Monday, January 19, 2015

Public Art Prospectus #225 Central New Mexico Community College

New Mexico Arts
407 Galisteo, Suite 270
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Event Dates: 12/15/14 - 2/9/15
Entry Deadline: 2/9/15


Media Images: 10

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AIPP Mission Statement

The Art in Public Places program enriches New Mexico’s public spaces through an innovative and diverse public art collection.

Since its inception in 1986, the program has placed more than 2,500 works of art in all of New Mexico’s 33 counties. Our goal is to reflect the diversity of the arts in New Mexico, the Southwest, and the nation while building a dynamic public art collection for the State of New Mexico.

Through a fair and open public process, committees made up of local and regional representatives work with New Mexico Arts staff to select artwork for their communities. The Art in Public Places program then commissions large-scale projects that are designed for integration directly into the architecture or landscape of a given site, or the program purchases existing original artwork to be placed in or around public buildings permanently or on loan.

Project Intent

The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts and the Local Selection Committee (LSC) for CNM seek an artist or artist team to create a site-specific commission project. The LSC is interested in commissioning artwork that will engage students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the CNM Main Campus in a way that speaks to ideas of education, community, transformation, and success. The LSC would like a work that is monumental in scale and would serve as a meeting place or identifiable location in a new system of wayfinding on campus—a landmark gathering point, perhaps. Other things the LSC would like you to think about:  a project that might potentially incorporate shade and/or seating; a design that might be inspiring or thought-provoking and/or offer visual contrast to the angular architectural style of the beautiful CNM campus; and the idea of using as much locally sourced material and labor as possible. Consider the CNM vision, “Changing lives, building community.” The faculty, staff and students at CNM are proud of their achievements, and want this project to reflect the hard work and passion they’ve put into building their community. The site, located at the Center of CNM’s Main Campus, near downtown Albuquerque, is at the hub of campus activity, situated along major pedestrian walkways connecting the north and south campuses, and east and west entrances to the campus. The work should be designed to provide a center-point in an open area to the southwest of the existing Student Resources Center (SRC). The SRC, completed in 2010, houses the campus Library, tutoring center, student computer labs and Information Technology offices, and exemplifies the architectural style conceived for recent and future buildings (photos will illustrate this point). The current paved pathway features undulating edges, colored concrete, and a textured surface and is shaded by deciduous trees. Softscape features include native, low-water-use groundcover, small shrubs, and colored gravel. Benches encourage informal outdoor gatherings or getaway places. Underground water, power and data are available. To the west of the site, an outdoor, in-ground amphitheater will take advantage of a existing natural hillside and provide space for performances and events. To the south, another future building will replace the current portables and parking lot, creating an aesthetically pleasing, pedestrian friendly collegiate environment where students, faculty, staff, and community come together to share and celebrate learning, growth, and development.

Images and drawings of the area can be found by clicking "View Site Details" above or this link.

Media must be durable, low maintenance, permanent, safe for both children and adults and be ADA compliant. At the selected artist’s expense the artwork may require certification by an electrical, civil and/or structural engineer licensed to practice in the State of New Mexico, and review by a professional fine art conservator.


This request for qualifications is open to all artists or artist teams working in the United States. Artists submitting qualifications should demonstrate a level of experience and professionalism that is commensurate with the project scope and budget.

AIPP regulations state that 1% funds may not be spent for artwork created for an institution or agency by an employee of the institution or agency. Qualifications submitted by and on behalf of current employees or family of current employees of CNM will not be considered. Applicants may be required to provide verifiable proof of current employment at the discretion of AIPP Program staff. Past employees are eligible to submit proposals, but may not become employed by CNM for the duration of the project.

Site Information

CNM is a progressive community college serving the needs of Albuquerque and surrounding counties by offering classes on seven (7) campuses around the metropolitan area, with an 8th downtown location opened in September of 2014, and through an extensive distance education program. Committed to providing affordable and accessible college, career-technical, and continuing education to a diverse student body of over 29,000 students, CNM is the largest institution of Higher Education in the State of New Mexico. The college has been recognized nationally for its innovative CNM Connect Centers devoted to student success, and has been acknowledged for its successes by the American Association of Community Colleges. Students may pursue a variety of certificates or associates degrees through programs offered by six (6) schools, leading to employment or transfer. CNM partners with local organizations and businesses to ensure its programs are relevant, and the school is an integral part of economic development in the area.     

Project Amount

$110,500 is available for this project after finalist presentation fees and travel expenses. This amount includes all fees and expenses associated with the project, e.g., materials, equipment, labor, permits, engineering documents, insurance, taxes, travel, installation, shipping, identification plaque, and written and professional photographic documentation of the completed project. There is no additional funding.

Selection Process and Criteria

The Local Selection Committee is made up of representatives from the owner and user agencies of the facility, project architect, an artist, arts professional and local community members. In some cases representatives from the student body serve on the committee. Under the guidance of an AIPP Project Coordinator, this group of individuals is responsible for prospectus development, submission review, finalist selection and ultimately selecting the artist or artist team to be awarded the commission project.

Artists may research the project using any resource with the exception of discussion with individual members of the Local Selection Committee or the New Mexico Arts Commission.

The selection criteria shall include, but is not limited to:

  • The professional qualifications of the artist(s) as evidenced by the supporting materials.

  • Proven ability to undertake projects of the described scope.

  • Artistic merit and superior caliber craftsmanship as evidenced by the images.

  • Suitability of submission to project intent and site.

Up to five finalists will be invited to submit a formal proposal for the projects. Finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium for a written proposal and a maquette of the proposed artwork. One site visit will be required of each finalist to include a personal presentation to the Local Selection Committee and the public. All maquettes, samples and written proposals will become the property of the CNM.

Additionally, each finalist/team will receive a travel stipend based on mapped mileage according to the following schedule:

$250 for travel and lodging between 50 – 300 miles one-way.

$450 for travel and lodging between 301 – 800 miles one-way.

$900 for travel and lodging 801 miles and over one-way.

Artists or artist teams short-listed as finalists for these projects will be required to enter into a Finalist Presentation Contract with the State of New Mexico. A sample Finalist Presentation Contract is available on New Mexico Arts website.

The artist or artist team that is ultimately awarded the commission project will be required to enter into a Professional Services Contract with the State of New Mexico. A sample Professional Services Contract is available on New Mexico Arts website.

Submission Requirements

Please read the following information carefully as incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted. Supplemental information beyond what is requested, including proposals specific to this project, will not be reviewed by the Local Selection Committee. Failure to provide any of the published requirements will result in disqualification from the competition. Duplicate submissions will not be accepted. All materials must be submitted via CaFÉ according to the specifications outlined below.

A succinct letter of interest no longer than 3 paragraphs written specifically to address the needs of this project. Please explain what excites you about the opportunity, how you may approach the project if selected as a finalist, and outline your professional qualifications.

A current chronological resume or curriculum vitae demonstrating relevant work experience, particularly public art or privately funded commission projects. A biography or an autobiography will not fulfill the resume requirement.

Ten images or videos (or a combination) of previously completed work. Complete image citations will be required; including artwork title, medium, height, width and depth, price or value, year of completion, and project description to include budget and commissioning agency. Please review and adhere to the Image and Media Preparation page on CaFÉ when formatting your images or videos. Tutorials can be downloaded using the links near the bottom of the page. By default, CaFÉ will organize the images in your submission alphabetically. If you wish to present the images to the committee in a different order you must prioritize the images before submitting an application.

Project Timeline (subject to change):

December 15, 2014 – Project Announced

February 9, 2015 – Submission Deadline

March 2015 – Notification of Finalists

June 2015 – Finalist Presentations

January 2016 – Artwork completed and installed

New Mexico Pay Equity Initiative

Effective July 1, 2010, businesses seeking new contracts with any Executive Branch state agency will be required to comply with the requirements of Executive Order 2009-049, to aid in identifying and combating pay inequity and job segregation in the State of New Mexico, as a condition of being awarded a contract.

If the offeror has ten (10) or more employees OR eight (8) or more employees in the same job classification, offeror must complete and submit the required reporting form (PE10-249 or PE250, depending on their size at the time) with their bid or proposal for evaluation purposes.

For contracts that extend beyond one (1) calendar year, or are extended beyond one (1) calendar year, offeror must also agree to complete and submit the required form annually within thirty (30) calendar days of the annual bid or proposal submittal anniversary date and, if more than 180 days has elapsed since submittal of the last report, at the completion of the contract.

Should offeror not meet the size requirement for reporting at contract award but subsequently grows such that they meet or exceed the size requirement for reporting, offer must agree to provide the required report within ninety (90) calendar days of meeting or exceeding the size requirement.

Offeror must also agree to levy these reporting requirements on any subcontractor(s) performing more than 10% of the dollar value of this contract if said subcontractor(s) meets, or grows to meet, the stated employee size thresholds during the term of the contract. Offeror must further agree that, should one or more subcontractor not meet the size requirement for reporting at contract award but subsequently grows such that they meet or exceed the size requirement for reporting, offer will submit the required report, for each such subcontractor, within ninety (90) calendar days of that subcontractor meeting or exceeding the size requirement.

Questions/Follow Up

Questions regarding the project should be directed to Michelle Laflamme-Childs, Public Art Coordinator, at 505-827-6490, email:

If you would like to have your submission materials reviewed by an AIPP staff person, please make an appointment no less than two weeks prior to the submission deadline. Technical assistance calls increase dramatically during the final two weeks of the open submission period; therefore we cannot guarantee review during the final two weeks of the competition. Submission materials will not be reviewed on the day of the deadline.

Deadline for Submission: 11:59 P.M. (MDT), Sunday, February 9, 2015.

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