Multiple commissions for temporary artworks will be awarded
Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, seeks to commission temporary public artworks for the 2015 cycle of the TEMPO program. Professional visual artists and designers who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. Multiple commissions will be awarded. The budget for artwork ranges from $3,000 to $10,000 for each commissioned work.
Artists may select from a list of City-owned sites, including parkland, libraries, and right-of-way, and craft a proposal for a short-term artwork or time-based performance that responds to that specific site. Selected artworks will be installed for varying periods of time between July and December 2015. Proposals must be submitted by April 24, 5:00 p.m., through www.PublicArtist.org, an online application system.
Temporary public art plays an important role in attracting new and emerging artists to the City’s public art program, enriches the civic dialogue, cultivates tourism, and engages public space in a unique way. The TEMPO program allows artists to explore a range of themes suitable for outdoor sites and provides the opportunity for innovative, thought-provoking artwork that impacts the way people experience their environment.
AIPP Staff is available to provide assistance to emerging and experienced artists and can answer specific questions about this opportunity. Two Artist Information Meetings will be held on March 26 at 5:30 p.m. and April 9 at 5:30 p.m. Staff will also be available during Open Office Hours on April 10, 2:00-4:00 p.m. All three events will take place at the Cultural Arts Division offices, 201 E. 2nd Street. Parking is available in the Convention Center Parking Garage, enter on Brazos Street between Cesar Chavez and 2nd Streets, and there is available street parking.
The TEMPO project launched in spring of 2013, with an open call to Austin-area artists to submit proposals for temporary artwork on City parkland. Eleven proposals by eight individual artists and two artist teams were selected and installed for varying durations beginning in fall 2013 and continuing through summer 2014. More information about the TEMPO 2013/14 artworks can be found at www.austintexas.gov/TEMPO
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.
Founded in 1985, the Art in Public Places (AIPP) program acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community. By City ordinance, AIPP allocates 2% of eligible capital improvement project funding to the acquisition of site-specific public artwork. 2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the AIPP program in Austin, the first municipality in Texas to make a commitment to include works of art in construction projects.