PUBLIC ART OPPORTUNITY, OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS:
Artwork for the planned new South Berkeley Branch Library,
1901 Russell Street, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
DUE 4:00 PM, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
artists residing in, or who have a studio workspace within Alameda
or Contra Costa
Counties are eligible
to submit proposals for the planned new West Branch Library building.
Primary consideration will be given to artists who have not
previously received a commission from the City of Berkeley, or the
Berkeley Public Library for a public art installation. For those who
have received a commission, a 5 year period between new commissions
Art Element Requirement
Artwork must be original and functional as part of the building structure or systems. Specific examples include custom glass panels or lights, metalwork, terrazzo or ceramic tile finishes. Freestanding artworks that are not a functional or structural component of the building, such as traditional framed paintings or drawings or similar two dimensional art intended to be wall hung, or three dimensional sculptures not integral to the building structure or systems, will not be considered. Artwork installations shall be installed within the interior of the Library except for artwork glazing for installation for exterior wall locations.
Acceptable opportunity locations for proposed artwork installations include:
- On MLK, Jr. Way street side, three recesses on exterior at the West elevation.
- Window seat/bench and wall reveals, and glazing for exterior windows at the East elevation of Adult reading room No. 113, and at Kids' ( Children's) reading room No. 115.
- Wall art / graphic for Kids' (Children's) reading No. 115, East elevation ( above book shelving), contributing to the character and understanding of the room.
- Ceramic tile alcove at the Drinking Fountain in Vestibule 110A.
architectural drawings are available online, and may be viewed and
downloaded at http://berkeleypubliclibrary.org/branchimprovements
copy drawings for the new building shall be available for review at
the Central Public Library, 2090 Kittredge Street, Administration
Floor, during normal Library hours.
Artwork proposals shall reflect and respond to the cultural diversity of the South Berkeley neighborhood, and consider the cultural history of this locality, through an artistic, creative, expression.
Estimated Holiday schedule for Civic Arts Commission
Deadline: 4:00 PM,
Tuesday September 6, 2011
Selection of Finalists: week of September 12, 2011
Awards to Finalists: week of September19, 2011
Proposals due ( 5 weeks ): week of October 24, 2011
to Selection Panel: week of October 31, 2011
Arts Commission recommendation/ approval: November 9 or 16, 2011*
of Library Trustees, Award of contract:
of Artwork element:
of Artwork element:
All media appropriate for use as a functional art element for the project site will be considered. The artwork must be designed to meet current City and State Building Codes and Americans with Disabilities Act standards, and must comply with the City's current adopted edition of the California Building and Electrical Codes, and any local amendments thereto. The artwork materials shall be durable, impact resistant, graffiti and stain resistant, easily maintained and not a public safety hazard to patrons of the Library. The selected artist receiving a commission for this artwork shall coordinate final design and details with the project Architect and the building contractor for its timely fabrication and installation, in a cooperative manner and in accordance with the City's Community Workforce Agreement to avoid any delays in construction, interference in the normal course of the construction, and with due care to prevent damage either to the commissioned artwork element or to the building structure or adjacent construction surfaces or finishes provided by others.
The specified budget amount for the final commissioned artwork is not to exceed $43,000. This amount shall cover all costs associated with the design, fabrication, transportation and installation of the artwork, including engineering drawings by a licensed professional if required by the City Building Official, and all required local building, electrical or related permits.
resumes, artist statements, images and examples of previous art work
shall be submitted through this web site hosted by BayVAN. Scroll down to begin the application process.
Additional information and access to
construction plans can be seen on the Library web site:
will be guided through the steps in the application process after
agreeing to the terms and conditions stipulated by BayVAN. Artwork
included in your resume should have been created and installed within
the past five years. Artists may submit a maximum of five (5) images
in .jpg format, 1920 X 1920 pixels at 72 dpi. Contact BayVAN for any
additional instructions for sending your images to be downloaded. An
artist resume and an artist statement relating to the Artwork Theme
stated in this Call for Artists are also part of the application
process on the BayVan site.
Selection Panel will individually rate all of the artists’
submittals from information organized by BayVAN, according to the
Selection Criteria noted below, and will determine three finalists to
receive Honoraria to develop proposals for further consideration by
the Panel. One artist will be selected from the three finalists for
this Branch Library.
will be reviewed in the approximate time line as shown above. All
Selection Panel, Committee, Library Board and Civic Arts Commission
meetings are open to the public.
artist will be required to obtain a City of Berkeley business license
and shall complete all required compliance and disclosure forms as
part of City contract terms.
will be selected on the basis of information provided in the
Statement of Interest
Artistic merit as evidenced by
representation of relevant past work
Appropriateness of the artist’s
medium, style, and previous experience in relation to the project
goals and setting.
Experience with projects of a
similar scale and scope including familiarity with public agencies,
the public review process, and/or collaboration with City agencies
and community groups. Artists must have good communication skills
and be able to work with diverse City representatives.
of the panel’s recommendation is reserved to the Library Board
of Trustees and the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission.
Acceptance of Proposals
The City of
Berkeley reserves the right to reject all design proposals.
honorarium of up to $500.00 may be recommended by the Selection Panel
to the Board of Library Trustees for award to not more than three
finalists for each Branch Library. The honoraria shall be used for
development of scale models, drawings or renderings for review by the
Selection Panel in its determination of the artist or artist team
ultimately to receive a commission for a functional artwork
In the event
that a scale model, drawing or maquette is requested by the Panel to
develop your proposal, the following policy shall apply. The
Berkeley Public Library shall:
at its sole discretion, have
the unconditional right to own any model selected for evaluation, as
part of commission awards or may alternatively choose to retain all
such models until completion and approval of project implementation;
require that all proposals
and/or models submitted be original and unique.
of all ethnicities and genders are encouraged to apply. All
information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed
or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change.
This artwork installation for the new South Branch Library building will be subject to the Community Workforce Agreement approved by the Berkeley City Council at its January 18, 2011 meeting. Some portion of your work and / or the installation may be affected by this Agreement. The City will work with the finalist once the artist is selected.
further information about this public art project, please contact
Mary Ann Merker,
Berkeley Civic Arts Coordinator, at email@example.com