Invitational RFP: Station Cases

Issue Date: March 20, 2018
Application Deadline: May 4th, 4 pm EST
Honorarium: $800 per case


Project Overview:

Lancaster Public Art invites artists to create site-specific work for our glass enclosed cases located in the Lancaster Train Station concourse. Artists may submit ideas for one or both display cases located on the South side of the concourse. Artwork must be original and created specifically for the case and its location. Subject matter and material are the artist’s choice. Selected art will be on display for six months. Artists may apply as groups or individuals



March 20th, 2018: Call Issued

Week of April 3rd: Info Session for Applicants

May 4th, 4pm EST: Deadline for Submissions

May 10th: Finalists Selected. Applicants Notified

May 28th – June 1st: Interviews

June 6th: Artist Selected. Applicants Notified.

June 15th: Artist Check-In             

June 29th: Installation

January 3, 2019: Deinstallation

Honorarium: $800

To go towards associated costs of the project, including but not limited to artist’s time, fabrication, materials, labor, transportation and installation.


Display Case Specs & Considerations

Case length: 118”
Pedestal length: 112”
Case height: 89”
Height from top of pedestal to case ceiling: 58”
Case depth: 29”
Pedestal top depth: 25”



  • Works of art must be contained inside of the glass cases.
  • Alterations to the floor, walls, ceilings, benches or other area surrounding the cases cannot be considered.
  • Pedestal furniture is available.
  • Opening and closing of the cases can only be done by trained City Staff
  • Installation and deinstallation will be based on City staff availability and schedule
  • There is UV coating on the glass of the display cases.
  • The City of Lancaster may be able to help install the work. The Display Cases remain installed for a maximum period of six months.



This Public Art commission is open to all professional artists, or a team thereof. Applicants must be 18 years or older. Artists who have been selected for a previous Station Cases project must wait 18 months before applying again.

Nondiscrimination Clause: The City of Lancaster, PA and the PAAB will select artists without regard to race, color, religious creed, handicap, ancestry, national origin, age or sex.

Submission Requirements

Application Requirements: 

  • a current artist statement and bio
  • up to 4 drawings, sketches and/or renderings that will give an understanding of proposed work with a list that describes each image
  • a written description of the proposed work.
  • 5 - 8 images or video of past work with a list that supports the work images and can include: description, budget, materials, location, and any other relevant project information. 
  • Itemized list of how you plan to use the honorarium.
  • Resume.
  • References: Minimum of three.

Selection Criteria

Qualifications will be judged on creativity, artistic merit, conceptual innovation, design, and compatibility with the project. Applicants should:

  • Demonstrate a developed and consistent body of work regarding showing competency with similar or applicable projects;
  • demonstrate artistic merit as evidenced by visual documentation;
  • Submit proposals that clearly have considered the site
  • If applying as a group, each artist must supply a resume and bio. Submit the group applications together.


May 4th, 2018 received by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone. Late applications will not be reviewed. Artists will be notified upon receipt of their qualifications being submitted and again once the finalists have been selected on May 10th, 2018.

Artists are responsible for installation, deinstallation, and site restoration and must grant City of Lancaster the right to a royalty-free, perpetual license to use any depictions of the artwork for non-commercial purposes (credit will be given to artist).


Selection Process

The five-member selection panel includes artists, professionals, and community members. The Public Art Manager serves as a non-voting advisor to the committee.

  1. Submissions that arrive on or before the due date and meet all the application requirements, will be reviewed by the selection committee.

  2. 2-3 finalists will be selected and invited to interview.

  3. Artists may interview in-person, over the phone or via Skype.

  4. Artist is selected

If you have questions, please email Joanna Davis Seedorf, Public Art Manager, Lancaster Public Art at or call (717) 291-4829