Posts Tagged ‘NorCal’

AUBURN – RFP – Central Square Art Park Wall

In RFP on November 18, 2017 at 11:42 pm

The Auburn Arts Commission (AAC) is dedicated to fostering and supporting visual and performing arts in Auburn. At the corner of High and Lewis Streets in the center of Downtown Auburn there is a small park with a large wall where we wish to install a unique, large scale, signature piece of original art work. The AAC is seeking proposals from artists interested in creating a signature 3-dimensional mural on a very visible wall in the heart of Downtown Auburn. The wall is in the Central Square Art Park, on the side of the Chamber of Commerce and Placer County Welcome Center building.

ELIGIBILITY: Any artist or team of artists interested in creating a mural with 3D elements, to be completed in spring 2018.

BUDGET: The project budget is not to exceed $15,000 for an artist or team of collaborative artists. The budget shall includethe artist(s) fee, supplies, travel‐related expenses, and all other associated costs.

DEADLINE: January 12, 2018




SAN JOSE – RFQ – San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility

In RFQ on September 25, 2017 at 3:38 pm

The City of San José (City) Public Art Program and Environmental Services Department are seeking an experienced artist, or artist-led team to develop an artwork related to the new Co-Generation Plant, located at the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. This artwork will be a public-facing feature screening the four (4) 50-foot-high emissions treatment exhaust stacks. Artists are asked to submit qualifications to design, fabricate, and install an artwork that serves to screen the Co-Generation equipment. Artist may decide to work with the base-project designed perforated metal screening system or consider a more 3-dimensional approach. It is also an opportunity to contribute to and promote ESD’s sustainability goals for the RFQ by incorporating functional energy producing elements.

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to individual artists or artist-led teams working and living in the United States. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age, and have all necessary documentation and permits to work in the United States at the time of submittal of qualifications. If submitting as a team, a professional artist must be the lead team member. Artists currently under contract for an art project with the City of San José Public Art Program are not eligible to apply for this project unless their current project will be complete by September 2017, or the project is currently suspended with no proposed re-activation date.

BUDGET: The total budget for the commissioned artwork is up to $300,000 for artwork design, fabrication and installation.

DEADLINE: October 23, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (MST)

QUESTIONS: Mary Rubin, San Jose Public Art Program Senior Project Manager, or 408 793-4340.


SAN FRANCISCO – RFQ – Treasure Island

In RFQ on August 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm

The Treasure Island Arts Master Plan will guide the implementation of the Treasure Island Art Program, which is funded by a fee equal to one percent of the construction costs of the private buildings to be built as part of Treasure Island’s redevelopment. The funds will be used exclusively to enhance and activate the public realm with artwork and ongoing art programming. The Treasure Island Art Program will be developed over a twenty-year period linked to the funding and construction cycle of the project development. All permanent artworks commissioned for the island will be part of the collection of the Treasure Island Development Authority.

The intended audience for the Treasure Island Art Program includes residents from Treasure Island and the greater Bay Area as well as tourists and art aficionados from across the country and around the world. Artists interested in applying for these three opportunities should review the Arts Master Plan to become acquainted with the vision for the program and its goals and objectives.

ELIGIBILITY: Two pre-application workshops for these opportunities will be conducted by SFAC. One will take place on Treasure Island and the other at the SFAC’s offices on September 11 and September 21, 2017. Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists. Artists living outside the United States are also eligible to apply. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.

BUDGET: 1. Building 1 Plaza $1,000,000; 2. The Waterfront Plaza $2,000,000; 3. Yerba Buena Hilltop Park $2,000,000.

DEADLINE: October 16, 2017

QUESTIONS: Aleta Lee at, or (415) 252 -2251


SACRAMENTO – Salary Position – Art in Public Places Specialist

In RFQ on August 25, 2017 at 9:00 pm

Under general direction, the Art in Public Places Specialist oversees and coordinates projects within the Art in Public Places Program; provides recommendations for the maintenance and management of the City/County art collection; serves a liaison between City/County departments and community groups; coordinates the work of consultants; and monitors the Art in Public Places Program budget.

ELIGIBILITY: Two years of experience planning and overseeing art in public places projects or similar art related program. -AND- A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in art, arts administration, or related field.

SALARY: $69,767.63 – $91,541.17 Annually

DEADLINE: September 13, 2017, 11:59 PM Pacific

QUESTIONS: Send an email to; Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726; or Visit the Human Resources Department at Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Plaza Level, Sacramento, CA 95814.


SANTA ROSA, CA – RFQ – Depot Park

In RFQ on July 5, 2017 at 11:43 pm

This public art opportunity is for one artist or team of artists to create a dynamic installation that reflects the identity of the historic Railroad Square neighborhood. This can be approached abstractly or literally. The public art should be interactive, activate Depot Park, create a sense of place in daylight and at night, and reinforce the location as a gathering space. Installations integrated with landscape or hardscape elements, and those with functional components will also be considered.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to practicing, professional artists residing in the United States.

BUDGET: The maximum budget is $32,000 and should be all inclusive of artists fees and project related expenses. Finalists invited to submit proposals will receive an honorarium of $500 for their efforts and materials for a maquette of their proposed project.

DEADLINE: August 3, 2017

QUESTIONS: Tara Thompson, Arts Coordinator, City of Santa Rosa, 707-543-4512,


PALO ALTO – RFP – Code:ART Urban Intervention

In RFP on December 20, 2016 at 6:19 pm

The City of Palo Alto is inviting artists, designers, geeks, inventors and innovative thinkers working at the intersection of art and technology to submit their concepts for cutting-edge urban interventions, prototypes, or installations that will reimage downtown’s underutilized spaces and encourage dynamic interactivity, discussion and inspiration.

With the support of a National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant, Code:ART will temporarily reframe Palo Alto as a laboratory for urban interventions and creative placemaking, and will engage the community in a series of events that outwardly reflect the tech community that thrives in Palo Alto and beyond. The new media festival will take place June 1 -3, 2017 and will culminate with the National Day of Civic Hacking June 3rd


BUDGET: Selected finalists will be awarded $4,000 each to implement / install the prototype during the 3-day festival. The budget is inclusive of design, fabrication, installation, and insurance. In addition, the Public Art Program in collaboration with Morelab, an interdisciplinary art studio led by Rebar co-founder Matthew Passmore, will facilitate prototype training and provide implementation coaching to the selected intervention proposal teams.

DEADLINE:  January 1; 11:59 PM. via Dropbox (share a link to your Dropbox folder by emailing

QUESTIONS: Requests for additional information can be sent to


PALO ALTO – RFQ – Prequalified Artist Pool

In RFQ on August 8, 2016 at 5:31 pm

The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is inviting artists and artist teams working in a variety of media to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool for upcoming public art opportunities. Eligible applicants will be selected for the Prequalified Artist Pool from which the Palo Alto Public Art Program staff will recommend appropriate applicants for a range of permanent and temporary public art opportunities throughout the City. Most public art commissions will be associated with municipal and private development projects as they arise throughout Palo Alto.

Artists may submit existing artworks for consideration for temporary display within the City. Social practice and performance artists are also welcome to apply for temporary public art initiatives. Artists invited to be part of the Prequalified Pool will be selected based on appropriateness of their previous experience and artistic excellence.

ELIGIBILITY: The call is open to all professional artists / artist teams over the age of 18 residing in the United States. Local artists residing in the Northern California Bay Area Region are strongly encouraged to apply, and may be given preference for projects with limited budgets. Any artists who apply as part of a team may not also apply as individual artists.

DEADLINE: September 9, 2016

QUESTIONS: Nadya Chuprina, Public Art Program Assistant, T: 650.329.2227, E:


COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA – RFQ – Valley Medical Center Women & Children’s Center

In RFQ on July 25, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Experienced artists are invited to be considered for opportunities to create a signature identity for the exterior of Santa Clara County Valley Medical Center’s new Women and Children Center (WCC). Developing a landmark facade will distinguish the WCC building from others on campus, elevate the entry experience and support way-finding, important features for the general public and patients potentially in the midst of crisis.

ELIGIBILITY: This opportunity is open to artists working or living in the United States. Artists must demonstrate experience developing and implementing projects into architectural environments with a budget greater than $250,000. Applicants must have all necessary documentation and permits to work in the United States at time of submittal of qualifications.

BUDGET: The total art project budget is $1,000,000 funding multiple commissions. The minimum commission award will be $250,000.

DEADLINE: August 22, 2016 (10:00 p.m. PST)

QUESTIONS: Mary Rubin, Senior Project Manager at


CITY OF NAPA – RFQ – Dwight. H. Murray Plaza

In RFQ on May 21, 2016 at 12:16 am

The City of Napa has issued an RFQ for the conceptualization and creation of public art as part of the Dwight H. Murray Plaza improvement project. Constructed in 1974, the Plaza is currently an underused civic space in downtown Napa. With the intensification of retail development in the immediate area, the City has initiated plans to redefine and reactivate the Plaza, one of the most visible places in the downtown area and a traditional gathering place for community events. It is the City’s intent to select one artist or artist team to conceptualize and produce unique art elements that activate the Plaza and serve as visual landmarks for this newly designed civic space.

ELIGIBILITY: The RFQ is open to professional artists residing in the United States who have experience in design team participation and/or conceptualizing and creating artwork for public spaces.

BUDGET: The total project budget is an amount not-to-exceed $200,000

DEADLINE: June 24, 2016 10:00 p.m.



ZERO1 (SAN JOSE, CA) – RFQ – American Arts Incubator

In RFQ on June 1, 2015 at 8:21 pm

ZERO1 is calling innovative new media and digital artists with a love of travel and passion for community-driven public art to apply to participate in the American Arts Incubator. The program is an international arts exchange program developed in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA). The program sends artists abroad to collaborate with youth and underserved populations on community-based new media art projects that bolster local economies, influence public policy, and further social innovation. Inspired by the “business incubator” model made popular by Silicon Valley’s technology and start-up companies, American Arts Incubator is a hybrid training lab, production workshop, and tool for public engagement. It showcases artists as engaged and innovative partners in addressing social issues, in addition to creating a cross-cultural exchange of ideas. Selected artists will be working directly with ZERO1, ECA, U.S. Embassy officials, and overseas cultural partners to oversee the creation of a series of public art projects focused on a specific social issue.

ELIGIBILITY: Open to emerging, mid-career or established new media and/or digital artists at least 18 years of age and residing in the U.S. Must have strong record of artistic accomplishments with examples of international experience, relevant experience working with youth and/or underserved communities, and a record of engaging with artists, art educators, youth, and/or community members through teaching, workshops, social practice, and other outreach activities.

BUDGET: The Artist will receive a $7,000 honorarium for participation, plus an assigned budget for workshop and public art production costs overseas. This budget will be determined during a pre-travel proposal time period, based on approval by ECA, the respective U.S. Embassy, and ZERO1. The program covers airfare, accommodations, and basic travel costs.

DEADLINE: All submission materials must be received via the online application by Sunday, May 31st, 2015, 11:59PM Pacific Standard Time. There is no entry fee.

QUESTIONS: The following page contains more information related to online information sessions, frequently asked questions, and hosts our online application submission system. or e-mail

More information about the current American Arts Incubator projects is continually updated here: