THIS CALL HAS CLOSED.
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture requests qualifications from professional artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches for its Pre-Qualified Artist Roster. Artists selected for this Roster will be eligible for several park projects over the next two years. POAC seeks artists whose work advances the public’s understanding of contemporary art, enhances the aesthetic quality and user experience of civic spaces, and demonstrates collaboration with communities.
The range of artwork budgets anticipated for these projects varies from $100,000 to $500,000. Final project budgets will be dependent upon approved concept designs developed collaboratively with the respective design teams. All budgets must include, but are not limited to, artist design fees, research and community engagement, insurance, material samples/mockups, engineering, construction documents, fabrication, installation, and travel (if necessary). The design portion of the artwork budget for each project must not exceed $75,000.
Current park project opportunities are listed in the attached Request for Qualifications. Many of the projects are in the early stages of planning which will allow for the selected artists to work collaboratively with the respective design teams and surrounding communities. Specific public art goals will be established as each park project develops to conceptual design and used to select artists from the Roster for each opportunity. Scopes of work may include functional artwork, iconic stand-alone artwork, or integrated design enhancements.
|Artwork Location Description
Eastlake Park is located at 1540 E. Jefferson St in central Phoenix. Park amenities include a community center and gymnasium, outdoor pool, baseball field, tennis courts, and an amphitheater. An artist will be selected to work with the design team to integrate public art and enhance the user experience as part of park improvements to the aquatic areas. Public art enhancements could include security fencing or a mosaic tile mural.
El Reposo Park
El Reposo Park is located at 502 E. Alta Vista Rd in south Phoenix. Park amenities include a community center (South Mountain Community Center), outdoor pool (Roosevelt Pool), tennis courts, walking trail, and picnic areas. An artist will be selected to work with the design team to integrate public art and enhance the user experience as part of improvements to the South Mountain Community Center. Public art enhancements could include landscape design, seating or fencing at the community center entry plaza, or interior two-dimensional artwork.
Paradise Valley Park
Paradise Valley Park is located at 17642 N. 40th St in northeast Phoenix. Park amenities include a skate park, outdoor pool, community center, and playground. An artist will be selected to work with the design team to integrate public art and enhance the user experience as part of overall park improvements.
Sueño Park is located at 4401 W. Encanto Blvd in west Phoenix. Park amenities include basketball court, soccer field, exercise course, and picnic areas. An artist will be selected to work with the design team to integrate public art and enhance the user experience as part of overall park improvements.
Surrey Park is located at 3835 W. Joan De Arc Ave in northwest Phoenix. Park amenities include picnic areas, ramadas, and a playground. An artist will be selected to work with the design team to integrate public art and enhance the user experience as part of overall park improvements.
This project is open to any professional artists who reside in the United States with the demonstrated ability to meet the criteria (SEE SECTION V – EVALUATION & SELECTION), regardless of residency, race, ethnicity, gender, age or experience level. No previous public art experience is required to apply. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply.
Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 6 - 10
Letter of Interest: 400 word maximum
Think of this as a job application and your cover letter. Be as succinct as possible. Describe why you are interested in these opportunities and highlight any relevant experience.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
A selection panel will be convened by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to review applications received and make recommendations to the Arts and Culture Commission. Members of the panel may include art and design professionals, city staff, and community members. Non-voting advisors to the panel may include additional city staff and members of the design team.
Responses to this Call should be concise, well organized and provide the requested information. Applications lacking the necessary information will not be considered.
At the selection panel meeting, artist applications will be scored using the following criteria:
1. Demonstrated artistic quality of previously completed artwork. 50%
2. Potential to create an impactful design for these public projects. (Work samples should show the potential for you to design an integrated public art concept. Please do not submit proposals.) 25%
3. Experience in collaborative design work and community engagement. (Collaborative work experience can be described in your Statement of Intent and does not have to be art related.) 25%
October 24, 2022 RFQ Released, Application Open
November 16, 2022 Artist Information Session (virtual) 12:00 PM (MST)
December 2, 2022 Deadline for questions and inquiries 12:00 PM (MST)
December 16, 2022 Application Deadline 5:00 PM (MST)
January 2023 Selection panel reviews applications and recommends artists to be included on the Roster
February 2023 Arts and Culture Commission approval of Roster
Spring 2023 Begin awarding Individual project commissions
|Request for Qualifications (PDF)|
|Contact Information||Romeo Rabusa
200 W. Washington St, 10th floor
Phoenix AZ 85003 United States