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Bid Title: Merriam Public Art RFQ
Category: Administration
Status: Closed

In 2015, the City of Merriam, Kansas, located in northeast Johnson County, began a 5-year placemaking initiative to enhance public spaces in downtown Merriam and its environs. The project is now entering its third year and the City wishes to commission an artist or artist team to design, produce and install compelling public art for a site on the Turkey Creek Streamway Park Trail, a paved multi-use trail, with a budget of $100,000. Site features include broad grassy areas, large trees and a nearby creek and waterfall. Please note that this site is located in a flood zone. The location does not flood regularly, but successful proposals will plan and engineer accordingly for 100-year flood events.

Selection process and timeline

Artists submitting to the RFQ are not being asked to develop a specific model or proposal at this time. Rather, RFQ submissions will be assessed on the quality and nature of the applicant’s past work; experience working on commissions that are placed in open and public areas; and experience collaborating with other professionals such as architects, engineers, fabricators and installation personnel. RFQ submissions will be evaluated by City of Merriam personnel, selected members of Merriam’s Public Art Initiative ad-hoc committee, and art consultant James Martin, who is facilitating all phases of the project.

A limited number of artists will be selected from the RFQ pool of applicants. A stipend of $1,200 will be paid to each invitee to develop and submit a formal proposal.

The project timeline is subject to change, but is envisioned as follows:
1. All RFQ submissions due by 11:59 PM August 11, 2017
2. Artists invited to submit a design proposal notified mid- to late August 2017
3. All design proposal submissions due by 11:59 PM October 31, 2017
4. Selected artists present proposal at art selection committee meeting in mid- to
late November 2017
5. Art selection committee presents recommendation(s) to City Council for approval, early December 2017
6. Winning artist(s) notified mid-December 2017
7. Artist(s) install project autumn 2018
8. Artist(s) attend public dedication and reception in autumn 2018

For additional information regarding the submission process, click here.

Publication Date/Time:
6/30/2017 8:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
8/11/2017 11:59 PM
Contact Person:
James Martin
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