Surfrider Foundation Request for Qualifications & Proposals (RFQ/RFP)

Message in a Bottle 4

Purpose: To select artists who will be selected to show in the Surfrider Foundations 4th rendition of Message in a Bottle.

Issued: May 4th, 2019

Entry Deadline: September 1, 2019

Contact: Lance Fung


Project Overview: Fung Collaboratives is seeking professional artists to exhibit their

artwork in a group exhibition for the 4th installment of Message in a Bottle organized by

the Surfrider Foundation, SF Chapter. The artworks should illustrate the travesty of

plastics in our ocean and educate the viewers on how plastics are affecting the planet’s

existence. The curator will then communicate and interview selected artists to make the

final selection.

Show Dates: November 1st through the 3rd of 2019

Artist Reception: Evening of November 1st

Installation Date: November 1st, 2019

De-installation Date: Evening of November 3rd, 2019

Artist will be responsible for the transportation, installation and deinstallation of their


Location: Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA, 94123

Eligibility: Requirements for eligibility:

• Must be a professional artist.

- Definition of professional artist- “a practitioner in the visual arts with an

original, self-conceptualized body of work, generally recognized by critics

and peers as a professional possessing serious intent and ability.”

• Must have three years of professional experience as a working artist

• Must be legally able to work in the United States.

• Must be at least 18 years of age.

Proposal Submission Requirements: The proposal is the means for the artist to fully

present his or her ideas to Fung Collaboratives for review. As such it should be thorough

and provide all information necessary to accurately communicate the proposed

installation. All proposal materials must be submitted electronically as a single pdf.

Artist Statement of intent describing the artist’s personal connection to, and interest in,

the project and what they bring to the project as an artist.

1. A letter of interest outlining your approach to art, your interest in this specific project,

what you bring to the project as an artist, experience with other projects of similar scope,

sources of inspiration presented by the project, any other comments that might help

differentiate you as a candidate, and your name, address, phone number, and email. Not

to exceed one page.

2. A written description of the artwork: Up to two pages, this should describe the

aesthetic direction of the artwork. (What it is, how it looks, materials, size etc.)

3. A Bio/CV. Not to exceed three pages.

4. A descriptive narrative Up to two pages, that addresses:

• The artist’s philosophical approach and conceptual framework for the art.

• How the art connects to a concept.

• How the artwork addresses and interacts with the public.

• Points of inspiration for the project.

5. Visual representations of the artwork including sketches and drawings, 3D

renderings, etc. (elevation, details, aerial view)

Evaluation Criteria: The curator will use the following criteria to evaluate the proposals

and determine which artists will be selected for the project:

1. Aesthetics: The quality and artistic excellence of the design, including creativity

and originality, use of materials, appropriateness of content and the degree to

which the artwork will remain interesting to the viewers

2. Relationship of Artwork to the subject: How well does your artwork relate to

the theme of plastics in the ocean and does it use a strong concept to inform the

public about an issue?

3. Durability longevity and maintenance: The degree to which the artwork will

stand up to large crowds during the three day exhibition period.

Artists who are selected for the show will be notified by Email.

This request for qualifications and proposals is done in collaboration with the Surfrider

Foundation. More information on the Surfrider Foundation can be found on their official