Thursday, June 13, 2013

Contact: Mike Journee
208-384-4402 |

New public art opportunity for City Hall Plaza

The Boise City Department of Arts & History today announced a new public process to select artwork for Boise City Hall plaza. Three previous proposals were rejected by the art selection committee that felt the proposals didn’t capture the appropriate spirit for this important gathering area.

The public art project is being done in conjunction with structural renovations to Boise City Hall plaza. 
The new process will start with an open “Request for Proposals, (RFP)” which will call for specific proposal concepts from any artist (or artist teams) interested in applying. This process allows for all artists to put forward their ideas, including those who have not had the experience of doing a large-scale project.  Due to the budget size of the project, a national call for proposals is required. The revised criteria will provide Idaho artists another chance at receiving the commission.
A workshop will be conducted for interested artists to receive information on what the City is looking for in the project.  All project proposals will be displayed for public viewing in an exhibition/gallery format, with extensive opportunity for public comment. A selection panel will consider public input, interview candidates and select the concept/artist to recommend for City Council approval.  The approved artist will work with the plaza design team to integrate the art into the plaza design.
More details on the new process, including a schedule for applications, will be announced later.
The City of Boise and the Capital City Development Corporation each are providing half of the $200,000 total funding for the project. Artists submitting proposals will not receive a fee or be reimbursed for the proposal designs, materials or design time.