The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) seeks professional art conservators and firms to provide maintenance and conservation services for artworks managed by the Public Art Division.
This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) will enable DCA to create a Pre-Qualified list of up to twenty (20) conservators (including firms) who demonstrate the professional capacity to advise on the maintenance of artworks, artifacts, and architectural elements, as well as examine, conserve, and provide preventative care treatments and recommendations for artworks.
The Pre-Qualified list will be active for three (3) years with the option to renew the list for an additional year. Once selected to the Pre-Qualified pool, conservators will be invited to bid on specific conservation projects as opportunities arise. In addition, Pre-Qualified conservators may be asked to serve in an advisory role on Public Art projects including, the public art committee, new artwork donations and Department and citywide policies related to art conservation and restoration practices.
DCA is the primary steward and agency responsible for the conservation, maintenance, and management of art and cultural assets acquired through the following public art programs: The City Art Collection; Public 1% for Art; Private 1% for Art; Murals Program and the former Community Redevelopment Agency Program. The combined art collections contain over 5,000 artworks.
The entire collection has grown to include a variety of artistic mediums, including: murals, paintings, prints, sculpture; furniture, historical materials, ethnographic artifacts, architectural elements such as stained glass, or cast stone emblems; works on paper, photographs, digital, media and light art. These works reflect the diversity of culture and artistic heritage of and within the City of Los Angeles. Most of the artworks are permanently-sited, integrated into the architecture and/or free-standing.
For RFQ criteria, areas of specialization, eligibility, project budgets, selections process, submission requirements, and rights and responsibilities, please download the RFQ.