the concept proposal and interview.
• Understanding of the project and ability to create an artwork that responds to the goals of the project.
• Availability to meet the project timeline.

• Review qualifications and select finalists – by June 1, 2012
• Finalist proposals – July 6, 2012
• Commissions awarded – late July 2012
• Facility opening – December 2012 (anticipated)


Artists must submit the following:

• A typed Letter of Interest. This letter should not exceed three (3) pages and should briefly address how you would approach the call.
• Current artistic Resume, no longer than three (3) pages.
• Five (5) DIGITAL images of previous artwork, including title, medium, dimensions, brief description, location, date of work, and budget or price for each image.
• The names of three (3) references with current contact information including phone numbers and e-mail addresses

Artists must submit their qualifications by May 11, 2012; however, the call will be closed once 200 submissions are received.

For questions specific to the content of this call please contact Barbara Schmitz at
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