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.

Current Open Calls to Artists

Professional visual artists or artist teams living and working in Austin and Texas are invited apply for the following opportunities. See project applications for specific eligibility. View all current Austin Art in Public Places open calls on AIPP's Public Artist page. 

To learn more about the open calls, register for the Artist Information Session on November 30 from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Watch a recording of the October virtual Artist Information Meeting here. Please note, the deadline for the current open calls has been extended to December 21, 2022, 5 p.m. CT. 


Dougherty Arts Center (DAC)

  • Project Description: Design and fabricate artwork
  • Application Open: September 27 - December 21, 2022 (extended)
  • Artwork Budget: $44,000 each
  • Location: 1110 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX 78704
  • Apply for the Dougherty Arts Center Open Call


Montopolis Neighborhood Park and Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park Pools


3 New Fire/EMS Stations


Mexic-Arte Museum

  • Project Description: Design and fabricate artwork
  • Application Open: September 27 - December 21, 2022 (extended)
  • Artwork Budget: $260,000
  • Location: 419 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
  • Apply for the Mexic-Arte Museum Open Call

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.


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