February 19, 2018

Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport Arts and Culture Program

Due: March 19, 2018

Sponsor Information

Arts@MSP, a partnership between the Airport Foundation MSP and the Metropolitan Airports Commission, is seeking non-profit organizations/galleries/museums that promote arts in the region (“Arts Organizations”) to curate exhibitions in the Concourse Display Cases spaces throughout Terminals 1 – Lindbergh and 2-Humphrey at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).

More than 36 million people travel through MSP every year, garnering the selected Arts Organizations and galleries an unprecedented opportunity to share their own exhibitions and artists with an ever-changing international audience.

The curated display cases fulfill the mission of Arts@MSP: To enhance MSP Airport’s image; create community relationships; 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 at www.airportfoundation.org.



The Metropolitan Airports Commission, owner and operator of MSP Airport, is in the midst of a multi-year restroom renovation project that will include Concourse Display Cases. When completed in 2025, more than 30 to 40 Concourse Display Cases will be constructed in Terminals 1 and 2.

The overriding goal of the project is to provide attractive, inspiring displays that engage travelers to learn more about Minnesota and its arts community. The selected Arts Organizations should curate exhibits that also improve the physical and psychological qualities of the space. The artists’ work will help make the display area both easily identifiable and add to the quality of the travelers’ experience. Arts@MSP does not intend to create a public forum in the Concourse Display Cases.

The new Concourse Display Cases embrace and emphasize museum-quality exhibition space balanced with a modern, timeless design using warm, inviting light-colored finishes.

The new Concourse Display Cases will:

Be identified as presented by Arts@MSP and the selected Arts Organization
Prioritize guest education and ease of understanding exhibit as well as engage travelers during the length of time required to use the facility
Create the prototype for curated exhibits in both terminals
Offer the customer a memorable experience
Improve aesthetics
Provide education and entertainment wherever possible
Conform to the mission of the Master Art Plan and exhibition standards determined by MSP Airport
Provide unified and durable material and fixture standards to reduce maintenance and repair costs
Incorporate sustainable materials and practices

Project Description

This solicitation is open to non-profit organizations/galleries/museums that promote arts in the region and galleries (“Arts Organizations”). The selected Arts Organization will create a theme and total of one to four display designs for the Concourse Display Cases that complement the adjacent women’s and men’s restroom design. One set of designs will be selected and installed for a year in one of nine display cases, as determined by Arts@MSP, adjacent to the newly refurbished restrooms at T-1 and T-2. Dimensions and location of the eight Concourse Display Cases currently being made available are:

C1: 5’4” W x 5’9.5” H x 1’ D
C4: 10’8” W x 5’10” H x 1’ D
E3: 13’4” W x 5’9/5” H x .375’ D
E8: 11’8” W x 5’9.5” H x 1’ D (with speakers)
F9: 11’8” W x 5’9.5” H x 1’ D (with speakers)
South Main Mall 10’8” W x 5’10” H x 1’ D
North Main Mall 5’4” W x 5’10” H x 1’ D (with speakers)
Terminal 2, H10: 15’6” W x 5’6” H x 1’5” D

The current RFP is for display case exhibitions at Terminal 2 and Terminal 1, cases E3 and the North Main Mall. Only one case per organization.
Fabrication may be a part of the non-profit arts organization’s contract. However, Arts@MSP will be responsible for overseeing the installation of the artwork per specifications provided by the non-profit arts organization.
Acceptable materials for installation must be durable, easy to clean, and compliant with airport display equipment.


Experience with public art installations
Exhibits may be historic, scientific, educational, aviation-related, or artistic;
Materials are suggested but not limited to: painting, textiles, photography, video
Must be able to install the designs by March 30, 2018
Preferred but not limited to Minnesota arts non-profit organizations

Qualification Information

Please submit the following information collated in the order indicated below, not to exceed 14 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 non-profit arts organization
    b. Statement of interest. This should demonstrate a clear explanation of the project scope and intent.
    c. Exhibit proposal
    d. State your schedule and availability to accomplish this project
  2. Background – Include the following:
    a. Information related to the organization
    b. Descriptions in which your work has been displayed in exhibits outside of your arts organization
  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. Artist Installation Involvement during Installation – Indicate your preference for your involvement with the installation of the artwork:
    a. Artist allows Arts@MSP to install artwork
    b. Artist installation
  5. Example Projects:
    a. Please provide at least three (3) examples of similar displays you have created. Include photographs, a description, the cost for materials and installation, and the location for each project.
  6. 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 will review the entry proposals under the evaluation criteria, and pass their suggestions onto the full Arts @ MSP Steering Committee. If approved, a contract specifying the rights, responsibilities and term of exhibition will be supplied.
If an exhibit proposal does not meet the evaluation criteria, the selection panel will select another organization’s name from the pool and review its proposal.

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. Adherence to the Airport Foundation’s Art Guidelines
6. Alignment with overall Arts@MSP program goals
7. Design quality
8. Handling requirements
9. Scheduling availability
10. Associated costs

Arts Organizations selected will be required to provide a proposed work plan that includes how it will involve the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Arts and Culture Steering Committee in the process. All curated exhibitions are subject to approval of Arts@MSP.
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: February 19, 2018
Qualifications Due: March 19, 2018
Review: March 22, 2017
Artist Selection: March 23, 2018
Installation in place by: March 30, 2018
Exhibit ends March 29, 2019

Direct questions and submit qualifications to:
Robyne Robinson
Consulting Director, Arts@MSP
c/o fiveXfive art consultants
3531 Hennepin Avenue South #4
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 725-8321

Pictured Artwork: MSP International Airport Terminal Two, Gate H10
Display Case: Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Carolyn Payne, Executive Director
Artists: Alison Hiltner, Syed Hosain, Terrance Payne, Andrea Carlson, Aaron Dysart, Michon Weeks