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Montopolis Neighborhood Park and Beverly S Sheffield Northwest District Park Pools, Austin, TX


Budget: $100,000
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 professional visual artists or artist teams, to design and fabricate artworks for the Montopolis Neighborhood Park Pool at 1200 Montopolis Dr, Austin, TX 78741 and Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park Pool at 7000 Ardath St, Austin, TX 78757.
Budget Description
- $100,000 - Montopolis Neighborhood Park Pool
- $100,000 - Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest Pool
One commissions will be awarded per Pool project. Each project budget is inclusive of design, fabrication, installation, engineering, permitting fees, travel, shipping expenses, insurance, and other project-related costs.
Project Description
An important aspect of life in Austin, is the robust network of public parks and aquatic facilities. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department Aquatic Division operates 22 Neighborhood pools. Most of Austin’s aquatic facilities were built between 1927 and 1990. Neighborhood Pools, on average receive nearly 434,000 visitors annually. One major objective of the Aquatics Division is to bring all facilities, including associated buildings, parking, decks, etc. up to current standards and codes, such as ADA, health, safety and pool codes. Montopolis Neighborhood Pool Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park Pools are currently undergoing renovation. 2018 Aquatic Vision Plan
Artwork Goals
Both projects are opportunities for selected artist(s) or artist teams to work collaboratively with project stakeholders to design artwork that will connect the history of each the respective iconic places to the growth of Austin (considering old Austin and new Austin).
Artwork Location Description
Proposed artworks should be integrated, to the greatest extent possible, into the construction of each site. Ideally, the final artwork will also increase visibility and appeal of each place to a broader community. A range of materials and conceptual approaches are welcome.
Site History
Montopolis Pool
On February 1, 1974, Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) purchased the Montopolis Community Center while also acquiring five surrounding acres to develop into a park. In 1976, the Austin Planning Commission began emphasizing a need for swimming pools throughout all communities and expedited the construction of a swimming pool at Montopolis Park. The Montopolis Pool was championed later that year by the Parks and Recreation Board, and the development process began in December 1977. The pool opened in 1979, and has served the community for 43 years.

Sheffield Pool
On July 28, 1956, the Northwest Pool and Bathhouse opened to the public and were dedicated with great fanfare the same year on August 9th. The original cost of construction was $200,000. The Northwest pool was the first 50-meter regulation Olympic-sized pool in Austin, which allowed the city to qualify for national swimming meets. In its first full month of operations, attendance at the new Olympic-size pool eclipsed that of Barton Springs. The Northwest Park Bathhouse was a modern-design circular bathhouse with open-air dressing rooms. The building is eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The name of the park and pool was later changed to honor former Parks and Recreation Director Beverly S. Sheffield. The existing pool building will be lightly renovated, and an additional pool building will be built to provide a family restroom and changing space.
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. 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: 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
Pools Question #1 Text
Pools Question #2 Text
Pools Question #3 Text
Pools Question #4 Text
Selection Information
Selection Process
A three to five-member selection panel comprised of visual arts professionals and community representatives will review all eligible submissions. Three to five artist(s)/artists teams will be shortlisted for each project 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
- Experience with public art projects of a similar size and scope
- Creativity and innovation of work as presented
- Expressed interest in creating artwork within the specific community settings
Information Meeting October 11, 2022
Submission deadline December 21, 2022 - deadline extended
Interviews January 2023
Selected Artist under contract June 2023
Target Installation/Project close-out Montopolis Pool: Winter 2024
Sheffield Pool: Winter 2024
Additional Resources
Montopolis+Sheffield Pool_RFQ_english (PDF)
Contact Information
Bryana Iglesias
Art in Public Places Coordinator
P. O. Box 1088
Austin TX 78767 United States



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