Call Detail
Schweitzer Cutoff Roundabout Public Art
City of Sandpoint
Attn: Aaron Qualls
1123 Lake Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Idaho
Entry Deadline: 2/28/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 8
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 2, Maximum: 11
Click here for project description and additional aerial images on the City of Sandpoint website.

Project and Location

Idaho residents are united by a reverence for the natural world. In Sandpoint and in surrounding areas of Bonner County, that reverence is expressed through both year-round recreational pursuits and the care of working lands. The economic history of this area reveals a confluence of timber, agricultural, technological and recreational industries; this multifaceted engagement with the natural world is central to the community.

The new roundabout is situated near the northern edge of Sandpoint city limits, at the intersection of Boyer and Schweitzer Cutoff roads. It is a connection between many different cultural, industrial and recreational opportunities. This intersection provides access to the industrial business areas surrounding the Sandpoint Airport, shopping and dining in neighboring city Ponderay, community events at the Bonner County Fairgrounds and recreational activities at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

The Sandpoint Arts Commission seeks vibrant public art for installation at this gateway to Sandpoint. A successful proposal will reflect the multi-use nature of the location as well as the city's love for its pristine land and water.

Draft Timeline

February 28, 2018: Artist Submission Deadline

March 26, 2018: Short Listing of Three (3) Artists

April 27, 2018: Shortlisted Artists to present final design, budget and production timeline

June 2018: Proposal Selected by Arts Commission/City Council

July 2018: Artist Contract Signed

July 2018: First Payment Processed through City & Sent to Artist

August 2018: City to contract with landscape designer

June 2019: Installation to be completed


The project is open to all artists residing in the United States, though the jury may give special consideration to artists living in Idaho, Montana, Washington, or Oregon. All artists are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or physical or mental disability, etc. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Selection panelists and their immediate family members are not eligible for participation.

The Artwork

 The artwork must be an original work of art made by the submitting artist.

 The artwork may not contain advertising, religious references, sexual content, negative imagery, or convey political partisanship.

 Artwork surfaces must not be prone to environmental degradation, e.g. unsealed rust.

 The Roundabout can be viewed from above from the three main access points. The Artwork should be designed with consideration for multiple vantage points.

  The Sandpoint Arts Commission will select a landscape designer who will incorporate plantings, watering systems, and lighting into the final installation. While the artist is not responsible for design or installation of landscape elements, they will collaborate to ensure the art and landscaping are complementary.

  Power is available on site. All lighting is to be approved by the City of Sandpoint and to be designed in collaboration between artist and landscape designer. No up lighting is allowed. The landscape designer will be responsible for costs related to all lighting that is not physically attached to the artwork. Any costs associated with lighting fixtures that are incorporated into the structure of the artwork will be the artist’s responsibility.

  The selected piece will need an ID licensed engineer stamp on final drawings/designs.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria to be used for consideration shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  • Artistic quality and structural integrity of proposed design
  • The content of the artworks as it relates to the project description and location
  • The quality of the artist's past work on public projects of a similar scale

The submissions will also be evaluated on their feasibility and convincing evidence of the artist’s ability to successfully complete the work as proposed by the submitted materials.


The Artist will submit:

  • A resume and references reflecting experience in submission, selection and successful installation of public art on a similar scale.
  • Two or three (2-3) clearly identified images or videos of the proposal/concept
  • Five (5) clearly identified images of previous public art work (multiple images of a single piece are acceptable).

After the review period of the initial submissions, three (3) finalists will be chosen and notified of their selection. The chosen Artists will prepare final scale drawings and/or maquettes, as well as costs, description of installation process, and production timeline associated with the proposed art piece. Each of three (3) short-listed Artists will receive a $1000 stipend for their preliminary efforts. 

Acceptable File Types:

Images: JPEG, minimum 1920 pixels, maximum 3MB
Video: 3GP, WMV, AVI, MOV, MPG, MP4 Minimum 640x480, Maximum 100MB
Find complete information and details at CaFE MediaPrep

Selection Process

Selection Round 1: February 28 - March 26, 2018

The Selection Panel will jury the qualified applications on CaFE, which will result in shortlisting of the top three applications. The top three finalists will be announced no later than March 26, 2018.

Selection Panel will consist of the following:

Voting Members:

  • Sandpoint Arts Commission Project Leader
  • 3 Arts Professionals, two of whom must be artists
  • 2 Citizens from the City of Sandpoint
  • 1 Sandpoint Arts Commission Member
Non-Voting Members
  • 1 City Staff Member
  • 1 City Council Member

Selection Round 2: April 27 – June, 2018

The three shortlisted artists will submit final scale drawings and/or maquettes, as well as costs, description of installation process, and production timeline associated with the proposed art piece no later than April 27, 2018.

The Selection Panel will hold a final meeting to discuss the three submissions, and will recommend the finalist to the Sandpoint Arts Commission and City Council with results to be announced in June, 2018.

Budget & Payment Schedule

The allowable budget for artists is up to, but no more than, $90,000. Included in this budget are the artist’s fee, travel, fabrication, engineering, materials, documentation, installation, lighting and all other costs accrued by the artist specific to this Call to Artists. The chosen artist will be paid per The Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency’s policy, with dates proposaed as follows: 

July 2018             Payment made for 1/3 of project cost, minus 10%
December 2018   Midway payment made for 1/3 of project cost, minus 10%
June 2019            Final Payment date contingent on final installation

Contact Information

City Liaison to the Sandpoint Arts Commission:
Aaron Qualls: Pleanning & Econ. Dev. Director
Phone: (208) 255-1738

The City of Sandpoint reserves the right to change the dates of the project timeline, to modify this solicitation to request additional information or proposals from any or all participating artists, to re-open the competition and/or to accept or reject, at any time prior to the commissioning of a work, any or all design proposals.

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