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BUDGET: $32,000


The Heinz Endowments seeks to engage an artist or artist team to create an artwork for a feature wall in the reception area of their newly renovated 30th floor office, located at 625 Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. IKM Architects are designing the renovations, which are slated to begin in spring 2018 and be completed in fall 2018.

The Endowments are particularly interested in the opportunity to collaborate with a local artist or artist team to develop an artwork that enhances the new space and celebrates the mission of the organization. The project is an extension of the Endowments’ support of regional artists and its desire to foster a vibrant creative community in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

The Office of Public Art has been hired to facilitate an artist selection process and provide project management for the artwork commission. The artist will be selected through a two-step process. First, a selection committee comprised of members of The Heinz Endowments’ staff and outside arts professionals will review qualifications solicited through this open call. From this review, a short-list of three to five artists will each be paid an honorarium of $1,800 to develop an initial design concept for the project. Shortlisted artists will present their design concepts to the selection committee in an interview, and will be asked to provide a preliminary project budget, preliminary schedule for fabrication and installation, and  preliminary fabricator list for work that is not self-performed. 

The finalist will be selected based on their proposed design concept, the strength of their past work, and their demonstrated ability to meet the budget and timeline. 

Please note that there may be an opportunity for some of the artwork design to be integrated into the construction process. The finalist will have the opportunity to meet with the architects and contractors prior to the completion of the renovation.


The artwork budget, including artist fee, fabrication, and installation is $32,000. In addition, shortlisted artists will receive an honorarium of $1,800 to develop an initial design concept.

There is an additional $10,000 allowance for lighting associated with the artwork and the feature wall. The lighting design for the artwork will be coordinated with the architects for the renovation, and installation of the lighting performed by the general contractors for the renovation. 

Limited travel stipends will be available. 


Visual artists or artist teams who have a personal or professional connection to Southwestern Pennsylvania, including those who live, work, or have family connections to the region, are strongly encouraged to apply.

All artists will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetic quality of previous work
  • Experience working collaboratively
  • Experience working in public or semi-public space
  • Ability to meet the project timeline
  • Quality and completeness of application materials

Selection Process 

The Office of Public Art is facilitating the artist selection process for this project. Qualifications submitted through this RFQ will be reviewed by a selection committee. Three to five artists will be invited to submit a conceptual design proposal and present in an interview. Each of the invited shortlisted artists will receive a $1,800 honorarium. 

The Heinz Endowments will host an informational session for the shortlisted artists prior to the submission of their conceptual designs. This session will include a walk-through of the space, a review of the renovation designs by the architect, and the opportunity to learn more about the mission and philanthropic priorities of the Heinz Endowments.  

During the interview, artists will discuss their past work, their ability to work on the project, their interest in this particular project, and present their initial design concept. 

Should the selection committee determine that none of the applicants presented are the right match for the commission, an artist or artists may be selected through an invitational process.

Project Timeline

RFQ released:     Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Information Session:    Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 6:00 PM. GPAC Offices, 810 Penn Ave., 7th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222

RFQ Submissions Due:   Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Notification to Shortlist:   week of May 14, 2018

Shortlist Site Visit:    week of May 21, 2018

Design Concepts Due:   Monday, June 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Artist Interviews:    week of June 25, 2018

Finalist Notified & Contract Awarded:  week of June 25, 2018

Artwork Installation:    week of October 8, 2018

How to Apply

Applications will only be accepted electronically through online application form below. Please do not contact The Heinz Endowments regarding this opportunity.