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Artist Opportunity: Renaissance Hotel and Downtown Phoenix Partnership Announce Request for Qualifications

by Downtown Phoenix Inc.
Arts & Culture Downtown Phoenix Inc. April 30, 2019


The following call for artists of all practices is presented by Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel and Downtown Phoenix Partnership (“Ownership Team”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time).
BACKGROUND AND OVERVIEW
The Ownership Team is interested in working with an artist or artist team to creatively address an exterior west-facing wall of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel.
Project: Renaissance Installation
Address: 100 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Request: a flat or sculptural mural or mural-like art feature created from any material fit for long term outdoor application (paint, tile, concrete, metal, other, etc.)
Budget: $25,000
Overview: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel is embedded in the vibrant landscape of the downtown core. Offering 4-Star services and urban decor, this convenient hotel boasts an ideal location near an incredible array of attractions, including the Phoenix Convention Center, Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena and the Phoenix Art Museum. With 51,000 sq.ft. of event space and the popular cowboy-inspired restaurant Dust Cutter, Renaissance is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike to unpack their bags for work or pleasure.
The Exterior Installation: This exterior installation is intended to improve the pedestrian experience of the hotel. The selected work will be unique to Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel as it will become visually iconic of the project and further represent the vitality and culture of the urban neighborhood in which the hotel is located. It should consider the thematic schemes of the building and project— the 5 C’s (Cattle, Copper, Cotton, Citrus, Climate); respect of indigenous lands and culture; a sense of discovery and place— while keeping the general feel and tone responsive to the present and future, a contemporary metropolitan city.
Artist(s) will provide licensing and reproduction rights, and permit photography of artworks, including use in promotional materials. All reasonable effort will be made to credit the artist in promotions and when communicating with media.
CAPABILITIES
This request for qualifications is to identify an individual Artist or Team (“artist”). The artist selected from this call will design and implement a significant art feature for the full expanse of a primary wall facing Central and Adams, the second busiest intersection in Downtown Phoenix. Designed to enhance the pedestrian experience, the work should be functional day and night and feature a primary identifying element for photographic experiences. Figures and other imagery that can stand the test of time are welcome. Artists whose aesthetics are bright, colorful, and energetic are encouraged to apply.
The proposed art space measures approximately 144 feet long by 13 feet 8 inches high (measured to the bottom of the awning).
Click here to view images of the walls. (see light gray portion of wall, with shadows from metal awning)
All Arizona artists, designers, creative individuals and teams are encouraged to apply.
The works will not contain images or messages that include nudity, political, religious, advertising or otherwise controversial themes.
SUBMISSION DETAILS
Interested artists are encouraged to learn more about Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel via the following website: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxbd-renaissance-phoenix-downtown-hotel/
Eligibility:
This opportunity is open to designers and artists living and working in the state of Arizona with the ability to produce exemplary art.
Artists must be registered as an Artlink Articipant. Find the registration form on artlinkphx.org.
Finalists: 
Up to three artists/teams from the applicant pool resulting from this RFQ will be selected to produce or propose a concept.
Honoraria:
Each finalist will be paid $250.00 for their proposals.
Criteria:
A selection of finalists will be based upon the quality, originality, and craftsmanship of their past works and potential to make a significant artistic contribution to this project.
Recommendation of the Winning design(s) will be based upon:
– The strength and feasibility of the proposed works.
– The design’s potential to engage tenants and visitors in a meaningful way.
Project Rates: 
There is no additional out-of-pocket expenses expected from the finalists. The chosen artist is responsible for managing the project budget which should include all costs of materials, labor, equipment and any other expenses associated with the installation of the selected design.
The Ownership Team has committed a total of $25,000 to be made to the artist(s) for completion of the project in addition to the $250 finalist honorarium.
Timeline:*
Selection Phase
Call Issued: Friday, April 26, 2019
Submissions Due: Wednesday, May 8, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. (local AZ time)
Finalists Notified: Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Finalists Concept/Design Presentation Due: Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Selection Announced: Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Project Phase
Planning / Fabrication (as applicable): TBD
Installation: TBD
Project Finalized / Ribbon Cutting: TBD
*Timeline subject to change.
Submission Requirements:
Please make sure you follow ALL guidelines and complete the entire submission form, including the following:
– A current resume.
– One-page letter of interest.
– Portfolio of ten digital images documenting previously completed creative work that demonstrates originality and skill in creating and executing murals or installations suitable for long-term outdoor application. Images should reflect work produced within the past five years.
– Descriptions of the works of art submitted in your portfolio, including title, date, size and brief description of the art work.
– Email and phone contacts for three professional references. These references will be called only if you are a finalist.
Every submission is appreciated and will be seriously considered.
Artists will be notified by email.
NOTE: Submissions are received through the Submittable platform. Please create an account or sign in to an existing account. 

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