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TEMPO 2D 2019: Temporary Mural Program (Austin, TX)


Budget: $7,000
Activated: 03/06/2019
Deadline: 04/18/2019 11:59 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 2019 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.
Budget Description
The budget for each mural will be between $2,000 and $7,000 contingent on the size and complexity of the project. Ten commissions will be awarded.

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 or similar two-dimensional work of wall-based art. Once selected, artists may propose 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.

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.

Sites not on the pre-selected list (Appendix A) 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.

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 locations throughout 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.

Monday, March 18th, 6:00 – 7:30 PM | Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina Street
Saturday, March 23rd, 12:00 – 1:30 PM | Southeast Branch Library, 5803 Nuckols Crossing Road
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
One site in each Council District will be selected. More sites may be added between now and the end of the artist call. Sites may include:

District 1:
• Austin Public/Austin Film Society 1143 Northwestern Avenue
• Rosewood Neighborhood Park

District 2:
• Austin Bergstrom International Airport
• Dove Springs Pool

District 3:
• Mabel Davis District Park - 3427 Parker Lane; Skate Park/Pool
• Roy G. Guerrero Park – potential for panels or vinyl adhesive at the Pavilion
• Riverside Drive between Summit and I-35 - opportunity for panels
• 4801 Bolm Road

District 4:
• Bartholomew Pool
• Gustavo “Gus” Garcia Recreation Center

District 5:
• 1728 Barton Springs Road - textured concrete retaining wall across from Chuy's
• Lamar Blvd and Treadwell Street
• 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:
• Pickfair Pocket Park – potential for panels or vinyl adhesive on side of Community Center
• Springswood Park – potential for panels on side of restroom facility

District 7:
• Great Northern Detention Basin Off-Leash Dog Area – long 4’ – 5’ high retaining wall
• Northwest District Park – potential for panels on the façade of pool house

District 8:
• Austin Nature and Science Center – potential for temporary panels or vinyl adhesive

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 Towne Lake Metro Park – Jamie Odom Gazebo

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: 700 word maximum
Responses to four questions, in lieu of a Letter of Interest: » How will your artwork represent Austin? » How might your artwork function to bring people together? » Have you previously worked with communities or civic/social practice in your art practice? » What site or sites are you most interested in and why?
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
Selection Information
Selection Process
Applications must be received via no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 18, 2019. 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.
• Emily Little, AIPP Panel member; Architect, Clayton & Little Architects
• Jacob Villanueva, AIPP Panel member, Visual Artist; Creative Director, Texas Tribune

AIPP Program Advisor:
• Chris McCray, AIPP Panel

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
2019 - 2020 SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Tuesday, March 5 Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released

March and April Artist Information Meetings

Thursday, April 18 Deadline for RFQ submission

Thursday, April 25 Selection Panel review of submissions and recommendation of finalists

Monday, May 6 Approval of Selection Process by AIPP Panel

Monday, May 20 Approval of Selection Process by Arts Commission

Tuesday, May 21 Recommended finalists announced

May 22 - 31 Selected Artists sign Design/Commission Agreement

May 22 - 31 Communities and User Departments informed of selection

Early June Artists attend City-sponsored Community Engagement workshop

Early-Mid June Artists engage mural Community (1 of 2)

Early July 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 5 Final Design approval by AIPP Panel

Monday, August 19 Final Design approval by Arts Commission

September Fabrication/Installation

October Promotion

August 2020 De-installation, site restoration and close of contract
Additional Resources
Unnamed Resource (PDF)
Contact Information
Curt Gettman
Austin Texas 78701 United States