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Pharr Tennis Center, Art in Public Places, Austin, TX


Budget: $30,000
Activated: 09/05/2020
Deadline: 10/29/2020
Call Summary
The City of Austin / Art in Public Places (AIPP) is contracting an artist to create a permanent, exterior artwork for the Pharr Tennis Center.

**FOR FULL PROJECT DETAILS, review the "AIPP_Pharr_Request for Qualifications" PDF linked in the "Additional Resources" section at the bottom of the application.**

**A VIRTUAL ARTIST INFORMATION MEETING for this call will be held WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2020, 6-7 PM CST.**
• Sign-up for the meeting via EventBrite here:
• A recording of the meeting will also be posted after the meeting date here:

**Contact AIPP with any questions at or 512.974.7860.**

Budget Description
The total award for the artist contract is $30,000.

This budget is inclusive of:
• design;
• fabrication and installation, including engineering fees;
• travel and shipping expenses;
• insurance; and
• other project-related costs.

Project Description
The City of Austin Art in Public Places (AIPP) program seeks to commission a permanent exterior public artwork that reflects the culture and people of the Pharr Tennis Center and surrounding community in an energetic and inspiring way.

The selected artist or artist team will be responsible for engaging with and being inspired by the community to create a work of art that responds to the community's goals (see the "Artwork Goals" section below).

Artists who are familiar with the Pharr Tennis Center and surrounding community and/or intimately connected to the history and heritage of the area are highly encouraged to apply.

The proposed artwork should be integrated into the space of the tennis center.

A range of materials and conceptual approaches are welcome.

To read more about the Pharr Tennis Center and the surrounding Cherrywood and Mueller communities, see the "AIPP_Pharr_Request for Qualifications" PDF linked in the "Additional Resources.”

Artwork Goals
The City of Austin’s AIPP program seeks to commission an artwork that adds visual and cultural value to our City's public spaces. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) and AIPP worked with Pharr community members create the following goals for the Pharr Tennis Center public art project. Please review!

We seek an artist to create an artwork that:
• Represents the energy, activity, and camaraderie of tennis through inspiring or vibrant design;
• Showcases the unique character or history of the surrounding neighborhood, park, and/or tennis facility;
• Creatively embodies the diversity and culture of Austin, specifically East Austin; and
• Is safe, easily maintained, and vandal resistant in an exterior environment.

Artwork Location Description
• The Burnett “Blondie” Pharr Tennis Center is located on traditional Tonkawa and Comanche land.
• East of I35 and off of Airport Boulevard, the center is located in the Cherrywood Neighborhood, next to Patterson Neighborhood Park, and adjacent to the Mueller Development.
• Please note: The final artwork site will be determined in conversation between the selected artist, City staff, and the community.
• For more information, see the "AIPP_Pharr_Request for Qualifications" PDF linked in the "Additional Resources.”

Site History
• The Pharr Tennis Center was named for Burnett “Blondie” Pharr. Blondie Pharr (1898-1976) was the band director at the University of Texas and is credited with writing the university’s fight song.
• During his lifetime, Mr. Pharr also managed the Caswell Tennis Center and was an influential music educator in central Texas.
• The Pharr Tennis Center was constructed in the late 1970s and was named in Mr. Pharr’s honor for his tremendous contribution to the development of tennis in Austin.
• The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) will be rehabilitating the Pharr Tennis Center to renew the forty-plus year tennis courts and the pro shop building facility with new improvements meeting accessibility compliance and address various site issues.
• For more information, see the "AIPP_Pharr_Request for Qualifications" PDF linked in the "Additional Resources.”

Applicants should meet the following requirements:
• Professional visual artist, or artist team;
• At least 18 years of age; and
• Live in the 7-county Austin metropolitan area (Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties).

Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees are ineligible to apply. Employees of the project consultants and sub-consultants are also ineligible to apply. Artists who are under an active contract with the Art in Public Places program at the time of application are ineligible to apply. Only one application per artist or artist team will be accepted (an artist may not apply as an individual and as a team member separately).

Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration. Incomplete or late applications will be disqualified.

Application Requirements
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 10
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Demographics Survey: Communities
Demographics Survey: Gender
Demographics Survey: Pronouns
Demographics Survey: Race/Ethnicity
Demographics Survey: Veteran Status
Short Answer Question 1 Text
Short Answer Question 2 Text
Short Answer Question 3 Text
Short Answer Question 4 Text
Selection Information
Selection Process
1) The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is distributed.
2) Artists submit their applications through by the deadline.
3) The City of Austin's AIPP Panel convenes a selection jury.
4) The selection jury and project advisors will review the applications and select 3 - 5 finalists for interviews (unless there is jury consensus on recommending 1 applicant and 1 alternate).
5) The selection jury and advisors meet with the finalists for interviews and select 1 artist/artist team and 1 alternate.
6) The AIPP Panel and Austin Arts Commission approve the jury's recommendation.
7) The approved artist(s) will be put under a design + commission contract.
8) Finally, the artist/artist team coordinates with the City and project team to develop a final design for the artwork. The final design is also subject to approval by the AIPP Panel and the Austin Arts Commission prior to fabrication and installation.

Selection Criteria
How does the selection jury choose an artist? They will read through all the applications and assess each applicant's abilities, experiences, and background to see who will best be able to deliver on the needs and goals of the Pharr Tennis Center public art project.

Specifically, the selection jury will review and consider the following criteria for each applicant:
• Artistic merit and technical expertise;
• Ability to engage the community in which the artwork is being proposed; and
• Demonstrated success completing works of art in the past.

For more information on AIPP project selection criteria, please visit:

Tentative Schedule (Subject to Change)
September 2020: Request for Qualifications (RFQ) released; Artist information meeting
October 2020: RFQ closes
November 2020: Selection jury review of applications; Artist interviews
December 2020: Approval of artist and alternate by AIPP Panel and Austin Arts Commission
January 2021: Artist design + commission contract executed; AIPP kick-off meeting
February – March 2021: Artist community engagement
April 2021: Court renovation construction starts; Mid-Design review by AIPP Panel
June 2021: Final Design review by AIPP Panel and Austin Arts Commission
July – September 2021: Artwork fabrication
October 2021: Installation
December 2021: Renovation construction complete; Artwork dedication

Additional Resources
AIPP_Pharr_Request for Qualifications (PDF)
Pharr Renovation Site Plan_Schematic Design_052720 (PDF)
Contact Information
Alex Irrera
Art in Public Places Coordinator
City of Austin, Economic Development Department, ATT: Alex Irrera, P.O Box 1088
Austin TX 78767 United States



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