Artists interested in being considered for a public art commission for the City of Austin must apply through PublicArtist.org. All professional artists, with a consistent body of work in any visual art media, are eligible to apply.
Art in Public Places (AIPP) seeks to commission nine temporary public artworks for the 2017 cycle of the TEMPO program. Professional visual artists or artists teams who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. Budget for the proposed artworks is a maximum of $10,000. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 5PM CST.
One commission each will be awarded in nine of the City’s ten Council Districts. (District 3 will serve as the location for all TEMPO artworks for a two-week festival during the East Austin Studio Tour in March, and therefore, will not have a separate commission.) Artists may select from a list of City-owned sites in each district, including parkland, recreation centers and libraries, but must be flexible as some works may be relocated to a different site within their chosen district, or to a different district altogether.
Artworks will be exhibited during September, October and November. Artists will reinstall the artworks in a District 3 parkland, to be determined, for a public art festival of all the TEMPO 2017 artworks, as a registered group exhibition during the East Austin Studio Tour in March 2017.
Proposals must be submitted by March 16, 2017 at 5 PM CST through www.PublicArtist.org, an online application system. To view the complete Request for Proposals, click here.
LaunchPAD, an initiative of Austin's Art in Public Places Program, will offer professional development opportunities for local artists interested in a career in public art. By pairing established public artists with those emerging in the field, the program will enable visual artists to gain technical and administrative expertise while providing services benefitting a public art project for the City. In this way, AIPP hopes to bolster Austin’s public art collection, and to position the city as a nexus for highly skilled public artists.
The program will apply to City of Austin public art projects with a budget over $200,000, as appropriate to the specifics of each project. When a new eligible artwork opportunity is opened, a selection panel will review the current pool of applicants to determine the best fitting artist for the project.
LaunchPAD artists will assist the commissioned artists by providing practical and project management-related services such as materials research, attendance at meetings, review of applicable local codes/permit requirements, support during design, fabrication and/or installation of the artwork. (There is no expectation that an artwork will be created by the LaunchPAD artist through this program.) The length of the LaunchPAD artist contract will mirror the length of the commissioned artist’s total project duration. LaunchPAD artists will be paid a flat fee of $15,000 for their work on the project.
LaunchPAD applications are due the 15th of each month.