Request for Proposals

Baltimore Ravens Mural Project

Art Projects Opportunity:

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) in collaboration with the Baltimore Ravens seek Baltimore- based emerging & professional visual artists to produce creative and uplifting and community centered artwork designs that will be translated into decorative exterior wall painted murals for painting on exterior walls to be implemented in the City of Baltimore and replicated digitally for the inside of M&T Bank Stadium.

This commission of requires that sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of artwork for print fabrication and electronic distribution are original artworks that meet the design criteria of BOPA and Baltimore Ravens

This Call to Artists opens to applicants on August 27, 2021 

Project Goals:

The purpose of the Art Projects is to improve the appearance of an area, raise the profile and tell the story of Baltimore in the revitalization of the city. The commissioned artwork should include and reflect the following elements/themes:

· Baltimore Ravens and community impact

· Maryland/Baltimore pride and culture

· “Our City. Our Team.”

· The brightness and potential of our hometown

The inclusion of artwork in public places increases quality of life in Baltimore’s dynamic communities celebrates local artists and promotes accessibility to the arts.

SCOPE OF WORK FOR DIGITALLY REPRODUCED ARTWORKS

AND PAINTED EXTERIOR WALL MURAL ARTWORKS

· Applicants submit art design concept proposals that meet the design criteria set forth in this RFP.

· Commissioned artists participate in multiple rounds of design development to provide revisions to the project stakeholders before final artwork is approved. Sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of art works for fabrication meet the design criteria of Baltimore Ravens.

· Commissioned artists are required to provide the final, approved artwork designs in a digital format that meets the technical specifications of the printer/fabricator selected by Baltimore Ravens. Artwork designs will be digitally reproduced on high durability materials and professionally installed by Baltimore Ravens.

· Commissioned artists design and implement exterior wall painted murals at pre-selected locations sited in Baltimore City (one painted mural per artist).

Call Timeline:

August 27, 2021​ - Call to Artist RFP issued​

September 20, 2021    Deadline for RFP Submissions

Project Timeline:

August

• Phase I – Call to Artists

September - October

• Phase II – Artist Selection and Commissioning, Art Design Development, Design Revisions and Approval of Finalized Art Design, Delivery of Finalized Digital Art files for Print Fabrication, Procurement

October - November

• Phase III – Project Implementation

Installation of Completed Painted Murals, Site Clean Up, Unveiling Ceremonies

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists residing in the City of Baltimore.  Employees of BOPA and Baltimore Ravens are not eligible to apply.

Budget

The selected artists will receive a commission of $21,250.00 The funding is inclusive of all artist fees, material supplies costs, equipment rentals, digital file formatting services, installation and site work expenses, and taxes. Artist payments will be administered in phases as deliverables are met.

Application Requirements:

PDF of application must include the following:

· Artist Contact information (Name, Address, Email, Telephone)

· A color image of the proposed artwork with a description of the piece, materials and installation method

· A short description of why the proposed artwork meets the goals of this Call to Art (100 words or less)

· CV or Current Resume, including name, address, phone number, email address and website for all members of the team

· Description of previous mural installations, including color digital images of previous relevant work with annotated image descriptions. JPEG format preferred for previous artwork samples (Please label: Last name, First name, Maximum 5 work Samples)

· All digital works must be in jpg, png or pdf format. Digital work should be sent in a file no less than 300 dpi.

Art Design Guidelines:

· Artists are encouraged to develop designs which have a positive local narrative and strong local connection, raise the profile or tell the story of Baltimore, celebrate community pride and/or feature highlights of iconic or important local Baltimore histories.

· Artists are encouraged to respond to the beauty and greatness of Baltimore, its citizens, neighborhoods, natural settings, landmarks and assets.

· Art designs must be simple, affirming, identifiable, or recognizable forms that generally evoke positivity and universally understood by both youth and adults.

· Artists must avoid using imagery and language which identifies athletes or administrative personnel from the Baltimore Ravens in the artwork design.

· Imagery must avoid violence, criminal or sexual activity, racist or religious symbolism. Imagery of suffering or death should be excluded.

· Imagery may not include trademarked designs

· Artwork designs should reflect the following elements/themes: Baltimore Ravens and community impact, Maryland/Baltimore pride and culture, “Our City. Our Team.”, The brightness and potential of our hometown

· Clear, simple graphic design appropriate for large-scale outdoor use shall be required for all murals and digital art reproductions.

· Artists should consider the limited timeframe and project budget. The artwork must be of a nature that can be displayed by a public entity for the enjoyment of a diverse, family-type audience.

Digital Art Dimensions: 12 x 34

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

-Quality of proposal

-Visual and technical sophistication

-Proven experience completing projects on time and on budget

-Experience producing artwork for a highly visible public environment

-Art concept design proposal meets RFP design criteria

Artist Commissioning

Two artist finalists will be commissioned to create finalized digital designs for fabrication and implement a painted exterior wall mural at pre-selected work sites.

Notification

All applicants will be notified of the Artist Selection Panels decision by October 15, 2021.  The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Baltimore Ravens NFL reserve the right not to select any of the applicants.

All applications must be received by 5:00 pm, September 20, 2021

Late submissions will not be considered

Mailed submissions:

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

10 East Baltimore St, Floor 10

Baltimore, MD 21202

Attn: Christopher Brooks / Ravens Mural Project

We’re here to help!

We are happy to help to answer any questions about the application process.

For any inquires related to the call or artist selection process please contact:

Chris Brooks

Community Art & Special Projects Manager

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

cbrooks@promotionandarts.org

443-263-4338

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RASH FIELD CAFÉ – MURAL PROJECT

Art Project Opportunity:

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) in collaboration with Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore (WPOB) seek to commission professional visual artist to produce unique, original mural artwork designs for implementation in the new Rash Field Café at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  This commission of requires that sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of artwork for fabrication are original artworks that meet the design criteria of BOPA.

Eligibility
This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists residing in the City of Baltimore. Employees of BOPA and WPOB are not eligible to apply.

Scope of Work for painted interior wall artwork:

· BOPA will solicit art design proposals from qualified artists for the Rash Filed Café Mural Project. A panel of project stakeholders will select an artist finalist to prepare a final art design for implementation in the Café interior.

· Applicants submit art design concept proposals that meet the design criteria set forth in this RFP.

·  Commissioned artists participate in multiple rounds of design development to provide revisions to the project stakeholders before final artwork is approved. Sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of art works for fabrication meet the design criteria of BOPA and WPOB.

· Commissioned artists are required to provide the final, approved artwork designs in a digital format that meets the technical specifications of BOPA and WPOB.

· Commissioned artists design and implement an interior wall painted mural at Rash Field Café.

Project Goals:

The purpose of the Art Projects is to improve the appearance of an area, raise the profile and awareness of the Rash Field Cafe. The commissioned artwork should include and reflect the following elements/themes:

· Beauty of surrounding landscape (Inner Harbor)

· Maryland/Baltimore pride and culture

· The brightness and potential of our hometown

The inclusion of artwork in public places increases quality of life in Baltimore’s dynamic communities celebrates local artists and promotes accessibility to the arts.

Budget
The selected artist / artist team will receive a commission of $17,000.00 The funding is inclusive of all artist fees including assistants, material supplies costs, equipment rentals, installation and site work expenses, digital file formatting services, and taxes. Artist payments will be administered in phases as deliverables are met.

Art Design Guidelines

• Artists are encouraged to develop designs that highlight the beauty and unique features of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, celebrate community pride and/or feature highlights of iconic or important local Baltimore histories. Additionally, designs may be considered that highlight the park's features, especially that of the of Adventure play, Nature play, vitsa, and skateboarding area

• Art designs must be clear, simple, affirming, identifiable, or recognizable forms that generally evoke positivity and are universally understood by both youth and adults.

• Imagery must avoid violence, criminal or sexual activity, racist or religious symbolism. Imagery of suffering or death should be excluded.

• Artists should consider the limited timeframe and project budget. The artwork must be of a nature that can be displayed by a public entity for the enjoyment of a diverse, family-type audience

Application Requirements:

Please to the application link at (link), each application must include the following:

· Artist Contact information (Name, Address, Email, Telephone)

· A color image or images of the proposed artwork with a description of the piece, materials and installation method

· A short description of why the proposed artwork meets the goals of this Call to Art (100 words or less)

· CV or Current Resume, including name, address, phone number, email address and website for all members of the team

· Description of previous mural installations, including color digital images of previous relevant work with annotated image descriptions. JPEG format preferred for previous artwork samples (Please label: Last name, First name, Maximum 5 work Samples)

· All digital works must be in jpg, png or pdf format. Digital work should be sent in a file no less than 300 dpi.

Overview of the Rash Field Cafe:

Rash Field Café, developed by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore, is sited on Rash Field at 300 Key Highway, Baltimore, MD 21202. The Café is the centerpiece of the southwest inner harbor promenade and serves as a visitor center for tourists and residents. The park was developed with much input from surrounding neighborhoods and aims to be a play destination for Baltimoreans of all-ages.

Production Timeline

September - October

· Call to Artists opens September 17, 2021

· Deadline for Submissions – October 11, 2021

· Selection and notification to artists – October 15, 2021

October – November

· Art Design Development - late October

· Equipment & Supplies Procurement - early November

· Art Implementation - starting November 15, 2021

· Deadline for completed artwork – November 30, 2021

Project Budget

Commission Award to Selected Artist for Procurement of Material   Supplies, Installation Costs and Artist Fees

$17,000.00

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

-Quality of proposal

-Visual and technical sophistication

-Proven experience completing projects on time and on budget

-Experience producing artwork for a highly visible public environment

-Art concept design proposal meets RFP design criteria

Notification

All applicants will be notified of the Artist Selection Panels decision by October 15, 2021.  The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore reserve the right not to select any of the applicants.

All applications must be received by 5:00 pm, October 11, 2021

We’re here to help!

We are happy to help to answer any questions about the application process.

For any inquires related to the call or artist selection process please contact:

Lou Joseph, Project Manager

Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

ljoseph@promotionandarts.org

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Request for Proposals

Washington Monument Lighting: 50th Anniversary Poster Competition

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA), in partnership The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore (DPOB) is pleased to announce a Call to Artists to produce original digital artwork designs in celebration of the 50-year history of the Washington Monument lighting.

This commission of requires that sketch, mockup and final design digital image submissions of artwork for print fabrication and electronic distribution are original artworks that meet the design criteria of BOPA, DPOB and the Mt Vernon Conservancy

This monumental occasion opens to applicants on August 27, 2021

Background

The Washington Monument is the centerpiece of intersecting Mount Vernon Place and Washington Place, an urban square in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood north of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, the first major monument to honor George Washington (1732–1799). Since 1971, during the first Thursday in December, the city of Baltimore has held the annual "Lighting of the Washington Monument" led by the city’s Mayor. The Monument is maintained by the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy.

Eligibility

This opportunity is open to emerging and professional artists residing in the State of Maryland. Employees of BOPA and DPOB are not eligible to apply.

Budget

The selected artist will receive a commission of $1,200 to create a digital design of the artwork for print fabrication and electronic distribution. The funding is all inclusive of artist fees, expenses and taxes; artist payments will be administered in phases as deliverables are met.

Timeline

August 27, 2021 Call to Artist issued

September 17, 2032 Deadline for Applications

September 30, 2021 Artist Notification

October 15, 2021 Deadline for delivery of finalized digital art file

December 2, 2021 Monument Lighting Event

Application Requirement

All applications must include the following:

-Artist Contact information (Name, Address, Email, Telephone)

-Statement of Interest (100 words)

-Resume or CV

-Artwork Concept (JPEG format preferred. Please label: Last name, First name)

-Concept Description Sheet (use this space to describe artwork concept, please limit  descriptions to 300 characters for artwork)

Application Deadline

All applications must be received online through BOPA’s Submittable application page

All applications must be received by 5:00 pm, Monday, September 20, 2021

Art Design Guidelines:

Acceptable 50th Anniversary poster proposals are 2-D works – photography, graphic design, painting or similar media for duplication. All works must be no less than 4 x 4” and no more than 20 x 20”. Work should be oriented in a portrait style and sent in a file no less than 300 dpi for print. The final poster dimensions will be 18 x 24 with borders, sponsor logos, and the event copy.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

-Quality of art design proposal

-Visual and technical sophistication

-Experience producing artwork for a highly visible public environment

-Proven experience working to accomplish a project on time

Art Selection Process:

BOPA will solicit art design proposals from artists for the Monument Lighting 50th Anniversary poster competition. A panel of project stakeholders from BOPA, DPOB and Mt Vernon Conservancy will select three artist semi-finalists. DPOB will present semi-finalist design concepts to the community of Baltimore for a vote to identify the winning design concept.

Artist Commissioning

The artist with the winning art design concept will be commissioned to prepare a finalized digital artwork to be reproduced as printed posters, event maps, and as a component of the annual Downtown for the Holidays event guide. The credited artwork will also appear in news releases, advertisements, and social media promotions. The image of that artwork will be used to represent the annual Monument Lighting in Baltimore City to be held December 2nd, 2021 where the artist will be publicly acknowledged for their work.

Notification

All applicants will be notified of the Artist Selection Panels decision by September 30, 2021. The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts and the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore reserve the right not to select any of the applicants.

We’re here to help!

We are happy to help to answer any questions about the application process.

For any inquires related to the call or artist selection process please contact:

Chris Brooks, Community Art & Special Projects Manager, Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

cbrooks@promotionandarts.org 443-263-4338

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BALTIMORE OPEN STUDIO TOUR 2021

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts (BOPA) is proud to announce our 33rd Annual Open Studio Tour (OST):

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 10AM – 6PM

Sunday, October 24, 2021, 10AM – 6PM

An annual city-wide event, Baltimore Open Studio Tour has brought together professional artists and the general public, giving art lovers, students, art collectors, and creative influencers the opportunity to visit, meet, engage, purchase, and get a glimpse into the world and studios of some of Baltimore City’s most vibrant artists.

Each year attendees travels from throughout Maryland area and the surrounding region to visit the studios of artists in Baltimore to see their work and step into their working processes.

Open your studio on October 23rd and 24th, and take the opportunity to share your work with the public and with other artists during OST Weekend.

This program is made possible with the generous support of the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC).

Please note -  If you have a studio at Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower or School 33 Art Center, please do not use this application. Email our Public Art and Curation Manger, Kirk Shannon-Butts, at ksbutts@promotionandarts.org for information on how to register.


SCHOOL 33 ARTS CENTER AND BROMO SELTZER ARTS TOWER APPLICANTS

Current School 33 Art Center and Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Residents fee is $0.00. *Please email our Public Art and Curation Manager, Kirk Shannon-Butts at KSButts@promotionandarts.org for registration information.*

ELIGIBILITY: All fine, visual, and performance artists with studios within the Baltimore City limits are eligible to participate.

DEADLINE: SUNDAY, September 12th, 2021, 11:59PM

Individual Artists:

• Artists: $45.00

School 33 and Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Residents:

• Current School 33 and Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower Members: $0.00. *Please email our Public Art and Curation Manager, Kirk Shannon-Butts at KSButts@promotionandarts.org to get listed.*

Studio Building Registrations:

• 5 or more Studio Artists: $40.00 Each

If one person is paying all of the registration fees for the entire group on one credit card or check, do not use this application. You will not be able to submit this application without payment. Instead, contact Kirk Shannon-Butts at KSButts@promotionandarts.org to register with your group.

Makerspaces/Community Spaces/Nonprofit Arts or Education Spaces:

• $50.00

Galleries/Museums/Commercial Studios

• $55.00

REGISTRATION INCLUDES:

• Digital promotional assets.

• 25 promotional postcards.

• 1 display sign.

• Name, studio address, and studio hours included in printed map.

• Name, address, studio hours, website and sample image(s) included in online map and BOPA website and BOPA social media platforms.

Participating artists are required to open their studios on both days, Saturday and Sunday.  All information about your studio (location, open hours, website, social media, etc.) will be available our website at www.promotionandarts.org. The site features a map with details for each participating artist and will remain live for one year.

CURATED COACH TOUR:

For 2021, there will be a curated tour each day where three (3) artists per day are featured and will receive up to 25 guests for a 45-60 minutes studio tour group.  Artists will be selected based upon scope of work.

PUBLICITY:

Although BOPA will publicize this event to the media, artists are encouraged to send out postcards (provided by BOPA) to their own mailing lists and activate all social media platforms to promote your studio.

QUESTIONS:

If you have any questions, please contact Kirk Shannon-Butts, Public Art & Curation Manager, at KSButts@promotionandarts.org.

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