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Request for Proposals - Acquisition 
Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Airport System
Portable Works Collection at William P. Hobby Airport
Southwest Airlines International Terminal

Budget: $250,000
Deadline: Monday, June 22, 2015, 3:59 p.m. (CST)
Location: Houston, TX
Eligibility: International

1. Summary
On behalf of Houston Airport System, Houston Arts Alliance seeks existing artworks for purchase and addition to the Portable Works Collection (at the William P. Hobby Airport Southwest Airlines International Terminal). Artists using a variety of artistic approaches and media are encouraged to submit work. Notification of selection will be by July 30, 2015.

2. Budget
Works will be assessed at market value with a $50,000 cap on proposed works. The total budget for acquisitions is $250,000.

3. History
Houston Airport System
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU), has served the Houston community for more than 80 years. HOU is located approximately seven miles south of downtown Houston, near I-45/Gulf Freeway.

The Houston Airport System (HAS) provides a safe and dynamic air service network that fosters economic vitality for the transportation industry and the greater Houston region. Bringing air service to the six million people living in the Houston area are three individual airport facilities: George Bush Intercontinental Airport, William P. Hobby Airport, and Ellington Airport. The three-airport system served more than 53 million passengers in 2014, including more than 9.8 million international travelers. For additional information on the Houston Airport System, please visit www.fly2houston.com.

Portable Works Collection
The HAS Portable Works Collection, a part of the City of Houston’s Municipal Art Collection, is one of the largest collections of public art in the state of Texas and managed through a partnership with Houston Arts Alliance Civic Art + Design. Pieces from the Portable Works Collection are carefully placed throughout airport terminals and grounds. Each artwork offers aesthetic and cultural value to the identity of Houston as a truly international city. Pieces include objects ranging from sculptures to photographs and may be found both in and out of HAS airports. The Portable Works Collection currently features approximately 170 two-dimensional and three-dimensional artworks. In 2014, the Collection grew with the purchase of 45 individual works, primarily from Houston-based artists.

For more information on the City of Houston Municipal Art Collection at the Houston Airport System, visit www.fly2houston.com/AirportArt.

4. Eligibility
This opportunity is open to international, national and Texas-based visual artists.

  • Employees, board members, advisory board members, committee members and the immediate family members of Houston Arts Alliance, City of Houston, and Houston Airport System are ineligible.
  • Current Houston Airport System contractors may not apply.
  • Artists who are currently under contract, or in contract negotiations with Houston Arts Alliance for projects of $75,000 and higher, are ineligible.

Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration. 

5. Evaluation Criteria

  • Artistic Quality: Works will be of the highest artistic and material quality and reflect the client’s interest in Houston-based artists, works that reflects the region, and artists whose work reflects the international regions that the new Southwest Airlines terminal will serve; particularly Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and South America. Works will be regarded as excellent additions to the Portable Works Collection at William P. Hobby Airport and the City of Houston Municipal Art Collection at the Houston Airport System
  • Appropriateness and Durability: Works will be suitable for an airport environment that accommodates millions of passengers every year; be selected for various locations within the terminal; and be durable, low-maintenance, available and ready to install.
  • Cost Effectiveness: Works will be selected at a price point that is an accurate reflection of the work’s fair market value.

6. Application Requirements

  1. Artist professional resume (3 pages maximum)
  2. Letter of intent that includes contact information and describes how the proposed work is appropriate for an airport environment (500 words maximum)
  3. Biography/artist statement (500 words maximum) 
  4. Work examples/digital images of works to be considered for purchase (4 maximum). Only JPEGs up to 5 MB in size will be accepted. Presented work must be available and ready to install.
  5. Image list including artist name, titles, year completed, dimensions, materials, and prices for each image.

All documents should be in at least a 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½ inch margin. To submit, visit https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit.

7. Timeline – May be subject to change

  • Friday, May 22, 2015: RFP released
  • Monday, June 22, 2015, 3:59 p.m. (CST): RFP Submission Deadline
  • By June 30, 2015: Selection panel
  • By July 14, 2015: Studio visits for work viewing (if necessary)
  • By July 30, 2015: Final notification 
  • By August 28, 2015: Works to be delivered*
  • September 2015: Installation and Closeout

*Artist are responsible for delivering or shipping the works to location in Houston (TBA).

8. Contact
Jade Abner
Houston Arts Alliance Civic Art + Design
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019



Houston Arts Alliance maintains a partnership with Fresh Arts’ Artist Registry. Artists interested in being involved with future Civic Art + Design projects are invited to create a free profile. Civic Art + Design will use Fresh Arts' Artist Registry as a means for reviewing qualifications when selecting artists considered for future projects.

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