Wyoming Arts Council

Wyoming State Capitol Sculpture Project

A watercolor rendering of the Wyoming State Capitol, courtesy of Paul Brown, architect

A new public art Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is now open for the Wyoming State Capitol. The deadline to submit to the RFQ is December 30, 2017.

Originally constructed in 1890, the Wyoming State Capitol building was closed to the public in 2016 and is currently undergoing a largescale renovation (Capitol Square Project) that is slated for completion in spring of 2019. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a National Historic Landmark.

The central rotunda of the Capitol contains four niches on the third level that are visible from all levels of the rotunda. The State of Wyoming is seeking four human figure based, cast bronze or carved stone sculptures, one for each niche in the Capitol Rotunda. Each sculpture should be allegorical and representative of the attributes, values, symbolism, and history of the State. The State is interested in selecting one artist or a collaborative team of artists to complete all four sculptures.

The commissioned sculptures should be appropriate for the period in which the building was constructed and should be shaped and sized to integrate with the niches as originally designed. The niches are approximately 4’10” wide by 9’6” high. Sculptures will be visible from all floors of the Capitol Building in the Rotunda. All work must be durable, structurally sound, and able to be secured in the niche locations.

The selected artist will be compensated for the four pieces. Up to $70,000 is available for each sculpture. Artists will not be responsible for costs affiliated with lighting or signage. Artists who are selected as finalists will be offered a stipend of $10,000 for a formal design proposal and presentation.

Following review, select artists will be asked to submit a formal design proposal, including a budget, timeline, and references. In-person presentations may take place in Cheyenne. Proposal packets and budgets for finalists must include all fees, material and fabrication costs (including casting), installation, and any other costs from planning through completion. It is the responsibility of the artist to budget accordingly. The artist will be required to coordinate installation with the Program Manager (MOCA), the Construction Manager (JE Dunn) and the State of Wyoming.

Applications are now being accepted via CaFE. Artists are asked to submit a statement, cover letter, resume or CV, and up to six images of previously completed work that demonstrates their interest and experience working in the scale, medium, and scope outlined. Submissions to the RFQ are due December 30, 2017 and must be submitted via CaFE.

Complete information about the renovation can be found at the Capitol Square Project website. Additional information for artists can be found in this appendix and this addendum.

Questions about submissions should be directed to Rachel Clifton, Assistant Director, Wyoming Arts Council at 307-777- 5305 or rachel.clifton@wyo.gov.

Site and building tours may be arranged through the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. Contact Sara Needles, Administrator, Cultural Resources Division at 307-777- 7498 or sara.needles@wyo.gov.