Erie County New York Public Art RFP

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Erie County New York Public Art Request for Proposal (RFP) published a monumental bid. The RFP raises gender equity awareness and illustrates Western New York’s women in history. The winning artist(s) gain brand and art recognition due to the artwork’s designated location. Read on to learn more about this public art RFP!

About The Request For Proposal (RFP)

First, the proposal seeks artists who can produce sculpture(s) that represent an essence of Western New York women in history: Mary Talbert, Louise Bethune, and Geraldine “Sid-Tah” Green.

These women created positive work cultures in their community. And they set standards in Western New York’s quality of life through their career leadership and activism legacy.

The RFP officially says:

“The County of Erie, New York (the “County”) is currently seeking Proposal Statements from qualified artists or team of artists (hereafter, “artists” shall mean individuals and/or teams of artists) to produce concept, design, and representational sculpture/s to bring to life three (3) Western New York women who made significant contributions to their fields within the national context.”

Secondly, the future monument will be at the Buffalo and Erie County Central Library plaza. This area overlooks Lafayette Square, one of the most prominent public spaces in Erie County. This means the winning artist(s) receives an added benefit of brand recognition because of where the monument is based.

The Selection Process

Artists are selected through a competitive, two-step process. Then, the Selection Committee selects a short list of three artists to submit designs for this public art RFP. Finally, one artist’s design is selected for full realization.

Artists must meet eligibility requirements before responding with a qualifications statement.

We summarizes the five requirements below:

  1. Lead applicant must be 18 years or older.
  2. Applicant must be able to demonstrate their experience as a public artist with a qualified portfolio.
  3. Black, Indigenous, People of Color, women and gender nonconforming persons, LGBTQIA+ community members are highly encouraged to apply.
  4. All are welcome to submit their qualifications to complete this work.
  5. This call for qualifications is open to artists within the United States. New York State residents are encouraged to apply.

Finally, qualified proposers meeting the above are invited to respond to this RFP.

Important Submission Information

Proposal statements are due no later than June 3, 2022.

It’s required you register electronically to Lynette Seliger, Administrative Clerk at

In summary, review the full RFP pdf here to see a complete list of requirements. As an added bonus, we recommend getting a further glimpse of the County of Erie by browsing through the county’s official website by clicking here.

Interested in Responding to This RFP?

Did this public art RFP get your creative juices flowing? We’d like to think of this RFP as a win-win situation– the RFP drives social impact, and winning it promotes your brand.

Are you new to bidding on local-level projects? Be rest assured, we’ve got a team of experts ready to support you. Unsure how the RFP process works? Then consider letting The Bid Lab’s team of experts advise you on what it takes to set a world-class response to this public art RFP.

In fact, our experienced Bid Manager team acts as an extension of your own internal team. We guide you through the ins and outs of crafting a compliant and engaging proposal.

In conclusion, we encourage you to take action today! RFPs are a lucrative way to grow or expand your business. You can contact us in through multiple channels. Schedule a free consultation through HubSpot with our bid consultants today. Contact us through email at, or call us at 1-844-4BIDLAB. Talk to you soon!