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SFAC to Pre-qualify Artists for SFO Terminal 2 Remodel

San Francisco Art Magazine News
Updated June 16, 2008

      The San Francisco Arts Commission seeks to pre-qualify artists for consideration for the public art projects that will be a part of San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2 renovations. Terminal 2 has been closed since 2000, when the new International Terminal opened. The 610,000 square foot Terminal 2 originally opened in 1954 and housed 10 gates. The renovated Terminal 2 is expected to open in 2010. The terminal will house 14 gates, use green building materials, and become the new home for Virgin America.

      The SFAC's public art program at the San Francisco International Airport has more than 75 works of art. Approximately 50 of the works are currently on display, including work by Isamu Noguchi, Wayne Theibaud, and Rigo 99. Suspended art works and the glass curtain wall at the entry of Terminal 2 will be among the public art projects commissioned by the SFAC for the renovation project. The art will feature the use of natural or artificial light or both.

      Due to the fast pace in which Terminal 2 is to be completed, the San Francisco Arts Commission has set a July 16, 2008 deadline, and artists must be ready to start work no later than September 1, 2008. In order to apply, artists must use the CaFÉ web site at This web site is free for artists, but registration is required. Using the site will expedite the process of matching artists with the appropriate types of projects.

      The extra time spent setting up a CaFÉ profile could be worth the effort. Budgets for the Terminal 2 art projects have not been set yet, but are anticipated to range from $100,000 to $1,000,000. The expected $3,200,000 art enrichment budget is based on the allocation of 2 percent of the construction cost under San Francisco's percent-for-art ordinance.

      For more information about the selection process, visit the SFAC's requests for qualifications web page at:

- Sheilah Boothby
     Sheilah Boothby is the publisher of San Francisco Art Magazine.

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