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Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Project Title

A Murals Program for the City of Indianapolis

Deadline for Submissions

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. (EDT) This is a postmark deadline.

Program Specifics

The mission of the Arts Council of Indianapolis is to build financial support and widespread
appreciation for meaningful engagement in the arts. As part of its 2010-2012 strategic plan, the
Arts Council has identified a revitalized public art program as a catalyst to raise the visibility of the
arts, beautify the built environment, and engage residents and visitors in exceptional arts
experiences. The Arts Council of Indianapolis endeavors to partner with the City of Indianapolis
on the creation of a murals program for Marion County. The Arts Council will administer all
aspects of the murals program on behalf of the City of Indianapolis.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis is requesting qualifications from artists or artist teams
who are interested in creating outdoor public murals throughout the City of Indianapolis
and Marion County. This RFQ is an open call to experienced mural artists nationwide.

The Arts Council’s Public Art Advisory Committee will assist in reviewing and recommending
locations for murals. The Arts Council’s Public Art Selection Committee will review and
recommend artists. Members of these two committees are comprised of prominent experts in
their respective fields and include artists, arts advocates, curators, administrators, and other arts
and community development specialists. Once created, murals are expected to remain no more
than ten years with discretion given to the property owners after that period.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the Arts Council’s murals program, artists must:

       Be 18 years of age or older
       Work as a professional artist or artist team
       Live in the United States
       Carry personal liability insurance for the duration of the project (The Arts Council can
        provide a referral to an insurance provider if needed.)
       Be willing to meet all contractual obligations and adhere to a strict timeline
Additional Considerations

The Arts Council will give preference to central Indiana artists, as well as artists who:

        Have created public art, large-scale works, or exterior projects
        Have experience working in a community process

Selection Process

Once the Arts Council has received the qualifications from interested artists, the Selection
Committee will review the submissions and make recommendations. The Arts Council will notify
selected artists and conduct a mandatory workshop to inform them about issues relating to the
murals program. The Arts Council will pair selected artists and sites based on artistic merit and
community impact. Artists will then develop specific proposals based on the location of the mural
and discussions with the community.

Selection Criteria

The Arts Council will select artists based upon the following criteria:

        Work of the highest caliber and effective execution
        Experience of working within program guidelines
        Ability to complete work within a specified timeframe
        Visual impact on pedestrian and vehicular traffic
        Appropriateness of content (should be appropriate for all audiences)


The budget for each mural will range from $2,000 to $30,000 depending on artist experience, size
and type of mural, equipment, and materials. Each artist is expected to budget all materials and
equipment needed to complete his or her mural.* The budget provided to each artist or artist
group does not include site preparation, as the Arts Council will manage each location to ensure it
is structurally sound prior to work by the artist.

*The Arts Council is currently developing partnerships that may provide additional assistance with
paint, supplies, and equipment.

Project Timeline
The murals project will follow this timeline:

April 1, 2011                   Request for Qualifications Deadline

April 2011                       Selection Committee Reviews RFQs and Selects Artists

May 2011                         Arts Council Notifies Artists of Selection

April through May 2011         Arts Council Matches Selected Artists with Approved Locations and
                                    Begins Holding Meetings with Muralists and Neighborhoods

Mid-May 2011                    Mandatory Workshop for Selected Artists

End of May 2011                 First Murals Begin
Submission Process

Artists must submit the following information on one CD:

   Applicant Information: Complete the Submission Form found at

   A Statement of Interest: This letter should be no longer than one typed letter-sized page
    using 12-point font and 1-inch margins on all sides. You may wish to draw attention to your
    specific qualifications and briefly outline key concepts and materials that you would
    incorporate into mural projects.

   Professional Resume or CV: No longer than 3 pages

   Work Sample List: Submit examples of murals that best represent your experience, style,
    and ability. In addition, you may also submit images of any other work (large scale or
    otherwise) that best represents your work over the past 5 years. Include a list of the work
    samples on a submitted CD and as much information about each of the samples as possible
    (include name/title of piece, location, medium, process, dimensions of the wall, year
    completed, and any other pertinent information). Name your submitted digital files according
    to the following format: FirstLast_01.jpg, FirstLast_02.jpg, etc. Here is an example of a Work
    Sample entry:

    1. Searching and Finding, 123 N. Main St., Indianapolis, acrylic on brick, grid, 10’ x 30’, 2009,


   Digital images on a CD

        o Jpeg files ONLY

        o Image Size: Good quality, no larger than 72 dpi

        o No larger than 1MB each

   Copies of designs or sketches

        o No hard copies

        o Scan all mock-ups to pdf format

All images should be professional quality photographs of your work. If you need a referral to a
professional photographer who specializes in working with artists, please see the Arts Council’s
Resources page:

Each artist must label the submitted CD with his or her name and “Murals Program.”
Delivery of Submissions

All required materials must be delivered or postmarked by 5:00pm (EDT) on Friday, April 1,

Submissions MUST be delivered or mailed to:

Arts Council of Indianapolis
Attn: Murals Project
924 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1021

Contact Information

Hugh Vandivier, Public Art Manager
Arts Council of Indianapolis

The Arts Council prefers to receive questions about this Request for Qualifications via email.
Please send inquires to

For more information about the Arts Council of Indianapolis, please visit

For the complete Request for Qualifications and Submission Form, go to

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