Call Detail
State of Hawai`i Governor’s Portrait
Entry Deadline: 8/20/21
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 7, Maximum:Max. 7
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 7, Maximum:Max. 7
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: Hawaii

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 23, 2021. *CaFE closes the application at 11:59 PM Mountain Time (7:59 PM Hawai‘i Time). Tech support is available until 5 PM July 22nd Mountain Time (1:00 PM Hawai‘i Time) but the application itself closes at 11:59 PM July 23rd, 2021 Mountain Time (7:59 PM Hawai`i Time).


PURPOSE/GOALS: In accordance with Hawai‘i Revised Statute 103-8.5, the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Art in Public Places Program is requesting qualifications from individual artists for a 48”h x 36”w portrait of the Governor in oil or acrylic medium on linen canvas. Through this call we intend to establish a qualified pool of professional artists for consideration.

PROJECT BUDGET:  Final budget to be negotiated based on proposal. The contract amount shall cover all of the Artist's services required including but not limited to trip expenses including airfare, hotel, car, and per diem, artist’s fee including tax and retainer, frame and plaque, charges including crating, shipping, and insurance for painting/frame, and any other costs and expenses required to complete the Project and the Work of Art to the satisfaction of the SFCA.

ELIGIBILITY: Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at: This RFQ is open to Hawai‘i Artists. 

Hawai‘i Artist: An artist who was born and/or educated in Hawai‘i, regardless of whether he/she currently resides in Hawai‘i or elsewhere; obtained a major part of his or her artistic training and development in Hawai‘i; is a Hawai‘i resident; or has made a significant impact in Hawai‘i through exhibitions, installations, and/or commissions.

SUBMISSION: Interested artists should submit the following:
a. Resume
b. Artist’s statement
c. Seven (7) images of completed painted portraits

SELECTION CRITERIA:  Artistic merit as evidenced by digital representation of past portrait work. Appropriateness of the artist’s medium, style, and previous professional experience as they relate to the art goals and opportunities in this project. Experience with projects of similar scale and scope.

ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS: After the Café application deadline, the HSFCA staff will screen applicants for compliance with the selection criteria to establish a qualified candidate pool to be considered for commission. These pre-qualified artists will be presented to an Art Advisory Committee (AAC). Up to five semi-finalists may be asked to develop a proposal for the project. After interviewing artists, the AAC will select the final candidate. The artist selected is required to obtain a General Excise License from the Hawai‘i State Tax Office. They are also required to obtain a certificate of vendor compliance from Hawai‘i Compliance Express before the contract is awarded.

CONTACT: For questions, please contact Alexandra Skees or Kamakani Konia, Project Managers for the Art in Public Places Program, at or Information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change.

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