The Arts Commission Announces a RFQ: Toledo Roundabout Public Art Project

Eye On Art  |  10/30/2018 10:00 am

The City of Toledo, The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo and Mercy Health have partnered to commission public art for newly constructed roundabouts as part of the Cherry Legacy Project at the intersections of Berdan Ave., Detroit Ave., Cherry St. and Manhattan Blvd. in Toledo, OH.

We are looking for artists that have experience working in, and with, diverse communities. Submitted qualifications will be judged on a competitive basis. Up to three finalists will be selected and asked to create a proposal for the site.

The Arts Commission is seeking qualifications from artists and/or artist teams for this public art project.

A map of the site can be found here: 


Up to three finalists will be paid $2,000 for developing their proposal. The Arts Commission will reimburse expenses related to site visits, interviews and any other expenses related to this phase of the process including travel, lodging and meals.

The budget for the artwork component is $200,000, including but not limited to all expenses related to project completion, site preparation, additional design fees, materials, equipment, fabrication costs, documentation, transportation, installation and travel.


The project is open to all artists in the United States of America, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.


October 29, 2018 Request for Qualifications Launch
November 29, 2018 Deadline for RFQ Submissions
December 5, 2018 Review of Applications
December 12, 2018 Finalists Notified
January 16, 2019 Finalists Site Visits
February 20, 2019 Finalists Present Proposals
March 5, 2019 Winning Proposal Announced

The Arts Commission reserves the right to change the project timeline. The construction timeline will be mutually agreed upon based on the schedule of the selected artist and that of The Arts Commission.


Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit the following:

• Letter of Interest - This letter should be no more than one page and should explain the artist’s interest in the project.

• Current Resume - If submitting as a team, a current resume for each team member should be provided.

• Visual Support Materials - Submit 10 digital images of your professional work. Images must be submitted in the following format:

     • File Type: JPEGs

     • Image Size: Images must be no more than 1920 pixels on the longest side saved at 72 dpi.

     • File Labeling: Files must be titled with a number indicating the viewing order, followed by the artist's last name. The numbers must correspond to the accompanying Image               List. Use "0" in front of single digit numbers. Do not use more than 30 characters, and use only letters, numbers and underscores. example: 01_Smith.jpg

• Annotated image list - The image list must include the artist’s name and a brief description of image stating its title, date, medium, size, location and if a commissioned project, the commission budget.

• Community Engagement: 2-3 Examples of community engagement projects or workshops that were coordinated with past public art projects

• References - A list of at least three professional references that have an intimate knowledge of their work and working methods. The list must include complete emails and telephone numbers.

Materials (including links to file sharing services) should be emailed to: [email protected] 

Subject line: RFQ Submission – Toledo Roundabouts Art Project


All submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST, November 29, 2018.

This project is funded by Mercy Health and coordinated by the Arts Commission’s, Art in Public Places Program and is funded by the City of Toledo’s One Percent for Art Program.