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Austin Public Libraries –Seven Branches, Austin, TX


Budget: $13,000
Activated: 09/27/2022
Deadline: 01/31/2023
Call Summary
The City of Austin Art in Public Places program (AIPP) of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department seeks to acquire existing artworks from up to seven visual artists or artist teams for the inclusion in the City of Austin’s AIPP Collection and installed at seven distinct City of Austin Branch Libraries. Locations are listed below.
Budget Description
The purchase amount for seven individual artworks is $13,000; inclusive of shipping expenses and installation costs. The total combined budget is $91,000.
Project Description
The Austin Public Library provides knowledge, technology and inspiration to the Austin community. Libraries offer hubs for books and education and can also be a meeting place of minds and incubators of ideas. The seven libraries above have recently completed or are currently undergoing various levels of renovations. Due to the low amount of dollars appropriated from each library renovation project for AIPP, staff determined a process to leverage AIPP opportunities while also supporting more artists through an equitable process.
Artwork Goals
Acquired artworks will be consistent with and mindful of each branch’s community values. The artwork will reflect the diversity of the residents and constituent groups that use each branch. An ultimate goal is for the artwork to positively add to each respective patron’s experience while also inspiring the community.
Artwork Location Description
Cepeda Branch
651 N Pleasant Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78702
Little Walnut Creek Branch
835 W Rundberg Ln, Austin, TX 78758
Hampton at Oak Hill Branch
5125 Convict Hill Rd, Austin, TX 78749
Manchaca Branch
5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745
Old Quarry Branch
7051 Village Center Drive, Austin, TX 78731
St. John Branch
7500 Blessing Ave, Austin, TX 78752
Willie Mae Kirk Branch
3101 Oak Springs Drive, Austin, TX 78702
Site History
In 1928, Austin voters approved $150,000 in bonds for a permanent Library building. A temporary building was moved to Angelina Street to become Austin's first public library branch, Carver Branch. Much progress has happened since then. Today, the City of Austin operates 21 branch libraries. Each of which caters to a unique and diverse audience of residents.
This opportunity is limited to professional visual Austin-based artists who reside in the seven counties of the Austin metro area (Travis, Hays, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Burnet, and Blanco counties) and who are at least 18 years of age.
Artists are ineligible if they have permanent work represented in the City of Austin Art In Public Places collection, are currently under contract with the City of Austin for a permanent public artwork commission or if they are a City of Austin full-time employee. Applicants that do not meet these eligibility requirements will be withdrawn from consideration.
Application Requirements
Resume: 1 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 12
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 and Ethnicity
Demographics Survey: Veteran Status
Selection Information
Selection Process
A five to seven-member selection panel comprised of visual arts professionals and Austin Public Library Staff will review all eligible submissions. Up to three artist(s)/artists teams will be shortlisted for each location and invited to interview, unless there is consensus to recommend one applicant and one alternate for each opportunity. Only one applicant per site will be selected to receive a commission.
Selection Criteria
The panel will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:
-Quality and aesthetics of past work
-Originality and innovation of work as presented
-Appropriateness to site(s): scale, media, subject matter
Application Deadline February 2023
Artists Selected March 2023
Artworks Purchased Summer 2023
Artworks Delivered and Installed Fall 2023 - Spring 2024
Additional Resources
Austin Public Libraries – Seven Branches RFQ (PDF)
Contact Information
Ryan Runcie
5202 E Ben White Blvd Suite 400
Austin Texas 78741 United States



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