Cerritos Community College District
Norwalk, California, United States
The Cerritos College Performing Arts Center, completed in the Summer of 2022, is one of the newest buildings on campus. The Performing Arts Center is one of the most popular and heavily trafficked spaces on campus, serving as a major entry point to the campus and an important interface with both the campus community and the broader public as a venue for hosting major events including musical and theatrical performances, guest speakers, and various college ceremonies. In addition to a large stage and audience hall, the interior of the building includes facilities for choral and orchestral performances, instructional and rehearsal rooms, an advanced recording studio, and various spaces dedicated to supporting theatrical performances including prop construction and costume design. This project offers the selected artist(s) a truly unique opportunity to impact the aesthetic character of the Performing Arts Center exterior, as experienced from one of the main access points to the campus, for future Cerritos College students, employees, and community members. The Performing Art Center Façade Public Art Project is developed and managed by the shared-governance Committee on Art in Public Spaces (CAPS).
For this project, CAPS is specifically seeking the design, creation, and installation of a prominent public art project on the exterior façade of the new Performance Art Center. This public art installation may be created from any materials of the artist’s, or artist team’s, choosing that can endure complete exposure to the elements. Both two-dimensional and three-dimensional elements are feasible, along with electrical lighting, neon signage, sound features, landscaping elements, and/or other interactive components.
Multiple locations for installation are possible on the front façade of the Performing Arts Center, including the freestanding concrete wall (approx. 63’ 5” x 15’ 5”), the concrete side wall (approx. 216’ 5” x 15’ 5”), and/or the hanging grid of the entrance pergola (approx. 146’ x 50’ x 50’), or all three. Artists are encouraged to submit Statements of Qualifications (SOQ) with artwork samples and letters of interest that are relevant to this specific commission. CAPS encourages artists to engage critically with the mission the District and the vision of the public art program on campus to engage and enlighten our diverse communities.
The total maximum project budget totals $99,000 for commissions, as follows:
The budget for this commission is inclusive of all artist fees, artwork fabrication and installation, insurance, engineering, and artwork transportation. The commission budget does not include the initial RFP stipend (as noted above as a separate solicitation process Page 5, Section 1 – Project Introduction and Overview, Item 1.3 Project Timeline), campus signage, the artwork lighting, foundations, or structural or MEP (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing) connections required to install the artworks, which will be funded (if necessary and approved) through a separate budget.
Artists age eighteen (18) and older may apply individually or as a team. If applying as a team, please designate one artist as the project leader and contact person. The composition of teams must remain unchanged until the completion of the commission. The CAPS membership specifically encourages historically underrepresented groups to apply. Additionally, artists who live and work in Southern California, or who demonstrate a clear connection to the region, will be strongly considered.
Artists submitting a SOQ should demonstrate the ability to oversee the design, fabrication, and installation of public artwork, highlighting examples of experience collaborating with design-build teams including engineers and general contractors where possible. Studio artists and artists from all career levels interested in pursuing public art projects are encouraged to apply. Artists who have not previously worked in public art should use their written responses to outline their specific knowledge of, and interest in, public art.
Delivered SOQs shall be enclosed and sealed in an envelope or container clearly marked RFQ NO. C23000000393, Performing Arts Center Façade Public Art Project and addressed to Cerritos Community College District, Purchasing Department. SOQs may be delivered in one of the following methods:
EMAIL OR FAXED SOQS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
Please see commission document for full project information and submission instructions.