Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is the local nonprofit arts and culture agency that enhances the city’s quality of life through advancing and investing in the arts and diverse cultural programming. The work of HAA encourages Houston’s development and shapes its global reputation by fostering tourism and supporting and promoting the city’s creative economy.

HAA distributes grants to approximately 220 nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists each year. In addition, HAA manages the City of Houston Art Collection of over 500 artworks, as well as commissions, new acquisitions and conservation.

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Houston Arts Alliance & Caydon USA

Project: Caydon seeks 54 hallway artworks, one garage mural, and one hanging atrium artwork for a brand new residential and retail development at 2850 Fannin Street.

Extended Deadline: Materials must be received by Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST. 

Location: Houston, Texas

Eligibility: Houston area artists. Artists outside the Houston area may be invited to apply.

SUMMARY

Australian-based private developer Caydon is seeking to infuse its first US-based project with the unique look that only artists can provide. Located in park- and rail-friendly Midtown, “2850,” as it’s called, is the first high-rise in a neighborhood of mid-rise development. The $200 million, 27-story residential tower with ground-level retail promises new urbanity in the rapidly growing Midtown neighborhood.

On behalf of Caydon USA, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) invites artists living and working in the greater Houston area to submit qualifications for works of art to be located at 2850 Fannin Street in Midtown. Selected artwork will be prominently featured throughout the building. Caydon, a leader in lifestyle and property development, is seeking artists’ contribution to its contemporary design, commitment to innovation, and unique approach to community living.

1. PROJECT OBJECTIVES

Caydon was founded in Melbourne, Australia, a city that researchers consider one of the most livable in the world. A major contributor to this success, Caydon knows what makes city living a pleasure. At the start of every project, the company considers the most enjoyable way of life and strives to make it possible. Caydon is committed to providing wonderful lifestyles for its residents. Heritage, history, and neighborhood character are respected and celebrated.

2850 is Caydon’s first venture into the US property market. Midtown is fast becoming one of the most vibrant and dynamic areas of Houston, and the block at 2850 Fannin is within the beating heart of this rejuvenating neighborhood. Work will be completed in 2019. The development is located between Houston’s two largest employment centers—Downtown and the Texas Medical Center. It is adjacent to the MetroRail and opposite the new Midtown Park, which has more than 12,000 square feet of green space and a retail plaza. Designed by architects Ziegler Cooper, it will be comprised of 357 studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments on 27 floors, as well as a half-acre amenity level with pool, fitness center, separate yoga studio, outdoor kitchen, and gathering space—a "backyard" for those who may miss one by choosing to live up instead of out. The top floor offers 4,000 square feet of sky lounge for residents.

2. BUDGET

The total budget for the acquisition and display of all the project artworks is $140,000, broken-down as follows. 

  • $55,000: 54 artworks for hallways ($800 per artwork) 
  • $5,000: One garage mural
  • $80,000: One hanging artwork for the atrium

3. ART OPPORTUNITIES/DRAFT SCOPE OF WORK

  • Hallway Artworks: Artists will be selected based on their work samples. Two artworks to be installed at either end of the hallway on 27 floors. HAA will provide the selected artists with two 48” x 48” unfinished, high quality birch panels, a hanging cleat system, and security hardware. The artist fee per artwork is $800. It is anticipated that each artist will be commissioned to create two or more works.  The final number of artists selected will be determined by the selection panel. Artists will clear coat the work to protect it from damage. The total budget for all the hallway artworks is $55,000.
  • Garage Mural: One of the artists selected to create hallway artworks will be chosen to create a mural in the building’s garage. The garage mural will be on three walls in close proximity to each other, each measuring 17’ x 10’2”. The total artist fee (including materials) is $5,000.
  • Lobby Atrium Artwork: The artwork will hang from the ceiling of the lobby area, which measures approximately 23’ x 23’ x 17’9”. The location for this piece will be highly visible from Midtown Park, the MetroRail, and the traffic along Main Street. It will offer the initial ‘wow factor’ upon entry of the building. The client is interested in a piece that is light and airy but which also stands out when viewed from inside and outside the building. The piece should have a level of artistry and sophistication that compliments the site. Please see the site plans for more detail. The lobby artwork must weigh less than 500 pounds. The scope of work includes fabrication, installation, and insurance. The total fee shall not exceed $80,000.
  • See the linked site plans for more information.

4. EVALUATION CRITERIA 

  • Artistic quality: Artists or artist-led teams are of the highest artistic caliber as demonstrated by examples of past work. Work samples establish that the artist or artist-led team produces dynamic artwork.
  • Responsiveness: The artist’s submitted materials successfully demonstrate that the artist is capable of meeting the overall goals of the project, including creating an inviting space for residents and visitors.
  • Demonstrated technical ability: Applicants demonstrate that the artist or artist-led team has the necessary capabilities to accomplish all artistic, technical, budgetary, and engineering aspects of the project and to have the project meld successfully with the surrounding space and architecture.
  • Project management ability: Applicants demonstrate that they have the ability and the capacity to complete the project on schedule and within budget. Applicants exhibit their abilities to successfully collaborate with the architects and contractor and to establish sufficient relationships with potential vendors and manufacturers.

5. ELIGIBILITY

  • This call is open to all artists in the greater Houston area. Artists outside of Houston may apply by invitation only.
  • There shall be no discrimination against any person or group of persons on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military status, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Staff members, board members, advisory board members, or family members of Houston Arts Alliance and Caydon are ineligible.
  • Artists or other entities that are currently under contract or in contract negotiations with Houston Arts Alliance for projects of over $100,000 are ineligible.
  • Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

6. PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • All artists will be required to sign a VARA waiver as a part of their contract.
  • All artworks will be installed by an art handling company hired by Houston Arts Alliance.
  • Artists who are registered as a MBE, WBE, and SBE are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on certification, visit www.houstontx.gov/obo/certification_overview.html.

7. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resumes or company information of artist(s) and team members (3 pages maximum each).
  • Letter of intent that includes contact information and describes how the artist or artist-led team meets the criteria listed in the RFQ (1,000 words max).
  • Biography/artist statement (500 words max).
  • Work examples, 20 maximum. Digital images of works that demonstrate the above criteria. Only JPEGs up to 5 MB.
  • Image list for work examples, including artist, title, year completed, dimensions, material, and budget or price, as applicable, for each image uploaded.
  • All documents should be in at least a 12 point font, single-spaced, and with at least a ½” margin.
  • To submit, visit https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit.

8. TIMELINE

Please note that there are two project timelines, one for the hallway and garage artworks and another for the atrium artwork. Please note that all dates are subject to change without notice.

Hallway and Garage Artwork

  • Friday, November 9, 2018: RFQ released
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. CST: Artist information session at Houston Arts Alliance
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST: RFQ submission deadline
  • By Wednesday, December 19, 2018: RFQ notification for artists selected for hallway and garage artworks
  • By Friday, January 18, 2019: Artists meet with HAA to discuss their final design proposals. Artists submit final sketches for review and approval
  • By Friday, February 1, 2019: Final written approval of artists’ final designs 
  • By Friday, February 1, 2019: Artist contracting for artists selected to create artworks for the hallway and the garage
  • February – July 2019: Project development and fabrication
  • August 2019: Installation
  • September 2019: Completion and project close out

Atrium Artwork

  • Friday, November 9, 2018: RFQ released
  • Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. CST: Artist information session at Houston Arts Alliance
  • By Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. CST: RFQ submission deadline
  • By Wednesday, December 19, 2018: RFQ notification for artists selected for atrium artwork; RFP released to atrium artwork finalists
  • By Friday, January 25, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST: RFP submission deadline
  • By Friday, February 1, 2019: RFP selection panel; selected artist presented to Caydon for approval 
  • By Monday, February 4, 2019: Finalist notified in writing by HAA 
  • By Friday, February 8, 2019: Consultation with client; atrium artwork contracting complete
  • February 2018: Final design development; final written approval of artist’s final design 
  • March – July 2019: Artwork fabrication 
  • August 2019: Installation
  • September 2019: Completion and project close out

If you have questions, please submit them by email by Monday, December 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CST to civicart@haatx.com. Questions will be answered as they are received and no later than Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND ACQUISITIONS

HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE & UNITED AIRLINES

Project: Artworks for locations at United Airlines Terminal C North at George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Deadline: Materials must be received by Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Location: Houston, Texas  

Eligibility: Houston area artists

SUMMARY

The Civic Art Program is part of the City of Houston’s capital asset investments and produces permanent visual artworks. The City’s Civic Art Ordinance appropriates 1.75 percent of design and construction costs on qualifying City Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) projects and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs oversees the Program. 

Through an agreement with United Airlines, Houston Arts Alliance invites artists living and working in the greater Houston area to submit qualifications for the selection of artworks to be located at United Terminal C North at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.  Selected artwork will be prominently featured on various walls within the new United Airlines terminal. We are seeking 1) artist with existing artworks in various media and scale suitable to the locations listed in this RFQ and 2) artists to execute commissioned works designed specifically for identified locations within the terminal. Selected works will both embody and contribute to Houston’s status as a world-class cultural center.  The original acquisitioned and commissioned artworks will become part of the City of Houston Art Collection and will be subject to the collection’s policies and procedures.

1. Project Objectives

Houston’s Civic Art Program provides residents and visitors access to over 650 artworks in the City Collection and contributes to Houston’s identity as an exciting cultural center as well as to the city’s economy. The Civic Art Program results in jobs and small business contracts to produce the very public artworks that contribute to Houston being a great place to live and visit. 

United’s Shared Purpose:

  • “Connecting people. Uniting the world.”  

United’s Shared Values:

  • We Fly Right: On the ground and in the air, we hold ourselves to the highest standards in safety and reliability. We earn trust by doing things the right way and delivering on our commitments every day.
  • We Fly Friendly: Warm and welcoming is who we are.
  • We Fly Together: As a united United, we respect every voice, communicate openly and honestly, make decisions with facts and empathy, and celebrate our journey together.
  • We Fly Above and Beyond: With an ambition to win, a commitment to excellence, and a passion for staying a step ahead, we are unmatched in our drive to be the best.

The goal is to acquire or commission signature pieces of contemporary art for United Airlines’ new Terminal C North.  By ‘contemporary,’ we mean works that represent today’s Houston in a manner that will speak to current visitors and future generations.

2. BUDGET   

The total budget for all the acquisitioned and commissioned of works of art is $847,000. Final budget per artwork will be determined during the selection process. 

3. ART OPPORTUNITIES/DRAFT SCOPE OF WORK

  • Artworks will be located in areas approved by United Airlines. See site plan for details. The site plan is also available at www.houstonartsalliance.com on the Public Art page under Opportunities and Current Calls for Public Art. 
  • Artists are encouraged to think creatively about how to present works of art in the approved locations. This includes existing work, commissioned work, murals, digital artworks etc.
  • All works need to be movable.

4. EVALUATION CRITERIA 

  • Artistic quality: Artists or artist-led teams are of the highest artistic caliber as demonstrated by examples of past work.
  • Responsiveness: The artist’s submitted materials successfully demonstrate that the artist is capable of meeting the overall goals of the project, including creating an inviting space for visitors.
  • Demonstrated technical abilities: Applicants demonstrate that the artist or artist-led team has the necessary capabilities to accomplish all artistic, technical, budgetary, and engineering aspects of the project and to have the project meld successfully with the surrounding space and architecture.
  • Project management ability: Applicants demonstrate that they have the ability and the capacity to complete the project on a very tight schedule and within budget. Applicants exhibit their abilities to successfully collaborate with the architects and the contractor and to establish sufficient relationships with potential vendors and manufacturers.

5. ELIGIBILITY 

  • This call is open to artists in the greater Houston area.
  • There shall be no discrimination against any person or group of persons on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military status, disability, or sexual orientation.
  • Staff members, board members, advisory board members, family members of Houston Arts Alliance and United Airlines are ineligible.
  • Artists or other entities that are currently under contract or in contract negotiations with Houston Arts Alliance for projects of over $100,000 are ineligible.
  • Applications not meeting all the eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

6. PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • All artists will be required to sign a VARA waiver as a part of their contract.
  • All artworks will be installed by an art handling company hired by Houston Arts Alliance.
  • Artists who are registered as a MBE, WBE, and/or SBE are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Those who qualify as MBE, WBE and/or SBE but who are not registered by the City of Houston can find more information on certification, please click on this link: http://www.houstontx.gov/obo/certification_overview.html

7. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Resumes or company information of artist(s) and team members (3 pages maximum each).
  • Letter of intent that includes contact information and describes how the artist or artist team meets the criteria listed in the RFQ (1,000 words maximum).
  • Biography/artist statement (500 words maximum).
  • Work examples (20 maximum). Digital images of works that demonstrate the above criteria. Only JPEGs up to 5 MB.
  • Image list for work examples, including artist, title, year completed, dimensions, material, and budget or price (as applicable) for each image uploaded. Please note which works are available for purchase.
  • Contact information for three professional references (1 page maximum).
  • All documents should be in at least a 12 point font, single-spaced, and with at least a ½” margin.
  • To submit, visit https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit.

8. TIMELINE

Please note that all dates are subject to change without notice.

  • Friday, November 9, 2019: RFQ released
  • Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. CST: Artist information session at Brown Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts Houston**
  • Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1 p.m. CST: Artist information session at Houston Arts Alliance**
  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. CST: Artist information session at Houston Arts Alliance**
  • Sunday, January 6, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST: RFQ and RFA submission deadline
  • By Friday, January 18, 2019: RFQ and RFA notification; RFP released to finalists
  • By Thursday, February 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. CST: RFP deadline
  • By Friday, February 15, 2019: RFP selection panel (including artist in person presentations)
  • By Monday, February 18, 2019: Selected artists presented to United Airlines for approval
  • By Friday, February 22, 2019: Finalists notified in writing by HAA
  • By Friday, March 1, 2019: Purchase orders and contracting complete
  • By Friday, March 15, 2019: Consultation with client representatives
  • March 2019: Project development
  • April 2019: Final written approval of artist final design(s)
  • April – September 2019: Fabrication
  • September 2019: Delivery and installation
  • October 2019: Completion and project close out

**Register for an Artist Information Session here: https://houstonartsalliance.wufoo.com/forms/p1db2cbs0uvewqr/

If you have questions, please submit them in writing via email no later than Friday, January 4, 2019 at noon CST to civicart@haatx.com. Questions will be answered as they are received and by no later than 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, January 4, 2019.

Let Creativity Happen! Express Grant Guidelines


Express grants are designed to encourage artists and creative individuals to take creative risks that may not qualify for more traditional funding opportunities. Awards will support innovative ideas that redefine artistic boundaries, reshape the conversation about art and art experiences, and/or establish unique opportunities to experience art. Funding for this program is provided from the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax.


Before you begin, you can fill out your project budget to upload from the Budget Template: http://houstonartsalliance.com/images/uploads/audio/HAA_Budget_Template.xlsx


To check your City Council District: http://www.houstontx.gov/council/whoismycm.html


For more information on Support Material Guide: http://houstonartsalliance.com/images/uploads/main/Support_Materials_Guide731.pdf


If you have any issues contact Caroline Docwra, cdocwra@haatx.com




1. Summary
Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) and the City of Houston (The City) support the community’s desire to place temporary works of art on City property. Each City Department has discretion over temporary art within its jurisdiction and sole responsibility to review matters of safety. At the request of the City Department, HAA will serve in an advisory capacity during the review process and recommend pieces for placement on their property. For projects proposed in the TXDot right-of-way, please email civicart@haatx.com for their additional guidelines.

The City may permit temporary placement of a work of art on City property for a period of time not to exceed 90 days, subject to the approval of the Director of the City Department having jurisdiction over the site upon which the work of art will be placed. The Director may extend the temporary placement for two consecutive periods of time not to exceed 90 days each, for a total of 270 days.

If the department determines that there is a safety issue, the organization or individual proposing the exhibition will be required to have an engineer’s seal. Drawings with an engineer’s seal will be required for artwork consisting of vertical structures over eight feet, surfaces subject to displacement by wind, structures requiring a foundation, sharp surfaces or any other safety concern. These drawings can be submitted to HAA for review after the project has been approved.

The cost of the installation and de-installation of the artwork will be paid by the applicant. The artist or proposing organization is responsible for maintenance and for any damage to the artwork during the time the artwork is on view. The applicant may also be required to pay a bond conditioned on the timely removal of the artwork.

Please note that this application is for outdoor works only. Should you like to propose a temporary display of work inside a City building, please contact the relevant City department directly.

2. Application Requirements

  1. Proposal letter (three-page maximum) including the following:
    • Contact information from the proposing artist or organization;
    • Artwork description including: title and year completed, artist name, artwork medium/material, dimensions and weight. For video, performance and time-based media, artwork duration is also requested;
    • Specific location(s) of proposed installation;
    • Installation plan - specify materials, equipment and utilities to be used;
    • Site maintenance plan - specify schedule and method of upkeep;
    • A detailed timetable covering placement and removal of the artwork and a clear commitment for its timely removal and plan to return site to original condition.
  2. Photographic Documentation of the artwork, showing all views. For new works, please include detailed drawings or renderings; Up to 10 images.
  3. Artist C.V. or Resume; up to three pages;
  4. Drawings with an engineer’s seal will be required for artwork consisting of vertical structures over eight feet, surfaces subject to displacement by wind, structures requiring a foundation, sharp surfaces or any other safety concern.


All text documents should be in at least a 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin as Microsoft Word Documents (.doc) or Adobe PDF (.pdf). Images must be in Jpeg format. All files must be readable using Microsoft Windows.

3. Application Submission
To complete the application form and submit your application requirements, please visit: https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit

4. Submission Schedule
Application Due: Monthly, approximately 2 weeks before an HAA Civic Art Committee (CAC) meeting
Committee Review: Monthly
Notification of Review Results: Monthly

Upcoming Deadlines

  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST
  • Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST
  • Thursday, May 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST

*Please note that CAC meeting dates are subject to change.

5. Review Process

  1. Submit a temporary art proposal to HAA using the Submittable application.
  2. Proposals will be reviewed by the HAA Civic Art Committee during their bi-monthly meeting. HAA will perform an aesthetic, content and material review of the proposal for the affected city department.
  3. Proposals which pass the review will be recommended to the affected City Department or to TXDot for installation.
  4. If the proposal is accepted by the affected City Department, a release from the artist or sponsoring organization on a form approved by the City Attorney will be required before installation can begin. If the Director of the affected City Department determines it advisable and requires it, a bond not to exceed $2,000.00 conditioned on the timely removal of the object shall be posted by the applicant.
  5. The affected City Department can issue a permit to install and display the artwork for a period of 90 days, at its own discretion.
  6. The artist or proposing organization will remove the artwork after 90 days and will return the site to its original condition.

PLEASE NOTE: HAA approval DOES NOT guarantee approval by the City department. The affected City department has final discretion over temporary art in their jurisdiction.

For questions or more information regarding the Application for Temporary Placement of Art on City Property, please contact civicart@haatx.com.

Houston Arts Alliance