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Requests for Proposals

Art Consultant

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies is seeking bids for an independent contractor to curate and acquire artwork for its newly renovated headquarters in Millbrook, NY. The goal of the building-wide, a semi-permanent art installation in Tozer Ecosystem Science Building is to reflect the work and mission of the nonprofit environmental research organization.

The independent contractor will report to the President and will be responsible for: a) creating a plan for the artwork that tells a visual story of the institute’s work; b) identifying artists and artworks that fit this remit; c) incorporating existing photographic, printed, written, and object-based items from the historical archives and repurposing them for display; d) overseeing the acquisition, framing, and installation of all artworks; and e) investigating opportunities for artwork gifts or loans.

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to solicit proposals from various candidates, conduct a fair and extensive evaluation based on criteria listed herein, and select the candidate who best represents the interests of Cary Institute.

Proposals will be accepted until March 31, 2023, with notification of selection made by mid-April. The consultant will work directly with Cary Institute’s President, in collaboration with the Director of Communications. Contract terms and conditions will be negotiated upon selection of the winning bidder for this RFP. All contractual terms and conditions will be subject to review by Cary Institute’s grants office and will include scope, budget, schedule, and other necessary items pertaining to the project.

Deliverables include

  1. Detailed project plan, including proposed overview and approach
  2. Provisional timeline
  3. Budget overview
  4. Bidder qualifications Art consulting and curating experience, including experience working with and repurposing archival material, is required.

Applicants should also have familiarity with the art world, including discovering and working with artists and galleries.

Proposals should include references and a provisional timeframe for completion of tasks. We would like the tasks delineated in this RFP to be completed within twelve months from the start date.

Please submit questions or proposals to Dr. Joshua Ginsberg (President, Cary Institute) at: