Art in Architecture - Madawaska-Edmundston International Bridge Project

  • December 17, 2018

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The General Services Administration (GSA) Art in Architecture Program commissions American artists (citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents or Permanent Workers of the United States) to create publicly scaled and permanently installed artworks for Federal buildings nationwide.

GSA announces an opportunity for a Federal art commission in conjunction with the construction of the new U.S. Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in Madawaska, Maine.

GSA will design and construct a new LPOE that meets the mission and operational requirements of the Federal inspection agencies. The design and construction of the new LPOE will be in coordination with the Maine Department of Transportation (MaineDOT) and the New Brunswick (Canada) Department of Transportation and Infrastructure's (NBDTI). MaineDOT and NBDTI are developing a new Madawaska (Maine) - Edmundston (Canada) International Bridge.

GSA allocates one-half of one percent of the estimated construction costs of new or modernized Federal facilities for art commissions. The art budget for this project is estimated to be $257,688. One or more artists will be awarded a fixed-price contract for a commission.

Artists who wish to be considered for this and all future GSA art commissions must submit application materials to GSA's National Artists Registry (Registry). The Registry constitutes the qualified list of artists for this and all GSA commissions. Instructions on how to join the Registry are available on the following Web site:

Application Criteria

All artists who wish to be considered as candidates for a commission at the new LPOE in Madawaska, Maine, must have their application materials submitted and received by GSA by 3:00 PM Eastern Time on Monday, January 14, 2019. Artists' submissions received after the deadline will not be considered for this project, but will be eligible for consideration on future GSA commissions alongside the other artists on the Registry. Artists already on the Registry need not resubmit, but may elect to update their information prior to the deadline.

GSA evaluates artists based on the following criteria: media, materials, content, style and scope of the artist's past work, and artist's past performance and experience with commissions or projects similar to the one described in this synopsis. Short-listed artists will be contacted and asked to submit additional information including a statement that the artist can perform the work associated with the GSA commission within the identified budget. GSA will count the combined weight of all the selection criteria as significantly more important than price.

At a minimum, the scope of services for this commission will require: collaboration with the lead designer selected for the LPOE project; development of preliminary and final concepts; fabrication of the artwork; participation in meetings and conservation reviews as necessary; and, the installation of the artwork at the project site.

Brian T. Burns,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 6173787565


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