Call Detail
CityCentre Public Art Project
Entry Deadline: 2/15/19
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 12
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 12
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Alabama

Link to full RFQ Document

RCP Companies, The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, Redstone Federal Credit Union, the City of Huntsville and Arts Huntsville are seeking Statements of Qualifications from artists interested in creating artwork to be sited in Huntsville’s Big Spring Park, adjacent CityCentre at Big Spring development, and a new pocket park in the City’s downtown arts and entertainment district. The CityCentre Public Art Project has a total budget and artist award of $530,000 to include design, fabrication and installation of the work. Qualifications are due February 15, 2019.



The CityCentre Public Art Project is a collaboration between the developer, RCP Companies, The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, Redstone Federal Credit Union, the City of Huntsville and Arts Huntsville. Arts Huntsville is managing the project and the artwork will be owned by the City of Huntsville.

 Three sites have been identified for the artworks: a renovated plaza area in the City’s iconic Big Spring Park and a plaza area in the interior of RCP Companies’ new CityCentre mixed-use development, and a pocket park adjacent to Redstone Federal Credit Union’s new branch located along Downtown Huntsville’s developing greenway system. The park plaza is approximately 30’ by 60’. The CityCentre plaza is a triangular area approximately 60’ by 60’. The triangular pocket park is approximately .10 acre with an opportunity to site the artwork in the southern portion of the space adjacent to the intersection of Pelham Avenue and Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. (Preliminary plans for Pelham Park are currently in development and will be available for review and discussion during April 2019 artist site visit in Huntsville.)

The artworks can be sited anywhere within each of the available sites so long as it does not interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic (see attached site plan for the general zones acceptable for installation).

The selected artist or artistic team may engage a landscape architect to coordinate the siting of the work, and to ensure that the surrounding landscape and hardscape are in visual harmony with the work.

With this public art installation, it is the goal of RCP Properties, The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, Redstone Federal Credit Union, the City of Huntsville and Arts Huntsville to achieve the following:

SERVE AS A VISUAL LINK between Big Spring Park, the CityCentre development, and the pocket park adjacent to Redstone Federal Credit Union and the City of Huntsville’s developing downtown greenway system, encouraging pedestrians to readily travel between all sites and circulate through downtown Huntsville’s central business district.

CREATE COLLABORATIVE SPACES at the sites that provide social moments to be enjoyed by people meeting, gathering, dining and just passing through.

HAVE A STRONG VISUAL PRESENCE both day and night, engaging pedestrians as well as being visible by passing vehicles.

EXHIBIT AN INNOVATIVE, MEMORABLE AESTHETIC representative of Huntsville that will draw residents and visitors to the site.

CELEBRATE OUR COMMUNITY’S CORE VALUES and philanthropy embodied through The Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville.

SERVE AS A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY GIVING AND PHILANTHROPY in Big Spring Park and provide a vehicle for the Community Foundation to recognize major donors today and in future years.



Professional artists (or artistic teams) working in any and all media, both those who reside in the Greater Huntsville metropolitan area and those who live and work elsewhere, are encouraged to submit proposals.



Submittals via CaFÉ™ must contain the following information:

  • Statement of Interest: In 350 words or less (2500 character maximum), briefly describe your interest in the CityCentre opportunity and how this project relates to your past work. Address your ability to meet the anticipated timeline and how you approach site-specific artwork. If applying as an artistic team, your statement should reflect the team’s work as a whole and interest in the project.
  • Resume: Include a current resume/CV via CaFÉ™ that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist. In the case of applicants applying as a team, please submit a single resume with 1 page per team member.
  • Work Samples: Applicants must submit 12 total work samples to be eligible for consideration. Artists whose work primarily includes time-based media may submit up to 6 of the 12 samples as audio or video files, with a run time of 2 minutes per submission.
    • Digital Images: Applicants may submit up to 12 digital work samples of previously completed artworks (which would include all of their total available work samples for submission) through the CaFÉ™ system.
    • Audio/Video: Applicants may submit up to 6 of their 12 required work samples as audio or video files through the CaFÉ™ system and include links to the work uploaded online, such as through YouTube or Vimeo.
  • References: A list of at least three professional references that have a solid knowledge of your work and working methods, including addresses, email and telephone, must be submitted via CaFÉ™.
  • Optional Support Materials: Applicants may include up to three selections of support materials such as reviews, news articles and other related information via the CaFÉ™ system.



January 11, 2019: RFQ Release Date

February 15, 2019: Deadlines for receipt of submittal via CaFÉ™ system.

February 27, 2019: Committee reviews qualifications. Finalists selected.

April 3-5, 2019: Finalist site visit. Finalists begin work on concept proposals.

June 6, 2019: Finalists present concept proposals to Committee.

Mid-June 2019: Artist award.

Late June 2019: Finalize contract with selected artist.

July 2019 – July 2020: Fabrication.

August 2020: Installation.



The artist award is $530,000, and includes all costs associated with the public art project including, but not limited to, artist design fee, structural and electrical engineering, landscape design, insurance, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, building or site modifications, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency, and any other costs related to the project. Any expenses that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.

Selected semi-finalists will be invited to propose artwork based on the project criteria. Up to four semi-finalist artists or artistic teams will receive $3,000 as an honorarium to create and present a design proposal. Out-of-town artists (or a member of the artistic team) will be reimbursed for travel to attend both the site visit and proposal presentation in Huntsville, and lodging will be provided.



The anticipated services to be performed shall consist of, but not necessarily be limited to, the following:

  • Developing and securing approval for a concept for the project.
  • Developing final design and construction documents stemming from the originally approved concept proposal. These documents may include stamped drawings, a detailed narrative description of the artwork, a description of materials and fabrication techniques, a comprehensive budget, and a project and funding schedule. These materials will be reviewed and approved by Arts Huntsville staff, relevant City Departments and the architectural team before the artist may proceed with fabrication.
  • Performing all services and furnishing all of the supplies, materials, and/or equipment necessary for the fabrication and installation of the approved design. This performance must be in accordance with the mutually agreed-upon project schedule.
  • Arranging for the transportation and installation of the artwork in consultation with Arts Huntsville, the City of Huntsville and the contractor/construction manager for CityCentre.
  • Working cooperatively and maintaining effective communication with all parties involved in the project.
  • Attending all necessary design, construction, and installation coordination meetings.
  • Attending events, as requested, to celebrate, educate and inform the public about the project.
  • Delivering a fully documented maintenance manual for the artwork upon completion of the project.



The artist/artistic team for the CityCentre commission will be selected through an open call process. A selection panel with representatives from the project partners will review the applications, consider the sites for the artwork and the project goals, and shortlist up to four semi-finalists to attend site visits in Huntsville. The panel will reconvene to review the semi-finalists proposals and award the commission. Semi-finalists and the project finalist will be selected by demonstrating the following:

  • Artistic excellence, originality and ability to project a consistent body of work, as evidenced by representation of past work in images and other supporting materials
  • Appropriateness of artist’s/team’s approach and style to the project’s creative placemaking goals and sites for the artwork
  • Technical feasibility of the proposed project
  • Timelessness of the artwork, including its durability, maintenance requirements, permanence of materials, safety, accessibility and protection against vandalism
  • Experience of the artist/artistic team on major projects with diverse stakeholders and design and engineering professionals and consultants
  • Availability of the artist/artistic team to work within project time frame
  • Ability of artist/artistic team to effectively communicate and collaborate with design professionals, engineers, community leaders and city officials

The panel reserves the right to make no selection from the submitted application or semi-finalists’ proposals. Arts Huntsville, together with the project partners, has the right to issue additional solicitations for Qualifications and reserves the right to withdraw this call at any time.



Arts Huntsville and its project partners do not discriminate against any qualified individual on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic bias, disability, citizenship, veteran status, or other category protected by applicable state or federal law.



Questions must be received by February 4, 2019. All questions and/or requests for additional information shall be directed to: Alex Abel-Boozer by email at (please reference project name “CityCentre Project” in the Subject Line).

Link to full RFQ Document

Application Requirements

Eligibility Criteria