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1.1.         Overview of the Opportunity

The Program Management Consultant (PMC), contracted to the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), is seeking artists and artists’ teams to create site specific artworks and artistic enhancements for the future Baltimore Red Line Light Rail Line. There will be art opportunities at approximately 23 major locations, including five underground stations, fourteen above ground stations, one pedestrian connector, two portals, Route 40 bridges, and other infrastructure elements.  For moreinformation about the project visit:


The Baltimore Red Line is a 14.1 mile east to west light rail line connecting Woodlawn to the Bayview MARC Station through downtown Baltimore City and Baltimore County.  Construction of the Red Line is expected to begin in 2015 and end in 2021.


1.2.         Project Description

This Call for Artists is to create a roster of artists and designers of all types including 2D and 3D artists working in a variety of media to create integrated public artworks for the stations, environs and connecting infrastructure.


Up to three artists may be selected for each station or other major locations listed in Section 1.1 for an approved roster.  If selected for the approved roster, qualified artists will be assigned one or more specific opportunities by location and paid a stipend to create artwork proposals for specific station(s) or individual location(s).  From these proposals, artists may be competitively selected for award of contracts to design and integrate artwork into the overall station and infrastructure.  Artists would also work with the communities to create artwork that highlights the cultural vitality of the region, and reflects the artistic, cultural and/or historical interests of the surrounding communities. 


Selected artists should be cognizant that consideration of art that relates to the local community is a feature required in the final art design in order to be eligible for federal funding.  Research, possibly including direct community contact, may require a site visit to obtain the necessary input. 


Specifically, the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) requires the following criteria be used when artists are involved in planning and design of transit projects and/or when individual works of arts are commissioned:


    (1)       Quality of art or design,

    (2)       Impact on mass-transit customers,

  (3)       Connection to site and/or adjacent community; art that relates, in form or substance to the cultures, people,              natural or built surroundings, or history of the area in which the project is located,

    (4)       Appropriateness for site, including safety and scale,

    (5)       Durability of material,

    (6)       Resistance to vandalism, and

    (7)       Minimum maintenance.


Accordingly, selected artists will be bound by these requirements when submitting proposals in response to competitive                       Requests for Proposals (RFP) that will be issued by the Soliciting Organization (1.3). Therefore, artists that can demonstrate               these criteria were considered and applied in the experience portions of their submission can improve the likelihood of selection.

1.2.1.     Project Locations

A series of competitive RFPs will be issued by the Soliciting Organization following the creation of the roster of qualified artists.  Each solicitation will request proposals for one or more of the project locations listed in 1.1 above.  Projects may be solicited singly, or grouped by type of project (e.g., underground stations, at-grade stations, plazas, buildings and infrastructure).


                 1.2.2.     Project Goals

The purpose of the Art-in-Transit Program is also to enhance the travel experience, to promote transit use and to engage the community.  Possible opportunities for artworks and artistic enhancements include feature walls, ground planes and plazas, streetscapes, light installations, fences and railings, portal walls, functional objects, bridge enhancements, retaining walls, pylons and other possibilities. The Baltimore Red Line Art-in-Transit Master Plan will be available to the selected artists.


                1.3.         Soliciting Organization

The Red Line Program Management Consultant (PMC).

                1.4.         Solicitation Process

Details and the form of the follow-on procurement are still under review but those details would be given to the artists on the approved roster as a prelude to making a proposal.

                1.5.         Solicitation Tentative Schedules

The follow-on RFPs are anticipated to be issued to meet near-term, critical path design requirements with the remainder of the requirements to be met in a later phase.

The Application Deadline for this Call for Artists which will result in creation of the artist roster for all project locations is Friday, June 13, 2014, 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time.

                The schedule for the follow-on RFPs will be as follows:

                1.5.1      Schedule for Critical Schedule RFPs:

·         Call for Artist Finalist Notification and Invitation to Submit Proposal, June 2014

·         Artists’ Proposals Due, August 2014

·         Commissioned Awards, August/September 2014

                1.5.2      Remaining Stations and Infrastructure Schedule

RFPs for the remaining locations will be issued in series beginning approximately in September, 2014.  Proposals will be due approximately 6 weeks after release of each RFP.  Selection of artists and award of artist contracts will be made approximately 6 weeks after receipt of proposals.    

                1.6.         Artists’ Eligibility

This Call for Artists is open to all professional artists or artists’ teams with public art experience. If artists are applying as a team, the team should be declared in the Artist Statement, specifying a team leader to receive notifications.  Although it is not required, preference may be given to artists who have previously participated in or received a commission for a major public art project, particular in a public transit environment.  Qualified artists will be considered regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, marital status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information or age. Local artists are encouraged to apply. If you applied for Phase 1, you will need to re-apply to be considered for Phase 2.


                        2.       PROJECT FINANCING

                2.1.         General

The budget for individual artworks may be up to $350,000.00.  Artists must thoroughly consider cost prior to submitting a proposal. The final budget may include, but is not limited to, all costs associated with the project, design, materials, fabrication, transportation, installation, related permits, licenses, insurance and site modification. The Final RFPs, if issued, will describe submission requirements and will include budget ceilings for each opportunity. The budget is subject to the availability of funds.  Cost will be one of the criteria considered by the Selection Panel when evaluating artist proposals.


Additionally, the Final RFPs will describe contractual elements that will potentially combine elements of design, artist supervision and fabrication in the final arrangements should an artist win an award as the result of the final RFPs.


                2.2.         Payments to Artists

If a follow-on solicitation is issued, Artists selected to prepare proposals will be paid a stipend for work product in the amount of $3,500.00 to compensate for the cost of preparing and submitting a proposal.  Travel to the Baltimore area is anticipated as a means to acquire community input as part of preparing a proposal in response to follow-on RFPs, but is not a mandatory requirement.  The stipend is intended to cover all artist costs associated with preparation of proposals.


                        3.         POINT OF CONTACT

Jo Schneider, Art in Transit Manager

Baltimore Red Line

Transit Development Delivery

100 S. Charles Street, Tower Two, Suite 700

Baltimore, MD 21201


         Artists shall correspond with the PMC regarding the Call for Artists only through the Point of Contact.



               4.1.         General

SOQs may be submitted only through electronic means.  This is a Call for Artists only.  Do not send proposals. Applications should be submitted through the CAFÉ website – The PMC reserves the right to reject any submission in whole or in part for incompleteness, or because the submission fails to meet the requirements for eligibility set forth in this Call for Artists, or are otherwise determined not to be in the best interest of the State.   

                4.2.        Submission Deadline

Qualifications are to be received by June 13[J1] , 2014, by 5:00PM in the Eastern Time Zone.  All elements of a submission must be received by the deadline date.

                4.3.         Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) Submittal Content

Submittals must include the following:


           Application Form: If applying as a collaborative artist group, name each member of the group.   Electronic submissions will be            made through the web site. The link to the Red Line Application is:   


·         Work Examples/Images: Ten (10) digital file images of completed past artworks. Digital files must be in JPEG format (Images should be a minimum of 3300x2250 pixelsno smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side, 3MB maximums, 72 ppi/dpi).

·         Annotated Images List: List each digital image in sequence. Indicate the title of the work, media, dimensions, location, brief description, date of work, project budget and project partners if applicable. For previous public art projects, please list the client agency.

·         Resume: Current resume and/or artist’s bio which outlines your experience as a public artist.

·         Statement of Interest: Briefly describe your interests and qualifications for the project (Two pages, maximum, double spaced). In your statement, address the criteria outlined in Section 5.1 – Evaluation Procedure.

·         Experience in Producing Art Meeting FTA Criteria:  Describe any past artwork that met or partially met any of the FTA criteria described in Section 1.2, above.

·         References: Submit three (3) references (commissioning agency or organization, design or arts professional, architect, landscape architect, etc.) that have detailed knowledge of the artist’s work and working methods. Must provide name, title, contact information (e-mail and phone) for each reference.

·         Preferences:  Submit prioritized preferences for the different types of locations listed Section 1.1.  The preferences will be used to help evaluators assign artists to the specific opportunities.


 Note:  Although the automated submission procedures should help an artist to avoid any omissions, should the submission be incomplete, the submission will be rejected.




                   5.1.         SOQ Evaluation Procedure

An Artist Selection Panel, comprised of art and design professionals, the PMC and community representatives will review artists’ portfolio and resume submittals to select artists for the commission opportunities. Artists will be selected based on experience and qualifications using the following criteria:


o    Artistic Merit

§  Originality, artistic excellence and innovation demonstrated through past work and supporting documents.

§  Style with which the artist composes stylistic elements

§  Mastery of techniques and materials.

o    Professional Recognition (Credentials) as evidenced by submitted statements and resume

§  Education and training as an artist

§  Exhibition record in museums, art galleries and/or non-profit art spaces

§  Public or private art commissions

§  Awards, critical response, artist-in-residencies, or other activities demonstrating professional practice.

o    Familiarity with geographic region.

o    Familiarity and experience with working with large public agencies.

o    Experience with Public Art and FTA criteria

o    Demonstrated ability to collaborate in regards to design, approvals and implementation with the community, architects and managers.

o    Reference check

The above criteria are listed in order of importance.  The Panel will rank qualification submittals and select the top submittals to participate in the next step in the multi-step process.

          6.         QUESTIONS

Questions from prospective Artists will be answered electronically and posted.  Questions to the Point of Contact shall be submitted via e-mail to the following e-mail address: Please identify in the subject line the Call Title.


Questions are requested to be submitted no later than May 30, 2014. The Point of Contact, based on the availability of time to research and communicate an answer, shall decide whether an answer can be given to submitted questions. Time permitting; answers to all substantive questions will be answered so that interested parties will have sufficient time for the answer to be taken into consideration in the SOQ preparation.


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