National Public Art Opportunities

Office of Arts and Culture

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Chapel Hill, NC - Sculpture Visions 2014-15 - 4/21/14
The Town of Chapel Hill’s Public and Cultural Arts Office, a Division of the Parks & Recreation Department, invites artists to apply for the 11th Annual Sculpture Visions Exhibition.  Between July 2014 and June 2015 original three-dimensional artwork by selected artists will be displayed in publicly-accessible outdoor spaces belonging to the Town of Chapel Hill and other participating sponsors.  Selected artists will receive a $1,500 honorarium for the exhibition of their work.

Palo Alto, CA - Prequalified Artist Pool - 4/21/14
The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is inviting artists and artist teams working in a variety of media to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool for upcoming public art opportunities in 2014/2015. Applicants will be reviewed and selected for the Prequalified Pool from which the Palo Alto Public Art Program staff will recommend appropriate applicants for a range of public art opportunities associated with construction in municipal and private development projects as they arise throughout Palo Alto. Artists will be selected based on appropriateness of their previous experience and media. Some projects may also provide opportunities for an artist / artist team to work as part of a design team along with the project architect/designer.  Budgets will range from $15,000 to $250,000, or higher.

El Paso, TX - TX Tech University School of Nursing - 4/22/14
The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create a site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the new Gayle Grieve Hunt School of Nursing in El Paso, TX. Art in this area should help to entice those passing through to use this as a place of reflection and discussion. The art should help to “activate” the area by creating an element to draw people in and keep them seated in this area for studying, socializing, etc. Among relevant concepts to consider are the interdisciplinary nature of healthcare, the heritage of El Paso, and the phases of life.

Brooklyn Park, MN - North Hennepin Community College - 4/22/14
The Minnesota State Arts Board requests proposals from professional public artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, and install a permanent, site-specific public artwork within the new Bioscience and Health Careers Center at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The purpose of this two-phase request for proposals (RFP) is to commission artwork that will visually communicate the thrill of scientific discovery, and connect the community of Brooklyn Park with the college campus.  Budget is $81,000.

Scottsdale, Tempe & Chandler AZ - PLATFORM - Call to Student Artists - 4/25/14
Scottsdale Public Art has partnered for a second cycle with the public art programs from Tempe and Chandler on platFORM, an initiative to create opportunities for student artists/artist teams to place existing or propose new sculptures for placement in public places. All sites have various sized concrete and metal pedestals or platforms available for sculpture mounting and placement. Students currently enrolled in an arts program at any university, community, or private college within the state of Arizona are eligible.

Mansfield, CT - Exterior Public Art for Town Square - 5/1/14
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership, Inc. in coordination with the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut, seeks an artist or artist team for a commission (or purchase) opportunity for an exterior work of art, located at the town square and which reflects the greater Mansfield community.  Budget per piece:  $65,000.

Boyton Beach, FL - Kinetic Art Exhibit & Symposium - 5/1/14 & 6/30/14
It's the second biennial event. Following the success of the 2013 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium plans for an expanded event are set in motion for 2015!  The 2015 International Kinetic Art Exhibit and Symposium educates and engages a diverse audience about kinetic public art. Participating artists benefit from one-of-a-kind art experiences, meeting art patrons and highly effective marketing materials and promotional activities. Many new sponsors are supporting the 2015 event for greater exposure and increased attendance.  Outdoor kinetic are deadline:  5/1/14 & indoor kinetic art 6/30/14.  Selected artists will receive $1,000 for delivery, installation and loan of the artwork, which will also be promoted for sale.

Durham, NC - Plan & Vision for Arts & Entertainment Corridor 5/2/14
The Durham Arts Council (DAC), in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council (NC Arts Council) is seeking a 2-3 person artist-led team to create a plan and future vision for multi-disciplinary artworks that enhance the arts & entertainment corridor of Blackwell-Corcoran-Foster Streets in downtown Durham, NC. The goal of the project is to activate and enhance pedestrian and visitor experiences and increase visitorship and economic vitality along the corridor.  The corridor will serve as the central spine or hub of cultural amenities in the downtown, with later connections to Duke University and the Nasher Museum of Art to the west and Golden Belt and the Hayti Heritage Center to the east.  Budget:  $25,000 - $40,000. 

Raleigh, NC - Fire Station #12 - 5/2/14
Fire Station 12 is a new construction project located on Poole Road and Bus Way, near the City Transit Facility. Public art at Fire Station 12 should celebrate the 100th anniversary of fire stations in Raleigh, and honor those public servants who protect those who cannot protect themselves.  There are a variety of opportunities for public art at the site, including the  interior walls of the station’s foyer or apparatus bays, the garden, mosaic work of the station’s foyer, or a relief sculpture for the exterior wall.  Budget:  $41,625.

RFP - Citizens' Institute on Rural Design Issues - 5/6/14
The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design™ (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges - such as Main Street revitalization, how to manage and direct growth, design community-supportive transportation systems, preserve natural and historic landscapes and buildings, protect working agricultural lands, and provide adequate and affordable housing - who are interested in hosting a local workshop in 2014-2015.  Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 stipend and in-kind professional design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000. The Request for Proposals is posted on the CIRD website. Find the RFP and application guidelines at: Selected communities will be announced in June 2014, and workshops will be held during the fall of 2014 and first quarter of 2015. 

Washington, D.C. - NoMa Underpass Design RFQ - 5/6/14
The NoMa Parks Foundation seeks an artist, artist team, designer or architect to create designs for four railroad underpasses in the NoMa neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We encourage all local, nationally, and internationally qualified artists, artist teams, designers, landscape architects and architects to apply. This design project will beautify, enliven and activate these public underpass areas. The selected designs create a network of transformed underpasses that will attract visitors and provide an engaging and positive sensory experience for all who pass through them. The final projects which will become part of the parks system will provide greater visibility of the area for those living outside of NoMa.
Nashville, IN - RFP for Sculpture - 5/16/14
The Nashville Arts and Entertainment Commission has released a Request for Proposal seeking a sculpture that will have a strong visual impact and identify Nashville as a community that embraces the arts.  The sculpture will be placed on a 4’ X 4’ concrete pad by the town parking lot at the corner of Pat Reilly Drive and Jefferson Street at the south edge of the village.  The site is open and can accommodate a structure 10-foot tall or larger.  

Peru, NE - Peru State University - 5/23/14
Peru State College (PSC) and the Nebraska Arts Council announce the Oak Bowl Stadium Project RFQ to public artists throughout the United States. The Oak Bowl Stadium Project envisions a bronze sculpture expressing a football theme with placement of the commissioned artwork at an exterior site in the new Oak Bowl Football Stadium.  Budget:  $70,000.

Norfolk, VA - Church Street Attucks - 5/30/14
The Public Art Planning Committee seeks an artist to design and create artwork that will celebrate the rich history and reflect the diversity of cultural heritage of Church Street welcoming everyone to this place of inclusion.  The committee hopes the artwork will signal a gateway, transition and connector to downtown.  The final artwork should be inspiring, stimulate thought and conversation and serve as an example of creativity.  It should be captivating, lively and unifying.  Budget:  $100,000.

Champaign-Urbana, IL  - Temporary Sculpture Display - 6/6/14
The Public Art League (PAL) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois is seeking artists to display sculptures. Selected sculptures will be installed in the community metro area and will serve as major visual anchor points, community identity and a statement that creativity and art are of vital importance in Central Illinois.  $1,500 temporary lease honorarium per piece.