Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge
Request for Proposals: Rockland Landing Mural
ArtsWestchester, in partnership with the New York State Thruway Authority (Authority) and the Arts Council of Rockland, seeks requests for qualifications from professional New York State artists or artist collectives interested in creating a permanent mural for an underpass on Rockland County landing of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge shared bicycle and walking path (“the path”).
The Request for Proposals is a competitive process to identify artists for the mural commission. The mural should be original in design with family-friendly, universal appeal that speaks to the history and surrounding community of South Nyack while appealing to a wide variety of pedestrians who will be using the path. Additional considerations and specifications will be determined by the Authority, with input from ArtsWestchester.
From this RFP, the Selection Committee will identify up to five (5) finalists to be invited and awarded a stipend to submit final artwork designs. Artists will be asked to present their proposals in-person to the Selection Committee.
Artists will be notified if they have been selected as a finalist on or around September 27, 2019.
The winning finalist should be prepared to install the mural on site by April 2020.
RFP DEADLINE: All proposals must be submitted online via the link provided by September 13, 2019, 11:59PM, E.S.T.
ELIGIBILITY: Artists must reside, work, or maintain a studio in New York State to be eligible for consideration for this project.
PROJECT BUDGET: The $38,500 commission will cover all services from final design through fabrication, including artist fee, material costs, and insurance.
Finalists will be awarded a $300 honorarium.
APPLICATION PORTAL: CLICK HERE
MURAL PACKET: CLICK HERE
SUBMISSION NOTE: Artists may only submit one design for consideration by the panel.
Murals are considered permanent and should be applied with long-life paint, or durable, weather-resistant 2D materials. Proposals may not include sculptural or protruding elements. All proposed work must be able to withstand an outdoor, four-season environment and include plans for a final anti-graffiti coating. The mural must conform to the footprint of the designated site shown in the attached plans and may utilize the entire space or portions of it, including interior walls, the ceiling, and the exterior chamfered walls. Proposals may NOT include the path itself.
All styles of artwork will be given equal consideration. Proposals should be sensitive to the behavior of pedestrians and cyclists entering and exiting the underpass, and be appropriate for all ages and audiences. Artists are strongly encouraged to consider the regional context of the mural location, including the history and culture of the Hudson River Valley and the surrounding communities in particular.
Artists may submit one design for consideration.
All proposals will be judged based on their artistic merit and on the criteria established by the Selection Committee.
The mural will occupy walls in an underpass located on the Rockland County landing of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge shared bicycle and walking path. All walls (including ceiling) are available to the artist(s) for the project. Approximate dimensions of the available walls are as follows (please see attached diagrams for additional information, including details pertaining to underpass lighting and wall concrete):
East Wall: 14.5’ tall x 75’ long
West Wall: 14.5’ tall x 62’ long
Ceiling: 12’ x 87’
West chambered wall: 14.5’ tall x 10’ long
East chambered wall: 14.5’ tall x 12’ long
For Full RFP and to apply: CLICK HERE
All questions about this opportunity should be directed to ArtsWestchester.
Director of Public Programs, ArtsWestchester
914.428.4220 ext 306
Exhibitions Manager, ArtsWestchester
914.428.4220 ext 331
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