Request for Qualifications: Percent for Art Project in Columbia, MO

Columbia Sports Fieldhouse
Percent for Art Project | Columbia, Missouri
Deadline to apply: August 25, 2017




Click here to download RFQ guidelines and instructions.


The City of Columbia, Missouri, invites artists to apply for a public art project at the planned Columbia Sports Fieldhouse. The City seeks an artist or artist team to create new site-specific, original, public artwork(s) for the sports complex. Works in a variety of durable media and forms will be considered. The project is a component of Columbia’s Percent for Art Program, established in 1997, and is being implemented by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). At this point, artists should submit qualifications only, not a design proposal (see Selection Process and Application Information). Once an artist is selected, he/she will propose work for the site.

Once completed, the Columbia Sports Fieldhouse at Perry Philips Park in south Columbia will feature four courts for basketball and volleyball leagues, tournaments and other sporting events. The project’s design includes not only the indoor court area, but also lobby and corridor areas, an exterior gathering space, and a prominent front entrance.


As a designated Percent for Art project, one percent of the overall construction project has been set aside for site-specific public art at the Sports Fieldhouse. The project affords a unique opportunity for meaningful public art in Columbia. No aspect of the art is pre-determined.

The budget for the site-specific public art at the Columbia Sports Fieldhouse project has been established at $31,450. The amount must include all artist fees, materials, fabrication, shipping, installation, etc.

The project is open to all artists and artist teams, 18 years and older, legally residing and eligible to work in Missouri. Professional artists with experience in the field of public art are encouraged to apply. All applicants, regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, origin or disability, will be considered.

The city’s Standing Committee on Public Art, made up of artists, arts professionals, community representatives and project staff, will review applications and choose finalists. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of artistic and technical merit and strength of past work. Though not required, relevant work in the field of public art is desirable as is experiences collaborating with architects and other design professionals. The number of finalists is not pre-determined.

All finalists will be invited to interview with the project selection panel and will receive an honorarium for doing so. Finalists will not be asked to develop design proposals for the interviews, but should be prepared to discuss how they might approach the project as well as present a survey of their past work and answer questions from the panel. The selection panel will recommend the applicant(s) they believe to be most qualified for the project to the city’s Commission on Cultural Affairs. The City Council will finalize the decision. Once the contract has been approved by City Council, the selected artist(s) will be able to begin developing a proposal for the project.

To be considered, submit the following:

  • Current résumé
  • Contact information for two professional references
  • A maximum of ten images of completed works or projects (submitted electronically). Images should be in JPEG format; image resolution - no more than 300 ppi (may be as low as 72 ppi); maximum file size (per image) – 3 MB; name each image with the following format: lastnameimagenumber.jpg (for example, filename for would be Smith01.jpg, Smith02.jpg, and so on).
  • An annotated image list that corresponds to visual submissions. It should give the image number, title of the work, medium, dimensions, year of completion, project location, budget, commissioning agency and a brief description (100 words). The list should also include the artist’s name. Click here to download a template (save PDF to computer, do not complete in internet browser).
  • A typed statement of interest, no more than 500 words, that outlines how you might approach this project, if selected, what materials you might use, how this project could relate to your current work, etc. Do not include sketches or a developed description of a possible installation, just the basic statement of interest.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, August 25, 2017. Faxed or emailed applications cannot be accepted. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered.


ONLINE FORM, by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 25

MAIL, postmarked by Friday, August 25

  • City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, 300 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO, 65203

HAND-DELIVER SUBMISSIONS by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 25

  • City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, 300 S. Providence Rd., office is open 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday

Contact the Office of Cultural Affairs at 573-874-6387 or

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