Description and Objectives:
Winona State University and Buffalo Star People Design request qualifications for a permanent, outdoor sculpture that will integrate within a newly-created Indigenous Learning Garden (ILG). This Indigenous Learning Garden is located on Dakota land, which is currently used as the campus of Winona State University. The goal of the Indigenous Learning Garden is to create a place of healing and medicine, promote awareness and care for Unci-Maka, and provide community learning about the Dakota people who historically lived on this land. It will also be a place for education and learning for the community. The WSU ILG Art Selection Group is particularly interested in artists who use natural materials and material from the surrounding region of Winona. Proposals from Indigenous artists are strongly encouraged.
The WSU ILG Art Selection Group will review all applications and select qualified finalists. Finalists will be provided a stipend of $800.00 to further develop a specific proposal (RFP). Furthermore, finalists will be asked to visit the garden and sculpture site and conduct a short presentation with the WSU ILG Art Selection Group on how their proposal relates to other elements of the Indigenous Learning Garden.
The WSU ILG Art Selection Group reserves the right to accept or reject proposals, in whole or in part, and to negotiate separately as necessary to serve the best interests of Winona State University and Buffalo Star People Design. This RFQ is undertaken by the WSU ILG Art Selection Group pursuant to the authority contained in provisions of Minnesota Statutes 16B.35, 136F.06, 136F.581 and other applicable laws.
Submission of Materials:
Artists or artist groups should submit the following as a single, digital, zipped file to [email protected].
- A brief biography (250 words), which should include:
- Name(s), tribal affiliation(s), and other relevant biographical information.
- A resume detailing relevant commissions and/or work experience (no longer than three pages).
- A concise narrative, which describes how your art work would integrate into an indigenous learning/medicine garden. Please include any maintenance requirements your work (from past experience) as well as any installation challenges you face with your work (350-500 words).
Qualification materials must be sent (time stamped) via email by no later than 5:00 PM CST, on October 19, 2018.
Sculpture Budget and Artist Compensation:
The total budget for the sculpture is $40,000. Compensation will be negotiated with the selected artist(s) and must be a percentage of the total budget (not an additional charge). The total budget includes:
Approximately $5,600 or as decided by the WSU ILG Art Selection Group for:
- Finalist Artist stipends for proposals are $800. This $800 is for travel to Winona and to further develop a specific proposal (RFP). We plan for all finalists to visit the garden and sculpture site and conduct a short presentation with the WSU ILG Art Selection Group on how their proposal relates to other elements of the Indigenous Learning Garden.
And approximately $34,400 for:
- Selected Artist compensation
- Travel: We will ask the selected artist to visit campus for the installation and also be available for 1 day or more to discuss their artwork.
- Preparatory drawings
- Installation costs
- Signage/plaque (coordinated with the WSU Arboretum Committee)
- October 19, 2018: Qualifications are due. Please email all materials as a single, zipped file to: [email protected].
- November 9, 2018: Finalists are notified and invited to visit the garden and sculpture site and create a specific proposal according to guidelines outlined by the Art Selection Group and an accompanying request for proposals.
- December 7, 2018: The winning proposal is selected and all finalists are notified.
- October 14, 2019: The sculpture is installed on campus by this date in time for Indigenous People’s Day, 2019.
For a complete RFQ, please email Art Collection Coordinator, Roger Boulay at 507-457-5532. Thank you for your interest in the Indigenous Learning Garden and art at Winona State University.