Project Location: Clemson, Clemson, SC
Deadline for Submittal: June 18, 2021

Fountain Residential Partners (hereinafter referred to as FRP), which is responsible for the design of the Dockside Project is pleased to announce a Request for Qualifications in partnership with the City of Clemson Public Arts and Culture Commission (hereinafter referred to as PACC) for the Dockside Project.
FRP seeks artwork for permanent installation in a high-traffic environment. Artwork selected for the project will be reflective of the site, will take into account the building’s spatial and aesthetic properties, and encourage interactivity and/or functionality. In addition to these principles, artwork deemed unsafe and/fragile will not be eligible for consideration.

Project Description

Coming Fall of 2022, Dockside Clemson will offer 200 student housing units in four-story residential structures alongside 22,164 square feet of ground-floor retail. The site is a unique, exciting and prominent location. Dockside will offer an upscale living experience with fully furnished units. Additionally, the retail space will boast two signature restaurants. Community amenities will include a fitness center, pool, parking, tech lounge, dock access, and live music along the lakefront. Dockside Clemson sits on approximately 460 feet of waterfront on Lake Hartwell and is the only student housing community with waterfront access in Clemson. Situated less than one-mile north of Clemson Tiger’s famous ‘Death Valley’ football stadium. Three exterior sites have been identified for public sculptures that may be created by one artist or a team. Budget $300,000 for the design, fabrication, engineering and installation of three site-specific public artwork.

Selection Criteria

Submittal of all required materials are outlined in the RFQ. Special considerations will be given to artists who demonstrate successful deep integration of art into new building projects.

FRP and the PACC constituency are composed of art/design professionals, community stakeholders, and students. This group will review submissions and select the artist(s) that best meet the requirements based on the information submitted in the artists’ materials. Artists must specifically address an ability and interest in engaging in site-specific public art as well as a display of:

- Originality: creativity and uniqueness demonstrated in previous projects.
- Workmanship: Quality and craftsmanship exhibited by past work will be considered.
- Professionalism: Demonstration of competence corresponding with the scope and budget of the project.

Contact Email:
Call Type: Outdoor Public Art
Eligibility: Artists residing in the United States. Preference will be given to a regional artist for at least one of the sculptures State: South Carolina MEDIA: 3-D, Free Standing, Appropriate for Outdoor Space Entry Deadline: June 11, 2021

Application Deadline: June 18, 2021
Notification of Acceptance via Email: July 6, 2021
Installation Dates: Summer 2022 Unveiling Date: Fall Q3 2022

Guidelines and Restrictions
We are looking for artists able to produce
1) a concept design
2) fabrication documents for the creation of three
3) three-dimensional work(s) of art. Artwork must be suitable for outdoor installation. It must be capable of withstanding adverse weather conditions (high winds, rain, snow, humidity, heat and cold); must withstand high traffic environment; should take into consideration the safety of the audience and d) must be durable and require limited to no maintenance

Sculptures must be installation-ready. Artwork will be reviewed by the FRP officials upon arrival. If the piece is deemed structurally unsound or misrepresented by the corresponding application, acceptance and the artist stipend will be revoked.

The artists is responsible for shipping and delivering the sculpture to the installation site. The general contractor can/will provide assistance with installation as needed. However, the artist will oversee and participate in the installation process and should bring the required tools and appropriate hardware to secure their artwork.

The artist will need to provide design for any footing, install, electric, etc. FRP and/or City of Clemson staff shall not be held responsible for loss or damage to the artwork during installation. If an artist is unable to be present during the designated installation dates, the artist will be 100% responsible for additional costs that may be incurred during an installation outside the FRP schedule. Additional costs for which the artist may be responsible could include those resulting from crane rentals and road closures.


FRP reserves the right to reject any application, to initiate an alternate selection process, or to reissue the RFQ for additional pre-qualified candidates.

Except as provided herein, the Artist retains all reproduction rights under the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C., sections 101, ET. Seq. The Artist hereby agrees not to make an exact duplicate or a duplicate that is substantially similar to the Artwork or permit others to so without written permission of Fountain Residential, which may be granted or withheld in FRP’s sole and absolute discretion for any reason or no reason at all. The Artist hereby grants permission to FRP to make photographs or other two-dimensional reproductions of the artwork for non-commercial purposes, including but not limited to reproductions to be used in promotional materials, catalogues or media publicity, provided these rights are exercised in a tasteful and professional manner. All reproductions featuring the artwork as the focus of such reproduction (but excluding any such reproductions in which the artwork appears in the background or as ancillary item shall contain a credit to the artist. DOCUMENTATION & PROMOTION Copyright of the artwork remains with the artist. The artist will be credited whenever the artwork is exhibited in public or published. FRP may use images of the artist and artwork in promotional materials.

Artist Designs and Selection Criteria

1) Appropriateness: Artist(s) will be selected based on the appropriateness of the proposal to the project.
Communication: The artist(s) must have the ability to clearly communicate concepts both visually and through
clearly written materials.
2) Performance: The artist will have a demonstrated professional history of being able to work cooperatively and finish
projects on time.
3 ) Artistic merit: Concept, design, craftsmanship
4) Context: Architectural, historic, geographic, cultural
5) Design: Considers and will improve the space that it will occupy
6) Maintainability: Structural and surface soundness, durability and resistance to weathering, excessive
maintenance/repair costs
7) Public Safety: The artwork will meet appropriate City of Clemson codes and regulations and has been designed and
engineered by the artist in such a way that it will not create injuries while on display. The safety of the proposed
design is the responsibility of the artist and not the FRP, PACC and/or or the City of Clemson · Accessibility: No fees
or other limits will prohibit the public from enjoying the artwork · Feasibility: The artist's ability to complete the work
on time as conceived using the planned materials and within the approved budget.

Selection Process

FRP and the PACC will review all proposals received by the the June 18, 2021 deadline and FRP will select the finalist in consultation with the PACC. will select the finalist with the guidance of the Clemson Public Arts and Culture Commission.

To Apply

Submit the following by

Joan Phillips,

The Arts Center of Clemson
212 Butler Street
Clemson, SC 29631

· A concept sketch or rendering of the proposed artwork for this site.
· A letter of interest (1,000character max) outlining the artist’s interest in this project and addressing selection criteria
with places. Applicant(s) may apply as a single artist or team. If applying as a team, identify all team members and
their proposed project role (i.e.: lead artist, fabricator, etc.) in the letter.
· A current professional resume or CV and artist statement. If applying as a team, submit a resume and artist statement for each team member.
·Three professional references who can speak to the artist’s ability to meet deadlines and create innovative work as part
of a design team. Include name, organization, phone number, and email.
· A portfolio with four to eight images of recent related artwork. Provide the artwork title for each image upload and submit a spate image including title or work, date, media, size, site, client, and budget.

Artist Stipend

$100,000 for a sculpture to be spent by the artist for materials, fabrication and installation.


The project budget is up to $100,000 for each sculpture. The budget must include all costs related to the design, engineering, materials, fabrication, travel expenses (artists shall be present for installation). FRP retains the right to reject any submission for any reason in its sole and absolute discretion The commission payment schedule will be as follows:
Installment 1: One half of the project budget (50%) will be presented to the artist when the artist and FRP sign a contract.
Installment 2: One quarter of the project budget (25%) will be presented to the artist after 1) the artist a submits to FRP a stamped structural engineer's drawing on the sculpture itself and the sculpture's footing and base including the attachment of the sculpture to them and a current photograph of the sculpture for FRP’s review and 2) the sculpture goes to the foundry or fabricator for completion. Installment 3: The final one quarter of the project budget (25%) will be presented to the Artist upon installation of the sculpture ; such installation must be completed on or before the deadline agreed upon between the artist and FRP.