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Public Art Mural Opportunity

CALL FOR ARTISTS

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BACKGROUND:

In January 2021, the City of DeSoto adopted its first Cultural Plan. One of the key strategies detailed in the Plan is to establish a process for implementing an Art in Public Places program. This idea recognizes the importance of providing residents and visitors access to quality artistic experiences in the public sphere. Future artworks could function to bring attention to prevailing social issues, elevate public interest and create a sense of pride for the city.

THE PROJECT

OVERVIEW: For this inaugural public art project, the City is seeking to create a landmark destination with a highly visible mural. The overall nature of the work should convey a celebration of culture and cultural dignity. The artwork concept should present a general uplifting of humanity while representing ideals of community and traditional values. The mural is imagined as a picture-perfect moment (i.e. a postcard from DeSoto). Interested artists should have the ability to create work in a realistic style and could also incorporate aspects of surrealism and abstraction.

BUDGET: $30,000 | The project budget is inclusive of all project costs, including artists’ fees and expenses, taxes, travel, shipping and crating, insurance, design, fabrication, installation/execution and transporting of any materials and supplies related to creating the artwork for the project site.

ELIGIBILITY: This competition is limited to professional artists and teams (ages 18 and older) who currently live in North Texas as defined by the North Central Texas Council of Governments and are legally qualified to work in the US. Artists must have successfully completed at least one significant permanent public art mural commission within the past ten years. Submissions not meeting eligibility requirements will not be considered.

Wall Sketching

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Artists should submit a cohesive packet that includes:

  1. Coversheet with the following information: Artist(s) contact information: name(s), mailing address, telephone number and email

  2. Credentials: CV/Resume (limit 2 pages)

  3. Three Professional references: (names, phone numbers and email addresses)

  4. Letter of interest (limit one page) detailing your relevant experience, interest and a general approach to this project

  5. Ten images of previous works (only one image per page) RFQ: CITY OF DESOTO CITY HALL MURAL PUBLIC ART PROJECT 3

  6. Annotated image list: brief descriptions with title, date, location, materials, art budget. For team application, please indicate the lead artist for each project. 

DO NOT SUBMIT IMAGES OF INCOMPLETE PROJECTS, PRELIMINARY SKETCHES, or PROPOSAL IDEAS FOR THIS PROJECT

EVALUATION CRITERIA:

The panel will evaluate applications on the following criteria: 

  • Creativity and originality of past work

  • Design quality, composition and broad appeal of themes

  • Professionalism, neatness of craft, presentation of work

  • Experience with exterior mural projects

SELECTION PROCESS:

A three to five person selection panel consisting of representatives from the DeSoto Arts Commission, community members, and arts professionals will review all eligible submissions.

 

Up to three artists will be short-listed by the selection panel. Short-listed artists will be asked to develop a concept design proposal and compensated a stipend of $150 upon presentation of their completed concept design proposal. Concept Design Proposal shall include: a concept narrative explaining the general context and approach of the artist’s idea, draft budget, timeline, and a scaled visual representation of the artwork concept that could be a drawing, painting or digital rendering.

 

The selection panel will review each Short-listed artists’ completed concept design proposal and choose one artist to award the commission. Short-listed artists will be strongly encouraged to review all aspects of the site prior to submitting a final concept design proposal.

 

Determination for a mandatory site-visit has not yet been established.

TIMELINE

Submission deadline | January 10, 2022

Short-listed artists notified | January 2022

Selected Artist under contract | March 2022

Target Installation/dedication | August 2022

 

ARTISTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES: Selected artist(s) or artist team will be expected to work with City of DeSoto staff or their designees to develop and implement the specifications and details of the Mural art project.

 

 Including the following:

  • Developing the final design proposal inclusive of descriptive narrative, project budget, and project timeline

  • Selecting appropriate materials for the artwork

  • Attending meetings with stakeholders as necessary (virtual or in-person)

  • Obtaining all required permits

  • Maintaining appropriate general liability insurance naming the City of DeSoto as an additional insured throughout the term of the contract.

  • Site access and Working on-site

  • Providing detailed instructions to care for and maintain the artwork

  • Providing detailed documentation on colors and other custom details

The final proposal will need to be suitable for all ages. Submit all information in one single PDF to ArtsCommission@desototexas.gov. Deadline for proposals is January 10, 2022 at 2:00PM CST. Proposals received after the deadline will be considered late and not considered for review.

 

Questions regarding this solicitation must be directed in writing to kathy.jones@desototexas.gov, and nutucker@desototexas.gov.