Title RFP: Art Objects Conservation Services
Organization Houston Arts Alliance
Closing Date Friday, June 29, 2018
Location Houston, TX

Request for Proposals: Conservation Services, City of Houston Art Collection, Centennial Gardens
Houston Arts Alliance: Conservation Services for Works of Art in the City of Houston Art Collection, Centennial Gardens Sculptures

Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018, 11:59 PM (CST)
Budget: To be determined
Location: Houston, TX
Eligibility: Professional Conservators in the Houston Area

1. Summary
Through a contract with the City of Houston General Services Department (GSD), Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is charged with contracting conservators to care for works of art in the City of Houston Art Collection. Professional conservators are invited to submit a comprehensive proposal for routine (annual, biannual, etc.) conservation services for all 18 artworks located in Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens. These works were most recently restored in 2013-2014 when they were moved and conserved concurrent with the creation of Centennial Gardens. Any subsequent conservation performed on select works is noted below.

Busts on the Hawkins Sculpture Walk (10)

*Pilar Cortella de Rubin, “Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca,” 1986, Bronze on granite pedestal. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/130/

*Julian Martinez, “Benito Juarez,” 1985, Bronze on granite pedestal. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/132/

*Famae / Arcomet, “Bernardo O’Higgins,” 1992, Bronze on granite pedestal. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/134/

*Lena Toritch, “Dr. Jose P. Rizal,” 2006, Bronze on granite pedestal. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/137/

*Unknown, “Field Marshall Ramon Castilla Y Marquesado,” 1991, Bronze on granite pedestal. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/131/

*Pedro Buigues, “Jose de San Martin,” 1983, Bronze on granite pedestal. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/138/

*Tony Lopez, “Jose Marti,” 1981, Bronze on granite pedestal. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/133/

*F. Vagra, “Robert Burns,” 2002, Bronze on granite base. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/129/

*C. Talacca, “Simon Bolivar,” 1977, Bronze on granite base. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/128/

*Qual Amadeus Qualacio Collmann, “Vincente Roca Fuerte,” c. 2004, Bronze on granite base. https://www.hermannpark.org/poi/135/

All Other Centennial Gardens Artworks (8)

*Helen Journeay, “Dawn,” Early 20th century, Bronze on brick pedestal. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/dawn.html

*Willy Wang, “Great Confucius,” 2009, Bronze. *Cleaned October 2017; hairpin bend corrected in October 2017 and February 2018. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/greatconfucius.html

*Unknown, “Japanese Stone Lantern,” c. 1982, Granite. *The top tip of the lantern was reattached with a pin and epoxy in October 2016. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/japanesestonelantern.html

*John Warrington Wood, “Lillian Schnitzer Fountain Statue,” 1875, Marble on concrete base. *Cleaned after being vandalized with paint in August-September 2016. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/lillianschnitzer.html

*Ed Dwight, “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument,” 2007, Bronze on granite-cladded base. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/drmartinlutherking.html

*Ram V. Sutar, “Mahatma Gandhi,” 2003, Bronze on granite base. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/mahatmagandhi.html

*Unknown, “Silver Spike,” c. 1982, Marble. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/silverspike.html

*Tommy Schlitzberger, “Wilkenfeld Bench,” 1995, Granite. *Reattached sections of the benches stone with epoxy in October 2016 and January 2018. http://www.houstontx.gov/parks/artinparks/wilkenfeldbench.html

All works are in McGovern Centennial Gardens, located at 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004. The entrance to the Hawkins Sculpture Walk is at the corner of Caroline and Hermann Drive.

2. Budget
The budget for the conservation of these collection artworks will be determined by the proposed cost. The contract will be inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, conservators fees, moving of artwork, permitting, insurance costs for the duration of the project, studio and project administration, travel, fabrication, materials, installation, and all required documentation.

3. Evaluation Criteria
*Quality of Past Work: Conservators are of the highest caliber as demonstrated by examples of past work. Past work demonstrates the skills needed to conserve works in multiple materials.
*Responsiveness: Proposals successfully address the overall goals of the project to return each artwork to optimal condition.
*Demonstrated technical abilities: Applicants demonstrate that they have the necessary capability to accomplish all technical and material aspects of the project.
*Project Management Ability: Conservators clearly and concretely demonstrate that they have the ability and the capacity to complete projects on a determined schedule. Conservators demonstrate their experience with projects of a similar budget size, including the ability to successfully manage a contract.

4. Eligibility
*Conservators in the Greater Houston area are eligible.
*Conservators must meet certain insurance requirements in order to perform work on the listed artworks, as they are located on City of Houston property. For a copy of the insurance requirements, please visit: http://houstonartsalliance.com/images/uploads/main/Conservator_Insurance_Requirement_for_COH_Projects.pdf

5. Application Requirements
*Conservator resume, no more than three pages.
*Conservation proposal that includes conservator contact information, a short condition report for each artwork, recommended conservation steps, a conservation cost per object, and overall project cost and timeline. Include other project requirements such as access to power and water as needed. Should any other features associated with an artwork’s display—including bases, pedestals, plaques, etc.—require attention, please include them in your conservation proposal. If conservation is not immediately required, please include the ideal date to plan for the conservation.
*List of successful past conservation projects, including client name; artwork title, creation date, location, and media; and the conservation date and total project budget. No more than two pages
*Contact information for three professional references, no more than one page.
*A completed W-9 form (This can be downloaded at www.irs.gov)
All documents should be in at least a 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin.

6. Submission
To submit, visit https://houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit.

7. Contact
Alex Irrera, Civic Art + Design Collection Coordinator
Houston Arts Alliance
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019

If you have questions, please submit them in writing via email no later than Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5:00 PM (CST) to alex@haatx.com. Questions will be answered as they are received.

Website http://www.houstonartsalliance.com