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Fire Station #9 - Odessa, TX


Budget: $30,000
Activated: 11/01/2020
Deadline: 12/18/2020
Call Summary
The City of Odessa and Odessa Arts are seeking qualified artists to create stained glass art to be installed in at the entry and West wing of the new fire station located on 87th street in Odessa, TX. This piece will be an addition to the City of Odessa’s public art collection
Budget Description
The funds for this project are derived from the Percent for Art ordinance passed by city council in February 2020. This 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 February 2020, the City of Odessa adopted a Percent for Art ordinance for capital projects over $100,000. As part of a series of capital improvements, two new fire stations were commissioned. Fire Station #9 will be located on the North side of the city to serve a growing housing development. This art should speak to the purpose of the building as a home-away-from-home for Odessa Fire & Rescue, and relate to the theme of fire and light.
Artwork Goals
The City of Odessa and Odessa Arts seek works by professional artists to add to and integrate with the City of Odessa and its growing collection of public art. This piece has a scheduled installation date of July 2022 and should achieve the following criteria:
1. Meet the needs of the community .
2. Reflect a quality that will stimulate and engage the community.
3. Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of
Odessa to the external art community.
4. Reflect a quality that will contribute to making Odessa an arts destination.
5. Allow the community to use the artwork as an example of exceptional public art.
6. Be durable, sustainable and easy to maintain.
Artwork Location Description
The artwork will be installed in the entry way and West Wing of the Fire Station.
Site History
Fire Station #9 is a brand new station located on 87th street in a growing neighborhood in Odessa. The station will be next door to Dr. Lee Brice Elementary School, and across the street from an expanding housing development. The land was donated by the Hurt Family, a ranching family with a long history of community involvement.
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: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 5
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee consisting of stakeholders and arts administrators. Three finalists will be selected and an RFP will be assigned.
Finalists will present their proposals in person.
Commission will be awarded within 7 days of presentations.
Selection Criteria
Artwork will be selected based on the following criteria:
Artist merit & technical expertise
Demonstrate successful, innovative & effective approach to public art project 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 RFQ
RFQ released: November 1, 2020
Deadline for submissions: December 15, 2020
Finalists notified: January 2, 2021
Commission awarded: February 15, 2021
Additional Resources
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Contact Information
Randy Ham
Executive Director
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States



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