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Prospectus #210 New Mexico Only Purchase Initiative

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Call Type: Unspecified
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Unspecified
Event Dates: 7/1/10 - 8/25/11
Entry Deadline: 8/26/10
Application Closed
Media Images:3

AIPP Mission Statement

The Art in Public Places program enriches New Mexico’s public spaces through an innovative and diverse public art collection.

Since its inception nearly 25 years ago, the program has placed more than 2,500 works of art in all of New Mexico’s 33 counties. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico.

Through a fair and open public process, committees made up of local and regional representatives work with New Mexico Arts staff to select artwork for their communities. The Art in Public Places program then commissions large-scale projects that are designed for integration directly into the architecture of a building, or the program purchases existing original artwork to be placed in public buildings permanently or on loan.

Project Intent

The objective of the New Mexico Only Purchase Initiative is to diversify the state's public art collection by purchasing artwork from artists in all stages of their careers. All media in all genres, suitable for both interior and exterior display, will be considered for purchase. Artwork must be durable, permanent, low-maintenance and in compliance with ADA guidelines upon installation.


The project is open to artists who reside in and galleries that are located in New Mexico. Galleries may submit qualifications on behalf of any artist represented by the gallery, regardless of the artist’s residency. Finalists may be required to submit verifiable proof of residency prior to being awarded a purchase contract.

Site Information

Artwork will be purchased for publicly accessible buildings throughout the State of New Mexico. The facilities encompass a broad range of use including, but not limited to, amphitheaters, animal shelters, community centers, courthouses, educational institutions, fire stations, healthcare facilities, recreation complexes, rest areas, senior centers, etc. Participating sites will have a total budget equal to 1% of recent capital outlay for new construction or major renovation projects. New Mexico Arts will administer a maximum of two purchase contracts per site.

Project Amount

$1,000 - $20,000, all inclusive. Purchase contracts will be limited to a minimum of $1,000 for each piece. Upon submission, the price of the artwork is considered all inclusive of the following: materials, labor, insurance, taxes, commissions, fees, delivery, installation, travel, museum quality framing under Plexiglas, security-hangers, pedestal for small and large 3-dimensional works, Plexiglas bonnet for small 3-dimensional works, project plaque, as well as written and professional photographic documentation of the artwork. The price of large exterior 3-dimensional work should include site preparation and foundation. Participating sites have a predetermined 1% budget so price fluctuations will not be allowed after the submission deadline. Please remember to price the work accordingly!

Museum quality framing, installation and project plaques must adhere to AIPP guidelines.

Selection Process and Criteria

A Submission Review Committee of artists and arts professionals will score applications based on the selection criteria listed below. All New Mexico Arts public art projects are fair and open competitions; therefore not all applicants who apply will be included in the final pool of artwork shown to statewide Regional Buying Committees. Regional Buying Committees are made up of representatives from the owner and/or user agencies of eligible sites. This group of individuals will be responsible for selecting the artwork to be purchased and permanently displayed in their facilities. Artwork included in the final pool is not a guarantee of sale.

Multiple artwork selection meetings will be conducted statewide during the course of this purchase initiative. Artwork submitted for consideration does not need to be removed from other sale opportunities. However, if a submitted piece is sold through another venue, the artist or artist’s representative is required to notify New Mexico Arts immediately so the work can be removed from the final pool prior to subsequent selection meetings.

Artwork installed at the site must be the same piece selected for purchase by the Regional Buying Committee. Substitutions and/or price fluctuations will not be allowed after the submission deadline.

Artists/galleries whose work is selected for purchase will be required to enter into a purchase contract with the State of New Mexico. A sample purchase contract is available on New Mexico Arts website.

Payment will be made upon completion of the terms of the purchase contract and a site visit has been conducted by an Art in Public Places staff person to verify that contract requirements have been met and that a project plaque was provided.

The selection criteria shall include, but is not limited to:

  • The professional qualifications of the artist as evidenced by the supporting materials.

  • Ability to create art of unique vision and of the highest caliber.

  • A developed and consistent style.

  • Artistic merit and superior caliber craftsmanship as evidenced by the images.

  • The final pool of artwork will reflect a wide range of cultural, ethnic and artistic diversity.

Submission Requirements

Please read the following information carefully as incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. Supplemental information beyond what is requested will not be reviewed by the Submission Review or Regional Buying Committees. Failure to provide any of the published requirements will result in disqualification from the competition. All materials must be submitted according to the specifications outlined on CaFÉ. Please note that only one application per artist will be considered.
  • A succinct artist's statement that provides an introduction to your art, the medium, and an explanation of your techniques. You might discuss your conceptual approach and inspiration; the statement should be used as a marketing tool relevant to the artwork being considered. There is a 2000 character limit, including spaces.

  • A current resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating relevant employment, exhibition record, fellowships, grants, publications, public and privately funded commissions, residencies, etc. Please note that a biography or an autobiography will not fulfill the requirement of a current resume.

  • Three images of previously completed work that is currently available for purchase. Complete image citations shall include the title, media, dimensions, price, year of completion, description and if applicable, edition size and print/casting number. Please review and follow the Image Preparation page on CaFÉ when formatting your images. Tutorials can be downloaded using the links near the bottom of the page.

Artists may submit a total of three images of available work created in the past ten years (2000-2010). Galleries may submit for as many artists as they wish but please remember there is a limit of three images per artist and that each artist will need a unique CaFÉ profile. Galleries must use the artist's first and last name on the profile, with a contact person at the gallery listed as a partner. Please contact New Mexico Arts prior to completing an application if the artwork is smaller than 11" (height or width) or larger than 80" (height or width).

Project Timeline (subject to change)
July 2010.............................................................................Project announced
August 26, 2010.............................................................Deadline for submission
October 2010..................................................................Notification of finalists
November 2010 - June 2011...........................................Notification of purchases
January 2011 - February 2012...................................................Artwork installed

New Mexico Pay Equity Initiative

Effective July 1, 2010, businesses seeking new contracts with any Executive Branch state agency will be required to comply with the requirements of Executive Order 2009-049, to aid in identifying and combating pay inequity and job segregation in the State of New Mexico, as a condition of being awarded a contract.

For all contracts solicited on or after July 1, 2010 and before October 1, 2010: If the offeror has ten (10) or more employees OR eight (8) or more employees in the same job classification, offeror must agree to complete and submit the required reporting form (PE10-249 or PE250, depending on their size at the time) within thirty (30) calendar days of contract award.

For contracts that extend beyond one (1) calendar year, or are extended beyond one (1) calendar year, offeror must also agree to complete and submit the required reporting form annually within thirty (30) calendar days of the annual contract anniversary date and, if more than 180 calendar days has elapsed since submittal of the last report, at the completion of the contract.

Should offeror not meet the size requirement for reporting at contract award but subsequently grows such that they meet or exceed the size requirement for reporting, offer must agree to provide the required report within ninety (90) calendar days of meeting or exceeding the size requirement.

Offeror must also agree to levy these reporting requirements on any subcontractor(s) performing more than 10% of the dollar value of this contract if said subcontractor(s) meets, or grows to meet, the stated employee size thresholds during the term of the contract. Offeror must further agree that, should one or more subcontractor not meet the size requirement for reporting at contract award but subsequently grows such that they meet or exceed the size requirement for reporting, offeror will submit the required report, for each such subcontractor, within ninety (90) calendar days of that subcontractor meeting or exceeding the size requirement.

Questions/Follow Up

Questions regarding the project should be directed to Chuck Zimmer, AIPP Program Manager, or Ben Owen, AIPP Project Coordinator, either by email (preferred) or phone at 505-827-6490, or 800-879-4278 (statewide).

If you would like to have your submission materials reviewed by an AIPP staff person, please make an appointment no less than two weeks prior to the submission deadline. Technical assistance needs increase dramatically during the final two weeks of the open submission period; therefore we cannot guarantee review during the final two weeks of the competition. Submission materials will not be reviewed on the day of the deadline.

Deadline for Submission: 11:59 P.M. (MDT), Thursday, August 26, 2010

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