Request for Proposal - Sculpture

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Call to Artists / Request for Proposal

AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (“ASF”) invites sculptural artists to submit an application and proposal for creation of a three-dimensional public art sculpture (“the sculpture”). The sculpture is planned to be displayed in four to six areas throughout Orange County, CA, for four to six weeks at a time. Some or all of the proposed display areas may be openly exposed to the elements.

The commission grant is $5,000 (“the grant”). The grant must cover all materials and artist time used in creation of the sculpture and will be awarded upon delivery.

Prior public art experience is not a requirement. The initial display period will begin on World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1, 2014. The final sculpture must be completed and installed by that date.

ASF has embarked upon a three-year communications plan consisting primarily of public art. The works created throughout this project will convey “HIV is not yet cured” (“the message”) and bring attention to the on-going struggle against HIV/AIDS in Orange County as well as ASF’s position as a leader in HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention, and care in the community.

ASF currently cares for 1,600 men, women, and children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS in Orange County, CA. On average, five persons per week are infected with HIV in our community. Nearly 40% of new infections occur in people aged thirty-nine years and younger. A more complete picture of HIV/AIDS in Orange County can be found here.

This call is open to emerging and established visual artists, college-aged or older, who are legally authorized to work in the United States (per U.S. Department of Labor). Advanced, high school-aged artists may also apply.

Selection Criteria and Process
Evaluation and selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Function: How well the proposed sculpture conveys the message
  • Form as evidenced by submitted proposal and design images: Originality of concept; Skill with which the artist composes stylistic elements; Mastery of techniques and materials
  • Additional Consideration (though not required): Education and training as an artist; Exhibition record in galleries and/or non-profit art spaces; Public or private art commissions; Awards, critical response or other activities demonstrating professional practice

A Selection Committee comprised of leaders in the Orange County arts community, visual arts educators, visual artists, HIV specialists, and marketing and public relations professionals will review submissions and, using the evaluation criteria above, select an artist to create the sculpture. Candidates may be required to present to the Selection Committee in person should pool of applicants deem it necessary.

All application materials must be submitted via email to

  • Applicant must provide a permanent mailing address, email and phone contact information
  • Applicant’s name must be included on each page of each item submitted
  • ASF reserves the right to request supporting documentation of any submission materials for verification purposes

What to submit:

  • Artist statement (1 page recommended length – PDF format): Brief summary of your relevant artistic experience and your thoughts regarding the impact of HIV/AIDS in your community
  • Professional resume (Optional; 2 page recommended length – PDF format): Detail your relevant professional experience
  • Description of proposed sculpture (No more than 2 pages): Describe what your piece will look like (shape, color, material, etc…) and how it will convey the message; Include a budgetary breakdown, if possible
  • Illustration of proposed sculpture (PDF or JPEG format): The illustration need not be perfect or finalized, but give the selection committee a visual estimation of the completed sculpture, including scale
  • Images of previous work (No more than 10 – JPEG format): Digital files only, maximum 2MB per file; Label each image with your last name and a numeral indicating which order the images should be viewed; Submit only images of applicant’s own original work; Submit no more than 10 images
  • Annotated image description (PDF format): A typed page listing each digital image in sequence above; Indicate file name, title of work, medium, dimensions, date, and location exhibited (if applicable)
  • References (No more than 3): Email, phone and mail contact information must be included with each reference; References must be qualified to testify to applicant’s artistic capabilities, accomplishments, and professionalism

Application Deadline
Applications must be completed and fully submitted by 5:00pm on Monday, October 20, 2014. Applications that are mailed, faxed, or hand-delivered may not be considered. Applicant questions relative to this RFP may be emailed to Questions will be answered as quickly as possible.

Artist Notification, Responsibility, Delivery and Ownership of Sculpture

  • The selected candidate will be notified no later than 5:00pm on Monday, October 27, 2014.
  • The selected artist may be required to make him/herself available for media interviews.
  • The selected artist is fully responsible for the timely completion and delivery of the sculpture. In the event the sculpture is not completed and delivered according to the specifics listed below, the artist will forfeit claim to the grant.
  • The completed sculpture must be installed in the initial display location no later than 5:00pm, Sunday, November 30, 2014. ASF and the selected candidate will work together to facilitate delivery and installation.
  • Upon delivery, the selected candidate relinquishes, and ASF assumes, ownership of the sculpture.

Other Important Information
ASF is not responsible for the loss or damage of any submitted materials. Application materials will not be returned to the applicant. All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change. ASF reserves the right to award no public art commissions.


  • 17982 Sky Park Circle
  • Suite J
  • Irvine, CA 92614-6482


  • AIDS Services Foundation Orange County
  • (PHONE) 949-809-5700
  • (FAX) 949-809-5779


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  • 8:30 am to 5:00 pm