Request For Proposals: Los Angeles World Airports Arts Exhibition Program


budgets between $6,000 and $13,000


Public Art Division, Department of Cultural Affairs


Oct 23, 2017 - 11:59 pm




Email Ligeia Gorre DCA or call 213.202.5544


Email Tim McGowan at LAWA or call 424.646.5312

City of Los Angeles

Department of Cultural Affairs, Public Art Division

Request For Proposals (RFP)

Los Angeles World Airports Arts Exhibition Program




This year the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) Arts Exhibition Program celebrates 15 years of presenting art exhibitions and installations in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). As a major gateway to the United States, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is undergoing a massive modernization effort. The improvements call for continued evolution of the Arts Exhibition Program to develop dynamic public spaces to deliver a world-class passenger experience.

Of the eight exhibition sites at LAX, half are located at departure and arrival areas that serve both the traveling public and non-travelers alike. These intersecting sites of engagement provide the first experiences of contemporary Southern Californian art as travelers enter Los Angeles and they offer the final artistic impression as one returns home. The Arts Exhibition Program continues to proudly feature Southern California curators and artists working in the field today.

LAWA and DCA are seeking arts professionals to curate temporary exhibitions and installations at LAX as part of the LAWA Arts Exhibition Program. Through a variety of changing exhibitions and installations at LAX, the Arts Exhibition Program presents engaging artworks by artists from the Los Angeles region, one of the creative capitals of the world. For artists included in these exhibition projects, LAX functions as a cultural laboratory for creating distinctive and memorable art experiences for visitors. For millions of passengers each year, the Arts Exhibition Program provides access to diverse, contemporary artworks that reflect and celebrate the region’s creative caliber, while enhancing and humanizing their overall travel experience.


Independent curators, artists, or teams (teams may not change over the course of the project) are invited to develop proposals for exhibitions in the diverse and challenging context of an international airport. Curators representing not-for-profit art centers/galleries/museums are also invited to apply. Proposals may be artistic, cultural, historical, or popular in nature. Applicants should have strong organizational and aesthetic design skills, as well as excellent written communication skills. Applicants must demonstrate experience in curating art exhibitions, including planning and design. Applicants must be available for meetings with LAWA and DCA staff. Specific locations for temporary installations and exhibitions will be determined by LAWA and DCA based on the needs of the Arts Exhibition Program.


This RFP is open to applicants residing in the Southern California area, including the counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura. Applicants with experience in curating site-specific exhibitions and/or installations are encouraged to apply. Employees of the City of Los Angeles are ineligible to apply.

Applicants are encouraged to register on the City of Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (BAVN). If your organization has previously received commissions, grants or contracts from the City of Los Angeles, then you have already registered on BAVN. If you are a new applicant, go to to register to bid for a City of Los Angeles business commission, grant or contract. Technical support for BAVN may be requested by emailing

Sometime thereafter you may receive requests from BAVN to verify your location, the percentage of your workforce that lives in the City of Los Angeles, your status as a minority-owned/operated business, and your status as a women-owned/operated business. We encourage you to respond accurately so that individual artists are understood as a significant contributor to equity.


A selection panel will convene to review all applications received in response to this RFP. The selection panel will be comprised of arts professionals and LAWA representatives, and will be administered by DCA. Based upon a review of all submissions and an assessment of qualifications, the panel may select up to thirty-five (35) proposals. These accepted proposals will establish the 2018-2021 Arts Exhibition Program.

Applicants will be eligible to meet with DCA and LAWA staff for further development of the initial exhibition project concept proposed through this RFP. Based upon this meeting and potential for final development of an exhibition project at a specific LAX site, the curator or artist will receive final approval and confirmation to install a temporary exhibition project with a minimum term of six (6) months. Scheduling of final exhibition projects will be developed for the calendar years of 2018 through 2021, and specified exhibition dates will be determined by LAWA and DCA.


DCA reserves the right to decline all submissions and/or cancel this RFP, at any time. Curators and/or artists identified through this RFP are guaranteed neither an exhibition nor a proposal development opportunity. This RFP is subject to Minority/Women Business Enterprise, Equal Opportunity, Living Wage, Contractor Responsibility and Equal Benefits Ordinances, and other ordinances in effect.


There are eight (8) available exhibition sites located at LAX. Below are the dimensions for each LAX exhibition site, arranged in descending order of largest to smallest, according to exhibition area size. While applicants are not required to specify a location as part of the submitted proposal, a preferred site may be specified in the proposal. Preferences for exhibition sites will be reviewed and considered by LAWA and DCA, but such site preferences cannot be guaranteed.

  1. Terminal Seven and Eight – Departures Level Connector Hallway

­Exhibition Wall: 209 (L) x 8 (H) ft.

  1. Terminal Seven – Departures Ticketing Lobby

Exhibition Lobby Wall: 32 ½ (L) x 12 (H) ft.

  1. Terminal One, Gate 10 – Departures Level Hallway

Exhibition Walls

Wall #1: 100 (L) x 5 ½ – 6 ½ (H) ft.

Wall #2: 17 (L) x 13 (H) ft.

  1. Terminal One, Gate 9 – Departures Level Hallway

Exhibition Wall: 71 (L) x 6 – 12 (H) ft.

Display Case: 20 (L) x 3 (D) x 8 (H) ft.

  1. Terminal Six – Departures Level Security Screening Area Entrance

Exhibition Walls

Wall #1: – 62 (L) x 6 ½ (H) ft. and

Wall #2 – 16 (L) x 6 ½ (H) ft.

  1. Terminal One – Arrivals Level Baggage Claim

Exhibition Walls:

Wall #1- 73 (L) x 6 ½ (H) ft. and

Wall #2 – 32 ½ (L) x 9 (H) ft.

  1. Tom Bradley International Terminal – Arrivals Level Customs Hallway

Display Case: 43 (L) x 4 (D) x 7 (H) ft.

  1. Terminal Three – Ticketing Level West End

Exhibition Walls:

Wall #1 – 11 ½ (L) x 8 (H) ft. / Wall #2 – 8 ½ (L) x 6 (H) ft. / Wall #3 – 6 ½ (L) x 6 (H) ft. /

Wall #4 – 15 (L) x 6 (H) ft.



Under special circumstances, opportunities may arise to feature site-specific installations in alcoves, atriums, courtyards, and waiting areas. Curators and artists may be invited to propose for specific sites to be determined by the Arts Exhibition Program.


All exhibitions and installation projects commissioned for LAX through this RFP will include a curatorial budget that may range between $6,000 and $13,000. Budgets are pre-determined by DCA and LAWA and must be all-inclusive to cover all costs associated with each commissioned exhibition project, including curatorial stipend and/or artist fees, research and curatorial selection, preparation of artworks for display, preparation of written exhibition didactics and labels, and oversight of all project installation and de-installation. Professional graphic design services for the signage and didactic material to accompany the exhibitions, in addition to professional art preparatory services for installation and de-installation of all exhibition projects, will be provided by the Arts Exhibition Program at no cost to the selected curators.


All applications must be submitted electronically via Slide Room. Deadline to apply is Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Incomplete and late applications will be deemed ineligible and will not be considered.

A complete application must include:

  1. CONTACT INFORMATIONincluding name, business name (if applicable), physical address, mailing address, telephone and email. Teams must identify the curator or one artist to be DCA’s primary contact for the team, as well as contact information for each artist on the team.
  2. EXHIBITION OR INSTALLATION STATEMENT describing the concept, which may include desired location [exhibition wall(s), display case(s)]. PDF or MS Word format, one page maximum;
  3. CURRICULUM VITAE(PDF or MS Word format only, 4 pages max per CV); teams must submit a CV for each artist on the team.
  4. TEN (10) IMAGES(JPG format only, 72 DPI min + 5 MB max per file) of completed artwork that visually represent the exhibition proposal concept; image files must be named sequentially (i.e. 01, 02, 03…). Each of the image files must include the title of the image, year, size, materials and brief description. For any commissioned project(s), also include the client, budget and location.

*If proposing multiple exhibitions, please submit a separate application for each proposal. No more than three (3) proposals per applicant will be accepted.

*Additional material included that is not requested by DCA will not be reviewed.


About the LAWA Arts Exhibition Program

The mission of the LAWA Art Program is to enhance and humanize the travel experience by providing diverse and memorable art experiences throughout the airport. The Art Program includes temporary exhibitions, permanent installations, and cultural performances. With an emphasis on local and regional artists, the Art Program provides access to an array of contemporary artworks that reflect and celebrate the region’s creative caliber. For additional information, please visit


About the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)

As a leading, progressive arts and cultural agency, DCA empowers Los Angeles’ vibrant communities by supporting and providing access to quality visual, literary, musical, performing, and educational arts programming; managing vital cultural centers; preserving historic sites; creating public art; and funding services provided by arts organizations and individual artists. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook at, Instagram @culture_la, and Twitter @culture_la.


About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX is the fourth busiest airport in the world, second in the United States, and was named Skytrax’ 2017 Top 10 Most Improved Airports.  LAX served more than 80.9 million passengers in 2016.  LAX offers 742 daily nonstop flights to 101 cities in the U.S. and 1,280 weekly nonstop flights to 77 cities in 42 countries on 64 commercial air carriers.  LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion.  LAX handled 697,138 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2016.


LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.


For more information about LAX, please visit or follow on Twitter @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at, and on YouTube at

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.  Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request.




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