Public Art Saint Paul, in collaboration with the The City of Saint Paul and Ryan Companies, seeks qualified Artists or Artist-Led Teams for a public art commission for a new urban village development in Saint Paul, called “Highland Bridge.” The public art will help to embody and express values, visions, and goals of this new area, the former site of a Ford Motor Company factory. Read the entire Request for Qualifications— with background, application requirements, and schedule here. Artists will need to submit to this call using Call for Entry (CaFÉ)™ and will need to register with their online system, which is free for artists. Deadline is July 29, 2021.
HOW TO APPLY:
Submissions will be accessible via CaFÉ (www.callforentry.org) from July 9, 2021 to July 29, 2021. Interested applicants must register with CaFÉ in order to view the application. Registration is free for artists. Only submissions submitted via CaFÉ will be reviewed. Do not submit materials by email or by U.S. Mail. Only one submission per Artist or Artist-Led Team will be accepted. Artists can not apply themselves AND be part of another team.
Answers to Questions from Artists on the RFQ for Highland Bridge
In managing the Artist Selection Process for the City of St. Paul for public art at Highland Bridge, Public Art Saint Paul compiled the questions emailed in and shares the questions and responses below so that all artists have access to this information.
Thanks for your questions, and good luck on your RFQ applications. They must be submitted through Call for Entry—CaFÉ at callforentry.org
RFQ Deadline is Thursday, July 29 at 11:59 Mountain Time (Call for Entry—CaFÉ is located in Denver.)
Do the 10 images submitted for consideration have to be only of public artwork? Could there be some public art pieces and some examples of other artwork to give a sense of an artist’s style and subject matter?
The more images of past public art projects an artist submits, the better to give the review panel an idea of the artist’s or artist-led team’s capabilities for this commission. However, if past public art projects are fewer than 8-10 projects, an artist may include examples of other art pieces and projects.
If an artist has a studio manager that does project management and administration, should the artist apply as an individual or as an artist-led team with the studio manager as a member of the team?
A studio manager works for the artist. Having that internal position can be described in the artist’s Letter of Interest section to re-enforce their capabilities of taking on this project. An artist-led team would come into play if an artist was collaborating with other professionals, such as another artist, landscape architect, writer, historian, computer programmer, engineer, etc.
If an artist is selected as a finalist, they are to develop a specific proposal and to recommend their preferred placement for the artwork in the Highland Bridge development. How much latitude will the artist have to place the location of an artwork in the development? Are there predetermined spaces for public art? I was not clear on this when looking at the public art section of the Master Plan for the Ford Site Redevelopment.
The City of Saint Paul’s Master Plan for the Ford Site Redevelopment, to which you refer, was completed in 2017. The public art ideas in the master plan provided broad guidelines and goals for public art in the development of the Ford Site well before Ryan Companies became the lead developer. Now that Ryan has been working on the site design, the area has been laid out with designated sections for various housing types, businesses, streets, parks, and other open spaces. We now do know more about where public art for this project could be sited. Here is a link to the Highland Bridge website that shows the public and civic spaces that could be settings for public art. Go to this link and click on the box for public and civic spaces: https://highlandbridge.com/explore/
Placement of the public artwork will come into play only for the artists or teams who are selected as finalists. In the RFQ, artists are NOT being asked to provide any specific proposals for a public art project or where it would be sited. They should discuss their interest in the site, what issues, conditions, and potential excites them about working in this development, and what past experiences and projects they’ve done that brings the requisite skills to a great public art project at Highland Bridge.
I am an artist working on a submission for the Highland Bridge Development project in St. Paul. I am curious if there are site surveys available of the Uŋči Makȟa and Mica park areas as well as the neighborhood and community green space park areas (labeled 4 and 6 on the master plan document) This would help me to have more detailed dimensions in my project proposal.
For the RFQ, artists are NOT being asked to provide any specific proposals for a public art project or where it would be sited. In the Letter of Interest, they should discuss their interest in the site, what issues, conditions, and potential excites them about working in this development, and what past experiences and projects they’ve done that brings the requisite skills to create a great public art project at Highland Bridge.
Site surveys will be shared with the artists or teams who are selected as finalists. Finalists will be selected by the review panel, based on their assessment of the RFQ applications.