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Mexic-Arte Museum, Austin, TX


Budget: $260,000
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 (EDD) seeks to commission one team of professional visual artists to create site-specific artwork that reflects the mission of the Mexic-Arte Museum. The Museum is located at 419 Congress Avenue at the corner of 5th Street.
Budget Description
One commission will be awarded for this project. The project budget is inclusive of design, fabrication, installation, engineering, permitting fees, travel, shipping expenses, insurance, and other project-related costs.
Project Description
The vision of this opportunity includes selecting one team of artists to create iconic artwork(s) that will transform the site at Congress and 5th Streets. The selected team of artists will be expected to work collaboratively with Museum stakeholders and the immediate community to propose and ultimately design, fabricate and install one or more artworks that are interactive or programmable and contribute to the site as a placekeeping icon for downtown Austin.
Artwork Goals
The artworks should endow respect while celebrating and honoring the cultural contributions of Hispanic, Latino and Mexican-American heritage.
Site History
Mexic-Arte Museum was founded in 1984 by artists Sylvia Orozco, Sam Coronado and Pio Pulido in the Arts Warehouse in downtown Austin to share the art and culture of Mexico. It was designated by the 78th Legislature of the State of Texas as the Official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Art Museum of Texas. Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the presentation and promotion of traditional contemporary Mexican, Latino and Latin American art and culture. As the Museum develops and the collection grows, their collections will be displayed to teach about culture and heritage with dignity and pride for generations to come. Constructed in 1868, only 10-15% of the original Mexic-Arte structure remains. What stands is primarily a three-sided façade held together with wooden struts and trusses. Currently a new facility is being developed for the Mexic-Arte Museum to house its priceless art and heritage collection. Additional information will be provided to the selected artists or artist teams. Mexic-Arte website:
This opportunity is limited to teams of artists based in Texas with at least one artist residing in Austin. All team members must be at least 18 years of age. Selected artists must have lived experience with or relating to Mexican-American culture and heritage. 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 or if they are a City of Austin full-time employee, contractor of or employed by either the Projects’ Consulting firm.

Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 10
References: 3
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
Short Answer Q1 - Mexic-Arte Text
Short Answer Q2 - Mexic-Arte Text
Short Answer Q3 - Mexic-Arte Text
Short Answer Q4 - Mexic-Arte Text
Short Answer Q5 - Mexic-Arte Text
Selection Information
Selection Process
A three to five-member selection panel comprised of visual arts professionals and community representatives and advisors will review all eligible submissions. Up to five teams of artists will be shortlisted, invited to interview and submit a proposal for a fee of $1,500. The selection panel reserves the right to recommend one team of artists and one alternate at the time of initial review. Only one applicant 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
- Experience with public art projects of a similar size and scope
- Creativity and innovation in portfolio of past work
- Expressed interest in and ability to engage and include communities specific to the artwork site
Information Meeting: October 11, 2022
Submission deadline (extended): January 31, 2023
Short-listed artists notified: February - March 2023
Interviews: March - April 2023
Selected Artist under contract: October 2023
Target Installation/Project close-out: 2026

Additional Resources
Mexic-Arte Museum RFQ English (extended deadline) (PDF)
Mexic-Arte Museum RFQ Español (plazo extendido) (PDF)
Contact Information
Alex Irrera
Art in Public Places Coordinator
City of Austin, Economic Development Department, ATT: Alex Irrera, P.O Box 1088
Austin TX 78767 United States



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