San Francisco Arts Commission (CA), National Request for Qualifications: Sculpture Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou at San Francisco Main Library

San Francisco Arts Commission (CA), National Request for Qualifications: Sculpture Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou at San Francisco Main Library

Deadline: January 11th, 2019, 11:59pm PST

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors recently passed a resolution entitled “Affirming San Francisco’s Commitment to 30% Female Representation in the Public Realm by the year 2020.” The Resolution recognizes that although 51% of the population is female, women are woefully underrepresented in sectors of public and private leadership roles, and their historical contributions are inadequately recognized in public statues and memorials. The Resolution asserts that research suggests that 30 percent is the proportion when critical mass is reached and in a group setting, the voices of the minority group become heard in their own right. There is a national movement to increase female representation in the public realm to 30 percent by the year 2020, the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting women the right to vote.

The Resolution urges San Francisco to meet and exceed that minimum threshold of female representation by recognizing the contribution that women have made to San Francisco and the world and urges all City departments to endeavor to achieve at least 30 percent non-fiction female representation in the public realm through works of art on City property, names of streets and right-of-ways, parks, public buildings and department websites and publications.

The first of these projects has been identified as an artwork honoring Dr. Maya Angelou in recognition of her many accomplishments including breaking the color and gender barriers by becoming San Francisco’s first African American female streetcar conductor, an award-winning author and poet, a Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient and a civil rights leader. The artwork will be located at the main branch of the San Francisco Library, which is located at 100 Larkin St.,in the Civic Center Complex, facing City Hall.

Finalist Honoraria:  $2,000. plus travel allowance up to $1,000. for out of town artists
Artist’s Contract: The artist’s contract for artwork will be $180,000., inclusive of all artist’s fees, and associated expenses for design, structural engineering, fabrication, insurance, transportation and consultation during installation.
Installation Allowance (under a separate contract between the Commission and an art handler):  $20,000.

Eligibility: Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists who reside in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.

For more detailed information, selection process, application requirements, and link to entry:


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