A downloadable version of this RFQ can be found here.



Terre Haute, Indiana



July 14, 2017

Art Spaces, Inc. – Wabash Valley Outdoor Sculpture Collection

is issuing a REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS for a site-specific project

to be located in in downtown TERRE HAUTE, INDIANA




Art Spaces, Inc.

669 Ohio Street

Terre Haute, IN 47807





The sculpture will be located in downtown Terre Haute, Indiana, on the grounds of the Vigo County Public Library adjacent to the north (Walnut Street) entrance. The location is on Terre Haute’s Arts Corridor which already features five Art Spaces sculptures. Access to this sculpture will be along a pathway that will begin at the Walnut Street sidewalk. The size of the area that artists may consider for the location of a sculpture measures approximately 45’ x 45’, bounded by sidewalk, pathway to entrance, the building itself, and an extended grassy area.

Vigo County Public Library is an important public institution for Terre Haute and Vigo County which has, as its mission, to generate positive change in the community by creating an environment of opportunity in which people can explore, expand their perspectives, and transform their own lives and the lives of future generations. The current library building opened in 1979. For more information on Vigo County Public Library: http://www.vigo.lib.in.us/

Located outdoors, the sculpture will be accessible to the public and free of charge at all times.

On the Art Spaces website (www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com) you will find links to

· Images of the site

· A map of Art Spaces sculpture collection

You may also call (812-235-2801) or write info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com with questions or to receive a hard copy of any of the above. Please note “Dreiser Sculpture” in subject heading.


The mission of Art Spaces is to provide public art and the design of public places to enhance economic growth, enrich cultural experiences and build a legacy for future generations. The Art Spaces Collection currently includes eighteen unique, site-specific sculptures in public locations throughout Terre Haute. For information about each sculpture: http://www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com .

By placing a new sculpture downtown, Art Spaces is continuing to enliven and add meaning to public spaces as well as provide important and lasting cultural attractions for Wabash Valley residents and visitors. Art Spaces sculptures are free of charge at all times.

In 2010 Art Spaces began Terre Haute’s “Cultural Trail,” to honor notable individuals and icons from Terre Haute that have had a positive impact worldwide. The first sculpture on the trail is Max Ehrmann at the Crossroads, a sculpture honoring a native son, poet Max Ehrmann and his most famous poem, “Desiderata.” In 2014 Art Spaces installed A Song for Indiana in Fairbanks Park, celebrating composer, Paul Dresser, and his song “On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away,” Indiana’s State song since 1913. The work also honors the Wabash River in a captivating way, and the river can be seen at times when looking through the sculpture. Two years ago the Cultural Trail Committee of Art Spaces chose to honor noted American writer Theodore Dreiser with a sculpture for Terre Haute’s “Cultural Trail.” (Dreiser and Paul Dresser are brothers — Dreiser was the original family name which Dresser altered to accommodate his show business career. Both had remarkable careers and life stories that began in Terre Haute.)

Dreiser was born in Terre Haute in 1871, the youngest son of a German immigrant who worked in woolen mills and often fell on hard times. The family moved frequently, residing for periods in other communities in the Wabash Valley including Sullivan and Vincennes. The Dreiser family story exemplifies the lives of many European immigrants of the era, and Dreiser was deeply affected by both his own family’s poverty and that around him.

He is the author of eight novels, many short stories and at least 15 non-fiction works. His best known novels are Sister Carrie and An American Tragedy, each translated into over 20 languages. (For a definitive listing: http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/) At the time of its initial publication, Dreiser’s first novel, Sister Carrie, was deemed too harsh because of its frank portrayal of the life of the working classes. Now many consider it to be the first great American urban novel.

Dreiser is now considered by many to be the “Father of American Naturalism.” His writings not only defined this movement, but also inspired many of his contemporaries as well as important writers from then until now. The noted American novelist Richard Wright once said: “I read Dreiser’s Sister Carrie and it revived in me a vivid sense of my mother’s suffering. I was overwhelmed. I grew silent wondering about the life around me. I bought a ream of paper and tried to write.” (2011 Chicago Literary Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-literary-hall-fame-2011-inductionceremony)

A contemporary sculpture, designed to pay tribute to two of the major ideas that Dreiser held dear — writing about life as he saw it, and being free to tell the truth — will speak volumes about his courage and his values. Dreiser himself wrote: “Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.”

In his 1930 Nobel acceptance speech, author Sinclair Lewis said: “Dreiser more than any other man, marching alone, usually unappreciated, often hated, has cleared the trail from Victorian and Howellsian timidity and gentility in American fiction to honesty and boldness and passion of life.

Without his pioneering, I doubt if any of us could, unless we liked to be sent to jail, seek to express life and beauty and terror.”

The goals for this project are to honor Dreiser’s contributions to American Literature and to other writers. His intense passion for the truth – speaking the truth, writing the truth – led him to alienate publishers and associates at times, but those that believed in his work welcomed a new literary movement.

Art Spaces and Vigo County Public Library seek an artist who will successfully create a sculpture to define a public place for conversation, reflection and dialogue, while honoring a respected American author.

3. ARTIST’S BUDGET – $40,000

The artist’s total budget for this project shall not exceed $40,000 and will include research, design, materials, fabrication, transportation, shipping, installation, engineering, insurance, taxes and any other expenses related to the project not listed as the responsibility of Art Spaces. Site preparation will be provided by Art Spaces within reasonable expectations.


This opportunity is open to practicing professional artists over 18 years of age working with durable materials.


Art Spaces is committed to providing for Vigo County Public Library and downtown Terre Haute a finished sculpture which will be made of durable materials that do not require constant vigilance or maintenance. Finalists will be selected based on artistic merit and quality of past work, appropriateness of their approach to public art in relation to this project, demonstrated experience in working within this budget level and ability to meet the proposed deadlines. A particular concept is not required at this time; however, in the letter of interest it will be important to describe why this project interests you and why your work would be meaningful and appropriate for this location. The Selection Committee will choose as finalists those artists who demonstrate an appropriate sensibility for this project.

The library has approximately 1,000 visitors daily. While not all will enter the building through the north entrance, many will experience the sculpture just by visiting the library and entering there. Traffic estimates on Walnut Street and 7th Streets indicate that approximately 10,000 motorists would have the potential to view the sculpture from their motor vehicles daily. Additionally college students in area housing, downtown residents, business owners, shoppers and out of town visitors are expected to pass and/or visit the sculpture on many occasions. School groups will have opportunities as well.

The area around the sculpture will be attractively landscaped to enhance the sculpture and provide accessibility. Site design details will be determined in consultation with the selected artist, and based on the final design of the artwork.

Art Spaces and Vigo County Public Library seek a unique work that will achieve the goals of the project, and be aesthetically suited to its natural surroundings. We ask that artists consider Dreiser’s importance to Terre Haute and the field of literature in an imaginative way. This sculpture will offer an opportunity for public engagement not only in one writer’s legacy, but in the art of writing and care in the use of language as a tool for understanding.

After the initial screening, up to three finalists will be selected to visit the site prior to submitting a full proposal. Expenses for travel and accommodations for the site visit will be covered by Art Spaces. Each finalist will receive a stipend of $400 upon completion of the proposal and maquette.

The Art Spaces Site Selection and Acquisition Committee includes members of the Board of Art Spaces as well as area arts professionals and one or more non-arts representatives. One or more representatives of Vigo County Public Library will also serve on the panel in a consulting role.


The RFQ deadline is July 14, 2017. Selected finalists will be notified in early August and visits to the site will be scheduled to occur within 5 weeks of notification. Proposals will be due 6 weeks following the site visit. The desired completion date for the sculpture is summer 2018. Vigo County’s Bicentennial occurs in 2018 and this will be considered a Bicentennial Project.


For consideration, please send the following with your name clearly on each item. If you are submitting as a team, you will need to submit the resume/bio for each member of the team.

· All of the materials may be sent electronically or by a CD through regular mail. If you send your materials electronically, please send via We Transfer or another program that does not require Art Spaces to incur additional costs in receiving them. This is preferred to sending them via multiple emails. If sending by CD, clearly label it with your name,

· Letter of interest, not to exceed two pages. Please state your reasons for being interested in this project, why you believe your work would be appropriate for this site and whether you could meet the goals of the project within the proposed budget.

· Ten clearly titled and numbered digital (jpg only) images (2 detail shots okay to include in the 10). The images should be titled as follows: Last Name_Image Number_Artwork Title. Please send resolution images high enough that they can be successfully projected on a large screen.

· Image List Including Image Number, Title, Dimensions, Materials, Year and Cost. They should be numbered on the list in the same order as the jpgs are numbered.

· Current Resume

· List of 3 references with their current contact information, including phone numbers and e-mail address, if possible.

· Mention of how you heard about this RFQ

· Make certain your name, address, e-mail address and phone number are clearly listed on your letter and/or resume


· SASE for return of any materials you would like back


· We will notify you by e-mail when we have received your materials and found everything in order. If you do not receive notice within 2 weeks of submitting, please email us at info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com. Note “Dreiser project” in the subject heading.

Send all materials to: info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com (Please note “Dreiser sculpture” in subject heading.) or send to Art Spaces, Inc., 669 Ohio Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807.


July 14, 2017


Artists retain rights of all copyrighted materials submitted, except as limited by this section. By submitting to this RFQ, those artist(s) responding agree to a copyright release for controlled usage of the submitted materials for committee distribution, education and publicity purposes. Art Spaces shall not be responsible for any third party infringement of artists’ copyrights.


For the selected artist(s), Art Spaces requires that the final approved contract for professional services specify that the selected artist(s) shall maintain at all times during the term of the contract at its sole expense:

· Statutory workers’ compensation in accordance with the laws of the state where such compensation would be payable. Employers’ liability (Coverage B) with limits of not less than $500,000 per accident.

Automobile liability insurance on any owned, non-owned or rented vehicle with limits of at least $2,000,000 combined single limit per occurrence for bodily injury, personal injury and property damage.

· combined single limit bodily injury and property damage

· Comprehensive general liability, including products liability, completed operations liability, blanket contractual liability, broad form property damage and personal injury liability insurance with limits of at least $2,000,000 per occurrence combined single limit

· Professional services liability for a limit of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence.

Art Spaces, Inc. and Vigo County Public Library shall be named as additional insured and be provided with a certificate of insurance prior to the effective date of the contract or any renewal contract. Art Spaces shall be provided with all renewal certificates within 30 days of the expiration date of any and all policies listed on the certificate of insurance.


For the selected artist, Art Spaces requires that the final approved contract for professional services specify that the artist(s) agrees to indemnify and hold Art Spaces, Inc. and Vigo County Public Library harmless from and against any and all claims, losses, liabilities, costs, expenses, charges and damages arising from, or relating to, the contractual agreement, including but not limited to attorney’s fees, with respect to any cause arising out of, resulting from, or in connection with (a) any breach by the artist(s) of any clause, condition or provision of the contract; b) any breach or violation by the artist of any applicable criminal or civil law; or (c) any other cause resulting from any act or failure to act by the artist(s) in accordance with the contract. The artist(s) shall promptly assume the defense of any claim, suit or action within the scope of this indemnification at their expense upon being notified thereof.


Art Spaces reserves the right to contract one or more artists, or to refuse a contract with any artist.

12. INFORMATION ABOUT ART SPACES and CONTACT INFORMATION Artists are encouraged to visit the Art Spaces website (www.wabashvalleyartspaces.com) To directly request more information you may write to: info@wabashvalleyartspaces.com (Please note “Dreiser Sculpture” in subject heading) or call 812-235-2801.