Design the first statue honoring women in Central Park

Design the first statue honoring women in Central Park

Professional sculptors are invited to participate in a sculpture competition for a Woman Suffrage Movement Monument to be located in Central Park in New York City.

November 6th marks the Centennial anniversary of the 1917 New York State referendum that adopted Votes for Women. On November 6, 2017, The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund released a combined Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting professional sculptors to participate in a sculpture competition for a Woman Suffrage Movement Monument to be located in Central Park in New York City. Please note that The Statue Fund must also receive approval from the New York City Public Design Commission.

Process

The Call for Sculptors is a combined two-stage process:

  1. The first stage is a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) –p. 17-18 of the document– in which the Statue Fund invites sculptors to submit illustrations of previous work, curriculum vitae, and their approach to the design of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Women Suffrage Movement Monument, in sketch or text form or both.
  2. The second stage is a Request for Proposals (RFP) –p. 19-20 of the document– in which up to five qualified finalists will be invited to submit maquettes for the monument.

Eligibility

This RFQ/RFP is open to all professional artists or teams of artists over the age of 18 located in the United States. Applicants must have previous work experience in creating figurative and contemporary sculpture.

Budget

The total budget for the design, design reviews, fabrication, transportation, and installation of the artwork is approximately $500,000. This does not include site preparation and the structural foundation.

Timeline

All interested artists are encouraged to subscribe at the Sculptors’ page to register their intent to respond to this RFQ/RFP. All artists expressing interest will be added to an email distribution list and will be notified if additional information related to the RFQ/RFP becomes available. Artists failing to register in this manner may not receive all information relevant to the preparation of their proposals.

  • November 6, 2017 – The Statue Fund and NYC Parks announce and issue the RFQ/RFP. The RFQ/RFP will be made public through a variety of ways including a website/social media campaign that is directed to audiences across the United States. This campaign will play a role in communicating the project’s aims.
  • Nov. 7–Dec. 15, 2017 – Question Period – Any questions regarding the proposal may be submitted by email to [email protected] with the subject line “Questions.” Questions must be submitted by December 4, 2017. Responses will be sent to all registered participants no later than December 15, 2017.
  • February 14, 2018 – Deadline for receipt of application materials from sculptors. Digital materials are to be sent to [email protected] with the subject line “Qualification Submission.”
  • February 23 and 24, 2018 – Potential semi-finalists will be interviewed in NYC. Submissions of semi-finalists may be displayed at the New York Historical Society.
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Deadline

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

City

New York

Location

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Central Park, New York
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More information

Monumental Women

Credits

Organized by The Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Statue Fund, Inc. (the Statue Fund), a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to placing the first statue honoring women’s history in New York City’s Central Park. Photo: Central Park by Doug Kerr (Flickr)