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ESB Mexican American Cultural Center


Budget: $190,000
Activated: 11/06/2023
Deadline: 12/19/2023
Call Summary
Texas-based artists and artist-led teams are invited to submit qualifications to be considered for design, fabrication, and installation to create one or more site specific artwork projects to be located at the ESB-MACC, located downtown Austin, 600 River St, Austin, TX 78701.
Budget Description
The total artwork project budget is $190,000 inclusive of artists’ design fees, engineering, permitting, machining and fabrication, transportation, installation, travel, shipping expenses, insurance, and other artwork project-related costs.
Project Description
Interested artists submitting qualifications should approach the opportunity with an open mind and should not attempt to propose new conceptual designs at this phase. Site-specific parameters will be shared at a later phase with artists and artist-led teams who are shortlisted and invited to interview.
Artwork Location Description
Now entering the second phase of development, improvements include expansion and renovation of the facility to meet the growing needs of the community. Miró Rivera Architects + Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO Joint Venture are overseeing implementation. The completion of this phase will support programs that foster meaningful understanding and appreciation of Mexican American, Native American, Chicano, and other Latin American cultures. Visit to discover more information about the project.
Site History
Named after cultural arts leader and community activist, Emma S. Barrientos, the ESB-MACC was originally designed by prominent Mexican architect Teodoro González de León (1926–2016) — known for his “monumental modernism” — in partnership with CasaBella Architects and Del Campo & Maru Texas and California based firms respectively. The idea for the cultural facility emerged in the early 1970s, and was finally realized in September 2007, with the completion of the first phase of the facility and site. The existing building is known for its monumental modernism and concrete façade that pays homage to a traditional Mesoamerican form.
This opportunity is open to Texas artists or artist-led teams who are at least 18 years of age and have demonstrated experience creating work in three-dimensions (3-D), sculpture, stone, large-scale ceramic, cast or forged metal or other permanent materials. Moreover, artists must have lived experience with or relating to Mexican American culture and heritage in central Texas.
AIPP defines artist as an individual recognized by critics and peers as a professional practitioner of serious intent and substantial ability in the visual, performing, or literary arts.
Applicants not meeting minimum qualifications will be withdrawn from consideration.
INELIGIBILITY Design professionals, including architects who do not have consistent visual art practice are ineligible to apply as team leads, but may be a part of an artist-led team.
Artists who have more than three permanent artworks represented in the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places public art collection; artists who currently are under contract with the City of Austin for a permanent Art in Public Places project; and artists who have completed an AIPP project within the past year are ineligible to apply.
Additionally, City of Austin full-time employees and architects or other designers currently contracted with the City of Austin are ineligible to participate.
Application Requirements
Resume: 3 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
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Demographics Survey: Pronouns Encuesta demográfica: pronombres
Demographics Survey: Race and Ethnicity Encuesta demográfica: raza/etnia
Demographics Survey: Veteran Status Encuesta demográfica: condición de veterano
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Selection Information
Selection Process
A three to five-member selection panel comprised of visual arts professionals and community representatives will review all submissions meeting the minimum qualifications. Up to five artists or artists-led teams may be shortlisted and invited to submit a proposal and interview for a fee of $1,000. The selection panel reserves the right to recommend one artist or artist-led team and one alternate at the time of initial review. Only one artist or artists/artists-led team will be awarded this commission.
Selection Criteria
The panel will evaluate applications based on the following criteria:
- Technical quality and aesthetic appeal of past work
- Relevant and applicable experience
- Authenticity, creativity, and innovation of work as presented.
- Communication of ideas and intentions
Additional Resources
Request For Qualifications - English (PDF)
Convocatoria de Artistas - Español (PDF)
Contact Information
Frederico Geib
Austin Texas 78701 United States



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