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Basin PBS Art in the Alley Mural


Budget: $5,000
Activated: 07/09/2020
Deadline: 08/31/2020
Call Summary
Basin PBS in conjunction with Odessa Arts & The Arts Council of Midland invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and complete a mural to be installed on the back wall of the historic Ritz Theater in Midland, TX
Budget Description
Funding for this project was acquired through generous financial contributions from the Rea Charitable Trust and the Arts Council of Midland. The budget covers all project related costs including (but not limited to): project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted services, lighting, travel to complete the artwork, shipping, delivery of artwork to site, and installation. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.
Project Description
In 2019, Basin PBS completed its renovation of the historic Ritz Theater in Midland, TX and moved in to begin a new chapter in the history of the building and of Basin PBS. To commemorate this event, Basin PBS is commissioning a mural of approximately 144 sq. ft. that speaks to the investment Basin PBS has in West Texas, and the investment West Texas has in Basin PBS.
This piece should be able to withstand the West Texas elements, as it will be sited outdoors, should require minimal maintenance, and have a lifespan of at least 25 years.
Artwork Goals
The Selection Committee seeks works by professional artists to enhance the look and feel of downtown Midland. In addition to the goals stated above, the art should also:
Meet the needs of the community
Reflect a quality that will engage the community
Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Midland to the external art community
Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Midland, making it an Arts destination
Allow the community to use the artwork as an example of exceptional public art
Be durable, sustainable and easy to maintain
Site History
The Ritz theater was constructed in 1928, and operated as a movie house though the 1980’s. From 1985 - 2010, the property housed local religious services, hosted Spanish language film screenings, and served as a nightclub. In 2014, Basin PBS acquired the use of the building and began extensive renovations. Basin PBS began operations from The Ritz in 2019.
This public art commission is open to all professional artists or artist teams with experience in similar projects. All media will be considered. A professional artist is defined as a skilled practitioner in the original arts with an original self-conceptualized body of work, generally recognized by critics and peers as a professional processing serious intent and ability. Subcontracts may be used and are defined as those providing technical implementation including but not limited to: construction, fabrication and assembly for portions of a finished product under the direct supervision and control of an artist. Applications not meeting eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration. All applications MUST be submitted though No email or mailed applications will be accepted.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 5
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
Please explain to the selection committee your interest in this project and Basin PBS
References: 3
Artists are NOT allowed to apply in teams.
Selection Information
Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by the Basin PBS Selection committee to ensure that each application is legible, complete, and meets all requirements. The pool will be narrowed to three finalists who will be asked to created a proposal.
Selection Criteria
Artwork will be selected based on the following criteria:
Artist merit and technical expertise
Demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope
Ability to execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area
Express interest in creating artwork for the opportunities presented by this request for qualifications
RFQ released: July 15, 2020
Deadline for Submissions: August 31, 2020
Finalists notified: September 15, 2020
Commission Awarded: October 1, 2020
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Randy Ham
Executive Director
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States



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