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City of Austin Dougherty Arts Center


Budget: $44,000
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 is seeking up to three emerging artists to design, fabricate and install artworks ($44,000 each) for the new Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) located between Toomey and Riverside Roads along Lamar Blvd behind the Zach Scott Theatre in Austin, Texas.
Budget Description
$44,000 - Three Distinct Project Opportunities for emerging artists ($132,000 total)

Each project budget is inclusive of design, fabrication, installation, engineering, permitting fees, travel, shipping expenses, insurance, and other project-related costs.
Project Description
The mission of the Dougherty Arts Center is to support emerging through established artists who create, showcase, and experience the arts first-hand. The DAC considers itself Austin’s cultural living room where people of all ages, races, ethnicities, abilities, genders, sexual orientations, socio-economic statuses, nationalities, and religions gather to create community through the arts. A new building will radically expand DAC’s ability to carry out its mission of supporting arts access for all. The new Center will amplify its position as a hub of creativity while increasing efficiencies calibrated to its function with expanded programming. It will be a sustainable model of Austin’s park network, conveying the mission of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department to create community through the arts.
Artwork Goals
Interested artists should understand the significance of this strong multi-generational and multi-cultural, historic and education-oriented arts space. The selected artist/artist team should be mindful of the context of the surrounding nature, the architecture of the building and its authenticity to Austin as an experience. Completed final artworks should nod to the artistic and creative activities that happen in and around the building.
Artwork Location Description
Although there are some preliminary recommendations for artwork sitings, final determination will be a collaborative process with the selected artists/artist teams, community and City stakeholders and the design team.

Possible locations for artwork were outlined by design team and AIPP staff, however final artwork location is a collaborative discussion between the contracted artist, the community, City stakeholders and the Design team.

Possible locations include:
1. Near the Riverside walking path
2. Near the rain garden and great lawn
3. In the North courtyard at the primary entrance
4. Inside the lobby
5. Within the South courtyard
6. On the south Theater façade
Site History
The DAC served as a U.S. Marine Corps and Navy Reserve facility in the 1940s. In 1978, the City took over the space and named it after a prominent member of the Junior League of Austin: Mary Ireland Graves Dougherty. It was originally intended to serve as an artists’ training center with studio spaces, an art gallery, and a theater. As DAC operations grew, the building was modified to accommodate other public activities. For well over a decade, after the 75-year-old building was designated as “beyond repair,” the City worked to relocate the aging Center; currently situated at 1110 Barton Springs Road. The replacement facility will be constructed on Lady Bird Lake, just a few blocks from its existing site.
These three (3) emerging artist opportunities are limited to artists who live in the seven-county Austin metropolitan area (Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties). Artists must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants not meeting these eligibility requirements will be withdrawn from consideration.

Artists are ineligible if they are currently under contract with the City of Austin for a permanent public artwork commission, employed by the project contractor or design team, or if they are a City of Austin full-time employee.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 10
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/Ethnicity
Demographics Survey: Veteran Status
Describe any previous experience that would make you a good fit for this opportunity. Text
How does community engagement contribute to your artistic practice? Text
What is your connection or interest in creating work for the Dougherty Art Center? Text
Selection Information
Selection Process
A five-member selection panel comprised of local arts professionals, community representatives and advisors will review all eligible submissions. Up to three artist(s)/artists teams will be shortlisted, invited to interview and submit proposals for the Iconic Artwork opportunity. Artists shortlisted and invited to interview for the Iconic Artwork will be paid a fee of $1500.00.

No proposal will be required for up to six artist(s)/artists teams that may be shortlisted and invited to interview for the Emerging Artists Opportunities. The Selection Panel reserves the right to recommend one artist with alternates for each opportunity during the initial review phase. Up to four applicants will be awarded a commission for the DAC.
Selection Criteria

The Selection Panel will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:
- Quality and aesthetics of past work
- Experience conceptualizing and completing public art projects
- Creativity and innovation of work as presented
- Demonstrated experience working with communities
- Three Professional references: (names, phone numbers and email addresses)
Information Meeting
October 2022

Submission deadline (extended)
December 21, 2022

Short-listed artists notified
February 2023

April 2023

Selected Artist under contract
June 2023

Target Installation/Project close-out
Winter 2023/2024
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Constance Y White
Manager | Art in Public Places Program
Austin TX 78767 United States



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