The Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP) is looking to commission a mural artist(s) to design and paint a mural that will welcome guests into our new office suite. This mural will bring a sense of arrival for business clients, elected officials and guests to our economic development office. GRP seeks a wide range of submissions that celebrate the Richmond Region’s four localities while reflecting GRP’s vision. All artistic styles are welcome. As a public-private non-profit, GRP is required to seek three bids for this project.
About the Greater Richmond Partnership
The Greater Richmond Partnership, Inc. (GRP) is the lead regional economic development organization for the City of Richmond and counties of Chesterfield, Hanover and Henrico in Virginia. GRP attracts new companies to the region by providing in-depth market data, marketing the region globally and generating quality economic opportunities.
VISION STATEMENT: Greater Richmond will be the top mid-sized region in the U.S. for companies to invest.
MISSION STATEMENT: To aggressively generate economic opportunities that create quality jobs for residents in the region and increase the tax base for needed community services.
Professional artists or artist‐led teams are eligible to apply. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside in Central Virginia as well as prove to have successfully managed and completed at least one similar commission project.
Artists must be able to provide:
- Photographs of previously created large‐scale interior mural projects
- Carry personal liability insurance for the duration of the project
- Be willing to meet all contractual obligations
- Adhere to a strict four-day timeline
- Finalists may also be asked for information to perform a background check
Vision for the Commission
- Create a work of art that marks Greater Richmond as a destination
- Create excitement and interest for our guests and clients.
- Appeal to a mass audience.
- Increase public awareness of Greater Richmond’s fantastic creative scene
Site Preparation & Warranty
- This mural will adorn the lobby of GRP’s newly constructed suite at 800 E. Canal Street. The selected artist will be painting on drywall around a corner. The total dimension of the walls are 13’-10” by 19’-1” (however this wall includes a door). The ceiling varies from 10’ in the main lobby to 9’ on the long wall.
- The selected artist(s) will be provided a site tour prior to the commencement of painting on Sept. 6, 2022.
- GRP requires a 5 to 7‐year warranty for the paint quality of the artwork, which covers fading, peeling, bubbling, cracking, etc.
- The artist must be available for any major repairs if needed, which will be negotiated at the time of repair.
RFP Submission Guidelines
- Artists must provide previous samples of work to illustrate style, qualifications, and experiences
- Artists should provide any other information relevant to the ensured success of their project
- All application requirements must be submitted on or before the application deadline
- Please do not include any speculative work for this specific mural
RFP + Timeline
Note: RFP submissions have been extended past the originally-posted deadline:
- Submission deadline: 5 p.m. on Aug. 12, 2022
- Panel review: Week of Aug. 15, 2022
- Artist notified: Week of Aug. 22, 2022
- Site tour: Week of Aug. 29, 2022
- Install: Sept. 6-9, 2022
GRP will review the proposals for the mural and may ask for additional information or in-person interviews. We will select the artist based on previous experience, artistic vision and positive community engagement.
Project Budget: $10,000
All budgets include the artist’s design fee, all costs of materials and fabrication of the work, lodging fees (if any), retaining workers and equipment for installation, insurance costs, bonds, documentation, preparing specifications and providing all materials necessary for installation of the work. Artist agrees that under no circumstances shall any further payment obligation of GRP accrue with respect to the Services contemplated herein over and above the amount of the commission. The artist will coordinate all site preparation, installation plans, and timetables with GRP.
Submissions must be received as one (1) complete application to [email protected] with the subject line “GRP Office Mural RFP.” To ensure submissions are received, all responses must be submitted via email as attached files. Shared cloud docs and/or condensed files may be blocked as spam. PDFs are preferred.
The application submission must include the information described below, all of which are required to constitute a complete application. There is no fee to apply.
- Artist Statement of Interest: (500 word maximum) Submission must include an Artist Statement of Interest that outlines a general interest in this opportunity, along with the specific site location(s) of artist’s intent.
- Resume: Please include a current resume that outlines your professional accomplishments as an artist.
- Images of past work: Visual representations of past artwork that demonstrate your qualifications for this project. Submit up to a total of eight (8) images of completed projects and brief descriptions. Proposal images from previous projects may be submitted but should be clearly marked as proposals. If submitting as a team, all members must be represented in the visual submittal.
- Descriptions of past work: Include a list of the submitted images with descriptions that clearly explain both the projects and the images. Please indicate Title, Date, Location, Dimensions, Significant Materials, and Budget. If you were a member of a team, please indicate your role.
- Budget: Provide a detailed description of the total budget to perform the services. The budget shall identify in separate detail the following: artist stipend, all expenses including design, travel, lodging, required meetings, installation, preparation of site, clean‐up, materials and supplies, any equipment needed to install the mural, taxes and fees, retaining workers, insurance costs, documentation, preparing specifications and providing list of all materials necessary for installation of the work.
Rules + Guidelines
GRP reserves the right, as its best interests may appear, to reject any or all submissions, to reject any finalist, to waive informalities in applications or proposals, to terminate the selection process for any project without prior notice. Prior to installation of any artwork, a selected artist must provide a depiction of the proposed artwork; any deviation from that depiction in the installed artwork will be grounds for termination of the selected artist’s involvement with the project. GRP makes no representation or guarantee that any mural, once installed, will remain on display for any period of time. GRP reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to paint over, replace or remove the artwork at any time. Application to any project advertised by GRP constitutes agreement to all applicable rules and guidelines.
The Artist shall agree and covenant that it is and shall be at all times, an independent contractor, and as such, shall have and maintain complete control over all of its employees and operations. Neither the Artist nor anyone employed by it shall be, represent, act, purport to act, or be deemed to be an agent, representative, employee or servant of GRP. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to absolve or otherwise limit the Artist’s liability and responsibility to safely and correctly perform its duties under this Agreement.
Ownership of Work
Upon acceptance of the commission design, the title to the work and ownership of the work shall vest and be held in the name of the Greater Richmond Partnership. GRP, at its sole discretion, may elect to contractually relinquish title to the Work. GRP may retain copies of any drawings, slides, photographs, submittals and other documents submitted to GRP by the Artist related to the Work (the “Materials”).
The Artist shall not make any additional exact duplicates of the Work, two or three-dimensional reproductions of the Work, or grant permission to others to do so, except with the written permission of GRP. This restriction shall not apply to the Artist’s use of photographic reproductions of the Work in portfolios or in critical and scholarly writings. The Artist shall use their best efforts to give a credit reading substantially “an original work commissioned through the Greater Richmond Partnership” in any public showing under the Artist’s control or in a reproduction of the Work.
The Artist grants GRP an irrevocable license to make two-dimensional reproductions of the Work for commercial and non-commercial purposes, including, but not limited to, reproductions used in advertising brochures, media publicity, and catalogues or other similar publications. All reproductions by GRP shall contain a credit to the Artist and a copyright notice.
Compliance with the Virginia Human Rights Act
The Virginia Human Rights Act, as amended, includes protections against discrimination based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, status as a veteran, or national origin. During the performance of this Agreement, Artist shall comply with the Virginia Human Rights Act, as amended.
Payment for services rendered by the Artist shall be paid in accordance with the following schedule:
- 50% paid to Artist upon execution of the agreement.
- 50% paid to Artist upon commission’s completion and GRP’s acceptance of work.
The Artist shall create the Work in accordance with the proposed and approved designs set forth in the proposal and in the subsequent correspondence with GRP. Recognizing that the change in scale from the renderings to full scale may require adjustments, the Artist has the right to make minor changes in the Work that are aesthetically necessary. Any change in scope, design, or material that significantly alters the original and approved concept and design of the Work or affects installation, scheduling, site preparation, location or maintenance for the Work shall require the prior review and written approval of GRP. Approval of the design shall be made in writing and addressed to Artist.
Access to Site
GRP shall provide entry to the premises where the Work is being created under reasonable business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) GRP’s offices are under 24/7 security surveillance and we will work with the building management to accommodate the artist’s needs.
Work for hire
Artist acknowledges that all services it provides under this Agreement are provided as an independent contractor on a work-for-hire basis. All intellectual property rights and other proprietary rights in any work resulting from the performance of services under this Agreement shall vest and be held in the name of GRP.
Please contact Michael Ivey, Vice President of Marketing + Communications, with any questions. Proposals are due to Michael Ivey by 5 p.m. on Aug. 5, 2022 via email [email protected]