Call For Art > CFA: SFAC - New Commissions at SFO deadline JUN 27
CFA: SFAC  - New Commissions at SFO deadline JUN 27
Jun 14, 2012 --


Call for Artists: New Commissions at San Francisco International Airport









RFQ DATE: 5/28/12


APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 27, 2012, 11:59 p.m. PDT

Applications are available through SlideRoom (, an on-line application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. If you are a first time user of SlideRoom, please allow adequate time to learn the use of this system. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.


This call has opportunities for both national and local artists (see eligibility restrictions for each project below). All artists, regardless of geographic location, should apply through this same call.


The San Francisco Arts Commission is seeking artists for consideration for a variety of public art projects located at San Francisco International Airport. We encourage artists using a variety of artistic approaches and media to apply.

SCHEDULE: The remodeling and opening of these new projects is a fast track capital project. Artists selected for this project must be available to being work no later than August 1, 2012.

BUDGET: Project budgets will be between $100,000 and $350,000.


San Francisco International Airport’s public art program offers travelers and residents a permanent collection of paintings, sculptures, mosaics and environmental works that reflect the Bay Area’s vibrant and diverse culture. In all, the collection comprises more than 80 pieces in a diversity of styles and media by artists of local, national, and international acclaim. The works were commissioned in accordance with San Francisco’s percent-for-art ordinance, which provides for an art enrichment allocation equivalent to 2% of the construction cost of a new or renovated civic structure.


Control Tower Building:

The Airport is building a new Control Tower, with a supporting building and connector, which will join Terminals 1 and 2. The major art opportunity is the non-secure connector wall between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. This wall is approximately 70’ long and 30’ high. This location affords high visibility to both ticketed and non-ticketed visitors, and will provide a more human scale and articulation to the corridor wall.

High light levels in the corridor will necessitate the commissioning of artwork in colorfast materials that will not need protection from being touched by the public. Ideal materials are glass or tile mosaic, relief in terra cotta, bronze, cast aluminum, etc. The size of the panels will be dimensioned so that the bottom of the panels begin approximately 1’ from the floor and have the same dimensions as the 5’ x 10’ wood panels they would replace. Therefore, the ideal height is 10’, with length being in 10’ modules. Panels will be set into the wall so that they are flush with the wood paneling.

Project Budget: $325,000

Geographic Eligibility: Nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties


• Architectural Design Development Complete: July, 2012

• 100% Construction Documents: January, 2013

• Construction Complete: July, 2014

Terminal 3 Projects (T-3 Checkpoint and Boarding Area E):

These two related capital improvement projects include the complete remodeling and expansion of Boarding Area E and an expanded security checkpoint for T-3, which will necessitate the expansion of the building, including the construction of a new gate room. Project opportunities for these projects include:

1. Boarding Area E: Light sculpture

2. Boarding Area E: Children’s play area: Possible interactive artwork or otherwise “child friendly” sculpture

3. Terminal 3 Checkpoint: Walls in front of Checkpoint

4. Terminal 3 Checkpoint: Suspended sculpture above escalator

Project Budgets: Budgets for these projects will range between $100,000 and $350,000.

Geographic Eligibility:

• BAE Light Sculpture: National

• All others: San Francisco Bay Area

Schedule BAE:

Architectural Design Development Complete: June, 2012

100% Construction Documents: September, 2012

Construction Complete: November 1, 2013

Schedule T-3 Checkpoint:

100% Construction Documents: February, 2013

Construction Complete: January, 2015


• Artistic excellence, innovation and originality as evidenced by representations of past work and other supporting material

• The artist’s work is judged to strengthen the existing art collection at SFO

The artist’s professional experience is adequate to meet the demands of the project

• The artist is available to participate in the design, approval and implementation of the project as required

• Assessed ability to meet project deadlines, and to perform work in a timely and professional manner

• Results of reference checks


All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom. Application materials include:

• Letter of Interest

• Professional Resume

• 10 images of previous work; artwork represented must be work in which the applicant was the creative author. In the case of collaborative work, please identify on slide list your role in the project

• Annotated image descriptions with purchase/commission amounts

There is no application fee to apply or to use the SlideRoom online application system. To view the application, go to (no “www”) and sign up for an account. Applicants can receive support by emailing: or by accessing a help desk here:


Artist teams must submit one application and are limited to 10 images total.


After the application deadline the Arts Commission Public Art staff will screen applicants to establish a qualified candidate pool to be considered for these commissions. These pre-qualified artists will be presented to an Artist Selection Panel consisting of arts professionals and one representative each from the Arts Commission and Airport Commission and in some cases the project architect. The panel(s) may select finalists, who will be paid an honorarium to either develop a site proposal, and/or attend an interview. After interviewing the candidates and reviewing proposals (if requested), the Selection Panel will recommend candidate(s) to the Arts Commission and Airport for approval.


Please call Susan Pontious, Public Art Program Deputy Director at (415) 252-2587,, or Zoe Taleporos, the Public Art Program Associate, at (415) 252-3215;

STAY IN TOUCH: Artists interested in other public art commissions are encouraged to visit the San Francisco Arts Commission’s the Public Art Program website Information is updated whenever new opportunities arise.




1.  Rights Reserved by the Arts Commission

The Arts Commission reserves the right to not accept any applications, to not accept any artist recommended by any of the selection panels, to initiate an alternate Selection Process, or to reissue the RFQ for additional pre-qualified artist candidates

2. Proposal Policy

In the event that you are asked to develop a proposal, the following policy shall apply. The Arts Commission shall:

a. At its sole discretion, have the unconditional right to own proposal maquettes or drawings selected for implementation as part of commission awards or may alternatively choose to retain all such maquettes until the project is complete.

b. Retain first right of refusal to purchase proposal maquettes and drawings submitted by the artists not selected for implementation.

c. Be given credit upon display and/or reproduction of any maquette or proposal commissioned, whether selected for implementation or not.

d. Require that all proposals and/or maquettes submitted are original and unique.


Non-Discrimination and Equal Benefits Ordinance

The City and County of San Francisco, in its effort to provide equality of opportunity and equality of benefits, requires that individuals and businesses doing business with the City comply with Sections 12B and 12D of the Administrative Code. This requires that if you are an employer, and if you provide health or other benefits to the spouses of your employees, you must provide equal benefits to the registered domestic partners of your employees. This section also requires demonstration of good faith efforts to hire local disadvantaged business enterprises.

Americans with Disabilities Act

The selected artist(s) will be required to comply with federal, state and local codes relative to accessibility for the disabled, and will be encouraged to develop artwork(s) sensitive to programmatic as well as physical accessibility issues.

Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO)

(This requirement only pertains to artists who have over 20 employees, or artists who may have their artwork fabricated by a company with over 20 employees.)

The selected artist(s) will be required to agree to comply fully with and be bound by the provisions of the Minimum Compensation Ordinance (MCO), as set forth in S.F. Administrative Code Chapter 12P. Generally, this Ordinance requires contractors to provide employees covered by the Ordinance who do work funded under the contract with hourly gross compensation and paid and unpaid time off that meet certain minimum requirements. Currently, the hourly gross compensation is $9.00 an hour. For the contractual requirements of the MCO, see paragraph 42 of the Ordinance. Note that the gross hourly compensation for covered employees increases to $10.00 for For-Profit entities on January 1, 2002 and increases 2.5% annually thereafter for 3 years. For Nonprofit entities and public entities, this increase is required only if the City makes the finding required by Section 12P.3(a)(ii) of the San Francisco Administrative Code. Additional information regarding the MCO is available on the web at:

Health Care Accountability Ordinance (HCAO)

(This requirement only pertains to artists who have over 20 employees, or artists who may have their artwork fabricated by a company with over 20 employees.)

The selected artist will be required to agree to comply fully with and be bound by the provisions of the Health Care Accountability Ordinance (HCAO), as set forth in S.F. Administrative Code Chapter 12Q. Artists should consult the San Francisco Administrative Code to determine their compliance obligations under this chapter. Additional information regarding the HCAO is available on the web at

Other Requirements

The artist selected and approved by the Arts Commission shall be required to enter into contract with the City and County of San Francisco for the duration of the project. Throughout the duration of the contract, the artist, and the artist’s subcontractors, may be required to maintain a San Francisco business tax certificate, and may need to obtain various types of insurance, including Automobile Liability insurance, General Liability insurance, Fine Arts insurance (or other insurance against loss), and other insurance, as required by the City.

All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change.