Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, seeks exceptional emerging and established public artists working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches for both its Local and National 2017-2019 Pre-Qualified Artist Pools. Professional visual artists, or artist teams, at least 18 years of age who live and work in the United States are eligible to apply. Local artists are eligible for both pools. The application deadline is Monday, November 27, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
The purpose of the Pre-Qualified Artist Pools is to provide a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects through Art in Public Places. Selected artists or artist teams from the Pools may be contracted to design and fabricate permanent artwork for eligible Capital Improvement Projects (CIPs) of various scopes, timelines, and budgets throughout the City of Austin. Program staff and the Art in Public Places Panel will utilize the Pre-Qualified Pools for selecting artists for future artwork opportunities; however, selection from one of the Pools is not an exclusive way for artists to be considered for artwork commissions.
Possible artwork opportunities include, but are not limited to, public art construction projects involving the following City departments: Austin Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Austin Public Health Department, Austin Public Library, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and the Austin Convention Center, with individual project budgets expected to range from $20,000 to $300,000 or more.
Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, November 27, 2017 through www.PublicArtist.org, the online application system used by Art in Public Places. Full-time, permanent City of Austin employees and CIP consultants and their employees and sub-consultants are ineligible to apply. To read the complete Request for Qualifications for both the Local and National Pre-Qualified Public Artist Pools, visit http://tinyurl.com/AustinAIPP.
Artist Information Meetings and Open Application Hours
Interested artists are invited to attend Information Meetings and Open Application Hours to receive assistance with the application process.
Artist Information Meetings
October 26 from 6-7 PM/ North Village Branch Library/ 2505 Steck Ave, Austin
November 16 from 6:30-7:30PM/ Howson Branch Library/ 2500 Exposition Blvd, Austin
Open Application Hours
November 1 from 11AM-1PM and 6-8PM/African American Cultural and Heritage Facility/ 912 E 11th St
November 14 from 4-6:30PM/ African American Cultural and Heritage Facility/ 912 E 11th St
Visit austincreates.com for updates on additional meetings.
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin.
The Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.
Communications and Public Information Office
301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701