Entry Deadline: 12/30/16
Images - Minimum: 8, Maximum: 16
Total Media - Minimum: 8, Maximum: 16
The City of Lewisville has released a Request for Qualifications for artists who wish to work on a public art project for the soon-to-be-built Lewisville Multi-Generational Recreation Center (working name only).
In November 2015, Lewisville voters approved construction of a new recreation facility to replace two current buildings, the existing Memorial Park Recreation Center and Senior Activity Center. The new facility will cover approximately 90,000 square feet at the southwest corner of Corporate Drive and Valley Parkway, in the center of Lewisville. It will serve an age-diverse population ranging from young children to active seniors. It will include gymnasiums, indoor walking track, classrooms, leisure space, an indoor aquatics facility, and related outdoor amenities. In connection with this project, preliminary design work is being done for Valley Vista Nature Park (working name) across the street from the new multi-generational recreation center.
As part of the project, Lewisville voters approved funding for a public art component to be included in the facility design. Texas law requires that public art paid for using voter-approved bond money must be physically incorporated into the structure, rather than stand-alone pieces that could easily be relocated.
The City is interested in commissioning an artist or group of artists to collaborate with the design team to integrate artwork that can successfully celebrate the communal purpose of the new center and its significance to Lewisville.
Background and Context
Memorial Park Recreation Center
Memorial Park covers 24.3 acres and is located in the southwest quadrant of the intersection of Corporate Drive and Valley Parkway. Park-goers can enjoy playgrounds, sand volleyball courts, walking trails, and open play space.
Memorial Park Recreation Center is 18,000 square feet and was completed in 1999. Amenities include a gymnasium, fitness room, game room, and classrooms. The facility offers classes and programs seven days a week for residents in Lewisville and surrounding areas.
Senior Activity Center
The Senior Activity Center is 10,000 square feet and was completed in 1997. Amenities include game rooms, reading lounge, meeting/activity space, and more. The facility offers a wide variety of activities for active seniors age 55 and older from Lewisville and surrounding areas.
Lewisville was formed in 1847 and incorporated in 1925. Located north of Dallas along Interstate 35E in the bustling DFW Metroplex, the city currently has a culturally diverse population of about 100,000 residents and is a major retail and employment center for the region. Key features include Lewisville Lake, LLELA Nature Preserve, and historic Old Town Lewisville.
In 2014, a group of 50 resident volunteers were appointed to a committee charged with developing a vision for the kind of city they wanted Lewisville to be when it turned 100 years old in 2025. The result is a comprehensive vision plan that presents nine Big Moves, along with general and specific action steps to accomplish each of these ambitious goals.
Public Art: Parameters & Goals
Specific goals and parameters have been established for this public art project with the intent of creating a unique and inspiring work of art for those who visit and enjoy the new multi-generational recreation center.
Location: The primary location for the artwork is the Multi-Generational Recreation Center currently in early conceptual design, to be built at the southwest corner of Corporate Drive and Valley Parkway in central Lewisville. Elements of the project can be interior, exterior, or a combination of the two, but must be permanently incorporated into the design of the facility.
Materials & Media: The selection panel is open to artwork in all media and materials.
Appropriate & Unique: The selection panel seeks a unique, one-of-a-kind artwork that is appropriate for the Multi-Generational Recreation Center and for the diverse community that will use it. Considerations should include the historical nature of Lewisville and the community’s deep connection to a thriving outdoor environment. The City is interested in artists who can demonstrate experience with integrating an artwork into the architecture of a building.
Durability & Maintenance: All public art projects in Texas are exposed to weather and physical stresses, and are subject to vandalism. The artwork should be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials.
Applying For These Opportunities
In response to this RFQ, applicants will be asked to submit eight digital images, a résumé, and a statement of interest no longer than 2,000 characters via www.callforentry.org (CaFÉ™). From these applications, a selection team will choose up to three semifinalists who will be brought in for an interview. Semi-finalists will receive more specific information regarding the site and have the opportunity to meet with project representatives, the design team and public art staff. If a formal proposal is requested, the artist will be provided an honorarium to prepare and present the proposal in person. Semifinalists will be expected to pay for travel expenses from the honorarium. From the interview or proposal, an artist or artist team will be selected for this commission. The selected artist or artist team for the commission will collaborate with City staff and the design team for the Multi-Generational Recreation Center when finalizing their designs for installation.
Can a team apply?
Applicants may apply as a single artist or multi-person collaborative group. In the case of teams, please submit a single résumé for the whole team with 1-2 pages per team member.
The budget for this commission is up to $240,000 USD which will be allocated to one or more artist/team selected. This contract amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: the artist’s design fee, other consultation fees such as structural engineering consultation, insurance, tools, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, any building or site modification required, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, contingency to cover unexpected expenses, and any other costs.
(Except for online application deadline, timeline is subject to adjustments)
Friday, December 30, 11:59 CST Deadline for entry (via CaFÉ™ system)
January Semifinalist Selection
February Finalist Selection and Notification
This project is open internationally to all artists, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical handicap. Artists working in any media are eligible to apply. Artists are not required to have previous experience in public art. Emerging artists are welcome to apply for this commission.
Maintenance & Durability
All applicants are expected to consider the issues of long-term conservation and maintenance of public art, and address those issues along with time and budget. These projects are located in the public realm and may therefore be exposed to weather and physical stresses, as well as be subject to vandalism. Public art projects should be fabricated of highly durable, low-maintenance materials. Semifinalists are encouraged to consult with a professional conservator prior to the submission of a final proposal. Artist proposals awarded contracts will be reviewed by the City to ensure conformity with city standards of maintenance and durability, as well as ADA standards. All finalists are expected to stay on budget and to complete work in an approved time frame.
Up to three artists/artist teams will be selected as semifinalists, depending on the number of responses to the RFQ. Selection will be based on artist experience, quality of previous works, and creativity and originality of previous work. Those selected will receive more specific information regarding the site and have the opportunity to meet with project representatives, the design team and public art staff. The selection team will interview and/or review proposals from the semifinalists and recommend finalists for the commission. The semifinalists will receive an honorarium of up to $1,000 to prepare and present the proposal in person. The final recommendation of the selection team will be presented to the Lewisville Arts Advisory Board and Lewisville City Council for final approval. All decisions of the City of Lewisville are final.
Materials to be Submitted
All materials must be submitted online, via the CaFÉ™ website (www.callforentry.org). There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system.
Please read this section carefully. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted.
Digital Images—In order to be considered for this project, the applicant must electronically submit eight digital images of previously completed artworks through the CaFÉ™ system. Artists who wish to submit kinetic, sound or media works must submit a complete CaFÉ™ application and include links to the work uploaded online, such as through YouTube or Vimeo.
Instructions on how to format images to CaFÉ™ specifications can be found at www.callforentry.org/imaging_tips.phtml. Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available during regular business hours by calling 303.629.1166 or 888.562.7232, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Artists without access to a computer can call 972.219.8446 to make arrangements to use a computer at the city’s MCL Grand art center.
Statement of Interest—Please submit a statement briefly outlining your interest in the Multi-Generational Recreation Center project and experience working on projects of this kind (2,000 character maximum) via CaFÉ™.
Résumé—Submit a current résumé (maximum of two pages) via CaFÉ™ that highlights your professional accomplishments as an artist. Please name your résumé file accordingly: Last name.First initial (i.e. Smith.J.pdf). Résumés that are more than two pages will not be downloaded. If applying as a team, please submit one résumé with 1-2 pages per team member.