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Call for Proposals


Fairfax, Virginia, South County Police Station

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, has been asked by Fairfax County to facilitate the proposal, creation, and installation of commissioned, two-dimensional photographs and/or visual art at the new South County Police Station and Animal Shelter. The southern part of Fairfax County, Virginia, has a growing need for police and animal shelter services, and is currently constructing a multi-use facility that will house the South County Police Station, an animal shelter, and a community room. The anticipated substantial completion date is Spring 2023, and more information about the project, including renderings, can be found online.

Proposals are being accepted to select two artists for commissioned, two-dimensional art that will be permanently displayed in the entrance and public halls of South County Police Station to welcome the community to the facility. The commissioned works should take into consideration the history of Lorton and South County, relate to the facility they are in, feel welcoming and friendly, and consider the facility also provides a space designated for community use.

 Each artist will have one wall designated for their work(s) and the dimensions of available wall space for each wall 10’ wide x 4’ high. A maximum budget of $10,000 will be allocated for each selected proposal. Artists residing in Fairfax County will be given priority consideration for this project.

Each proposal should include:

  • a letter detailing the artist’s concept for the work and what informed the design/approach
  • an initial rendering of the proposed piece
  • a detailed budget of expenses up to $10,000
  • links to the artist’s CV, online portfolio(s), and relevant social media platforms/website.

Proposals will be evaluated, and the award selected by, Fairfax County staff and officials using the following criteria:

Artist concept for the piece and its relevance to:

  • Lorton and South County history
  • the new facility’s functional purpose
  • creating a welcoming space for the community
  • appropriateness of materials used in fabrication
  • budgeted expenses reflecting the costs of the proposed work


  • Thursday, September 1, 2022: Deadline for receipt of proposals
  • Friday, September 30, 2022: Notification of Award
  • April 2023: Delivery and installation of work

Regular meetings will be held with each artist and Workhouse Arts Center staff between Notification of Award and Delivery and installation of work to ensure progress of work is within scope of award and expectations based upon the proposal. These meetings will be scheduled with each artist as part of the agreement process. Artists may also be requested to collaborate or work in tandem with each other and a third artist who will be designing a ceiling installation.

Inquiries should be emailed to Audrey Miller (audreymiller@workhousearts.org), Exhibitions Manager, Workhouse Arts Center.

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