SF Airport Public Art Commissions

Public Art Program Newsletter

RFQ DATE: 6/2/08
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 16, 2008, 5 p.m. PST
Applications available through CaFÉ; www.callforentry.org, an on-line application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using CaFÉ. If you are a first time user of CaFÉ, please allow adequate time to learn the use of this system.
These commissions are open to practicing, professional artists residing in the United States.
The San Francisco Arts Commission is seeking to establish a pre-qualified pool of professional artists for consideration for a variety of public art projects located at San Francisco International Airport. We encourage artists using a variety of artistic approaches and media to apply
SCHEDULE: The remodeling and opening of Terminal 2 is a fast track capital project. Artists selected for this project must be available to being work no later than Sept. 1, 2008.
BUDGET: The remodel of T-2 will generate $3.2 million in art enrichment funds. Due to the accelerated design and construction schedule for T-2, this RFQ is being issued in advance of the establishment of budgets for specific project sites in order to establish a pool of qualified artists for consideration once project areas are more defined. However, project budgets are estimated to be between $100,000 and $1 million.
San Francisco International Airport’s public art program offers travelers and residents a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and environmental works that reflect the Bay Area’s vibrant and diverse culture. In all, the collection comprises more than 75 pieces in a diversity of styles and media by artists of local, national, and international acclaim. The works were commissioned in accordance with San Francisco’s percent-for-art ordinance, which provides for an art enrichment allocation equivalent to 2% of the construction cost of a new or renovated civic structure.
The San Francisco Arts commission, a city agency, launched SFO’s public art program in 1977 with the construction of Terminal 3. In the course of the next ten years, it purchased or commissioned over 69 works of art for Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Later, the International Terminal, completed in 2000, became home to another 19 major works, commissioned specifically to for the new facility’s state-of-the art lobbies, corridors and gate rooms.
With the opening of the new International Terminal in 2000, the old international terminal, Terminal 2, closed. Terminal 2 is now being completely remodeled as a domestic terminal, with Virgin America being the primary carrier that will fly out of the terminal when construction is complete. The remodeled terminal will provide multiple opportunities for artists working in a variety of media. Project opportunities may include, but are not limited to:
The glass curtain wall at the entry of the terminal
- Suspended artworks
Artworks that feature the use of either or both artificial and natural light
Application forms are available through café, an online artist application system. Interested artists will apply directly online to the CaFE system at www.callforentry.org
Please call Susan Pontious, Public Art Program Deputy Director at (415) 252-2587,susan.pontious@sfgov.org, or Ellen Shershow, the Public Art Program Associate, at (415) 252-2594; ellen.shershow@sfgov.org
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