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Alvarado Square Chambers Mural

News and Updates:

On December 7, 2020 the Bernalillo County Arts Board voted to approve the Selection Committee’s recommendations of the top three proposals. The three artists are:

  • Bimmer Torres
  • Cecilia Lueza
  • Gail Christofferson

The county has invited the artists to submit a detailed, site-specific proposal for the project and give a presentation to the Selection Committee, the Bernalillo County Arts Board, and the public. The presentation dates are to be determined and will be formally announced soon.

Project Background and Description:

  • Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square, 415 Silver Avenue SW 87102, is an eight-story building centrally located in downtown Albuquerque. Alvarado Square will house approximately 900 county employees and the county commission chambers. The Alvarado Square chambers mural will be located inside the building on the south-facing wall of the new commission chambers. The mural will be visible to the public both from inside the building and outside from Silver Avenue through glass windows. The established budget is $50,000.
  • In June 2020, the Bernalillo County Arts Board solicited a national Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists for the mural project. The county received over 70 proposals.
  • A selection committee made up of Arts Board members, community members, employees of Bernalillo County and other stakeholders was formed in August 2020 to review the proposals submitted through the RFQ and select the top three proposals. The selection committee is expected to complete their review of proposals by January 2021.
  • Once the selection committee has picked the top three proposals, the county’s Arts Board will vote to approve the three finalists or to have further review.
  • The three finalists will then be invited to present their proposals to the Arts Board and selection committee. The presentations may include detailed sketches of the project, a maquette, and additional materials. The public will be invited to attend the presentations. Based on the presentations and public comment, the Arts Board will select a finalist.
  • The winning artist or team will be tasked with creating the concept and design of the mural, engaging the community in the mural design and content, and implementing the installation of the mural.
  • The mural is expected to be completed by December 2021.

Contact:

Kent Swanson
Public Art Project Coordinator
Email: kswanson@bernco.gov
505-314-0467


Tiny Home Village Public Art Project

News and Updates:

On January 8, 2021 the Bernalillo County Arts Board approved the recommendations of the selection committee for the top three proposals for a public art project at the Tiny Home Village.

The three artists are:

  • Helen Atkins
  • Paula Castillo
  • Jodie Herrera

Project Background and Description:

  • The Tiny Home Village Project is a collaboration primarily between Bernalillo County and the Albuquerque Indian Center. The goals for the Bernalillo County Tiny Home Village are to provide dignified, safe, stable and attractive transitional housing for people currently experiencing homelessness; incorporate housing, services and employment to stabilize residents and help them regain self-sufficiency; provide a safe space for those waiting for traditional affordable housing to become available; add deliberate and supported community-building, self-development, and provide life and work skills; and provide support for employment.
  • In June 2020, the Bernalillo County Arts Board solicited a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists for the Tiny Home Village. Artists residing in New Mexico were invited to apply. Artists submitting proposals were asked to demonstrate: an understanding of Bernalillo County; sensitivity towards the population of the Tiny Home Village and the surrounding community; and experience with community engagement. The established budget is $43,000. The county received 30 proposals from the call for art.
  • A selection committee made up of representatives from the Albuquerque Indian Center, Arts Board members, community members, and other stakeholders was formed in August 2020 to review the proposals submitted through the RFQ and select the top three proposals. The selection committee is expected to complete their review of proposals by January 2021.
  • Once the selection committee has picked the top three proposals, the county’s Arts Board will vote to approve the three finalists or to have further review.
  • Three finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Arts Board and selection committee. The presentations may include detailed sketches of the project, a maquette, and additional materials. The public will be invited to attend the presentations. Based on the presentations and public comment, the Arts Board will select a finalist.
  • The public art project for the Tiny Home Village is expected to be completed by December 2021.

Contact:

Kent Swanson
Public Art Project Coordinator
Email: kswanson@bernco.gov
505-314-0467


Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square Photography

News and Updates:

The Arts Board’s recommendations were approved by the Board of County Commissioners Dec. 8, 2020.

The selected photographs are:

  • Jan Bartelstone “Fully Monty”
  • Brandon Barela “Gathering of Nations”
  • Jose Armas “Bluff Spectacle”
  • Jessica Roybal “En El Camino”
  • Julian Trinidad Gardea "Flying Over Sandia“
  • Melinda Martinez “Chile Enchantment”
  • Jeremiah Arias "Mariah Duran Ollie”
  • James Grayford “Rodeo”
  • Gary Rivera “Reina de Los Muertos”

Project Background and Description:

  • Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square, the new home for Bernalillo County government offices located at 415 Silver Avenue SW 87102, is an eight-story building centrally located in downtown Albuquerque. Alvarado Square will house approximately 900 county employees and the county commission chambers.
  • In July of 2020, the Bernalillo County Arts Board issued a call for photographers living in the State of New Mexico to submit photographs to be used as part of the interior design of Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square. The intent of the project is to enhance the facility’s elevator lobbies and other sites to create a welcoming environment for customers, Bernalillo County employees, and the general public. Images that are culturally relevant and evoke the spirit and character of Bernalillo County were requested. The county received nearly 200 submissions.
  • In September 2020, a selection committee made up of Arts Board members, employees of Bernalillo County, the project architect, and community members began selecting eight photographs from the submissions to be reproduced in black and white at a large scale and featured on the walls of the facility’s elevator lobbies.
  • Additionally, the committee choose a photograph from the submissions for use in an acrylic art element above the building’s new concierge desk.
  • A framed copy of each selected photograph will become part of the Bernalillo County Public Art Program’s permanent collection and will be displayed in publicly accessible areas of the Bernalillo County @ Alvarado Square facility.

Contact:

Kent Swanson
Public Art Project Coordinator
Email: kswanson@bernco.gov
505-314-0467

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