City of Burlingame (CA), National Request for Qualifications: Public Art Project
Deadline: March 23rd, 2018
Project Overview: The City of Burlingame seeks a professional visual artist to create the City’s most important public artwork to date in the spirit of Burlingame’s namesake Anson Burlingame. The project was inspired by the upcoming sesquicentennial of the Burlingame Treaty in 2018. In addition to being timeless, the artwork is to commemorate the values and spirit of Anson Burlingame (as opposed to the man himself) and evolve a sense of placemaking within the community. It is important that the selected artist engages with the history and culture of Burlingame. The artwork should equally embrace both aesthetics and content. To this end, the artist will work with a steering committee that will provide community input, along with other information relevant to the culture of Burlingame and desired oversight of the project.
Up to three artists will be selected to move on to the request for proposal stage (RFP) where they will each receive a $1,500 payment for their proposal. The selection committee will then select one artist to move forward with this project.
Budget: $100,000 for artist fee, design, materials, fabrication, and installation.
Location: Washington Park. This location was selected based on its visible location across from the Caltrain Burlingame Station. Children and adults frequent this park for a multitude of active and passive activities. It is accessible by foot, bicycle, and vehicle. There are many unique features in the designated site from which the artist may react to or be inspired from.
Eligibility: Requirements for eligibility
•Must be a professional artist, “a practitioner in the visual arts with an original, self-conceptualized body of work, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional possessing serious intent and ability.”
•Must have experience working with substantial budgets ($50,000 – $100,000)
•Must have five years of professional experience as a working artist.
•Must be legally able to work in the United States.
•Must be at least 18 years of age.
•This is a national search to find the most appropriate artist with a preference to find a San Francisco Bay Area artist, if possible.
•Burlingame City Council and staff and their relatives and family members are ineligible.
•The City of Burlingame does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, economic status, or gender identity.
PDF of call with full details, application instructions, maps and more: Link
The City of Burlingame is an American suburban city of approximately 28,000 people in San Mateo County, California. It is located on the San Francisco Peninsula and has a significant shoreline on San Francisco Bay.