Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Arts and Culture Program

Due: November 21, 2016

Sponsor Information

Arts@MSP, a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, is seeking an artist to design, fabricate and install large scale commissioned mosaics to be displayed in the entryway of the new restroom in the lobby area of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) Terminal 2-Humphrey (T-2).

More than 32 million people travel through MSP every year, garnering the selected artist an unprecedented opportunity to share his or her talent with an ever-changing international audience.

The commissioned project fulfills the mission of Arts@MSP: To enhance MSP Airport’s image; enrich the public’s experience; and promote a sense of place through arts and culture.

To learn more about the Arts@MSP program, download its Master Plan.  Arts and Culture Master Plan.


The Metropolitan Airports Commission, owner and operator of MSP Airport, is in the midst of a multi-year renovation project that when completed, will result in a new lobby restroom Terminal 2. The project will commence fall 2016 and is projected to be completed by January 30, 2018.

The overriding goal of the project is to provide an attractive, inspiring design that engages travelers to think about movement, environment, using natural elements. The commissioned work should improve the physical and psychological qualities of the space. The artist’s work will help make the restroom area both easily identifiable and add to the quality of the guest’s experience.

This new restroom embraces and emphasizes state-of-the-art technology, natural materials, sustainability, life-safety and customer service amenities balanced with a modern timeless design using warm, inviting and light-colored finishes.

The T-2 Lobby Restroom will:
 Prioritize guest comfort, ease of movement through the space and engage travelers during the length of time required to use the facility
 Reflect the prototype for restrooms, display cases and commissioned artworks in both terminals
 Offer the customer a memorable experience
 Improve aesthetics
 Conform to building code and ADA requirements, providing enhanced accessibility
 Provide unified and durable material and fixture standards to reduce maintenance and repair costs
 Incorporate sustainable materials and practices

Project Description

The selected artist will create a total of two to four mosaic designs for the restroom remodel. The designs will be divided into two sets, set consisting of a mosaic designs that compliments the adjacent women’s and men’s restroom. One set of designs will be selected and installed in each entryway. The mosaics must be 8’ high x 6’ wide, plus designs for a 10” high light cove above the restroom.

Fabrication may be a part of the artist’s contract. However, the overall project general contractor will be responsible for overseeing the installation of the artwork per specifications provided by the artist.

Acceptable materials for design and installation will be durable, easy to clean, and code compliant.

Artist Requirements
 Experience with large-scale, three-dimensional public art installations
 Must be able to complete the designs by November 28, 2016

Qualification Information

Please submit the following information collated in the order indicated below, not to exceed 10 pages total. Submit one (1) hardcopy original, plus one (1) flash drive that contains a PDF of the qualifications. The following elements are required:

1. Letter of Interest
Not to exceed two typed pages, the letter must include:
a. Name, address, telephone number and email address of the artist
b. Statement of interest. This should demonstrate a clear understanding of the project scope and intent.
c. Describe your experience collaborating with architects and contractors.
d. State your schedule and availability to accomplish this project.

2. Artist Resume
Include the following:
a. Information related to any formal training or schooling
b. Extent of experience with installations of large scale public artwork
c. Description of any competitions won or juried exhibitions in which your work has been displayed

3. Materials
a. Describe materials you have used on previous projects and how they match the criteria outlined in the Project Description
b. Include maintenance recommendations based on past experience with the materials you have used and would propose to use

4. Budget
The total budget for the initial project is $32,000, which will be divided as follows:

a. Up to $8,000 as a one-time fee to the artist for creation of the design, any necessary travel and other documented expenses.

b. $32,000 for materials and installation. Please provide a per square foot estimate for materials and installation based on your past experience.

5. Artist Installation Involvement during Fabrication and Installation
Indicate your preference for your involvement with the installation of the artwork.
a. Artist installs as subcontractor to General Contractor
b. Artist supervises installation

6. Example Projects
a. Please provide at least three (3) examples of similar artwork you have created. Include photographs, a description, the cost for materials and installation, and the location for each project.

7. References
a. Provide reference information for at least three (3) of the projects included above. Include a contact name and phone number for the client.

As per the Master Plan, the solicitation of artists for this project will be open.

A selection panel including representatives from the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the Airport Foundation MSP, and the arts community will determine which of the proposing artists should be interviewed with a recommendation being forwarded to the full MSP Arts and Culture Steering Committee (“Committee”) for approval. The Committee then recommends that the Metropolitan Airports Commission enter into an agreement with the selected artist.

The evaluation criteria for selection of the finalists to be interviewed will be based on:
1. Professional qualifications, and experience
2. Creativity, quality and strength of previous work submitted for review
3. Experience with installations of this scale, and similar environments
4. Appropriateness of previous work scope to this project
5. Successful demonstration of experience working with design professionals, and as a member of a team
6. Regional talent is preferred

Artists selected for interviews will be required to provide a proposed work plan that includes how the artist will involve the Metropolitan Airports Commission, the Arts and Culture Steering Committee and the architects/interior designers in the process.

Interviews may be conducted in person, via telephone or via videoconferencing, depending upon the availability of the artist and committee members.

The Committee, the Airport Foundation and the Metropolitan Airports Commission reserve the right to reject any and all qualification statements, to re-advertise, to waive minor irregularities and informalities, to adjust deadlines, and to negotiate with any, all or reject all of the artists.


RFQ Posted: October 21, 2016
Qualifications Due: November 21, 2016
Interviews: November 29, 2016
Artist Selection: December 1, 2016
Design Due: December 16, 2016
Installation begins by: January 16, 2018
Installation Completed by: January 30, 2016

Direct questions and submit qualifications to:

Robyne Robinson
Arts and Culture Director
Airport Foundation MSP
4900 Glumack Drive C-3409
St. Paul, MN 55111
(612) 725-8321
*Qualifications are due November 21, 2016