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Pre-Qualified Artist Roster for Urban Furniture & Utility Wraps


Budget: $5,000
Activated: 11/11/2022
Deadline: 12/16/2022
Call Summary
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with the Community and Economic Development Department and Public Works Department, requests qualifications from local emerging artists for its Pre-Qualified Artist Roster. Artists selected for this Roster will be eligible for opportunities to design artwork for urban furniture and utility boxes throughout the city over the next three years. The first opportunity, to be implemented in January 2023, will address public trash cans located in the Evans Churchill and Roosevelt historic neighborhoods. The selected artist(s) will be charged with beautifying an often-overlooked object with unique designs that provide a cohesive identity for the community.
The Roster will be used in collaboration with neighborhood partners who will work closely with City staff to identify artists that would be most appropriate specific project locations. The portfolio of images submitted as part of this Call will be used to make those recommendations. Please note: inclusion in the Roster does not guarantee artists will be awarded a project. However, the list will be curated with the specific intent of providing opportunities to as many artists as possible.
Budget Description
Artists will be paid up to $5,000 for design services which includes: 1) meeting with neighborhood leaders, 2) research and design development, 3) final design deliverables, and 4) fabrication and installation oversight.
Project Description
Artists will be responsible for the design of the artwork only. Artists will not fabricate or install the artwork on the urban furniture or utility box. However, artists will be asked to provide oversight during fabrication and installation to ensure proper execution of the artwork. The artwork design will be translated into a vinyl wrap that will last up to 3 years. The artist will retain copyright to the work.
Selected artists will be expected to collaborate with the community to determine the conceptual direction for the design of the vinyl wrap. Artwork may include illustrations, prints, paintings, computer-designed digital images, textiles, mosaics, photographs, and other 2-dimensional artworks. The final artwork must be submitted in a digital format according to the specifications provided by the City. The final artwork must be properly sized to ensure a high-quality vinyl print and should cover the entire surface of the object.
Displaying artwork in an extremely diverse and public environment has limitations. Artwork with overtly explicit themes, such as nudity, weapons or violence will not be considered.
Artwork Location Description
Various locations in the Evans Churchill and Roosevelt historic neighborhoods in central Phoenix.
This project is open to emerging artists or artist teams who reside in the Phoenix metro area with the demonstrated ability to meet the criteria (SEE SECTION VI – EVALUATION & SELECTION), regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, or experience. No previous public art experience is required to apply.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 6 - 10
Letter of Interest: 400 word maximum
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Terms and Conditions Agreement/Certification
Selection Information
Selection Process
Selection panels will be convened by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to review applications received and make recommendations to the Arts and Culture Commission for each project opportunity. Members of the panels may include art and design professionals, city staff, and community members. For the establishment of the Roster and to select artist(s) for the Evans Churchill/Roosevelt public trash can project, the selection panel members will be:

1. RJ Price, Downtown Phoenix INC
2. Rocky Hanish, Evans Churchill Community Association
3. A representative from Roosevelt Action Association
4. Sofia Mastikhina, City of Phoenix Community and Economic Development Dept
5. A representative from a local art gallery
Selection Criteria
At the selection panel meeting, artist applications will be scored using the following criteria:

1. Demonstrated artistic quality of submitted artwork. 50%
2. Appropriateness for the public setting and the existing collection. 50%
After evaluating applications, the City, at the request of the selection panel, may ask some or all Respondents to submit supplemental information and concepts, or to participate in interviews.
RFQ Released, Application Open: November 10, 2022
Deadline for Questions: Friday, December 2, 2022, by 12:00 PM (MST)
Application Deadline: Wednesday, December 16, 2022, by 5:00 PM (MST)
Selection Panel Meeting, Artists Notified: December 2022
Installation of Artwork: February 2023
Additional Resources
Request for Qualifications (PDF)
Contact Information
Romeo Rabusa
200 W. Washington St, 10th floor
Phoenix AZ 85003 United States



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