RFQ: Sculpture/3D artwork installation for Dakota County Judicial Center Lobby Area


Request for Qualifications:

Sculpture/3D artwork installation for Dakota County Judicial Center Lobby Area

Installation site:
Dakota County Judicial Center
1560 Hwy 55, Hastings, MN 55033

Project description // Context and Background:
The Dakota County Public Arts Committee (DCPAC) is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install an indoor sculpture or 3D artwork installation in the 1st floor lobby area of the Dakota County Judicial Center in Hastings, Minnesota.

The sculpture/3D artwork will be in the center of the lobby and the focal point the space. The lobby is the common area between the In Custody Courtroom (ICCR), waiting rooms and other meeting areas. Due to the nature of the activities in the space – the ICCR is where jail inmates have their first court appearance – the sculpture should be both an aesthetic improvement to the space and explore themes of justice, security and hope. The audience of the installation includes employees of the judicial center and members of the public, including individuals and families experiencing the county legal system.

The sculpture will be installed in an already existing space measuring approximately 162” long and 62” wide and 72” tall (see attached photos and additional specifications). Proposals that cannot meet the space requirements will not be considered.

Project Goals // The final DCPAC project proposal will be selected based on the criteria below:

  • Is visually engaging, improves the aesthetic quality of the space and is sensitive to the nature of the activities that occur in the building/immediate areas.
  • Effectively explores themes of justice, security and hope.
  • Meets the specifications of the proposed artwork installation area.
  • Utilizes materials that are appropriate within the space and do not require maintenance other than occasional light cleaning.
  • Conveys imagery that is appropriate for intended audience. Proposals including nudity, violence/objects of violence or any other explicit imagery will not be considered.
  • Is accessible: creates a meaningful artwork experience for anyone in the space, regardless of age, race, gender, physical or mental abilities.

Budget: $18,500, including fabrication and installation. Three selected finalists will be paid $500 for proposal development.
Funding for this project is provided by the Dakota County Public Arts Committee. A budget of $18,500 must cover all associated costs of the project, including but not limited to design, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation, lodging, insurance and installation of the sculpture.

The selected artist will receive a contract for design reviews, fabrication and installation. The resulting artwork shall be owned by Dakota County. Artist shall retain copyright and must allow Dakota County, the Judicial Center and the Dakota County Public Arts Committee permission to use images of the artwork for educational and promotional purposes.

Qualifications or requirements // Eligibility:
The project is open to all Dakota County residents with demonstrated experience in public art design and fabrication, and who have been previously been commissioned for at least 2 projects of similar scope and budget.

How to apply // Required Submission Materials:

  • Letter of interest (1 page maximum, single spaced, 12-point font) briefly describing your reasons for applying to this project; any previous experiences working on similar commissions; and how you plan to approach this project and its goals.
  • Current professional resume (2 pages maximum, single space, 12-point font). Must include your name, address, phone number, email and a website, if applicable.
  • A brief artist statement (no more than 500 words).
  • 7-10 images of work samples saved in JPEG (.jpg) format, 72ppi, 1920 pixels on the longest side. 
  • Work sample list – list of artwork samples being submitted, with descriptions that include year completed, budget, material and dimensions.
  • Two references with contact information.


RFQ submissions due: May 1, 2019

Finalists identified: June 1, 2019

Finalist design plans due: August 1, 2019

Commission review period: September 2019

Artist selected: November 1, 2019

Artwork delivery and installation: January 30, 2020

Schedule subject to change. The Dakota County Public Arts committee reserves the right to reject all proposals received during the submission timeline and open a second call for RFQs.

Contact Jenelle Teppen with questions: 651.438.4247 or [email protected]

Statement of diversity and inclusion
Dakota County residents are diverse. They come from different backgrounds and cultures, have different abilities and needs, speak many languages, and have a variety of cultural traditions, values and beliefs. The Dakota County Public Arts committee strives to reflect the diversity of our community throughout our work and aim to ensure that everyone who works with us feels valued for their contributions.

Opportunity Opens

Tuesday, Jan 22nd 2019

Opportunity Closes

Wednesday, May 1st 2019, 11:45pm

Application Location

External Site
MN Artists