Request for Qualifications Oregon Percent for Art in Public Places Program Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, OR

Deadline November 29, 2020

Qualifications sought from artists interested in the commission of an interior artwork for Ore- gon Institute of Technology’s Student Rec Center, Klamath Falls, OR, through the Oregon Arts Commission’s Art in Public Places Program.

Budget:
$20,000 is available for commissioning site-specific, two-dimensional or low relief, interior artwork or mural, which will include artist fees, fabrication, insurance, travel, installation, documentation, and all other project costs.

Eligibility:
Artists and artist teams living in Oregon. The RFQ solicitation process is to be inclusive and encourage a diverse selection of artists to apply, including those from communities of color, rural communities, LBGTQ+, and emerging artists. Oregon artists currently on Oregon’s Art in Public Places Roster are welcome to apply.

Deadline:
Completed applications must be received no later than Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

About OIT:
Oregon Institute of Technology, known as Oregon Tech, is a polytechnic university located in eastern Oregon. Oregon Tech was originally founded in 1947 as a vocational facility for World War II veterans. Over the years, it changed to a community college, then a four year technical school, and is now a university with graduate programs. Popular majors at OIT include engineering-related fields and health-related fields, among others.

About the Student Recreation Center:
Newly remodeled in 2020, this project includes a complete renovation of the lower level of the Student Recreation Center, providing a new wood multi-purpose sports court, aerobics/cardio and weight areas, a fitness studio and new restrooms/locker rooms. The Rec Center is an open, bright and welcoming space for students to use independently or for intramural sports.

Potential Art Locations:
The selection committee is interested in having artists consider site-specific artwork in one of three potential interior locations. Artists who have experience in murals and low-relief artwork made of durable materials are encouraged to apply. Please email Renee Couture, the Project Manager, at coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com, for images of the potential art locations.

Potential Aesthetic and Thematic Characteristics and Goals:
* Work should contribute to a welcoming, inclusive, and positive environment
* Work that adds to the fresh, fun, innovative, and dynamic environment of OIT and the Student Rec Center
* Work that emphasizes a sense of transition, well-being, and/or inclusivity
* Work that is connected to the surrounding region of the Klamath Basin and responsive to local environment or people
* Encourages engagement and curiosity
* Artwork should have physical longevity, be durable and low maintenance, and compatible with the environs of a recreation center

Selection Process:
Phase 1: The selection committee will review applications and select three finalists for a proposal process.
Phase 2: Shortlisted finalists will receive an artist fee of $800 per artist/artist team to produce an art proposal which will include: concept narrative, visual representations of proposed work, and estimated budget and timeline. If selected as a finalist, artists will be invited for a site visit and receive up to $500 in addition to the artist fee for the proposal for travel reimbursement. This tour is not required, but is an opportunity for artists to familiarize themselves with the art zones, surrounding space, and campus. Proposals will be virtually presented to committee for review.

Tentative Schedule:
November 29, 2020 – RFQ submissions due
Mid-December 2020 – Finalists Selected
Early/Mid-February 2021 – Artist Proposal presentations
Late February 2021 – Artist selected and contracted
February 2022 – Installation of completed work (on or before)

Submission Materials:
Please submit the following (properly named) materials:

1. Letter of Interest – Limited to 1 page or less PDF describing your interest in the project. your past experience with large-scale interior two-dimensional artworks/murals; your familiarity/interest in educational and/or recreational environments; and your availability to meet the schedule. If you are an emerging artist in the field of public art, please discuss this and how this project will positively impact your professional growth. File must be labeled with “artist’s last name, first initial, coverletter” (doejcoverletter.pdf).

2. Images. Minimum of 5 and up to 10 JPEG images of work (minimum of 7, up to 14 images for teams). Images size should be a minimum of 1200 pixels to a maximum of 1920 pixels on the longest side and 72 dpi. Maximum 4MB each. Each image filename should be named as follows: artist’s last name, first initial, number that corresponds to the number on the image list (doej01.jpg). Teams should name files in a consistent manner with last names or team name (doetakahashi01).

Images other than JPEG format will not be reviewed and reviewers will not visit websites.

3. Image Identification List – as a PDF with the following information: title of work, date of completion, material(s), size, location and commissioning agency (if applicable), budget or purchase price, and a brief description of the project/conceptual information. File must be labeled with “artist’s last name, fi rst initial, im- age list” (doejimagelist.pdf)

4. Artist Resume – as a PDF limited to 2 pages per person. Include a daytime telephone number, email and address. File must be labeled with “artist’s last name, first initial, re- sume” (doejresume.pdf).

Send via a file share program of your choice to Oregon Arts Commission project manager Renee Couture at: coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com.
If you need assistance or require an alternative method to submit materials, contact Renee. No printed materials.

Selection Criteria:
Applicants will be reviewed using the following criteria:
* Artistic and technical quality of past work
* Appropriateness of scale, material, style of past work
* Artist’s professional experience as indicated by resume and cover letter
* Experience with creating large-scale durable two-dimensional, such as murals, or low relief artworks

Selection Committee:
Mika Aono, Artist / Printmaking and Letterpress Instructor and Tech, University of Oregon
Matt Appleby, Project Architect, BBT Architects
Ryan Beesley, Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach, Director of Intramural Sports, Director of Tech Fit – OIT
Thom Darrah, Director Facilities Managementt Services, OIT
Sandee McGee, Gallery Manager / Interim Executive Director, Umpqua Valley Art Center
Sasha Rabich, Student, OIT
John Van Dyke, Director of Athletics, OIT
Nancy Watterson Sharf, Artist

Renee Couture, Facilitator and non-voting member, Oregon Arts Commission
Please do not contact selection Committee members.

For More Information:
For more information about OIT visit: https://www.oit.edu
For more information about Oregon’sArt in Public Places Program visit: http://www.oregonartscommission.org/programs/art-public-places

Contact Renee Couture, Project Manager, email: coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com, phone: 541-496-4666 or 541-580-9666.

This project is made possible through Oregon’s Percent for Art in Public Places program [ORS 276.073-909], managed by the Oregon Arts Commission. This information is available in alternate formats upon request.

More Info
http://www.oregonartscommission.org/programs/art-public-places

Location
Klamath Falls, Oregon

Contact Email
coutureartcoordinator@gmail.com