Houston First Corporation: George R. Brown Convention Center
Request for Qualifications for Exterior Commission (Phase 2)
Deadline: Friday, February 20, 2015,11:59 p.m. (CST)
Location: Houston, TX
Through a contract with Houston First Corporation (HFC), Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is charged with managing the selection process for the commission of an artist or artist-led team to develop a series of artworks and artistic interventions for the projects described below. HAA is also charged with contracting the finalist to complete the project.
Houston First is leading the effort to have Houston recognized as one of the great cities of the world. Houston First is a local government corporation that manages more than 10 city-owned building, plazas and parking facilities. Properties include Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Wortham Center, George R. Brown Convention Center, Jones Hall and Hilton Americas-Houston.
The mission of Houston First is to enhance the quality of life of Houstonians and to advance the economic prosperity and development of Houston through services, attractions and venues, and by inspiring:
The project has an anticipated budget of $1,360,000 inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, design proposals, artists fees, design, engineering, permitting, insurance costs for each year of the project, lighting software, studio and project administration, travel, fabrication, installation and required documentation. Houston Arts Alliance may award one or more contracts for the scope of work above, with the contracts totaling the budget amount.
3. Statement from the Architect about the Project
The George R. Brown Convention Center is the anchor to the city’s Convention District, a vibrant and rapidly evolving area of downtown Houston. Adjacent to Discovery Green, the city’s downtown public green, public art of many kinds, both permanent and temporary, coexists with nature and iconic buildings. Soon-to-be-opened rail lines connect visitors to key areas of the city, and new residential and hospitality projects are reshaping the cityscape, visitor profile and residential population of the Convention Center District.
To support the commercial, retail and residential development currently planned in the district, we need to create a truly walkable and vibrant street life. We need to showcase the best that Houston has to offer in the way of dining, meeting and urban spaces for visitors from across the world, and we need to create inspiring civic spaces that continue to attract the regional population of more than six million.
Our vision for the reimagined Avenida de las Americas is to offer a stunning promenade for local residents and visitors that helps them connect with who we are as Houstonians–our diversity, our industrial, maritime and aerospace heritage, our sense of whimsy and our increasing commitment to the quality of life in an urban environment. Combined with picture-perfect views of our downtown skyline from the new floor of the renovated GRB to ceiling glass walls of facade, we hope to create a welcoming focal point for the district and a strong first impression of our city to visitors from all parts of the world. One of the unifying concepts for this project is Houston’s place as a stopping point for avian migration and the concept of flight. This is a subtle and ever-present element of Houston’s environment and cultural life, and is a strong analogy for Houston of today, a place where peoples from across the world come to live and work, within a terrain unique to Southeast Texas. This very real experience of the migration pattern is a physical reminder of our region’s great cultural and ethnic diversity, and the recent migration that has advanced the Houston area to become one of the world’s great urban regions.
4. Art Opportunities/Draft Scope of Work
5. Evaluation Criteria
7. Application Requirements
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If you have questions, please submit them in writing via email no later than 5:00 p.m. (CST) on Monday, February 16, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Answers to questions will be posted to the RFQ listed on Submittable.com as they are received and no later than Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
This timeline is subject to change.
For questions about the details of this call for qualifications contact:
Director of Civic Art + Design
Houston Arts Alliance
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019
Other Calls for Artists
The City of Austin: Apply for the Pre-Qualified Artist Pool
The City of Austin seeks exceptional emerging and established public artists working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches for its 2015-17 Pre-Qualified Artist Pool. Selected artists or artist teams from the Pool may be contracted to design and fabricate artwork for eligible Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) of various scopes, timelines and budgets throughout the City of Austin. The purpose of the Pre-Qualified Artist Pool is to provide a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects through Art in Public Places. Program staff and the Art in Public Places Panel will utilize the Pre-Qualified Pool for selecting artists for future artwork opportunities; however, selecting from the Pool is not an exclusive way for artists to be considered for artwork commission. Professional visual artists, or artist teams, at least 18 years of age who live in the United States are eligible to apply. Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees and CIP consultants and their employees and sub-consultants are ineligible to apply.
Budgets: $20,000 - $300,000
Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015
Civic Art + Design Registry
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.
Entry Deadline: Ongoing
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