Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Call for proposals: Portrait of Nevada's Governor

The State of Nevada invites professional artists with previous experience in commissioned work for an open competition to paint the portrait of Governor Jim Gibbons which will hang in the Nevada State Capitol.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting artists to participate in this
competition to paint, frame and install the painting was recently
issued. The deadline to submit proposals to the Nevada Arts Council is
5:00 p.m. on July 22, 2010.

Copies of the full RFP with details on how to submit are available by
contacting the Nevada Arts Council at 775-687-6680 or by visiting the
Department of Cultural Affairs’ website at

Pursuant to Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 223.121 the portrait must be
painted in oil colors and be appropriately framed. The painting and
framing must be done in the same manner, style and size as the
portraits of former Governors of the State displayed in the Nevada
State Capitol Building in Carson City. The maximum commission fee for
the preparation of the portrait, which must include the frame and
hanging apparatus, is $17,500. An amount not to exceed $2,500 is
available for artist travel required to complete the portrait.

This competition is open to professional artists living in the United
States. Artists must clearly identify proven experience by having
previously completed a minimum of two portraits which were
commissioned by individuals, corporations or units of government and
are comparable to a Governor’s Portrait. Applicants must demonstrate
the ability to complete the project as proposed, within the available
budget and the stated timeline.

A Selection Committee will review all eligible submissions using the
criteria of artistic quality, demonstrated qualifications and ability
to complete the project within the time frame and budget. The
committee will select three finalists from which the Governor will
choose the commission artist.

The Nevada Arts Council of the Department of Cultural Affairs will
manage the artist selection process for the Selection Committee and
develop and manage the artist’s contract. Notification of final
selection will be made by August 20, 2010 and the portrait must be
completed by December 17, 2010.