Outdoor Sculpture/Installation for Donor Recognition
Theme: “Tree of Giving”
First City Art Center is requesting proposals from professional artists for creating a sculptural piece and/or outdoor installation to visually recognize FCAC’s generous donors who have been supporters of the arts in our community. The theme is generated from the outdoor location. This area is located on the First City Art Center’s campus, at 1060 N. Guillemard St., Pensacola, FL. First City Art Center (FCAC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides opportunities for creating visual art in a variety of mediums, including glass, ceramics, painting, drawing, textiles, and sculpture in one coordinated location occupying multiple buildings.
The intent of this proposal is to solicit local/regional artists to respond to the Request for Proposal (RFP) with a detailed design image and supplemental information as described below. The selected artist will be recognized with a plaque or small sign; please include the preferred layout and design for this recognition in the proposal. Individuals or a collective of artists may apply to this RFP. It is not mandatory but highly recommended for interested artists to visit the FCAC campus and familiarize themselves with the proposed area and the overall layout of the campus.
Outdoors along the fence line of the back property, under the canopy of a large pecan tree; area is approximately 500 sq feet. Plantings and/or built structures can be included in the design, but please keep in mind that the area is mostly shaded by the large tree, except in winter months. There is no irrigation or hose available for watering plants in this area, so if plantings are included in the design, they must be low maintenance. The area has some grass most of the year, and there is a post light nearby to illuminate the area at night.
- RFP released to the public: April 15th, 2021
- Deadline to Submit a Proposal: July 1st, 2021
- Selection of Design: on or before July 31st, 2021
- Phase 1: August 1st – September 30th, 2021
Tree of Giving must be completed by October 1, 2021.
- At our 20th year celebration event, we will be unveiling of the art piece/installation. Date of celebration TBA.
- If the project has a Phase 2, please suggest a timeline and budget for Phase 2 to occur in 2022.
- Must be constructed from materials that can easily withstand the elements outdoors, with minimal maintenance, repair, and/or cleaning required over a 10-year period.
- Durable frame/structure to add donor names can be made of metal, wood, cement, or other material suitable for outdoors. Artist will be responsible for purchasing all necessary supplies.
- Flood resistant – sculpture must be able to tolerate up to 3 feet
- Storm/Wind resistant – preferably able to tolerate up to 50 mph winds. Due to safety concerns, Avoid objects which can fly off or break during high winds or storms.
- Must be an easy, fast, and cost affordable process for FCAC staff to add more people/business names after the piece/installation is completed.
- May have a one or two-phase design for the “Tree of Giving” donor area.
Donor recognition – artistic named plates/engravings/objects:
- Must be cost affordable to add names, and ideally utilizes the supplies, equipment, tools we already have on the FCAC’s campus.
- Plan on approximately 25 to 50 donor names to be added per year.
- Plan for growth – additional names to be added over the years.
- Shape/Size of donor’s names will need to be scaled based on amount of donation.
Design/Images and Execution of Project:
Artists may submit up to three (3) drawings/design images for this project.
Proposal information concerning the design and execution of the project must include the following:
1. Sketch or graphic of the artwork, including details and any colors you plan to use in the final piece.
2. Provide a complete list of all necessary supplies and materials along with an estimated cost.
3. Provide detailed explanation of site preparation, construction, installation, and clean-up process, including technique(s) used and a timeline for completion of the artwork within the 8-week time frame.
4. Provide specifications for the plaque or sign acknowledging the artist(s).
5. If special tools, equipment, or machinery are required for construction and/or installation that may need to be rented, please include a list of those items and how long you expect to need them.
6. If your proposal includes a Phase 2, please submit a budget request, timeline, and a description.
Phase 1 – up to $2,000 for selected artist to purchase materials/supplies. $1,000 stipend to the selected artist for the design and fabrication/construction.
Total Project Budget = $3,000.
Phase 2 (optional) – Submit a design plan that will allow for future growth and expansion over the next 10 years. If your proposal includes Phase 2, a budget request must be submitted for Phase 2 along with your proposal for Phase 1 of the design by the July 1st deadline. Phase 2 can include additional items to enhance the space that may also include named dedications honoring specific donors, such as memorial benches/seating, table area, water feature/fountain, lighting, etc.
Review of RFP Responses:
FCAC will review the RFP responses and will select the individual artist or collective of artists by July 31st, 2021. FCAC reserves the right to reject all proposal submissions.
How to Apply:
Responses to this RFP may be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed, or hand-delivered to the office located at:
1060 N. Guillemard Street, Pensacola, Florida, 32501.
Click here to download the .pdf file: RFP Outdoor Donor Recognition Area