Public Art RFQ: Natural Resources Agency and Health and Human Services

The State of California will implement a permanent Public Art Program in Sacramento in conjunction with two new build projects, the New Natural Resource Headquarters, and the Health and Human Services Building. The Health and Human Services Building - under the design-build team ZGF and Rudolf & Sletten - and the New Natural Resources Headquarters - under the design-build team AC Martin Design and Turner Construction - are relocating to state-of-the-art buildings in the capital area of Sacramento. These new buildings will be two of the most energy-efficient and sustainable buildings in the country, boasting net-zero water efficiency and zero net energy, respectively. Public art will be a visible part of both projects. The Public Art Program is directed by Dyson & Womack who will steer the program from its development to its realization in 2020.

This open call to artists aims to inspire world-class public artworks that engage diverse voices, challenge perspectives, and improve our civic space. It is an opportunity to create within the rich contexts of the California Natural Resources Agency, California Health and Human Services, the City of Sacramento, for a progressive program of public art. The impacts of the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and California Health and Human Services (CHHS) are directly visible and tangible to those living in California and beyond. The CNRA and CHHS challenge and set standards for environmental prosperity and social well being.

There are four unique public art commission opportunities open to artists through this open call Request for Qualifications (RFQ) / Request for Proposal (RFP) process. We encourage artists to take time looking at each opportunity and applying to the commission that best suits their interests and practice. Artists may apply to more than one commission opportunity but must apply separately to each. Artists are encouraged to submit Statements of Qualification (SOQ) with artwork samples and letters of interest relevant to the specific commission they are applying to, even when applying to multiple commissions. We encourage artists to engage critically with the mission of the California Natural Resource Agency and California Health and Human Services, as well as the vision outlined in the Public Art Plan.

RFQ question deadline Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, 5:00 PM (PST)

RFQ question responses posted Friday, Sept. 6, 2019

RFQ submission deadline Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM (PST)

RFQ selected artists notified Friday, Oct. 4, 2019

Read full program details here.

Eliza Tudor