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Feb. 19, 2016

Request for Proposals (RFP) — platFORM: Student Sculpture Lease Opportunities

platFORM logoDeadline: Friday, Apr. 15, 2016 (midnight)
Projects: Up to 6 opportunities in Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Surprise
Budget: Variable range of $2500 - $3000 contingent on the accepted placement
Eligibility: All students currently enrolled in an arts program at any university or college within the state of Arizona (Individuals and Collectives/ Groups/ Teams)

In its fourth year, the public art programs from Tempe, Scottsdale, Surprise & Chandler have joined forces in platFORM, an initiative to create opportunities for student artists/artist teams to place existing or propose new sculptures for placement in public places. All sites have concrete and metal pedestals or platforms (in various sizes) available for sculpture mounting and placement. Students currently enrolled in an art program at any university, community or private college within the state of Arizona are eligible.

University and College art programs have the opportunity for project staff to provide Public Art Educational Forums as well as Q & A sessions in the classroom to support this Call to Artists.

Project Opportunities
Sculpture pads are available for placement at Tempe Beach Park, at the Surprise City Complex, on southern Scottsdale Road at Roosevelt and Oak Streets, and in downtown Chandler at Arizona Avenue and Boston Street.

Partnering Programs
1. City of Tempe Public Art
Tempe Public Art has cultivated a diverse collection of temporary and permanent projects that complement the natural and built environment. By collaborating, Tempe Public Art continues to implement new initiatives and commission artwork that engages our community. This public art project will be located in Tempe Beach Park at the Tempe Bike Corral. Tempe Beach Park is one of the most visited parks in the State of Arizona, second only to the Grand Canyon, and is the centerpiece to our Tempe community. The 25-acre park overlooks Tempe Town Lake and anchors the north end of Downtown Tempe which features more than 100 shops, restaurants and diverse businesses. The sculpture plinth at the Tempe Bike Corral was made possible through a partnership with Class XXX of the Tempe Leadership program. For more information, visit

2. Scottsdale Public Art
Since its beginnings as a homestead farming community in 1888, Scottsdale has fostered a supportive environment for the arts and sought to create close ties between local artists and the community at large. Scottsdale Public Art has continued cultivating this relationship for the past 30 years while being a leader in the field of public art. Through creative place making, signature events like Canal Convergence at the Scottsdale Waterfront, exhibitions in the city's libraries, in addition to permanent and temporary art installations, Scottsdale Public Art substantially contributes to the community's quality of life and economic vitality. Scottsdale is home to some of the region's finest galleries and restaurants, as well Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and the Scottsdale Arts Festival. The platFORM project is part of the Scottsdale Road Streetscape Guidelines that designated opportunities for permanent and temporary public art be included in the efforts to make Scottsdale Road more attractive, interesting, distinctive, and memorable. For more information, visit
3. City of Chandler Public Art
Since 1983, the Chandler Arts Commission has administered the City of Chandler's Public Art Program, commissioning and purchasing unique works of art for the enjoyment of Chandler residents and visitors. This public art project is supported cooperatively by the City of Chandler and the Chandler Arts Commission and will be sited in the Dr. A.J. Chandler Park in the center of Downtown Chandler. For more information, visit

4. City of Surprise
The City of Surprise is a young, growing community in the NW Valley that is continuing to emerge from a rich agrarian heritage. We are newer at collecting public art and have a small but diverse collection. We are in the process of creating a long range plan for the city and want to include PLATFORM in those plans. Our beautiful library, lake area and grounds around city hall are our first choices because a very large percent of our population would have the opportunity to enjoy art in those areas. For more information, visit


All submissions must be fabricated of materials suitable for exhibition in the Arizona climate. All submissions must fall within a height range of 36” – 120”.  All artworks must be primed, painted, coated, sealed and/or patinaed with appropriate materials for prolonged exposure to the elements.

Selection Process and Schedule
All students currently enrolled in an arts program at any university, community, or private college within the state of Arizona are eligible to submit existing original sculptures or propose new sculptures for placement. Artists will be selected through a public process conducted by all three partnering agencies. The selection panel will recommend one artist and one alternate per available opportunity. All artists will be notified of selection results via e-mail.

We seek to provide opportunity, experience, and education to emerging student artists. These opportunities are intended to be tenable for those who may not have previously applied for a public art project.

*Schedule is subject to change and some aspects may vary slightly from city to city

Feb. 19, 2016  Request for Proposals (RFP) Released
Friday, Apr. 15, 2016 Deadline for response to RFP - Midnight MST   
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Artist Selection
Monday, May 16, 2016 Notification of selection results
May 16 – July 30, 2016 Proposal Refinement/ Project development and contracting with selected artists and project managers in respective cities
October 1, 2016 Installations begin (individual project schedules to be determined during proposal development)

October 1 – 30, 2017 De-installations to be scheduled on an individual basis

How to Apply
Art students seeking degrees are encouraged to apply. Team applications are permitted but must identify one member to act as point of contact for submittal/selection process and all future related communication if selected. All submittals must include a letter of reference from a current professor/instructor. The entire submission should be sent as one PDF file including all submittal materials listed below. All selected finalists will have optional question and answer mentorship opportunities provided by Arizona sculptors.

 E-mail all submittal materials as a single PDF to:

Submit the following:
1. Resume: submit a current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist address, email, and phone number. It is understood that students are applying and past experience may be limited for the resume portion of the application. If applicant’s professional experience is limited, please list contact information and any school experience. Teams must submit contact information and one resume/CV per team member.

2. Digital Images:  Up to 5 digital images of previously completed artwork and up to 3 digital images of pre-existing original sculpture or proposed sculpture renderings, digital schematics or sketches.

3. Image List:  A descriptive listing that corresponds with the images sent. Information should include artist, title, media, dimensions, date, and a thumbnail of the image.
4. Letter of reference from artist(s)’ current professor/instructor.

5. Proposal Narrative(s): Maximum 1 page double spaced, 12pt font.

  • Addresses how the applicant(s)’s previous experience and current artistic direction will result in a successful sculptural project.
  • States whether the proposal is for a pre-existing sculpture or a proposed sculpture, and describes the pre-existing sculpture submittal in detail (to include all dimensions) or describes the design, materials, fabrication and mounting design for the proposed sculpture.
  • PLEASE NOTE: All sculptures should be fabricated with a plate anchor for bolt mounting into concrete or metal pad. Pad dimensions vary in size and depth.
  • If proposing a sculpture for fabrication, exact dimensions will be determined during proposal refinement stage if selected. Proposals for fabrication are initial concepts and once an artist is selected and assigned a specific site, then concept, scale and technical details will be refined. Average sites will accommodate sculptures 2’ to 8’ in height.
  • A successful artwork will draw-in pedestrians from a distance, but hold the viewer’s interest upon closer inspection through additional details.

All submissions must be complete or submissions will be rejected.