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Black Tulip exterior mural, Odessa, TX


Budget: $6,500
Activated: 09/23/2021
Deadline: 10/22/2021
Call Summary
Black Tulip Floral Design, in conjunction with Odessa Arts invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a mural on the East facing wall of Black Tulip. This piece will be funded through a matching Mural Assistance Grant and become 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
In June 2021, Odessa Arts instituted a mural assistance program, providing matching funds and logistical assistance for business owners in Odessa who wished to place a mural on their building. Black Tulip is the first recipient of a mural assistance grant.

The artwork should reflect a sense of joy and happiness, welcoming visitors to Black Tulip, and providing those ‘Instagrammable Moments,’ that can be shared on social media. Black Tulip is looking for bright colors, incorporating a floral/nature/organic theme.

The exterior wall measures 16’ x 26’
Artwork Goals
Odessa Arts & Black Tulip seek 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
Black Tulip is located on the corner of 52nd & Grandview in Odessa, TX
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 a 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 committee will recommend commission to Black Tulip
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: September 23, 2021
Deadline for Submissions: October 22, 2021; 5PM Central
Finalists notified: November 1, 2021
Commission Awarded: December 15, 2021
Additional Resources
Black Tulip 1 (JPEG)
Black Tulip 2 (JPEG)
Black Tulip 3 (JPEG)
Black Tulip 4 (JPG)
Black Tulip 5 (JPG)
Contact Information
Randy Ham
Executive Director
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States



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