Design and Produce an Art Intervention for the Center Core Landscape Project at Richmond International Airport

  • Commissioning Entity

    Richmond International Airport

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    Richmond, Virginia, United States

  • Geographic Eligibilty


  • Contact Name

    Phyllis W. Byrdsong

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone

    (804) 226-3060

  • Commission Document

    View Link Document

  • Brief Description

    June 25, 2024, 3:00 PM Eastern Time Deadline for questions:
    Friday June 7, 2024 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time

    The Capital Region Airport Commission (the “Commission”), which owns and operates the Richmond International Airport (the “Airport” or “RIC”), requests proposals from experienced, qualified, and interested sources (hereinafter “Respondents”) to establish a contract , through competitive negotiations, for professional services to design and produce an art intervention for placement in the Airport’s Center Core Landscape Project to be developed in a subsequent solicitation, pursuant to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth in or referred to in this Request for Proposals (also referred to herein as “RFP”). This RFP is open to all interested sources who have significant experience designing and producing art in public places and who meet the qualifications and requirements as outlined below in this RFP.


    This call for artists offers an opportunity to create an iconic, memorable outdoor artistic intervention that will be the centerpiece of RIC’s entrance plaza. This large-scale installation provides a unique opportunity to offer something iconic, large, and unencumbered by existing architecture. RIC’s inaugural public artwork will be in an open, circular green space at the center of RIC’s newly designed outdoor plaza connecting the airport’s two parking garages with its Arrival point. An iconic piece will activate this gathering space as a gateway point to those that pass through the plaza entrance. (See Attachment B of the commission document.)

    A budget not to exceed $400,000.00 has been allocated to the installation and is all inclusive of design, engineering, fabrication, travel expenses, site preparation, installation, all equipment rental, and an artist fee.


    Located in Virginia’s capital city along one of the nation’s busiest transportation corridors, Richmond International Airport (RIC) services over 4 million travelers annually. RIC is known as an “origin and destination” airport, a hub for travelers’ starting or final destinations in the region’s 16 counties and four cities. With 34 direct flights to cities across the United States, RIC brands itself as the “biggest little airport you’ll ever visit.”

    The newly created RIC Public Art Plan (see Attachment A) poses a series of public art interventions throughout the airport campus to provide meaningful connections for Airport patrons and customers to the Richmond region. The vision and goals of the program provide a powerful foundation for RIC’s Public Art Program, enriching the travel experience through intentional art programming and embodies the Airport’s role as a respected community partner. The RIC Public Art Program will enhance guest experience by:

    • Showcasing the best parts of the Richmond Region;
    • Creating powerful connections and memories;
    • Providing access to high quality artworks; and
    • Highlighting local institutions and partnerships.

    An optional virtual pre-proposal conference will be provided on June 4, 2024, at 10:00 AM ET. Virtual Meeting Link
    Deadline for questions is June 7, 2024, at 10:00 AM ET.
    Deadline for submission of proposals is June 25, 2024, at 3:00 PM ET.
    Evaluation of proposals is June 26-28, 2024.
    Interview finalists and negotiations is July 8-26, 2024. Presentation of selected artist to Commission and award of contract is July 31,2024.

    For full project information including detailed site renderings and airport art case studies, please see the commission document.