Call for Artists/RFQ: Sculptural Bus Shelters in the Heart of the Gateway Arts District (Studio 3807 + Artisan at 4100)

Deadline to Apply: September 29, 2017, 5:00pm


The Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, on behalf of Landex Development, LLC, is accepting artist proposals for the design and fabrication of two (2) sculpturally-devised bus shelters for placement at two (2) revitalization sites on Rhode Island Avenue in the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts & Entertainment District.




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Studio 3807 and Artisan at 4100 are planned as two proximate, complementary mixed-use developments, each within walking distance to an engaged community eager to socialize around arts production and entertainment. These two iconic properties are located a mile from Washington DC and 3 miles from the University of Maryland College Park along Historic US Route 1 corridor.  Studio 3807 is situated prominently at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and 38th Avenue and will consist of 147 apartments, a contemporary two-level lobby infused with local artwork, a lounge with catering kitchen, fitness center, charging stations and garage parking, bike storage, ground-floor retail and art studios. The Artisan is being constructed at the corner of Rhode Island and Shepherd Avenues and will have 84 apartments, retail, garage parking and similar amenities to those offered at Studio 3807. Both residences feature design motifs described as energizing, destination-building, and having a joyful vibe.

The project is privately funded and intended to engage the imagination of Gateway Arts District stakeholders. The Bus Shelter placements will be provided outside of the newly constructed Studio 3807 and The Artisan as a means of simultaneously enhancing and promoting transit use. Both properties host a Capital Bike Share Station. The placements are adjacent to the Gateway Arts Center.

The first shelter will serve northbound commuters and is to be located at the northwest corner of the Studio 3807 site at 39th St, and calls for an iconic, contemporary, sculptural treatment for the bus shelter. The second placement calls for a similar structure for southbound commuters at The Artisan, one block to the north. Installation for the first shelter is to be completed by March 26, 2018 to ensure delivery in advance of Studio 3807’s grand opening in Spring, 2018. The second bus shelter will be stored offsite once it is completed, to be installed December, 2018, ahead of The Artisan’s grand opening in early Spring, 2019.

Eligibility: Individual artists or artist teams from the greater metropolitan area or within 65 miles are eligible to respond. Locally established or emerging sculptors, woodworkers, metal-workers, and artists of any durable media are most welcomed. Prince George’s County-based artists are strongly encouraged to submit their work for consideration.



Based upon the RFQ responses, three finalists will be invited to submit more detailed design concepts. Each of the three finalists will receive a $750.00 stipend. The CDC staff will then work closely with each finalist to prepare for the final juried review of their proposed designs.

The finalist selected will receive a project commission of $36,000.00 for both shelters. The stipend is to be all inclusive of fees and costs. The selected artist is responsible for maintaining budget, keeping to production schedule, documentation of the installed work, transportation and installation, insurance, and any necessary technical engineering needed to install the shelter

Upon inquiry a detailed fabrication timeline will be provided. Fabrication of the artwork is to be complete by March 5, 2018, and installation complete for Studio 3807 by March 26th, 2018, with the Artisan expected December 1, 2018. Upon jury selection, a work agreement will be provided for review, discussion and execution. Artist will work with the CDC to coordinate inspection of the work in progress, as well as the fabrication and installation process.


Please review the full RFQ here (PDF)

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