Call Detail
The New SLC Mid-Concourse Tunnel Mural Opportunities
776 North Terminal Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84122

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Utah
Event Dates: 2/7/20 - 2/28/20
Entry Deadline: 2/28/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10

Submission Deadline: February 28, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. MST

Commission Budget: $119,000 for each artist for a total of two commissions.

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

The Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA) invites artists and artist-led teams to submit qualifications for The New SLC Mid-Concourse Tunnel Mural Opportunity as part of the Airport Terminal Redevelopment Program—The New SLC.

The Salt Lake City International 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 September of 2020. The SLCDA has contracted with a national public art consultant, Gordon Huether, to develop a comprehensive art master plan, which includes the Mid-Concourse Tunnel Murals. The SLCDA has focused on the theme of bringing the natural beauty of Salt Lake and Utah inside throughout the Airport and will continue that theme with the mural opportunities by reflecting the four seasons.

The SLCDA is pleased to include four 144-foot murals in the Mid-Concourse Tunnel, a passenger walkway connecting terminals at The New SLC Airport. It will open in October of 2020 with the completion of phase one of the Airport construction and will be the exclusive avenue for passengers to move in between two concourses for an estimated three years. Upon the completion of phase two construction, the temporary tunnel may transition to exclusive use by Airport staff. 

Artists interested in submitting qualifications for consideration should note that all artwork submitted must be original and one-of-a-kind, and must not infringe on any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property rights. In addition, all rights, title and interest to the artwork, including all intellectual property rights and rights of reproduction shall pass to the City as specifically provided in the artist agreements referenced.

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.

Two artists selected from the four finalists will each receive a budget of $119,000 for commission and purchase of their two murals (two seasons for each finalist), which is inclusive of artist’s fees and related expenses for design, supplies, insurance, transportation, permits, surface preparation and installation. Any costs or fees incurred for design/artwork related engineering or assistance from any contractors shall be the responsibility of the artist.  

Issue RFQ – February 7, 2020
Submission Deadline – February 28, 2020
Finalist Selection and Notification – March 2020
Artist Concept Design Due – April 10, 2020
Recommendation to Mayor – April 2020
Contracting Process – May 2020
Painting and Project Completion – June and July 2020
Dates are subject to change except for the RFQ submission deadline of Friday, February 28, 2020.

The total tunnel length is approximately 720 feet, separated at the mid-point by a fire door. The wall is approximately 12 feet tall. Four murals total will be installed along the tunnel, two on each side of the mid-point. Each mural will be separated by 20 feet. Each mural will have the final dimensions of approximately 144’ 0’’ long x 10’ 0’’ high.

Murals will be painted on a wall of heavily textured concrete with a polymer modified waterproof coating.

The SLCDA Selection Committee seeks individual artists or artist-led teams that can produce site-specific murals that:

·  Represent each of the four seasons (spring, summer, fall and winter); to meet this artwork goal, artwork can manifest with varied aesthetics, styles, including abstract or representational;
·  Are of the highest quality—creatively and compositionally;
·  Are not politically or socially charged;
·  Meet all public safety, structural, and maintenance standards and comply with the Americans for     Disabilities Act (ADA), and all other applicable laws, codes and regulations.

 Respondent shall be in good standing regarding 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, in the sole discretion of the City.

A committee of the Salt Lake City Department of Airports (SLCDA) will review all properly submitted applications and will select four finalists to propose a conceptual design of artwork for review (“Conceptual Design Proposal”). Selected finalists will enter into a Design Agreement with the City. As set forth in the Design Agreement, up to a $3,000 honorarium will be available for artists in connection with the Conceptual Design Proposal. Each selected finalist will receive additional information on the mural site, including photos showing the texture of the wall and spacing relative to the ground.  The form of the Artist’s Design Agreement can be found here.

After execution of agreement, the four finalists will present their concepts to the SLCDA Selection Committee, who will then recommend two artists or artist-led teams for the commissions to the Mayor for final approval. The selection of the artist or artist-led team will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artistic excellence, innovation and originality as evidenced by visual documentation and supporting materials;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and budget and to perform work in timely, professional manner.
  • The artist’s professional experience is adequate to meet the demands of the project including the ability to work with stakeholders and project managers.
  • Artist has created work that meets all operational, maintenance, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and public safety requirements.

Proposed artwork should convey artists’ ideas and plans through scale designs and renderings along with a statement that describes, in detail, the project's intent, project schedule and an itemized budget.

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 11:59 p.m. MDT on February 28, 2020. 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 PDF document not to exceed four pages.

{C}· Letter of Interest: A letter not to exceed 500 words outlining 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.
· Current CV or Resume: 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.
· Images of Recent Work: Complete all fields in the CaFÉ™ portfolio section and upload through the "CHOOSE WORK SAMPLES" section below. 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.
· Professional References: A list of two professional 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 should not exceed one page.

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.

Incomplete submissions or any application that has not been submitted within the parameters set forth above, as determined by the Airport Communication Coordinator, will not be reviewed or considered.

All questions regarding this RFQ are to be directed only to the Salt Lake City International Airport’s communication coordinator at All questions and responses will be posted on the airport's website 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 SLCDA, Mayor’s Office, City Council, Airport Advisory Board, or any other City agent or representative during the selection process. All communication will occur electronically via email or through No phone calls please. Please review the website above 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 February 27, 2020, may go unanswered, so it is suggested all interested artists begin the submission process as soon as possible.

The Salt Lake City International Airport has been building its art collection since 1977 and has a collection that includes more than 100 Utah artists featuring photography, multimedia paintings and a variety of landscape works depicting Utah’s iconic beauty. 

The New SLC was designed to create a consistent theme throughout the airport that draws a connection and creates a unique environment for all travelers. To create a cohesive experience for airport patrons, it was important that the art not be an afterthought, or a series of disparate pieces placed sporadically throughout the terminals.

Several major, structurally-integrated art installations have been incorporated into the design of The New SLC from the early stages of development to create a strong identity and sense of place. Designed by artist Gordon Huether, these massive installations will help define and enhance the passenger experience at The New SLC by drawing the natural beauty of Utah indoors.

The SLCDA 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 SLCDA, or Salt Lake City Corporation in the event the RFQ 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 City 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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