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Budget: $10,000
Activated: 01/15/2019
Deadline: 03/21/2019 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 proposals from professional visual artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, install and de-install short-term or time-based exterior artworks in City-owned sites within Austin Public Library Department property.

For the third year, the TEMPO 2019 program will culminate in a temporary public art festival, which will be a registered group exhibition during East Austin Studio Tour in November. The ‘TEMPO Convergence’ festival is will be located in Edward Rendon Sr. Park, located along Ladybird Lake just east of I-35.

The intent for the temporary public art program is to promote tourism, cultivate curiosity, spark imagination, engage the community in a meaningful dialogue about public art, foster work by local artists and cultivate exploration of the City of Austin. Artists are encouraged to create artworks that reflect the district in which they select to exhibit and design artworks that can be easily installed and de-installed.

The City of Austin requests proposals from professional artists and designers who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply.

Budget for the proposed artworks is a maximum of $10,000.
Budget Description
The funds for this project are derived from the Hotel Occupancy Tax. A maximum amount of $10,000 is available for each public art project. Six to seven commissions are expected to be awarded. No additional funds may be applied. Budgets should include re-installation for a nine-day group exhibition in November during East Austin Studio Tour.

The selected artists or artist teams will be responsible for development of a final budget to encompass all costs, including design, fabrication, installation and de-installation, engineering, permitting, insurance, foundations or attachment methods and any landscaping around the piece as part of installation or de-installation. A sample budget sheet can be found online at:
Project Description
The goal of the Art in Public Places Program is to commission works of art and art projects of redeeming quality that advance the public’s understanding of visual art, enhance the aesthetic quality of public places and increase visitors to the city locations in Austin through the exhibition of temporary public art.

Temporary public art plays an important role in attracting new and emerging artists to participate in the city’s public art program, enrich the civic dialogue, engage public spaces in unique ways and cultivate tourism around the arts in Austin. The TEMPO program allows artists or artist teams to explore a range of themes suitable for the outdoor environment and provide the opportunity to create innovative, thought-provoking artworks that impact the way people experience their environment.
Artwork Goals
Goals of the TEMPO program:
» Expose citizens to contemporary artworks by local artists;
» Foster engagement between artist, artwork and the community;
» Link local artists with resources and city assistance to develop skills and experience;
» Facilitate public discussion, civic dialogue, and collaborative partnering for programming;
» Promote new interest and increased participation in, and focus on, public art;
» Promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry through arts activity.
Artwork Location Description
List of Pre-Approved Sites
Austin Public Library locations
District 1:
• Carver Branch Library – 1161 Angelina St. 78702
• University Hills Branch Library – 4721 Loyola Ln, 78723
• Windsor Park Branch Library – 5833 Westminster Dr. 78723

District 2:
• Southeast Branch Library – 5803 Nuckols Crossing Rd. 78744

District 3:

• Ruiz Branch Library – 1600 Grove Boulevard, 78741
• Terraza Branch Library – 1105 E Cesar Chavez St, 78702
• Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library – 3101 Oak Springs Dr. 78702

District 4:
• Little Walnut Creek Branch Library – 835 W. Rundberg Ln. 78758
• St. John Branch Library – 7500 Blessing Ave, 78752

District 5:
• Manchaca Road Branch Library – 5500 Manchaca Rd. 78745

District 6:
• Spicewood Springs Branch Library – 8637 Spicewood Springs Rd, 78759

District 7:
• Milwood Branch Library – 12500 Amherst Dr. 78727
• North Village Branch Library – 2505 Steck Ave. 78757
• Yarborough Branch Library – 2200 Hancock Dr. 78756

District 8:
• Hampton Branch Library at Oak Hill – 5125 Convict Hill Rd. 78749

District 9:
• Twin Oaks Branch Library – 1800 5th St. 78704
• Central Library – 710 W. Cesar Chavez St. 78701

District 10:
• Howson Branch Library – 2500 Exposition Blvd.
• Old Quarry Branch Library – 7051 Village Center Dr. 78731
Site History
Artwork Opportunity
» Artists may select from a pre-approved list of City-owned library sites listed at the end of this document.
» Artists will propose the artwork site with the understanding that artwork may be relocated to a different site.
» All artworks will be installed from August 25th to November 7th in library locations, then re-sited in Edward Rendon Sr. Park for the TEMPO Convergence Festival. The festival will be a registered group exhibition during East Austin Studio Tour. Artists must budget for the second installation costs.
» Artists will participated in a speaker series lecture at the artwork’s branch location during the library location exhibition.
» Artists will compile a recommended reading list as it relates to the artwork’s narrative.
» The artwork proposals are intended for exterior environments only, must require little to no maintenance, be made of durable materials and be safe for a public setting.
» Artists’ proposals should take various factors into consideration including weather, durability of materials, appropriateness to the public realm, safety, neighborhood and stakeholder input, etc.
» Each proposal will be reviewed by Austin Public Library Department and any community stakeholder group for concept, placement, duration, safety, durability, and materials prior to the Selection Panel’s recommendations.
» The artwork must not impede traffic, pedestrian right-of-way, safety, line of sight, normal business operations, critical root zone of trees, or any other potentially hazardous conditions.
» No poured-in-place concrete may be used for any installations. Artist may consider temporary methods of attachment such as Diamond Piers TM, Earth Anchors TM, rebar, or threaded rods with washers and nuts.
» The commissioned artist or artist teams is responsible for installation, de-installation and site restoration. The artist or artist team is responsible for any repair of the artwork due to vandalism or other wises during the contracted exhibition period. If the artist or artist team does not repair the artwork in a timely manner, the City reserves the right to remove the artwork at the artist or artist team’s expense.
Professional 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 proposals for consideration.

Only one proposal 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 with AIPP
• Temporary City of Austin employees

Ineligible to apply:
• Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees
• Artist or artist teams who have received two previous TEMPO commissions, either as an individual or team
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 10
Letter of Interest: 700 word maximum
Written Narrative of artwork proposal, including relationship of proposal to the location or compatibility with facility.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Demographic Survey Agreement/Certification
In Context Images of proposed artwork Document Upload
Preferred location on site map Document Upload
Materials List Document Upload
Preliminary itemized budget Document Upload
Selection Information
Selection Process
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 proposals based on artistic merit and appropriateness to site.

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 Design + Commission contract upon approval of the selection process by the Austin Arts Commission.

The Selection Panel will be comprised of three members of the AIPP Panel.
• Tammie Rubin
• Jade Walker
• Sarah Carr

AIPP Program Advisors may include:
• Jaime Castillo, CAD Arts Commission

The Selection Panel will be aided by a group of non-voting Project Advisors appointed by each City department, listed below and appointed community stakeholders, as needed.

• Austin Public Library
• Parks and Recreation Department
Selection Criteria
The selection of an artist or artist team shall be based on artist qualifications which best meet the requirements contained in the Project Outline.

In addition to the standard AIPP project selection criteria found on the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places website (, the Selection Panel will review and consider the following evaluation criteria:

» Superior artistic merit;
» Responsiveness to the physical and cultural context of the site;
» Ability to engage the community in which the artwork is located;
» Attention to structural soundness and environmentally safe materials;
» Relevance to the stated theme or purpose of the installation, as appropriate;
» Broad viewership, public access, and promotion to Austin’s tourists;
» Stakeholder and User Department approval.
Tuesday, January 15
Request for Proposal (RFP) released

Saturday, February 2
Artist Information Meetings

Thursday, March 14
Deadline for RFP submission

Monday, March 25
Selection Panel review of submissions and recommendation of finalists

Monday, April 1
Approval of recommended proposals by AIPP Panel

Monday, April 15
Approval of recommended proposals by Arts Commission

Tuesday, April 16
Recommended finalist announced

Saturday, April 20
Artist’s Cohort Meeting and contract signing

May 1-30
Artist’s Final Design refinement and community engagement

Monday, June 3
Artist’s Final Design presentation for approval to AIPP Panel

Monday, June 17
Arts Commission Final Design approval

June 18 to August 24
Notice to proceed and fabrication period

August 25 to November 7
Artwork installation, exhibition and artist’s speaker series at library locations

November 9 to November 17
East Austin Studio Tours group exhibition in Edward Rendon Sr. Park

December 1 to 8
De installation, site restoration and close of contract

Additional Resources
TEMPO 2019 Request for Proposals (PDF)
Contact Information
Anna Bradley
Art in Public Places Coordinator
201 E. Second Street
Austin TX 78701 United States