2301 Central Ave.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Type: Public Art
Entry Deadline: 7/27/20
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 10
Request for Qualifications
Submissions to the RFQ are due July 27, 2020 and must be submitted via CaFÉ. Artists are asked to submit the required documents and images to demonstrate their interest and expertise.
In reviewing submitted RFQ materials, the committee will consider the following:
• The quality of the artist’s portfolio or previous work samples submitted
• The artist’s cover letter and how well it addresses this particular project
• The artist’s experience working with the public art process and demonstrated ability to work with the project architect and facility managers
Following review, select artists will be asked to submit a complete formal design proposal, including a budget, timeline, and references. Proposal packets and budgets for finalists must include additional lighting needs, signage, or other structural support (if needed), design fees, material costs, labor for fabrication and installation, and all necessary costs involving planning, completion, delivery, and installation of the project. It is the responsibility of the artist to budget accordingly.
If decided by the committee, in-person or video presentations may take place. There will be modest financial compensation for final design proposals and in-person presentations. Any other travel is the responsibility of the individual artist.
About the Facility
The Surbrugg Prentice Auditorium (SPA) on the Laramie County Community College (LCCC) campus is a 400 seat auditorium that features an acoustic shell and direct audience access to the stage. The space can be closed to 250 seats. The rear half of the auditorium is more elevated and features a tech booth in the back.
The new facility will allow LCCC to hold larger events and performances, including guest lectures, graduation ceremonies, artist talks, and to book traveling theatre, dance, and music groups. The space will be used by both the college and the community. The SPA is connected to the Fine Arts Building, which is currently being renovated. Classroom, rehearsal, and studio space in the Fine Arts Building support the visual and performing arts programs within the School of Humanities and Fine Arts. Classroom spaces are being renovated to add volume. A visual arts gallery space is also being renovated and will be adjacent to the SPA.
Vertical fins on the exterior of the building will connect to other architecture on campus. The north entrance of the facility will be the public entrance and is a double height space that provides access to the SPA lobby up one set of stairs from the parking area. The entrance is glass enclosed and will be well lit and visible in the evening. In addition to the lobby, a student lounge area will be spillover space for evening events.
The renovation of the Fine Arts Building will be completed in the summer 2020 and substantial completion of the SPA is expected in late 2020. For images and plans, visit the Arts Council website. For more information about the LCCC, visit the college’s website.
The committee is interested in interior artwork, including 2D work, wall mounted relief work, site specific installations, murals, or small sculptures. There are opportunities for artwork in the lobby area of the SPA, including at the top of the stairs leading up from the parking lot, and other wall space throughout the lobby. The committee is also specifically interested in work for the main public entrance. This includes ceiling mounted work, sculpture, or work that incorporates lighting elements. This space is visible from the exterior of the building, and is open to the interior stairs and lobby.
The committee is interested in work that reflects the SPA and the programs of the Fine Arts Building, the LCCC campus, and the broader Cheyenne community. That includes work that represents the diversity of the arts and humanities, as well as people, concepts, interests, and areas of study. The committee is also interested in work that is relevant, inclusive, and uplifting. Being connected to the Fine Arts Building, the committee is interested in work that can be instructionally helpful to the visual arts program.
The committee is particularly interested in artists who are willing to work with students during the creation and installation processes, or be willing to provide public art talks or lectures.
All styles, genres, conceptual approaches, and mediums will be considered. All proposed artwork must be durable, structurally sound, secure, site appropriate, and easy to maintain. Additional drawings, site plans, and information will be provided to the artists invited to submit complete proposals.
The total project budget available for artwork is $63,000.00. This amount may be allocated for multiple artists/artworks or for various locations. The committee may purchase existing work or commission work that is site specific. A more specific budget allocation will be determined by the committee after finalists are selected.
The selection committee will review the submissions to this RFQ in August 2020. Following review, select artists will be asked to submit a complete formal proposal. A decision will be made by September 2020. A specific timeline for development, production, and installation will be established upon selection of the finalist(s). This timeline is subject to adjustment.
Artists’ submissions will be reviewed and final selections will be made by a committee appointed by the Wyoming Arts Council and the State of Wyoming. The committee for this project includes administrators and staff of the facility, artists, community members, architecture and construction project managers, and a Wyoming Arts Council board member.