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NMDOT I-25 Missouri Avenue Bridge Art
Marron and Associates
Attn: Hilary Brinager
125 Main Street, Suite 101
Las Cruces, NM 88001

Entry Deadline: 4/16/14
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 6

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The NMDOT Bridge Art Program enriches New Mexico’s public spaces and visual resources through an innovative and diverse public art collection.  The goal is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico.

Through a fair and open public process, a committee made up of local and regional representatives will work with NMDOT to select an artist or artist team to work on the project.  NMDOT then commissions imagery that is designed for integration directly into the architecture of the bridge.

The Local Selection Committee is seeking an artist or artist team to create site-specific designs for the Missouri Avenue Bridge at I-25 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  The final design, to be developed by the selected artist should express local values, relate to local context, and provide a visual narrative for the traveling public.  The images will be cast in concrete formliners into both the concrete bridge abutments and wall barrier.  The commissioned work will be expected to address textures, colors, and form.  The actual fabrication will be done through the project general contractor.   Through public input the design theme will include one or more of the following: Las Cruces, Mesilla Valley culture, Organ Mountains, scenic/landscape, or nature elements.  The themes may be interpreted symbolically or figuratively.  

The selected artist will be expected to attend all meetings for the design and approvals process. There will be a minimum of six meetings required and additional as necessary.  The artist will be responsible for all material costs for this process through the design phase and will work with the consultant on the project to integrate the approved imagery into the plan set.

This request for qualifications is open to all artists or artist teams who are legal residents of New Mexico.  If a minor is selected as a semi-finalist, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor to all subsequent meetings.  Artists submitting qualifications should demonstrate a level of experience and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget.

The Local Selection Committee is made up of representatives from NMDOT and the Las Cruces community.  Under the guidance of the NMDOT Project Coordinator, this group of individuals is responsible for prospectus development, submission review, semi-finalist selection and ultimately selecting the artist or artist team to be awarded the commission project.

The selection criteria shall include, but is not limited to:

  • The professional qualifications of the artist(s) as demonstrated by the supporting materials.
  • Ability to undertake the project of the described scope.
  • Attractiveness and potential of artwork design to enhance the bridge.
  • Artistic merit and superior caliber craftsmanship shown by the images.
  • The degree to which the artwork fits within the context of Las Cruces.
  • Creativity in the artwork design, uniqueness, and presentation of a distinctive visual image.
  • The use of a theme that aligns with the public’s preferences:  historic Las Cruces, Mesilla Valley culture, the Organ Mountains, scenic/landscape, or nature elements.

Up to five semi-finalists will be invited to submit a formal proposal for the project.  An honorarium of $250 will be awarded to all semi-finalists for submitting a proposal and attending the selection meeting on May 30, 2014.  Each semi-finalist will give a personal presentation to the Local Selection Committee at the selection meeting.  The selected artist (or artist team) will give a presentation at a public meeting, scheduled for July 17, 2014, 6:00 pm.  All maquettes (miniature models), samples and written proposals will become the property of NMDOT.  The selected artist will be required to enter into an agreement with the consultant (Molzen-Corbin).

Please read the following information carefully as incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted:

  1. The artist will post on CaFÉ three (3) to six (6) images of previously completed work.  Please review and adhere to the CaFÉ website instructions and requirements (see this link:  Tutorials can be downloaded using the links near the bottom of the web page.
  2. The submission on CaFÉ must include a paragraph that addresses the needs of this project, the artist’s interest and motivation in preparing an artwork for this project, and an outline of the artist’s specific professional qualifications.
  3. All materials must be submitted in digital format according to the specifications outlined on CaFÉ.
  4. Please note that by default, CaFÉ will organize the images in your submission alphabetically.  If you wish to present the images to the committee in a different order you must prioritize the images before submitting an application.
  5. The Local Selection Committee will not review supplemental information beyond what is requested, including proposals specific to this project.
  6. Failure to provide any of the published requirements will result in disqualification from the competition.
  7. The initial submission consists of only the artist’s general qualifications and experience on project(s) of similar scope and intent, it should not be a site-specific concept.  Semi-finalists will be expected to submit a sample drawing or rendering relevant to the project.

The following are key dates in the selection process:

  • March 26, 2014 – Request for submissions posted on CaFÉ website
  • April 16, 2014, 11:59 pm – Electronic submission deadline
  • May 1, 2014 – Electronic notification of semi-finalists
  • May 30, 2014 – Semi-finalist presentations, commission awarded
  • June 1 – July 31, 2014 – Interim reviews, final artwork due
  • July 17, 2014, 6:00 pm – Public meeting, artist presents draft design
  • July 31, 2014 – Artwork scans completed and delivered to NMDOT in specified form

Questions regarding the project should be directed to: Eric Johnson by phone at (505) 898-8848 or by email at