Iowa Art in State Buildings Program


Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Budget: $165,000

Entry Deadline: May 11, 2015

Summary: The University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa is issuing this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists, artist teams or artist representatives to submit their qualifications for the creation of artwork for permanent installation at the Seamans Center South Annex.  The project is currently in design and slated to begin construction in early 2016.  This RFQ process will be followed by a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for up to four (4) finalists.

The Seamans Center South Annex Addition affords an opportunity for the establishment of artwork that is highly visible to large numbers of students, visitors and the public given its location adjacent to the Pentacrest, the University Capital Centre and a major east-west thoroughfare. The overarching goal is for this work to communicate and showcase the beauty of core engineering concept(s) in a way that is profound, timeless and engaging. It should communicate engineering principles to all ages and levels of education and background in some way.

The budget for the resulting commission will be approximately $165,000. This includes all associated costs of creation, fabrication, shipment, installation/integration and display.  A stipend of $2,000 will be provided to finalists upon completion and presentation of formal proposals.


RFQ Open: March 16, 2015

Qualifications Submission Deadline: May 11, 2015

Selection of Finalists: Week of June 15, 2015

Proposal Submission Deadline: August 30, 2015

Proposal(s) Presentation(s): Week of September 7, 2015

Selection and Commission Awarded: Week of September 21, 2015

Project Completion (anticipated): Early 2018


For more information and application instructions, download the complete RFQ.

Questions about the project may be directed to:

Shawn Albaugh Kleppe

University of Iowa Facilities Management


Questions about the Iowa Art in State Buildings Program may be directed to:

David Schmitz

Iowa Arts Council


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