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TEMPO 2D: Temporary Mural Art Program


Activated: 03/15/2018
Deadline: 04/26/2018 5:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department, seeks qualifications from visual artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, install and de-install short-term mural artworks on pre-selected or artist-proposed City-owned sites.

• Artists will work with the community to realize their designs.

• Installation will take place in September 2018 and stay up for approximately one year.

• Murals may be hand-painted directly on the wall or surface, digitally-printed onto vinyl adhesives; or painted onto artist-created panels.

• Artists and designers who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. Special consideration will be given to artists with lived experience in the neighborhoods in which they are proposing artwork.

• The budget for each mural is between $2,000 and $7,000 contingent on the size and complexity of the project.

Budget Description
The budget for each mural is between $2,000 and $7,000 contingent on the size and complexity of the project. Up to ten commissions may be awarded. No fund matching or crowd sourcing may be applied.

Selected artists will develop a final project budget that includes all costs to create the mural such as costs of installation, removal, site restoration, permitting, and insurance.

The funds for this project are derived from the Hotel Occupancy Tax.
Project Description
This opportunity is for creating a mural. Once selected, artists may propose mural designs that will either be hand-painted, digitally-printed vinyl adhesives or temporarily attached panels. No logos, advertising or self-promotional web sites are permitted to be incorporated into the mural.

Art in Public Places seeks mural proposals that cultivate curiosity, spark imagination, and engage the community in a meaningful dialogue about public art. Designs should also take into account the location and community they are being proposed for.

• Scale - The approximate square footage of each mural may vary depending on the size of each location and dimensions. The approximate size of each mural opportunity may be between 100 and 900 square feet.

• Location - See "Artwork Location Description" below for details

• There will be three phases to the mural creation for the selected artists: Community Engagement, Design and Fabrication. Refer to the full downloadable RFQ for details.

Artist Information Meetings will be held in March and April in City and non-City locations in north, south, east and west Austin to familiarize artists with the project opportunity including the mission, intent and guidelines for temporary work as well as the application and selection process. AIPP staff and facility representatives will be available to answer questions. Artists may also attend AIPP Open Office Hours to ask questions.

• Thursday, March 22nd, 6:00 – 7:00 PM | Howson Library, 2500 Exposition Blvd
• Monday, March 26th, 6:30 – 7:30 PM | Dougherty Art Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
• Thursday, March 29th, 6:00 – 7:00 PM | North Village Library, 2505 Steck Ave

Additional sessions will be added, watch for meeting updates.

Artwork Goals
The intent of the TEMPO temporary public art program is to cultivate curiosity, spark imagination, engage the community in a meaningful dialogue about public art, foster work by local artists and enhance the tourist experience in Austin’s neighborhoods through the exhibition of temporary public art.

TEMPO 2D is focused specifically on bringing temporary mural arts to share with visitors and tourists to Austin, and as an extension of Art in Public Place’s TEMPO program. Through TEMPO 2D, artists are encouraged to create murals that reflect the program goals of TEMPO and the locations they propose to install artwork.

The goals of the TEMPO program are to:
• Expose citizens to contemporary artworks by local artists;
• Foster engagement between local artists and the community through public art;
• Link local artists with resources and city assistance to develop skills and experience;
• Facilitate public discussion, civic dialogue, and collaborative partnering for programming;
• Increase awareness of public art, and increase artist participation in public art; and
• Promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry through arts activity.

Artwork Location Description
Potential sites for the mural projects include:

District 1:
• Austin Public/Austin Film Society 1143 Northwestern Avenue
• Rosewood Neighborhood Park – tennis court retaining wall

District 2:
• Austin Bergstrom International Airport – Two potential opportunities for panels or vinyl adhesive art inside Barbara Jordan Terminal

District 3:
• Mabel Davis District Park - 3427 Parker Lane; Skate Park/Pool
• 4801 Bolm Road – Long wall adjacent to railroad tracks
• Montopolis Community Center – side of pool restrooms

District 4:
• Bartholomew Pool – potential for panels or vinyl adhesive on the exterior wall facing 51st Street

District 5:
• 1728 Barton Springs Road - textured concrete retaining wall across from Chuy's
• Dittmar Blvd and Davis Oaks Trail - storm water concrete retaining walls
• Riverside Drive between Summit & IH35 - potential for panels on large retaining wall on high traffic road

District 6:
• Springswood Park – potential for panels on side of restrooms

District 7:
• Great Northern Detention Basin Off-Leash Dog Area – long 4’ – 5’ high retaining wall throughout

District 8:
• Austin Nature and Science Center – interior opportunity

District 9:
• 30th Street and N Lamar Blvd - 4' tall concrete retaining wall
• Heath Eiland and Morgan Moss BMX Skate Park - 1213 Shoal Creek Blvd
• Shoal Beach at Town Lake Metro Park – opportunity at Jamie M. Odom Gazebo across from the new Central Library

District 10:
• 7600 Wood Hollow Drive - two large retaining walls; two large-scale opportunities at this location

In addition, artists are able to propose their own sites. Proposed sites must be city-property, highly visible to the public, and have adequate space for safe installation.

Sites not on the pre-selected list may be considered on a case-by-case basis but must be on City-owned property and approved by staff. No private property is permitted. No TxDOT property, including highway retaining walls, is eligible. Artists are encouraged to contact staff in advance of submitting their application if they are unsure of the ownership of a specific wall.
Visual artists at least 18 years of age living and working in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. Artists who have not received a public art commission before are encouraged to submit their qualifications for consideration. Only one application per artist or artist team will be accepted (an artist may not apply as an individual and as a team member on separate projects). Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

Eligible to apply:
• Artists currently under contract
• Temporary City of Austin employees

Ineligible to apply:
• Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees
• Employees of the Economic Development
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 5 - 10
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
In lieu of a traditional letter of interest, please briefly answer the following questions: #1) How will your artwork represent Austin? #2) How might your artwork function to bring people together? #3) Have you previously worked with communities or civic/social practice in your art practice?
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
_Site Selection (Pre-Approved Sites)
Artist-Selected Site (Optional) Text
Demographic Survey Agreement/Certification
Selection Information
Selection Process
Applications must be received via no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 26, 2018. For technical assistance with your application, please contact or 210-701-0775 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm). Artists are encouraged to start the application process as early as possible so that AIPP program staff and/or technical staff have the opportunity to respond to your question(s).

Selection Panel
The City of Austin AIPP Panel will convene a Selection Panel to recommend applications to the AIPP Panel and Arts Commission. The Selection Panel and Project Advisors shall work together to evaluate applicant qualifications.

Each artist or artist team will present their Final Design to the AIPP Panel for approval. The AIPP Panel approvals are subject to approval by the Austin Arts Commission prior to authorization of fabrication. The approved recommended artists or artist teams will be put under a contract upon approval of qualifications by the Austin Arts Commission.

The 3-person Selection Panel will include:
• Chris McCray, Chair of the AIPP Panel; Designer/Artist; Principal, McCray & Co.
• Tammie Rubin, AIPP Panel member; Visual Artist; Asst. Prof. Visual Studies, St. Edward’s University
• Jacob Villanueva, AIPP Panel member, Visual Artist; Creative Director, Texas Tribune

The Selection Panel will be aided by a group of non-voting Project Advisors appointed by each City department and appointed community stakeholders, as needed. These stakeholders could include representatives from the following City departments and groups:

• Parks and Recreation Department
• Public Works Street And Bridge Department
• Austin Public Health
• Six Square
• Mexic-Arte Museum
• George Washington Carver Museum
• CAD Cultural Ambassadors
• HOPE Gallery
Selection Criteria
The selection of an artist or artist team shall be based on artist qualifications which best meet the requirements contained in the Request for Qualifications. The Selection Panel will review and consider the following evaluation criteria:

• Artistic merit and technical expertise;

• Ability to engage the community in which the artwork is being proposed; and

• Demonstrated success executing outdoor works of art

For more info on AIPP project selection criteria:
March 15 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released

March and April Artist Information Meetings

Thursday, April 26 Deadline for RFQ submission

Thursday, May 3 Selection Panel review of submissions and recommendation of finalists

Monday, May 7 Approval of Selection Process by AIPP Panel

Monday, May 21 Approval of Selection Process by Arts Commission

Tuesday, May 22 Recommended finalists announced

May 23 - 31 Selected Artists sign Design Agreement
May 23 - 31 Communities informed of selection

Early June Community Engagement Phase: Artists attend AIPP-sponsored Community Engagement workshop
Early-Mid June Artists engage mural Community (1 of 2)

Early July Design Phase: Artists submit Preliminary Design to AIPP
Early July Artists submit Preliminary Design to community for review/feedback (2 of 2)
Late July Artists submit Final Design to AIPP

Monday, August 6 Final Design approval by AIPP Panel
Monday, August 20 Final Design approval by Arts Commission
Late August Artists sign Commission Agreement

September Fabrication Phase: Install the mural

October Promotion

August 2019 De-installation, site restoration and close of contract

Additional Resources
Downloadable RFQ of this artist call (PDF)
Contact Information
Curt Gettman
201 E. Second Street
Austin Texas 78701 United States