31 Dec 2018

Public Art RFP Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library’ Public Art Installation RFP

DC Public LibraryWashington, D.C., United States

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Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: February 1, 2019 – The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) Public Art Program is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) from individual artists, designers or art/design teams to create a two dimensional artwork.

The work will be a vinyl decal design applied to the interior glass walls of the main entrance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Central) Library, at 901 G St. NW, in conjunction with a major modernization project to be completed in 2020. The artwork for this space should be a creative visual interpretation of Dr. King’s legacy as it connects to the Library, and which reflects multiple perspectives from D.C. communities. The selected artist will be required to create two public engagement programs at neighborhood libraries that inform some aspect of the design and/or creative process.

After reviewing responses to the RFP, a review panel will select the finalist on the basis of past work samples and a statement of artistic approach. The finalist will be required to attend a public program in late February regarding Dr. King’s legacy as it relates to DC Public Library. Following that event, the finalist will develop a proposal that includes (a) a visual design that reflects upon Dr. King’s legacy as it connects to the Library, and (b) two public engagement programs that will inform some part of the design or creative process. Final designs will be submitted in September 2019. In collaboration with the artist, the Library will oversee fabrication and installation of the artwork in mid-2020.

This RFP is open to all artists, designers, and art/design teams aged 18 or older. While US citizenship is not required, the lead artist/designer must have a social security number or Federal Tax ID (EIN) in order to receive payment. A proven track record in public art is not required; however, experience adapting studio work to larger-scale projects and managing complex projects is desired. The ability to work iteratively and collaboratively in the refinement of the final design is essential.

The selected artist will be awarded a design fee of $10,000 total; $8,000 for design development of the artwork and $2,000 for the required public engagement component, to design and execute two public programs during calendar year 2019 in collaboration with DC Public Library. Fabrication and installation of the artwork will not be the responsibility of the artist.



  • December 13, 2018 RFP is released
  • February 1, 2019 RFP Closes
  • February 2019 Applications reviewed by review panel + community advisors; Finalist announced Public Program (artist attendance required)
  • April – June 2019 2 Public Programs with Public Engagement Component to inform design
  • September 2019 Final design due
  • Mid-2020 Fabrication & Installation

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Public Art RFP. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Open to U.S. Artists Only, and Special Opportunities. Income: *No Application Fee and Purchase.

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