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Minnesota State Arts Board Requests Artists for Frechette Hall


RFP #168: Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf

The Minnesota State Arts Board, on behalf of the Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf, requests proposals from working, professional artists or artist-led teams for permanent, site-specific public artwork at Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf – Frechette Hall.

The deadline to apply is 11:59 P.M. (MST), Tuesday, June 8, 2017.
For more information you can download the RFP.

RFP Video Overview Script
The Minnesota State Arts Board requests proposals from professional artists for permanent,
site-specific public artwork at Minnesota State Academy for the Deaf (MSAD). Located in Faribault,
Minnesota, MSAD is dedicated to the intellectual, communicative, social, emotional, and physical
development of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. Frechette Hall, the dormitory where this art
will be placed, will serve as a home to 41 students while school is in session.

The goal of this public art project is to select a contractor to provide artwork that:
● Encourages dialogue on the diversity of peoples and practices at the school
● Is compatible with the needs of students who call this dormitory home
● Helps visitors of MSAD embrace the school’s family atmosphere
● Contributes to the local, regional, and national dialogue on contemporary art
● Enriches and diversifies the State of Minnesota’s public art collection.

Working, professional artists residing in the United States are eligible to apply for this commission.
Artists must be least 18 years of age. Preference will be given to artists who are deaf, hard of hearing,
signers, late-deafened, deaf-blind, seeing, or CODA.

An all-inclusive budget of $66,000 is available for this project. This amount represents all
professional services and deliverables related to the artwork. Up to 3 finalists will be selected to
develop a proposal for the project. Each finalist will enter into a contract and receive a $2,000
stipend to develop a schematic design proposal.

Art placement
Artists may propose either interior or exterior artwork. Interior art will be located in the atrium of the
dormitory. Artwork in the atrium must be suspended from the ceiling or wall-based, and must be
partially visible from the outside. Exterior work must be freestanding and located near the main
entrance. There is a small grassy area adjacent to the front of the building, as well as an entryway
covered by a portico with benches by the front doors. Artwork must be durable, low maintenance,
permanent, safe, and ADA compliant.

Projected timeline
The finalists will be selected at the end of June 2017 and approved by the Minnesota State Arts Board
in the beginning of July 2017. The finalists’ Schematic Design Proposals will be due in October 2017
and the winning artist will begin the project in November 2017.

More info/questions
If you have any questions about the project or application process, please contact Ben Owen with
the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program at percentforart@state.mn.us