Program staff will make a recommendation to the Public Art Committee addressing the budget, type of artwork, the number of artworks or projects, the method of selection, the panel composition and names of panelists, honoraria and other expenses related to artwork selection. Prior to convening an art selection panel, the Public Art Committee will approve the recommendation (see form in Appendix).
Categories of artwork to be selected/number of works/projects include:
Methods of Artist Selection include:
Selection Panels are ad-hoc panels assembled to select an artist or artwork. The number of panelists and composition may vary depending on size, location and complexity of the project. In general, panels will have a minimum of three voting members and a maximum of seven, striving to appoint an uneven number. Composition of the panel will include:
Staff will recommend panelists for each project to the Public Art Committee. To expedite the identification of panelists, the staff will maintain a list of qualified panelists with their resumes. Panelists should be qualified in several of the following areas: experience implementing Public Art projects; knowledge of Public Art trends and artists; knowledge of local, regional and national artists; experience and interest in working with Tampa's communities; ability to assess the creativity, design skills and problem-solving abilities of the artists under review; knowledge of materials and methods of fabrication; ability to represent neighborhood where the project is located; ability to work cooperatively and effectively in a panel process.
Panels should be assembled with cultural, racial and gender diversity as a criteria. Panelists with a commercial interest in art or artists such as agents or dealers should not serve as panelists. Conflict of interest statements will be provided to all panelists prior to serving on the panel. Panelists will agree to conduct their work in a fair manner and to be statesmanlike in the face of criticism.
Modified Panel Composition
For some projects, such as those with budgets of $24,999 or less, or where time is of the essence, the Public Art Committee will have the option to select one or more artists through direct selection, develop a short list of qualified artists to present to a panel, and form a small panel of three people. Panel responsibilities include recommendation of artist(s) to be commissioned or artworks to be purchased, or a recommendation regarding the feasibility of artwork to be restored, discussion of the artwork's siting and concept, and appropriateness for the location. In making its artistic recommendation, the panel will consider the criteria below. A panel may determine more specific criteria as the need arises.
Artist Recruitment and Outreach
For projects designated for open competition, the TPA staff will develop a Request for Qualifications ("RFQ" or "call to artists") that contains the following information:
Staff will also develop a strategy to reach a broad, diverse constituency. To minimize staff time and postage, grouping calls into a periodic publication should be considered. Calls will be posted on the TPA web site and listed in other relevant newsletters, web sites and publications.
Art Selection Budget
Some of the expenses anticipated through the art selection process are listed below. Currently, these expenses are covered by the Public Art Fund:
The number of panel meetings varies according to the complexity of projects. Panel meeting sequencing will depend on the requirements of the specific project. Prior to each meeting, the Program staff prepares agendas and slide presentations for the artist selection panel meetings. They also prepare and distribute minutes of each meeting. When appropriate, panelist site visits will be arranged. At each meeting, the Department and/or institution occupying the facility is present to discuss its concerns. Representatives from the community have an opportunity to discuss concerns from their perspectives.
At the initial meeting, the panel reviews the artwork scope, potential sites, selection criteria, and any other requirements. The Project Designer or Design Department presents the facility, bringing any plans, renderings, models or other visual representations that have been completed to date. Panelists and advisors discuss the project scope, site and concept as well as concerns raised by the community, departments, or designer.
The panel shall review slides of artists who have submitted qualifications for the project. Through a series of votes, the panel shall narrow the pool to finalists. Depending on the number of artists submitting, several meetings may be necessary. At the artist interview meeting, artists (or in certain circumstances, their representatives) will present their previous work, their approach to Public Art and initial ideas for the site. If proposals are required, then the proposal shall be presented as well. The panel will vote to select the artist(s) to be commissioned.
If a voting panelist misses one or more of the artists' interviews, then the panelist may continue as part of the discussion, but may not be counted as a voting member. In the case of a tie vote, the Chair, generally not a voting member shall cast the deciding vote. If for some reason the Chair is a voting member, then another TPA representative designated by the chair at the start of the meeting, and present through the meeting, breaks the tie. An alternate artist will be selected in case the selected artist/s declines the commission or is unable to enter into a contract.
Panel Meeting Follow-Up
Within two weeks of the final Panel Meeting, the staff will present the panel's recommendation to the Public Art Committee for confirmation. The Department head and Mayor's office will be informed of the confirmed recommendation.
If the Public Art Committee is reluctant to confirm the panel's first or alternate recommendation, the Committee will meet with the Panel Chair, or the entire panel, to discuss its concerns. Following this meeting, if the Committee will not confirm the recommendation, the project will be reevaluated for its feasibility, and the search may be reopened with a new panel, if necessary.
All professional artists are eligible for commission or purchase. Artists may accept commissions once every three years from the date of a signed contract. Artists whose work has been purchased for over $25,000 may not be considered for another purchase or commission for three years after the purchase. Likewise, artists who have received commissions cannot be considered for purchases over $25,000 for three years after the signed contract. The Project Designer, City Staff, Public Art Committee Members, Tampa Museum of Art Staff, and their immediate family members are not eligible.