Call for Artists: Meredith Pier Public Art RFQ
Call for Artists – Meredith Pier Public Art Project RFQ, Bodega Bay, California
County of Sonoma: Creative Sonoma and General Services Department
Applications must submitted no later than 11:59pm PT on Friday, April 30, 2021. This deadline has been extended from the original deadline.
This public art opportunity is open to individual artists and/or teams of artists residing in Sonoma County. Artists residing in West County and coastal Sonoma County are encouraged to apply. Applicants may not submit more than one application nor be listed as lead artist for more than one application. Artists working in a variety of permanent or semi-permanent, durable, outdoor media are encouraged to apply.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Bodega Bay Meredith Pier Public Art Project
This opportunity is for a public art installation located at the site of the former Meredith Pier in Bodega Bay. The Meredith Fish Company pier and cannery building was originally built nearly 80 years ago, which was abandoned and then fell into disrepair. The site was formally condemned in 2004 as physically and environmentally unsafe posing dangers to residents, visitors, the water surrounding it and its ecosystems. The pier is currently being demolished, leaving behind a cement “footprint” on which this public art project will be sited.
Bodega Bay is the ancestral land of the Coast Miwok Native Americans. The community has a rich and diverse history of cultures, industries and economies. Potential themes for the artwork include, but are not limited to:
- Acknowledgement of the area’s history and the heritage that carries forward
- Homage to the lives of the people who have and currently populate the area, as well as those who have lost their lives at sea as an opportunity for reflection and contemplation by their friends and families
- Celebration of the ecology and conservation of the Bodega Bay waterway
Meredith Pier, CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA. The “canvas” for the art project includes the semi-permanent fencing that will surround the property as well as the interior space and floor. See photos in RFQ document.
Projects will be funded up to $10,000. This should be inclusive of artist fees, and all expenses related to design development, including engineering, fabrication, transportation and installation of the artwork, insurance, and all other project related expenses.
ESTIMATED COMPETITION TIMELINE (Subject to Change; updated April 16, 2021)
March 22, 2021 Application opens in Submittable.
April 30, 2021 Deadline to submit qualifications, 11:59pm PT. (Round 1)
May 18, 2021 Artist(s) selected or Finalists notified
June 8, 2021 Finalists’ deadline to submit proposals – if necessary (Round 2)
June 28, 2021 Award Notification
July 16, 2021 Finalize Artist Services Agreement with selected artist
Sept 30, 2021 Project completion and installation target date target date
HOW TO APPLY
Read the RFQ Guidelines thoroughly and then utilize the Application Help Tool which contains all of the application questions and instructions (pages 6-7 of the RFQ). No handwritten or paper-based applications will be accepted. Applicants will need to have – or to create – an account in Submittable, our online application portal. Click on the black Submit button to get started on your application, which will appear on March 22, 2021.
For questions, email CreativeSonoma@sonoma-county.org.