Request for Qualifications
February 22, 2021 at 11:59 P.M.
The Office of Public Art and Riverlife seek visual artists living in southwestern Pennsylvania to be considered for the Pittsburgh Creative Corps Roster, a pre-qualified list of creatives selected by a panel of artists, art and design professionals, and community stakeholders for various public art opportunities for 2021 – 2022. The roster will also be accessible to serve as a tool for public agencies, private businesses, or other organizations that seek to commission artwork in the public realm in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Creative Corps (PCC) initiative is designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the need to engage artists and creative workers to activate the public realm while providing economic opportunity. As part of the PCC, the roster is designed to engage a broad pool of artists in southwestern Pennsylvania for various public art opportunities that arise. The roster is designed to make the artist selection and vetting process for individual projects more equitable and time efficient, allowing the PCC initiative to more quickly commission artists.
This call is open to all visual artists living and working in southwestern Pennsylvania who identify as either Emerging or Established Public Artists.
An information session will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 4:00 P.M. via Zoom. Attendees must register in advance by going to https://tinyurl.com/OPAInfo2. Attendance is not required to apply to this RFQ. The session will be recorded and made available for viewing.
To support the Pittsburgh Creative Corps and other public art opportunities, the Office of Public Art will be hosting three training sessions as part of its Winter Intensive: Demystifying the Public Art Application Process. These sessions include:
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 4 – 5:30 PM: Finding and Applying for Different Types of Opportunities
Thursday, February 4, 2021, 4 – 5:30 PM: Preparing Work Samples and Image Scripts
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 4 – 5:30 PM: Letters of Interest and Artist Statements
These sessions have a suggested ticket price of $5 per session or $12 for the series. For more information and registration, visit https://opapgh.org/events/.