The Economic Development Department's Art in Public Places program (AIPP) collaborates with local and nationally-known artists to include the history and values of our community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity.


The City of Austin was the first municipality in Texas to make a commitment to include works of art in construction projects. By ordinance, 2% of eligible capital improvement project budgets are allocated to commission or purchase art for that site. Austin’s Public Art Collection is found at sites such as the airport, convention center, libraries, parks, police stations, recreation centers, and streetscapes, enhancing public spaces for all residents and visitors to our City.

Learn more about Art in Public Places programs:

Current Open Calls to Artists

Professional visual artists or artist teams living and working in Texas are invited apply for the following opportunities.

Artist Information Session

The City of Austin hosted a virtual artist information session on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT, to answer questions about the application process for the Longhorn Dam Bridge and Redbud Trail Bridge and Isle projects. AIPP staff and Austin Transportation, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Department staff were available to discuss project background and specifics with interested artists. Please note the application deadline for these projects has been extended to August 18, 2022.


Longhorn Dam Bridge

Redbud Trail Bridge and Isle

View all current Austin Art in Public Places open calls on AIPP's Public Artist page.

City's Art Collection

Browse the City's Art Collection online!

Take a self-guided walking tour of artwork in the City of Austin Collection located near downtown.

Art in Public Places Year in Review

Art in Public Places Year in Review 2020

Art in Public Places Year in Review 2021