The Art-in-Architecture Program of the Capital Development Board is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to Illinois artists to create permanent original public art for Rock Valley College in Rockford, Illinois.
These public art commissions and potential purchases are open to all professional artists, artisans, or artist-led teams that live and work in the state of Illinois.
- An artist/artisan is defined as a skilled practitioner that generates designs and concepts for creative works that reflect form, beauty, and aesthetic perception. All artists on a team must be from Illinois.
- Subcontractors from out of state may be used and are defined as those providing technical implementation such as construction, fabrication, and/or assembly for portions or all of a finished product under direct supervision and control of an artist.
- Faculty, instructors, and staff of Rock Valley College are not eligible to apply for this commission.
The selection committee is interested in an exterior statement piece, pieces, or permanent installation that will speak to the Rock Valley College community and its mission and values. Several themes have been identified that may serve to guide the artist. The first is the College’s unwavering commitment to sustainability. It strives to “promote and support the integration of Rock Valley College’s sustainability core values into all aspects of learning within the college and throughout our community.” For more information about the Rock Valley College sustainability program please visit www.rockvalleycollege.edu/About/Sustainability. The second is the history of the Rockford area. As the manufacturing center of Illinois, the fabrication of heavy equipment, tools, automotive, aerospace, and healthcare industries has helped shape the College and its community. The piece must be durable, safe, and be able to withstand long-term exposure to the extremes of the Illinois climate.