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Summary

ArtsFairfax is seeking to commission an artist or artist team to produce a limited-edition arts map of Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and City of Falls Church that we will present to the honorees of the 2022 Arts Awards. 

Background Information

ArtsFairfax is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is designated as Fairfax County’s local arts agency. ArtsFairfax distributes County funds to support the arts and provides promotional and informational services to make the arts accessible to the public. We provide additional services and programs that are funded by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as well as by corporations, foundations, individuals, and civic organizations.

The Arts Awards bring business and community leaders together with elected officials to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of local artists, arts organizations, and the private sector. Honorees are selected by a review committee and celebrated at the annual Arts Awards luncheon. The 2022 Arts Awards will be held on October 28, 2022.

Each year, ArtsFairfax commissions an artist to create the awards that we present to the honorees during the Arts Awards luncheon. The following artists have created awards in recent years: ceramicist Bikki Stricker, sculptor Wayne Shiffelbein, glass artist David Barnes, multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Kamen, and sculptor JP Muller.

Artist Scope of Work

The selected artist/team will design a map of Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, and City of Falls Church that highlights the area's major arts venues, organizations, and events, including Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, Workhouse Arts Center, Capital One Hall, George Mason University Center for the Arts, Ernst Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College, The Alden Theatre at McLean Community Center, Center Stage at Reston Community Center, a festival at Bull Run, arts disciplines including music, dance, chorus, theatre, film, visual arts, and literature/poetry. The map must include the ArtsFairfax logo, towns in the County, and integrate 3-4 of the most commonly spoken languages in Fairfax. ArtsFairfax will be responsible for matting and framing the prints. ArtsFairfax will own the rights to the artwork and ArtsFairfax may use the image for other purposes with proper credit to the artist/team. The artist will create a limited edition of 20 original prints on paper measuring between approximately 11” x 14” and 20” x 30” to be mutually agreed upon.

Project Goals

• Celebrate the arts in Fairfax.

• Provide a unique graphic representation of the arts in the County.

• Connect to the history and diversity of the community.

Budget

The artist/team will receive a total commission fee of $2,000. This fee will cover the design, materials, fabrication, rights to the image, and a high-resolution reproduction.

Visibility

The selected artist/team will receive two complimentary tickets to attend the 2022 Arts Awards at Capital One Hall on October 28 and will be recognized at the event from the podium and in the printed event program. We anticipate that approximately 300 people will attend the Arts Awards, including elected officials, business professionals, community leaders, artists, and arts administrators.

Eligibility

Artists and design professionals (age 18 or older) residing in Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, or City of Falls Church are invited to apply as individuals or teams.  

How to Submit Qualifications

Applicants must submit the following:

1. Statement of Interest. Describe your interest in the project, experience working on comparable projects, and preliminary ideas for how you would approach this project. Thumbnail images or sketches are welcome. 

2. Resume. Maximum of three pages outlining your professional accomplishments. If submitting as a team, please include resumes for each team member, with each resume being no longer than three pages.

3. Images of Past Work. Artist/Teams must submit 5 images of past work. 

4. Two Professional References. Provide name, affiliated organization (if appropriate), email address, phone number, and relationship to each reference. References should be able to speak to your ability to complete this commission.

Anticipated Timeline

RFQ Issue date…..…………………………………………..……....April 18

Deadline for Submission of Qualifications………......…June 1

Notification of Selection………………………………….….......June 8

Execution of Contract ….………………………………….….….June 15

Initial Design Meeting ….……………….………...Week of June 20

Preliminary Design …….………..…….....….….....Week of August 1 

Delivery of Prints to ArtsFairfax.....…..………....Week of Sept 12

Selection Process and Criteria

A panel including ArtsFairfax staff and Board members will evaluate all submissions. The panel will select the artist/team based on the following criteria:

• Artistic merit as evidenced by digital representations of past work.

• Experience of the artist/team.

• Appropriateness of the artist/team’s medium, style, and previous professional experience as related to the goals.

• The ability of the artist/team to successfully work within the timeline and budget.

Questions

Please contact Emily Stone at EStone@artsfairfax.org with any questions.

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