Title Public Art RFQ: Outdoor Sculpture
Organization McKinney Arts Commission
Closing Date Friday, August 3, 2018
Location McKinney, TX

City of McKinney, McKinney Public Art Program
McKinney Mitchell Park Sculpture

Request for Qualifications


The City of McKinney, Texas is seeking submissions from Galleries, Artists and Artist-teams for a work of art to be installed in the Dr. Glenn Mitchell Park. Submissions can be site-specific commissions or existing works that meet the project description and criteria. The selected Gallery, Artist, or Artist-team will work closely with Russell Tether Fine Arts Associates, LLC, the McKinney Public Art Committee and the City of McKinney from submission through installation, to dedication.

Introduction – The City of McKinney

The elements that made McKinney unique from its beginnings are the same that continue to attract residents, visitors and businesses to our community today. Beautiful tree-lined streets, diverse residential neighborhoods, outstanding educational opportunities, a robust business environment, a charming historic downtown and a strong sense of community make McKinney truly stand out. The city’s Unique by Nature brand is more than a tagline, it embodies the community’s willingness to build relationships to make McKinney a great place to be. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, residents, businesses and visitors show that they strongly embrace the community’s vision and strong overall quality of life.

Just 30 miles north of downtown Dallas, McKinney is a picturesque city with a small-town feel that is quite different from the Metroplex’s urban sprawl. Our friendly charm, green spaces and comfortable pace belie the fact that McKinney, with a population approaching 180,000, is one of the fastest-growing cities in America.

Various national outlets continue to recognize McKinney as a stand-out community. For example, Money magazine ranked McKinney the #1 Best Place to Live in America in 2014. Factors considered included employment, schools, crime and safety, as well as overall quality of life aspects including a feeling of community pride. This adds to the accolades the city has already received.

While many factors combine to make McKinney a truly special place in America, it is the people in McKinney who bring these vibrant qualities to life. That community spirit is evident in a friendly, safe and inviting city that holds strong ties to its roots and history while enjoying rapid economic development and continually adding new amenities that compliment and expand our unique quality of life.

The Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park is located just west of the historic downtown McKinney Square and is a “family-friendly”, passive park. The site is bounded on all four sides by public streets, including the primary east-west traffic corridors leading in and out of Historic downtown McKinney: Virginia and Louisiana Streets.

The park measures 200 feet by 200 feet. It is divided into four equal quadrants by two intersecting walkways. At the junction of the two walkways is a large fountain, surrounded by park benches and complimented by four live oak trees, one at each interior apex of the four quadrants. The Park provides a peaceful respite to citizens and visitors alike.

The land comprising Dr. Glenn Mitchell Park originally housed a church with native pecan trees along the Virginia Street side. Several of these mature pecan trees remain, forming a semicircle, roughly the shape of a comma, along the Virginia & Church Street corner.

Aerial view of the Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park and streets.  (see RFQ on website)

The proposed location for the Public art installation is at the Northeast quadrant of the park. The site is located along the open side of the pecan tree “semicircle”. Symbolic of the history, beauty and contemplative nature of the Park, this particular location presents the artist with the opportunity to integrate these mature pecan trees into the overall scope of the project. This location near the pecan trees also provides a slight elevation of approximately 24 inches above the rest of the Park, as well as the street grade. In addition, the elevation of the crown of the pecan trees is approximately 25 feet, allowing for an unobstructed view of the installation.

Although this is the proposed location, the selection committee encourages prospective artists to visit the site and the City and is open to ideas integrating the existing fountain or other park features. A visionary proposal may inspire the City to consider enhancements to the overall park, but funds are currently not allocated for any renovation work.

Aerial view of the Northeast quadrant of Mitchell Park with possible location for art installation highlighted. (see RFQ on website)

Street level view of possible art installation location (highlighted) among historic pecan trees. Distance of the site from the far left and right trees is 25 feet in each direction.  (see RFQ on website)

Public Art Mission Statement for Dr. Glenn Mitchell Park
“Create an artistic installation that identifies the unique characteristics of McKinney, is appreciated and embraced by generations of citizens and visitors alike, and through this appreciation, becomes a lasting landmark defining the City of McKinney.”

Project Description and Scope

The City of McKinney is seeking a Public Art installation that:
A. Builds upon the locational, and public importance of this site
B. Integrates the visual and cultural experience of the citizens of McKinney and it’s visitors
C. Manifests the site’s exceptional natural characteristics and reflect the City’s Historic Open Space Core
D. Embrace public interaction and consider safety hazards
a. Consider the artwork having a second function for the community to utilize, ex: seating, shade, or staging.

Budget description

Budget: $40,000

Project funding will be provided to the selected Gallery /Artist/Artist- team by the City of McKinney and the McKinney Public Arts Committee. The $40,000 will be allocated towards the costs for the design creation, and installation of the artwork, including, but not limited to: design fees, administrative costs, travel expenses, material, engineering, equipment, transportation and insurance.

How to Apply
Selection Process and Timeline

The selection process will be conducted as follows:
1. Submissions: August 3, 2018, by 5:00PM, CST
All artists are required to submit their proposal submissions, with all required documents, by August 3, 2018 @ 5:00PM (CST). Proposals received or postmarked after August 3, 2018 @ 5:00PM (CST), will not be considered.
2. Initial Review: August 6, 2018
After receipt, an initial review of all submissions received will be made by a subcommittee of the McKinney Arts Commission. From this initial review, a selection of up to 3 finalists will be made.
3. Notification: August 10, 2018
Finalists will be notified of their selection and a date established to make a presentation of their submissions to committee and council members, as well as the participating public.
4. Presentation: TBD
On a date, yet to be established, the finalists will present their submissions in person to a group comprised of the Arts Commission and community surrounding Mitchell Park.
5. Awarding of Contract: Approximately September 4, 2018
The Committee will announce the selected artist and notify the selected artist and 2 runner up(s).
6. Installation of art: TBD
The installation of the artwork will be coordinated with the City Parks Department and the artist.

Submission details:
To be considered, a complete application consisting of the following components must be submitted by August 3, 2018 @ 5:00PM (CST). The initial selection is for qualification only. Only finalists will be asked to submit a concept design.

1. Up to 12 photographs of large scale work samples – A CD or PC compatible file with images to be no smaller than 300 dpi. Slides will not be accepted. Each photograph should be named or numbered and correspond to an annotated Script.* No models or original works of art should be submitted.
*Annotated script (two pages maximum) should include: title, medium, dimensions, date of completion, project budget, and short statement describing the work. Save all text as PDF’s or word documents on a labeled disk.

2. Artist Statement – Maximum 1 1/2 page (8 1/2 x 11) typed, addresses interest, relevant experience, and your philosophy of public art.

3. Current Resume(s) – (maximum 3 pages for each artist or each member of the artist team) including references, with contact information, and up to 3 reviews or news clippings about the artist or artist’s team’s work. Please list any experience working directly with municipalities as it relates to the design and installation of artistic elements.

4. Materials will not be returned.

5. All material must be complete and submitted together, at one time.

Selection Criteria:
The committee will use the following criteria in the selection process:
1. Submittal of all required application materials as outlined in this RFQ.
2. Originality: creativity and uniqueness demonstrated in previous projects.
3. Quality and craftsmanship exhibited by past work.
4. Appropriateness of artwork media and scale relative to site and to City of McKinney.
5. Maintainability: structural and surface soundness, durability and resistance to vandalism, weathering, excessive maintenance, repair costs.
6. Appropriateness for placement on the site, including ability for artwork to withstand public interaction.
7. Public safety.
8. The art installation should interest, engage, resonate and perhaps interact with multiple generations of citizens and visitors.
9. Feasibility: artist’s proven track record/ability to complete the work on time and within the budget.

For an application to be considered all required materials must be submitted by August 3, 2018 @ 5:00PM (CST), no late applications will be considered. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All submissions should be sent with the subject line “McKinney Mitchell Park Sculpture.”

Submit questions and materials via Dropbox to jtieken@mckinneytexas.org OR
Mail submittal materials to: Or deliver material to:
City of McKinney City of McKinney
Housing and Community Development 406 N. Tennessee
P.O. Box 517 McKinney, TX 75069-3937
McKinney, TX 75070-8013


Website https://www.mckinneytexas.org/109/Arts-Commission