LaunchPAD, an initiative of Austin's Art in Public Places Program, offers 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 enables local visual artists to gain technical and administrative expertise while providing services benefitting a public art project for the City. AIPP hopes to position the city as a nexus for highly skilled public artists.
LaunchPAD artist opportunities arise from the 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.
LaunchPAD applications are reviewed as opportunities become available. Applications are accepted on a continually.
To view the Request for Qualifications, click here.
Artwork Commission: Green Water Treatment Plant Project
Commissioned Artist: New American Public Art (NAPA), Boston, MA
LaunchPAD Artist: Christine Angelone
Project Status: Design is complete! The sculptures are in in fabrication. Christine has worked with the artist team through the design process and is supporting them during fabrication. She traveled to the Boston area in December to have behind the scenes views of NAPA’s residency at Autodesk, where the artists are working on the fabrication of their sculpture.
Inside Look: Click here to read about Christine's LaunchPAD program experiences.
Artwork Commission: Austin Energy District Cooling Plant #3 Project
Commissioned Artist: Beili Liu, Austin, TX
LaunchPAD Artist: Teruko Nimura
Project Status: Teruko is supported artist Beili Liu through the design review process including Registered Accessibility Specialist review and Art Conservation review. Beili’s artwork is now in fabrication and Teruko wrapped up her contract commitments before moving closer to family. She will be in attendance for the unveiling of the artwork in 2020!
Inside Look: Click here to read about Teruko Nimura’s final LaunchPAD experiences.
Click here to read about Teruko Nimura’s LaunchPAD program experiences
Artwork Commission: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Parking Garage and Administration Building Project
Commissioned Artist: Marc Fornes/THEVERYMANY, Brooklyn, NY
LaunchPAD Artist: Lisa Woods
Project Status: Lisa was selected and visited THEVERYMANY studio in Brooklyn, NY. She was greeted by the artist and staff and gave a brief presentation introducing her work! The sponsor project is nearly complete, so the artist team is working quickly. Artwork is in fabrication and will install in 2020.
Inside Look: Click here to read about Lisa's LaunchPAD program experiences.
Artwork Commission: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Terminal Expansion Project (Phase I)
Commissioned Artist: Janet Zweig, Brooklyn, NY
LaunchPAD Artist: Steve Parker
Project Status: Lead artist Janet Zweig is currently under contract to fabricate her sculpture which will be installed in 2020. Steve Parker was selected and is currently familiarizing himself with the artist and project. The expansion of the terminal is now open and the artwork will be sited in the new terminal’s interior.
Inside Look: Click here to read about Steve's LaunchPAD program experiences.