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Lee Street Mural


Budget: $15,000
Activated: 10/05/2021
Deadline: 11/15/2021
Call Summary
Odessa Arts, in conjunction with the City of Odessa invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a mural on the North facing wall of the City of Odessa’s Family Health Clinic. This piece will be an addition to the City of Odessa’s public art collectio
Budget Description
The budget is derived from the City of Odessa’s Percent for Art ordinance, and 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
The Family Health Clinic building is joined to the Building Inspection office, which is currently being remodeled. The Family Health Clinic provided the best opportunity for a mural. The Public Art Advisory Committee is looking for a mural that will be bright and eye catching, providing instagrammable opportunities, & encouraging cultural tourism. This mural is an opportunity to showcase some of the cultural touch stones of Odessa, and should draw inspiration from ‘postcard,’ murals featured around the United States.
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 mural will be installed on the north facing wall of the Family Health Clinic, located in downtown Odessa on the corner of Lee & 3rd St. The wall measures approximately 750 sq. ft. The building lies in the heart of Downtown Odessa, which is currently a focus of revitalization efforts. Within the downtown footprint, there have been several new art projects, including a prominent sculpture outside the Texas Tech Health Science Center, a kinetic sculpture outside the new Downtown Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, and the soon to be completed City parking garage mural.
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
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 the August 31 memorial 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
FQ released: October 5, 2021
Deadline for Submissions: November 15, 2021
Finalists notified: December 1, 2021
Commission Awarded: January 30, 2022
Additional Resources
Mural location (JPG)
Map (JPG)
Contact Information
Randy Ham
Executive Director
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States



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