CTA: Pima County Public Library // Martha Cooper Library Expansion

Public Art – Call to Artists: Pima County Public Library

Martha Cooper Library Expansion

Pima County Facilities Management, Tucson, Arizona

 

  • Budget for Artwork: $31,500
  • Application Deadline: April 10, 2020 (EXTENDED)

 

Project Description:

The Pima County Facilities Management Department is seeking an artist or artist team to create design/fabricate/install art work as a part of the work for the upcoming expansion of the Martha Cooper Library within the library system and the Garden District neighborhood community within which it exists. The design of the expansion will begin with the hiring of the Architect pending the approval by the Board of Supervisors at their board meeting anticipated on March 17, 2020. The design of the expansion is consequently not set at this time. The art work will need to be incorporated into the design of the expansion and site improvements. The budget reflects the inclusion of the design, fabrication and installation for the public artwork.

 

Background:

The Martha Cooper Library was built in 2005 as a smaller “starter” library. The library is heavily used and is in need of additional space. The extent of the expanding use shall support after school programs, tutoring, reading programs, community meetings, club meetings and classes from varieties of users, (Craft Hobby Club, Tucson Pima County Historical Commission, TOPS), and computer and technology programs among others. To best support these initiatives the staff needs space to address them. Currently the staff area itself is constricted and has managed their space to the greatest extent through scheduling of the small and limited space resource. As part of this project a 1% art budget has been allocated. The Martha Cooper Library was built in 2005 as a smaller “starter” library. The library is heavily used and is in need of additional space. The extent of the expanding use shall support after school programs, tutoring, reading programs, community meetings, club meetings and classes from varieties of users, (Craft Hobby Club, Tucson Pima County Historical Commission, TOPS), and computer and technology programs among others. To best support these initiatives the staff needs space to address them. Currently the staff area itself is constricted and has managed their space to the greatest extent through scheduling of the small and limited space resource. As part of this project a 1% art budget has been allocated.

 

Opportunities for Art:

The project has several opportunities for artwork. The first, is to integrate with existing site features such as the large public patio to the north of the library. A second, is near the entrances which lead into the library foyer. These entrances align along an axis which connects the parking lot on the south and the public space to the north. A third potential set of opportunities and basis for the art concept could be determined by the new library design and resulting footprint, with input from the community, and visual appearance of the expanded library. The artwork needs to either integrate with the design or be able to stand-alone.

 

Art Budget:

The budget of $31,500 for art shall cover all costs related to design, materials, production, transportation and installation of the artwork, as well as costs for permits, taxes, and insurance that may be required by Pima County. This may include soil analysis, engineering, and foundation for the stand-alone art pieces. 

 

Project Stats:

This new 14,000 square foot (estimated) full service library resides within the Midtown Garden District neighborhood for which the library was named in honor of a primary neighborhood activist instrumental in the establishment of the initial library. The library is located at the SW corner of E. Fairmount St and N. Catalina Ave. The current library is capped by a unique roof form that makes the library a focal point within the community.

The 7,000 sf expansion is expected to provide adequate space for site staff and as also space needed for many new and expanding outreach programs.

 

Public Interface and Expectations:

The selected artist will work with the Pima County Project Manager, the Project Architect and the Project Design Team. The artist must meet with the Project Panel organized by the Arts Foundation for review, comment, and approval of the design before entering into production of the artwork.

 

Selection Process:

A panel composed of members of the Project Design team, artists, arts professional, and community members will select up to three finalists from open call to artists based on qualifications as demonstrated through the materials provided through the application process. The Arts Foundation is unable to pay travel expenses at this time.

 

Application Procedure:

Please follow the instructions below. The Arts Foundation reserves the right to reject any or all applications not following the stated instructions.

Artists applying for this commission must submit the following materials online through the application host Submittable.

Note: You may apply as an individual artist or as an artist team. You cannot apply twice, once in each category.

The following materials are required:

  1. Bio and Body of Work Content, a short, simple, video, no longer than three (3) minutes in length covering your personal background and body of work. This video will not be assessed on the production quality of the video – please feel free to use the video function on your phone – it is the information that you discus and how it relates to your portfolio images that will be considered by the panel. There are many ways to film a short video; you can film a video on a digital camera, your cell phone, or a webcam on a computer. Feel free to incorporate other images or examples you might have. Videos may be uploaded as a file or linked from a video hosting site (such as Youtube or Vimeo) by a URL in the Submittable application portal.
  2. Résumé, not to exceed 2 pages, which highlights pertinent experience. If applying as a team, limit each team member resume to 1 page. Do not include portrait photographs in the resume. Most all file formats are accepted including DOC, TXT, RTF, PDF.
  3. Image List, organized to correspond with the image order, identifying each artwork by artist, title, year completed, medium, dimensions, and a brief description, but not to exceed 1 page in length. Most all file formats are accepted including DOC, TXT, RTF, PDF.
  4. 10 digital images of artwork in JPG file format. Teams must adhere to the total of eight images for the team application. Individual files should be named to correspond to the image list requested below. The JPG file names must include the artist name, an image number, and the image title. A suggested convention for naming the files starts with your last name followed by a number (1-8) and then a brief title of the artwork (Example: Jones-1-Freeflight.jpg).

Receipt. Submittable will send you an email acknowledgement receipt, within 48 hours

 

Online Application Deadline: April 10, 2020 (EXTENDED)

 

Timeline:

(Please note: The schedule below is tentative, as capital improvement project schedules typically have many variables that influence when tasks may be able to start and finish)

  • Call to Artist Posted: Feb. 20th, 2020
  • Application Deadline: April 10, 2020 (EXTENDED)
  • 1st Art Panel Meeting to select 3 finalists: Apr. 2020
  • 2nd Art Panel Meeting, Finalists Interviews: May. 2020
  • Announcement of Selected Artist: Jun. 2020
  • Approval/Contract Process: Aug. 2020
  • Art Production – Installation Complete: Feb 28, 2022

 

For more information, contact Jeff DaCosta jdacosta@artsfoundtucson.org or by phone at (520) 460-4506. 

DueApril 10, 2020
00:00:00:00
Issued DueFebruary 20, 2020
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