Call Detail
The New SLC Art Wall- Request For Qualifications (RFQ)

Contact Email:
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Utah
Entry Deadline: 4/17/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 16

776 N Terminal Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84122


Submission Deadline: Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Commission Budget: $235,000

Media Requirements:
Images – Minimum 5, Maximum 10
Audio – Minimum 0, Maximum 3
Video – Minimum 0, Maximum 3
Total Media – Minimum 5, Maximum 16

The Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA or City) invites artists and artist-led teams to submit qualifications for The New SLC Art Wall as part of their Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program (ARP or The New SLC).

The Salt Lake City International Airport (Airport) is evolving to meet the region’s growing needs and demands of the Airport’s role as an international hub. The New SLC Airport will be built in two phases, with the first phase set for completion in 2020. The SLCDA has contracted with a national public art consultant to develop a comprehensive art master plan, which includes the Airport’s New SLC Art Wall opportunity.

The New SLC Art Wall dimensions are 30’ 2” wide x 11’ 7 ½” high and will be situated in a high-visibility area with heavy foot traffic. Artists responding to this call must demonstrate a proficiency in executing work of similar scope and scale. Submission materials should reflect the ability of the artist or artist-led team to respond to The New SLC Art Wall as a high-touch area.

Artists should keep in mind that the final installation must be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials. The New SLC Art Wall will be in a climate controlled environment. Installations should not include electricity, audio/visual technology, or water and should be designed and produced with environmentally-conscious practices in mind. Please see details below for further requirements.  

Artists interested in submitting qualifications for consideration should note that all artwork submitted must be original. 

This RFQ is open to all professional artists and/or artist-led teams based in the United States regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical disability. Artists residing in Utah are strongly encouraged to apply.

The total budget is $235,000 and inclusive of artist’s fees and related expenses for design, supplies, fabrication, insurance, transportation, permits, installation, and a contingency plan. Any fees incurred for design/artwork related engineering, electrical, infrastructure modifications and assistance from the contractors shall be the responsibility of the artist. The artist is strongly encouraged to include a contingency plan of at least 10% of the project’s commission in the budget for their final proposal. The selected artist must be present for artwork installation.

Issue RFQ                                                                                    March 22, 2019
Submittal Deadline                                                                       April 17, 2019
Selection and Notification                                                             April 2019
Artist Site Visit                                                                              May 22nd-24th, 2019
Artist Concept Design Presentation                                             June 27, 2019
Recommendation to Mayor                                                          July 2019
Contracting Process                                                                     July/August 2019
Installation Complete                                                                    March 2020

Dates are subject to change except the application deadline of April 17, 2019.

Respondent shall be in good standing with regard to prior agreements or indebtedness with Salt Lake City Corporation. Any existing post due debt or any failure to fulfill the provisions of any previous Agreement with City may be cause for rejection of the Proposal and disqualification of the Respondent.

Responding to this Call for Artists acts as confirmation that Respondent agrees to all terms in, and shall execute, the contract, the form of which may be found by CLICKING HERE, with no exceptions.

This artist selection committee seeks an artist or artist-led team that can produce a site-specific artwork that:

  • Responds to the architectural environment of the Airport (please view Airport Virtual Tour);
  • Is of the highest quality—creatively and technically;
  • Speaks to  the spirit, cultures, landscape, or people of Utah;
  • Is not politically or socially charged;
  • Considers the stressful nature of the TSA checkpoint environment and seeks to provide a calming effect;
  • Is virtually indestructible, fade resistant, and can be easily repaired;
  • Is low maintenance, easy to clean, and can withstand occasional chemical cleaning;
  • Does not require use of electricity, audio/visual technology, water or other ongoing resources;
  • Meets all public safety, structural, and maintenance standards and complies with the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA), and all other applicable laws, codes and regulations.

The Salt Lake Art Design Board, in consultation with SLCDA project partners/managers, will review all properly submitted applications and will short-list three (3) finalists to offer artwork for review.  The Salt Lake Art Design Board will then recommend an artist or artist-led team, and one alternate, for the commission to the Mayor for final approval. Only the selected artist or artist-led team will enter into a design agreement with the City. The alternate will enter into a design agreement only in the case that the proposal submitted by the primary selected artist is not accepted by the Art Design Board, SLCDA, and the Mayor of Salt Lake City.

The selection of the artist or artist-led team and alternate will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artist’s demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with design team and ability to integrate work within an existing infrastructure;
  • Artist’s professional experience represents a developed and successful body of site-specific public art projects of a similar scope and scale as demonstrated by visual documentation;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and budget and to perform work in timely, professional manner;
  • Willingness of the artist to consult and work with the SLCDA, Salt Lake Art Design Board, and Airport design and construction teams to successfully integrate the work into the site and meet any construction requirements, schedules, and deadlines;
  • Ability to understand sense of place and design in a context-sensitive manner as demonstrated by visual documentation;
  • Artist has created works of permanent nature that do not require excessive maintenance or repair costs and meet public safety issues and Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

The selected finalists will enter into a two-party Agreement between City and the artist/team for design development. Once an artist’s design is selected and approved, they will enter into a second two-party agreement between the City and the artist/team. The selected artist/team will be required to provide General Liability and Auto insurance as specified in the Agreement. Examples of both agreements can be found here.

Once the three selected finalists and the City enter into a design/development contract, the selected finalists will participate in at least two (2) site visits.  The first of two site visits is meant to orient the selected finalists with the project and to hear from and ask questions of the community, Salt Lake City Art Design Board, SLCDA, and other project partners.

During the second site visit, the selected finalists will present their conceptual proposals to the Salt Lake City Art Design Board and SLCDA project partners. The site-specific proposals should convey their ideas and plans through scale designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes, in detail, the project's intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, project schedule and an itemized budget.  

For the first visit, the finalists will receive a $1,000 travel stipend which is inclusive of travel expenses, hotel, meals, etc.

For the second visit, a $2,000 travel stipend and honorarium will be awarded to the finalists for their proposals and is all inclusive of design, travel expenses, shipping, etc.

The selected finalists must email a color rendering of the proposal to Kat Nix, Salt Lake City Public Art Program Manager, by Thursday, June 20, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. MDT. Materials will be distributed to the Design Board and SLCDA project partners prior to the finalists’ presentation.

One artist or artist-led team’s proposal will be accepted by the Salt Lake City Art Design Board, the artist and the City will enter into the second two-party agreement. The selected artist/team will be required to provide General Liability and Auto insurance as specified in the Agreement.

After that agreement is executed, the selected artist or artist led team must be present for installation and is required to remain on site for the duration of the installation, which will be coordinated by the Public Art Program Manager and the SLCDA.

The artist or artist-led team will be responsible for all expenses incurred for travel for the installation of the artwork and should budget accordingly from the awarded commission.

Artists may apply individually or as a team. Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit all of the following information and documentation via the CaFÉ™ website no later than 11:59p.m. Mountain Time on April 17, 2019. There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. No other method of submission will be accepted. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted. Please include all information in one (1) PDF document.

  1. LETTER OF INTEREST: A letter not to exceed one page (500 words) outlining your interest in this project and qualifications or experience working on comparable projects of similar scope and scale. Letter must include address, email, phone number and website of artist.
  2. CURRENT RESUME OR CV: A resume not to exceed two pages (1,000 words).  Including artist training and professional experience. If submitting as a team, submit a resume for each team member.
  3. PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES: A list of two (2) prior permanent public art project administrator references with contact information (name, title, organization, mailing address, phone number, and email address), the name and location of the artwork in which you worked with the administrator. References are not to exceed one page.
  4. IMAGES OF RECENT WORK: A minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 jpeg images of installed past work of similar scope, scale, and budget. Ten images per application, not per team member. Complete all fields in the CaFÉ™  portfolio seciton and upload through the "CHOOSE WORK SAMPLES" section.  

More Information:
Any materials not specifically requested as part of this application or exceeding the maximum page length or format requirements will not be considered or reviewed by the Selection Committee. Applicants may not receive notification if their application has been disqualified. 

All questions regarding this RFQ are to be directed only to the Salt Lake City Public Art Program Manager at the email address listed below. All questions and responses will be posted at for all applicants and potential applicants to review.  Applicants may be disqualified if any unsolicited contact related to this RFQ is made with a member of the Salt Lake Art Design Board, the SLCDA, Mayor’s Office, City Council, Airport Advisory Board, or any other City agent or representative other than the Public Art Program Manager during the selection process. All communication will occur electronically via email or through No phone calls please. Please review the website below prior to emailing any questions as the website will be updated on a regular basis with any questions and answers. Questions will be answered in the order in which they are received. Questions received after April 10th may go unanswered, so it is suggested all interested artists begin the submission process as soon as possible.

Contact: Kat Nix,

Salt Lake City Public Art Program
The Public Art Program, which commissions artists' work for City-owned buildings and public spaces, was established by ordinance in 1984. The Salt Lake Art Design Board is an advisory group of citizens representing different City Council districts, appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council, to oversee Salt Lake City’s public art program. They are selected for their related arts expertise and willingness to serve the community. The Design Board is directed, by ordinance, to select artists for public art commissions in Salt Lake City and recommend those artists to the Mayor for final approval. The current Design Board members include Libby Haslam, Jann Haworth, Nancy Rivera, and Larissa Trout. The Design Board will consult with representatives from SLCDA to help inform their artist/team selection for this project.

Salt Lake City Corporation Additional Policies
The Salt Lake Art Design Board and Salt Lake City Corporation reserve the right to reject any or all applications, to reissue the Call for Entries, or to terminate the selection process or project at any time without prior notice. No applicant shall have the right to make a claim against the Salt Lake City Department of Airports, or Salt Lake City Corporation in the event the RFP is canceled, or the City decides not to proceed with the selection or commissioning process, awards a contract, or determines not to award any or all contracts specified in this document. No protests will be accepted or reviewed. All submissions are subject to City Code 2.44, governing conflicts of interest. 

The SLCDA shall acquire all rights, including copyrights and full ownership rights associated with the selected artwork, and the selected artwork may not be reproduced by the artist for any purpose other than the Artist’s portfolio. All selected artwork will be attributed to individual artists/artist teams with a plaque.

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