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Public Safety Center – Kuenzli & Plaza Sculptures

  • Call for Qualifications
  • Reno
  • 175000 & 200000 USD / Year

Website City of Reno Arts and Culture

The City of Reno is seeking artists for two distinct exterior public art installations outside the new Public Safety Center. Artists and Artist Teams may apply for one or both calls. Submission are due by July 31, 2024, at 11 p.m. on our free Submittable website. See more information at renoculture.com

First, the City of Reno is seeking artists for an exterior public art sculpture to be placed along Kuenzli Street at the new Public Safety Center. The City is looking for projects that take into consideration the history of the site and the unique characteristics of the surrounding environment.

The selection committee is looking for a large-scale art project that is appropriate for placement at the employee parking lot entrance of the public safety facility and for the diverse Reno community. The location is highly visible from Kuenzli Street, near the intersection with Manuel Street. The incorporation of lighted elements within the artwork is required, running conduit will be the part of the artist’s responsibility. The theme of the artwork does not need to be directly connected to public safety functions and imagery, or to Reno history.

The installation will be placed in a landscaped area within the security fence. Artwork should take into account the slated metal security fence, to maintain visibility from outside of the parking lot. The location is near the employee entrance directly off of Kuenzli Street and will be highly visible to passersby. See website for site images.

The goals for the project include: creating a unique character for a specific area of town, increasing public awareness of art, engaging with the community to create something that reflects the area, and broadening visitors’ perspectives of public spaces within the City. The artist(s) selected should have demonstrated experience working in public locations subject to vandalism and extreme weather.

The RACC seeks artists with prior public art experience, specifically large-scale sculptural work. The $200,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation/implementation, including artist fee, fabrication, insurance, transportation, travel fees, equipment, and installation. Final selection of one artist or team will be made by the PAC, RACC, and stakeholders and approved by Reno City Council based on qualifications and proposal.

Selected artists/artist teams/design team will be expected to work with the community, City staff, and stakeholders to design the final artwork.

Second, the selection committee is looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind, public art installation that is appropriate for placement outside the main entrance of the public safety facility and for the diverse Reno community. The placement lends itself to a sculpture that takes into account Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). The incorporation of lighted elements within the artwork is desired, but not required. The theme of the artwork does not need to be directly connected to public safety functions and imagery, or to Reno history.

The installation will be placed in the public plaza leading up to the main entrance of the building. See website for site images.

The goals for the project include: creating a unique character for a specific area of town, increasing public awareness of art, engaging with the community to create something that reflects the area, and broadening visitors’ perspectives of public spaces within the City. The artist(s) selected should have demonstrated experience working in public locations subject to vandalism and extreme weather.

The RACC seeks artists with prior public art experience, specifically large-scale sculptural work. The $175,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation/implementation, including artist fee, fabrication, insurance, transportation, travel fees, equipment, and installation. Final selection of one artist or team will be made by the PAC, RACC, and stakeholders and approved by Reno City Council based on qualifications and proposal.

Selected artists/artist teams/design team will be expected to work with the community, City staff, and stakeholders to design the final artwork.

SELECTION PROCESS & CRITERIA:

●       The review committee will select three finalists to interview.

●       The finalists will be invited to give a virtual presentation to the Public Art Committee to share more about their artistic process, past work, and plans, inspiration, and possible concept for this commission. Each finalist will receive an honorarium of $1,500 for the presentation and initial concept.

●       The Public Art Committee, with input from stakeholders, and the RACC will select one artist/artist team for the $175,000 commission.

●       City Council will have final approval.

Selection of three finalists will be based on the following criteria:

●     Quality of letter of interest in addressing specific criteria of this call (see below for more details).

●     Quality of work samples —relevant size, scope, budget compared to current opportunity.

●     Ability to complete the project based on bio, previous work, and references.

Selected artists/design team will be expected to work with the community, City staff, and stakeholders to design the final artwork.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

To be submitted via Submittable. (https://cityofrenoartscultureandevents.submittable.com/submit).

1.    Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV), detailing professional artistic accomplishments, including bio and artist address, email, and phone number. Submit information for all team members.

2.    Work Samples: 5-10 images of recent previously completed artwork. Include title, year completed, materials/media, client, location, budget, and description of work.

3.    Letter of Interest: Address how the applicant’s previous experience and current artistic direction will result in a successful public art project for this space. Include detailed information on how you would approach this project and how it will reflect the regional community.

To apply for this job please visit cityofrenoartscultureandevents.submittable.com.