Call for Artists: Council Chamber Art Project


Ramsey County Historical Society

Council Chamber Art Project
Deadline: September 23, 2019


For complete Call for Artists, see: before applying.

Call for Artists

Artists/Artist-led teams are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered as finalists for the creation of new art to add to the St. Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse council chambers.


With this public art opportunity, RCHS seeks to diversify the voices engaged in the community’s public art presence. RCHS encourages all artists to apply. We encourage artists or teams of artists led by, or inclusive of, a person who self identifies as a person of color or Indigenous (POCI) to respond to the call for artists.

Project Scope

The goal of the project is to commission four new pieces of two-dimensional art that can be enlarged and reproduced at a larger scale for exhibition in the Council Chambers. This installation may be supplemented by the additional exhibition of the new, original artwork in the council chambers. The new artwork will be installed on a rotating basis, with two new pieces installed concurrently alongside two of the existing John Norton pieces.

  • Artists will receive a commission of $3,000 for each piece.
  • Artists are responsible for all their material, delivery and/or transportation costs.
  • Artists will not be responsible for reproduction, framing or installation costs.
  • Original artwork created for this project will become the property of the Ramsey County Historical Society and may become part of its permanent collection.
  • Artists will retain the right to reproduce and use images/reproductions of their art.
  • RCHS anticipates hiring four artists/teams, one for each of the four opportunities. 
  • Any style or technique of 2-dimensional artwork may be considered. Artwork that includes 3-D techniques, performance, music, film, installations, etc., will not be considered.

Artists/Teams will receive $3,000 for each piece of original art created, including all fees, materials, fabrication, transportation, delivery, etc.

Selection Process Overview

  • The Council Chamber Art Task Force established by RCHS will review applications and select up to eight artists or artist teams as finalists.
  • Selected finalists will present their proposals at in-person interviews.
  • Four artists/teams will be selected after those interviews to implement their project. 
  • Finished artwork will be proposed to the City Council & Ramsey County for inclusion in the council chambers. The City Council & Ramsey County shall determine if new artwork is installed.
  • Selection as one of the artists/teams to create artwork does not guarantee installation in the chamber, however all artwork will be displayed by RCHS.


  • Applicants may be individuals or teams; each applicant or applicant team must be led by an experienced visual artist
  • Applicants must provide all required information, including providing a portfolio of previously created two-dimensional artwork for consideration by the task force
  • RCHS, Ramsey County, and City of St. Paul employees, elected officials, and board members are ineligible to apply
  • It is strongly desired that the applicants be residents of the East-metro region of Minnesota, but this is not a requirement

Required Submission Materials (in digital format only)

Please provide the following information in 12-point font; In ONE SINGLE PDF DOCUMENT:

  • Contact information for lead artist and each team member
  • Three references (contact information only) for recently completed projects
  • Up to two-page letter describing your interest in the project and your approach to the design
  • One-page biographical information and/or resume for each team member
  • One-page list of work samples being submitted

Work Samples:

  • Please provide up to 12 separate digital images of your recent and relevant projects.
  • Each image file should not exceed 1 MB.
  • Teams are limited to 12 images maximum
  • Do not include multiple images in one file
  • Save all images as standard JPEG
  • Label each with applicant’s or team member’s full name
  • Number each image in sequence corresponding with list of work samples
  • Example: John Doe_Image1

Selection Criteria

  • In addition to meeting eligibility requirements, selection of finalists will be based on the following criteria:
  • Quality of letter in describing how you will approach the project.
  • Artistic merit of work samples, and appropriateness of the samples to the project
  • Ability of finalist or finalists’ team to successfully create the desired artwork based on application materials provided, within the time stated.

For finalists, design concepts presented in the interview must meet the following criteria:

  • Conveys goals and embodies the themes of the project
  • Conveys artistic excellence and has a broad appeal

Please submit all materials via email to: Robyn Priestley ([email protected])

Incomplete applications may not be considered.

All materials must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST, Monday, September 23, 2019.

For complete Call for Artists, see: before applying.

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Sep 3rd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Monday, Sep 23rd 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

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