Monday, November 26, 2007

Call for Artists for LA County Fire Stations

The Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Civic Art Program seeks artists to design, fabricate and install artworks for four new Los Angeles County fire stations, two in Santa Clarita and two in Palmdale. One artist may be selected for multiple stations. Several more fire stations are in the planning stages. Artists who respond to this RFQ may be placed in a pool for future fire station commissions.

The new fire stations will provide fire protection and emergency medical services to unincorporated areas of the County. Fire Department personnel desire artworks that are timeless, classic and modest.

The 11,000 sq. ft. Fire Station 156 (24525 Copperhill Drive, Santa Clarita), to be constructed in 2008-09, will provide fire and life safety services to northern Santa Clarita. The station includes a community meeting room, two equipment bays, dormitories and a kitchen. The County is constructing a temporary station on the site to serve the area until
Station 156 is completed.

The 5,000 sq. ft. Fire Station 108 (28799 Rock Canyon Dr., Santa Clarita), currently under construction and due to be complete in August 2008, will serve the rapidly growing region of Santa Clarita and the adjoining area of Saugus. It is located in a residential neighborhood, and has a welcoming, home-like feel.

The 11,000 sq. ft. Fire Station 136 (3650 Bolz Ranch Road, Palmdale), located in a rapidly growing residential community of Palmdale, is under construction and will be completed in August 2008. In addition to the equipment bays and dorms for staff, this station includes an office and dormitory for the Battalion Chief.

The 11,000 sq. ft. Fire Station 93 (5624 East Avenue R., Palmdale), serves a residential area of east Palmdale. This station will also house a Battalion Chief as well as three equipment bays and accommodations for seven personnel.

Budgets include artist fees, insurance, travel, fabrication, structural engineering, conservator review, delivery, permits and installation:

Fire Station 156: $69,000
Fire Station 108: $35,000
Fire Station 93: $56,000
Fire Station 136: $52,000

Selection Process and Criteria
Artists will be selected by a committee comprised of community and County stakeholders, using the following criteria:

Proven artistic merit and strong professional qualifications;
Ability to execute a high quality, easily maintainable artwork on time and
within budget; and
Ability to produce an artwork that embodies the qualities of timelessness,
modesty and classic design.

To Apply
The following materials must be received by 5pm, Monday, December 10, 2007:
1. Resume including name, mailing address, preferred phone number(s), fax, email and web page (if applicable). Please limit resume to three pages.
2. Brief letter of interest, addressing:
Specifically why this project interests you;
Interest in or experience with working with public safety personnel on artwork content; and
Other relevant civic artworks.
3. Up to twenty (20) images of your most relevant work. We prefer digital
Submit digital images on a CD-ROM or via email in JPEG format, PC compatible and no larger than 1920 x 1920 pixels (do not zip or stuff files). Each image must be unlocked and downloadable.
Submit slides in a clear plastic sheet, labeled with artist’s name and a number which corresponds to the annotated image list. Indicate the top of the image.
·Label each slide or digital image with artist’s name and a number which corresponds to the image list – for example 001JaneJones, 002JaneJones.
4. A brief image list, including:
·Title, date and location of artwork
·Very brief project description
·Mediums and dimensions
·Commissioning agency or client, and project manager, if applicable.
5. Three professional references, with title, phone and email addresses.

Materials may be e-mailed, mailed or hand delivered to:
Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program
Fifth District Fire Stations
1055 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Questions? Rebecca Banyas, Project Manager, 213-202-3986, or Letitia Ivins, Civic Art Coordinator, 213-202-5859. For further information about the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, please visit

Do not send original artwork.
Late applications will not be considered and will be returned.
While every effort will be made to carefully handle applications, the Arts Commission cannot be held responsible for lost or damaged materials.
The Arts Commission reserves the right to accept or reject any and all responses received, or commission an artist through another process.
All artists who submit their materials for review will receive written notification of the results of the selection process, including identification of the selected artist(s).
All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

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