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Art in Public Buildings Program - Casper State Office Building

Opportunity for USA Artists in Multiple States to Display
Artwork at a New Public Office Building in Wyoming

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Wyoming Arts Council (WAC)

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Opportunity for USA artists in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, and South Dakota to display their artwork at a new Casper, Wyoming office building. Artists from the State of Wyoming will be given preference. Artwork will be commissioned for the exterior of the facility, which will house eight state agencies. The building is scheduled to open in 2021.

In reviewing submitted RFQ materials, the committee will consider the following:
- The quality of the artist’s portfolio or previous work samples submitted
- The artist’s cover letter and how well it addresses this particular project
- The artist’s experience working with the public art process and demonstrated ability to work with the project architect and facility managers.

Proposal packets and budgets for finalists must include additional lighting needs, signage, and plans for a foundation (if needed) or other structural support, design fees, material costs, labor for fabrication and installation, and all necessary costs involving planning, completion, delivery, and installation of the project. It is the responsibility of the artist to budget accordingly.

Exterior design elements include modern elements like glass, brick to convey a governmental appearance, and punch outs and metal elements to connect it to the Yellowstone District. Landscaping will include rock mulch and berming to reflect the former rail yard site. There are several green spaces around the exterior of the building. A city bus stop is located by the north entrance. North and south main entrances to the building are centrally located with arms of the building housing the various state agencies. Employees and visitors will enter into a two-story central atrium. Colored porcelain floor tiling will assist with wayfinding. A custom chandelier in the atrium reflects the rail yard and roundhouse and other lighting fixtures resemble boxcars. Other interior finishes include weathered Wyoming wood and milled steel.

Casper, and specifically the downtown area near the new State Office Building, has been undergoing a redevelopment and reinvigoration in recent years. Developments in the downtown include an art center, new restaurants and businesses moving into the area, and a forward-looking focus on arts, culture, and building community. Entrepreneurs and business owners have local support and the community has embraced new ideas and organizations.

Artwork should complement the design of the building, including the rail yard theme and history of the Yellowstone District. Wyoming, and specifically Casper, has a reputation as hard working. That theme is reflected by the agencies that will occupy the Casper State Office Building. The committee is interested in work that connects to themes and ideas of hard work and to the agencies, services, and visitors of the new building.

All styles, genres, conceptual approaches, and mediums will be considered. All proposed artwork must be durable, structurally sound, secure, site appropriate, and easy to maintain. Additional drawings, site plans, and information will be provided to the artists invited to submit complete proposals.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184129

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This is a regional RFQ open to artists residing in Wyoming and neighboring states: Montana, Idaho, Colorado, Nebraska, Utah, and South Dakota. Wyoming artists will be given preference.

Pre-Application Information:

Submissions to the RFQ are due March 1, 2019 and must be submitted via CaFE.

If decided by the committee, in-person or video presentations may take place. There will be modest financial compensation for final design proposals and in-person presentations. Any other travel is the responsibility of the individual artist.

The selection committee will review the submissions to this RFQ in February 2019. Following review, select artists will be asked to submit a complete formal design proposal. A decision will be made by April 2019. A specific timeline for development, production, and installation will be established upon selection of the finalist(s). This timeline is subject to adjustment.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions about the project or need more information on the selection process, please contact the Wyoming Arts Council, 307-777-7742 or

Rachel Clifton:

Wyoming Arts Council
2301 Central Ave.
Barrett Building, Second Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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USA: Colorado;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nebraska;   South Dakota;   Utah;   Wyoming