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Entry Deadline: 2/28/19
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Number of Applications Allowed: 20
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 8
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 6, Maximum:Max. 8
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: International
State: Colorado

Request for Qualifications and Preliminary Proposals

Breckenridge Creative Arts is issuing a Request for Qualifications and Proposals (hereinafter “RFQ&P”) from individual artists or artist teams to design and implement an original, mediumscale public artwork using the theme of “snowboarding” to be installed on yet-to-bedetermined outdoor site in Breckenridge, Colorado. Up to three artists will be selected as semifinalists to develop and present design proposals. Each will receive a $750 stipend. The winning artist will be awarded a contract for between $50,000-$100,000, depending on their proposal, and will be responsible for the creation and installation of the final work. Please note: This project is a memorial commission meant to honor a local athlete and snowboard enthusiast while at the same time celebrate the joy and adventure of winter sports and their importance to the community.

$50,000-$100,000, inclusive of all costs associated with the project, including but not limited to: research, professional consultations, formal reports from Colorado-licensed structural and electrical engineers (required), a long-term care and maintenance report from a licensed professional conservator (required), materials, fabrication, transportation, travel, insurance, installation, photography and documentation of the artwork.

Feb 28, 2019

This commission is open to professional artists 18 years of age and over, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams may apply and must designate one artist as the lead contact. All artists must have a minimum of five (5) years of demonstrated professional visual art experience (not student work) and must have examples of previous experience with large- scale outdoor sculpture or sculptural installation projects. Examples of work submitted must be of original, recently completed artwork. The application, including all examples of work and supporting documents are considered the artist’s official “submission”. If any information submitted by the artist or artist's representative, including all supporting documents, is found fraudulent the submission will be disqualified.

Breckenridge Creative Art is issuing an RFQ&P from individual artists or artist teams to design and implement an original, medium-scale public artwork at a yet-to-be-determined outdoor site in Breckenridge, Colorado. The selection committee is seeking an artistic interpretation relating to the sport of snowboarding. Because of Breckenridge’s spectacular location, which is surrounded by the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the work should explore the subject’s relationship with nature and be integrated with the environment and local landscape. Artwork should reflect the subject in a representational or figurative form, interpreted in a contemporary and dynamic way. Selection Committee is seeking work that reflects the color, movement, and energy of snowboarding culture. Traditional representational figurative bronze sculpture is discouraged.

As the first resort in Colorado to allow snowboarding, Breckenridge is well-known to winter sports enthusiasts worldwide. With an average snowfall of 320 inches, most of that coming in the form of light champagne powder, the community has been home to snowboarding almost longer than anywhere else. With some of the first big competitions, new technology in gear, and many legends calling this place home, Breckenridge and snowboarding go hand in hand.

A wide variety of materials for this sculpture will be considered, including cast iron, stainless steel, aluminum, bronze, recycled snowboards, and more. Design elements may include (but are not limited to) free-standing sculpture, interactive objects, integrated or accessory lighting, decorative pavers, aggregate, stained concrete or other ground design elements that will further accentuate the sculpture. Minimum desired height for the final sculpture is 5' or more from ground (inclusive of the installation base) and viewable from 360 degrees. All proposed work must be designed to withstand an outdoor, unmonitored, high traffic environment that will require minimal maintenance throughout the duration of its lifespan.

All applications must be submitted electronically through the online application portal at under the ‘Call to Artists’ tab. Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:
A. Resume
B. Artist statement
C. Letter of interest
D. List of three (3) professional references
E. Six (6) Images of original completed artwork

• Resume: Chronological resume demonstrating a minimum of five (5) years of professional art experience (exhibitions, sales, commissions etc.). If submitting as a team, a current resume should be submitted for each team member. A biography will not be accepted in place of a resume. (Total resume may be up to 5 pages. If your resume exceeds 5 pages, or does not contain your education history and experience with dates, your submission will not be considered)

• Artist’s Statement: A written description of the artist’s body of work to give the viewer understanding or insight. It should inform, connect with an art context, and present the basis for your work. It can be descriptive, or reflective in nature. (1-page maximum) 3 • Letter of Interest: Brief statement summarizing the artist’s methods of working, interest in this project, and availability to participate in the design and implementation of the project. (1-page maximum)

• References: A list of at least three professional references that have an intimate knowledge of the artist’s work and working methods. Include complete addresses, email, and telephone numbers. References will be contacted for artists invited to develop a proposal for the commission. (1-page maximum)

• Images: Submit six (6) DIGITAL images of original completed artwork, not proposals, which demonstrate the artist’s qualifications for the project. You must include the value of the work/commission amount on each submission. Teams may submit a total of six (6) images with at least one image from every team member. Each slide must contain only one image/view of the work. Multiple images on one slide will not be considered, and will disqualify your submission. Slides, emailed, or hardcopy mailed submissions will NOT be accepted. All images must be submitted electronically through the online application portal at which will remain open until February 28, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to reduce risk of technical difficulties. Incomplete, late, hand delivered, mailed or emailed submissions will NOT be accepted for any reason.

A selection committee includes representatives from BCA, the nonprofit arts organization that oversees the Town of Breckenridge’s public art collection, and BCA’s Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC). The committee will review all eligible artist submissions. Submissions will be evaluated by the following criteria:
• Artistic excellence and originality as evidenced by representations of past work images and other supporting materials
• Appropriateness of artist’s medium, style, and previous experience as they relate to the project goals and setting
• Experience with projects of a similar scale and scope
• Ability to participate in the design and implementation of the project as required

Applications due February 28, 2019 
Committee meeting March 2019
Notifications late April 2019
Proposal development April –June 2019
Proposal presentation July 2019
Notice of selection Late July 2019
Contracting August 2019
Fabrication September 2019–July 2020
Installation August-September 2020

The anticipated date for notifications is late April 2019. This is a call for submission of samples of previous work and qualifications only. If selected to develop a proposal, you will be contacted by BCA program staff with further details about the site, concept and scope. Finalists will be invited to present their proposal (via Skype or in person). The proposal must include the concept, materials, size, weight, installation requirements, details of maintenance, and budget. The proposal must also include a maquette and a digital rendering of the work in-situ, which shows the physical volume of the space and allows for multiple perspectives of the artwork within the space. All proposal documents, including the maquette and renderings, will become property of BCA and will be used for educational and/or promotional purposes of the artwork. A proposal fee of $750 will be paid to finalists to offset expenses associated with development of proposals, maquettes and travel to present to the committee.

Breckenridge Creative Arts (BCA)—or BreckCreate for short—was developed by the Town of Breckenridge to support and promote arts, culture and creative experiences throughout Breckenridge. This multidisciplinary nonprofit organization is responsible for the successful management of a series of programs, properties and partnerships that collectively animate and populate a cultural corridor in the heart of downtown Breckenridge. From quality performing and visual arts to the development of one of the region’s newest arts districts, Breckenridge Creative Arts is a transformative force for Breckenridge and the greater Summit County community. Please direct questions about this project to: Nicole Dial-Kay, BCA’s Director of Exhibitions + Special Projects at: or 970 547 3116 ext 2.