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Downtown Parking Garage Mural


Budget: $50,000
Activated: 07/21/2021
Deadline: 08/27/2021
Call Summary
Odessa Arts, in conjunction with the City of Odessa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and install a mural on the northeast corner of the Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center parking garage. This piece will be an addition to the City of Odessa’s public art collection. 
Budget Description
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
Odessa Arts & The City of Odessa are looking for an iconic, statement piece mural to be installed on the northeast corner leg & adjoining concrete horizontal levels of the three story parking garage adjoining the Downtown Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. This mural will serve as a centerpiece to the current downtown revitalization efforts, and help activate the area. The mural should work in harmony with the design of the garage, as well as the hotel. A colorful and modern aesthetic are essential to the success of your application.
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 Public Art Committee seeks works by professional artists to add to and integrate with the City of Odessa and its growing collection of public art. 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 Odessa to the external art community
Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Odessa, 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
Artwork Location Description
The approx. measurements of the concrete pillar according to the plans are as follows:
- Side of pillar facing 4th street: 857.75 sq. ft.
- Side of pillar facing the alley: 529.25 sq. ft.
Site History
The Downtown Marriott Hotel & Conference Center was opened in October 2019. This is the catalyst project for the revitalization of Downtown Odessa. Adjoining the 215 room hotel is the historic Ector Theater, as well as a three story parking garage. The northeast corner of the garage is supported by a 1387 sq. ft. concrete pillar.
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
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 the 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 19, 2021
Deadline for Submissions: August 27, 2021
Finalists notified: September 13, 2021
Commission Awarded: October 8, 2021
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Contact Information
Randy Ham
Executive Director
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States



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