Thursday, September 23, 2010

RFQ: Public Sculpture Opportunity - Terra Haute, Indiana

Public Sculpture Opportunity
Request for Qualifications

Art Spaces, Inc. – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection is issuing a Request for Qualifications for a site-specific project to be located in the city of Terra Haute, Indiana on the campus of Indiana State University.

Deadline for Receipt of Materials: 
October 6, 2010

Send to:
Art Spaces, Inc.
100 S. Campus Drive
P.O. Box 3799
Terre Haute, IN 47803-0799

Art Spaces, Inc. – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection
This RFQ is for a sculpture for Rankin Plaza on the campus of Indiana State University. The plaza is a highly trafficked area on a campus serving students, faculty and staff of ISU, as well as off-campus visitors. Currently under re-construction, the plaza will be reopened in late 2010. Rankin Plaza is located along the Arts Corridor (7th Street) one block north of downtown Terre Haute.

The Arts Corridor includes the Indiana Theater, the Sheldon Swope Art Museum, Halcyon Contemporary Art, Gopalan Contemporary Art, independent artists’ studios, Vigo County Public Library, Crossroads Repertory Theater, ISU Performing and Fine Arts Center, and Tilson Hall. Five public outdoor sculptures may be found along the Arts Corridor with several others located nearby.

Artist’s Budget: $45,000 (all inclusive excluding site preparation, lighting and landscaping).

Images of the site and the plaza (currently under construction), dimensions of the site and a plan of the site are available on our website at

Art Spaces, Indiana State University and Goals for this Project
The mission of Art Spaces is to establish a collection of public outdoor sculpture in Terre Haute and the surrounding region of the Wabash Valley. There are currently eight pieces designated as part of the Art Spaces collection. See for more information.

Art Spaces works in collaboration with City of Terre Haute, area universities, foundations, businesses and individuals to contribute to the long-term growth of the arts in the region.

Indiana State University has an extensive Permanent Art Collection ( as well as a state of the art contemporary gallery. A new addition to the permanent collection, the Rankin Plaza sculpture will add meaning to the space and will add a creative enhancement to the plaza and its surrounding buildings.

The artist’s total budget for this project shall not exceed $45,000 and is all inclusive (research, design, materials, fabrication, transportation, engineering, insurance, taxes and any other expenses related to the project not listed as the responsibility of Art Spaces or the University). Site preparation, foundation, lighting and landscaping will be provided by the University within reasonable expectations. The first trip to Terre Haute and accommodations for the finalists will be paid by Art Spaces, Inc. based on a reasonable round trip air fare or a mileage reimbursement based on the standard rate approved by the State of Indiana. Artists will otherwise pay their own travel expenses as necessary.

This opportunity is open to practicing professional artists over 18 years of age working with durable outdoor materials.

Selection Process and Criteria
Art Spaces is committed to providing completed sculptures which will be made of durable weather-resistant materials that are also vandal resistant. Artists will be selected based on artistic merit, quality of materials, creativity in approach and appropriateness for the site, feasibility, demonstrated experience and ability to meet a scheduled timeline.

The selection committees will view most favorably those proposals which indicate that the artist has reviewed all of the information available regarding the specific location and requirements of this project. Please take into consideration that the work should hold appeal for all ages and should be made of durable materials.

After the initial screening 3 finalists will be selected to fully realize the proposal and each will receive a stipend of $450. The Art Spaces Site Selection and Acquisition Committee includes members of the Board of Art Spaces, area arts professionals, representatives from Indiana State University and one community representative.

Please note: this sculpture will be designated and promoted as part of the Art Spaces Collection, as well as part of the Indiana State University Permanent Art Collection.

Project Timeline
The RFQ deadline is Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

Selected finalists will be given 4-6 weeks to complete a proposal. The final selection will take place in early December 2010. The completion date for the sculpture is end of March 2011.

Please note: the completion deadline is subject to any plaza construction delays.

Other Project Information
On the Art Spaces website you will find
  • Images of the site (under construction) and the surrounding buildings
  • Plaza design
  • Dimensions of the Site
  • Additional information about Art Spaces
  • Access to other links that will provide you with information about Indiana State University, the ISU Permanent Art Collections and the City of Terre Haute
You may also call (812-244-4216) or write with questions or to receive a hard copy of any of the above. Please note “Rankin Plaza Sculpture” in subject heading.

Submission Deadline and Guidelines
For consideration, please send the following with your name clearly on each item. Make sure to include all of your current contact information in your letter and bio sheet. If you are submitting as a team you will need to submit the resume/bio for each member of the team.
  • Letter of interest – not to exceed two pages. Please tell us your reason for being interested in this particular project and how your work and/or experience is relevant.
  • 10 digital (jpg only) images on one clearly labeled CD (include site photos of previously installed works). No e-mail submissions will be accepted.
  • Corresponding list of images submitted including title, dimensions, materials, year, location and budget
  • Short narrative bio
  • Professional Resume
  • List of 3 references with their current contact information
  • SASE for return of the CD (nothing will be returned without SASE)

Send to: Art Spaces, Inc., 100 S. Campus Drive, P.O. Box 3799, Terre Haute, IN 47803-0799

Copyright Release
Artists retain rights of all copyrighted materials submitted, except as limited by this section. By submitting to this RFQ, those artist(s) responding agree to a copyright release for controlled usage of the submitted materials for committee distribution, education and publicity purposes. Art Spaces shall not be responsible for any third party infringement of artists’ copyrights.

Insurance Requirements
For the selected artist(s), Art Spaces requires that the final approved contract for professional services specify that the selected artist(s) shall maintain at all times during the term of the contract, at its sole expense:
  • Statutory workers’ compensation
  • Automobile liability insurance
  • Comprehensive general liability
  • Professional services liability
Art Spaces, Inc. and Indiana State University shall be named as additional insured and be provided with a certificate of insurance prior to the effective date of the contract or any renewal contract. Art Spaces shall be provided with all renewal certificates within 30 days of the expiration date of any and all policies listed on the certificate of insurance.Please see for the details of required insurance amounts.

For the selected artist, Art Spaces requires that the final approved contract for professional services specify that the artist(s) agrees to indemnify and hold Art Spaces and Indiana State University harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, costs, expenses, charges and damages arising from, or relating to, the contractual agreement, including but not limited to attorney’s fees, with respect to any cause arising out of, resulting from, or in connection with (a) any breach by the artist(s) of any clause, condition or provision of the contract; b) any breach or violation by the artist of any applicable criminal or civil law; or (c) any other cause resulting from any act or failure to act by the artist(s) in accordance with the contract.The artist(s) shall promptly assume the defense of any claim, suit or action within the scope of this indemnification at its expense upon being notified thereof.

Art Spaces reserves the right to contract one or more artists, or to refuse a contract with any artist.

Information about Art Spaces and Contact Information
Artists are strongly encouraged to visit the website

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