Request for Proposal: Public Art Sculpture Mount Vernon Triangle Neighborhood

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is requesting proposals from artists interested in creating a work of public art for the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood in Washington DC. The sculpture that will enliven public space near the intersection of 3rd Street, NW and Massachusetts Avenue, NW. The work should take into account the scale and design of remaining historic buildings and new buildings of this emerging neighborhood.

About the Project 

  • The project budget is not to exceed $50,000. Fundraising is taking place now.
  • The sculpture will be located outside on the north side of the intersections of 3rd Street, NW and Massachusetts Avenue, NW in a grassy island.
  • The sculpture should be relate to the site and the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.
  • The sculpture is expected to be installed in 2012.

Guiding Factors 

MVTCID is looking for an original public art sculpture in keeping with the scale and setting that will serve as a “gateway” from the East End into Mount Vernon Triangle. The sculpture can be any medium, but must be free standing and large enough to be highly visible and durable for the outdoor location. This will be a permanent installation.

Works that may not be ideal are fragile sculptures that will not hold up to a high-traffic environment, vandalism, and extreme weather conditions. A work submitted may be existing or a new fabrication. An artist may submit more than one proposal.


An artist interested in creating a work of public art should submit the following materials by September 15, 2011 to be considered:

1. Contact information: name, address, phone, and email

2. Brief description of the work, including materials to be used, dimensions of the work, and method of installation

3. A drawing(s) or rendering(s) showing the work from one or more sides

4. Brief artist’s statement

5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

6. Budget including all costs, such as artist’s fee, design, fabrication, insurance during installation, transportation, and installation costs.

7. Timeline for fabrication and installation

8. Maintenance requirements

9. Images of other works created by the artist

Selection Process 

Proposals will be reviewed by a Selection Committee comprising of MVTCID staff, local artists, residents, developers, business owners, and civic leaders. The Selection Committee will review the proposals and select five semifinalists. Semifinalists may be asked to further develop the proposal in greater detail and/or may be asked to submit a maquette for final review. These semifinalists will then be reviewed in a public forum, by the MVTCID Board of Directors, and DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities. The finalist whose design is selected will then enter into an agreement with MVTCID once funding is secure for fabrication and installation of the artwork.

Selection Criteria 

  • Demonstrated excellence and relevance of past work in conceptual, aesthetic, and technical terms
  • Capability of applicant, in terms of professional qualifications and certifications, to fulfill the technical requirements of project
  • Ability to manage schedules, communications, and budgets as evidenced by previous projects
  • Prior experience working with community stakeholders, businesses, and government entities
  • Must be a DC resident for 1 year or longer by September 14, 2011
  • Must have a permanent DC address, as listed on a government ID; PO Boxes may not be used

About Mount Vernon Triangle CID 

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District is a nonprofit organization established to enhance the overall quality of life for residents, visitors, property owners, and those who work in Mount Vernon Triangle by providing clean and safe services, marketing, planning, and economic development.


Send a complete proposal in a single PDF (up to 4 megabytes) to: or paper proposal to:

Mount Vernon Triangle CID
901 4th Street, NW
Washington DC 20001

Questions: call (202) 216-0511 or visit


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