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Louisville, CO - Marshall Fire Commemoration


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City of Louisville, Colorado

Budget: Up to $22,000

Deadline: Friday, October 28, 2022 11:59 PM MST

The Louisville Cultural Council of Louisville, Colorado seeks to commission an original art work to commemorate the Louisville, CO Marshall Fire that began on December 30, 2021. The sculpture must be an original creation by the artist(s) and must have a Louisville community participation or engagement component to it.

The town seeks an artist or an artist team to install an outdoor sculpture in the Louisville Historic Downtown District. (See "Old Town Overlay District" for map.) Site to be determined by the artist and Louisville Cultural Council, but must be a location that is owned by the City. Potential locations include but are not limited to 717 Main Street, Louisville, Colorado. 


Louisville Cultural Council is using the online CAFÉ application and selection process. Artists may submit up to three separate, unique entries. 

Each application must be submitted with one sculpture, with a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10 photos or renderings of the proposed art and previous sculptures. Each application must be submitted via the CAFÉ website at and must include the following:

  • Resume (teams of artists to submit one resume with one page representing each artist)
  • Images and descriptions of previous public art sculptures
  • Photos or renderings of the proposed artwork
  • Sculpture information including: title, material, size (height, weight, depth), and special installation requirements
  • Artist statement including your interest in this project and how this commission relates to and/or will build on your body of work (2,500 characters max.)
  • Description of previous sculpture installations projects that are site specific and what are some of your past successes in developing work of this nature (1000 words max.)
  • Itemized budget

Instructions on how to format images to CaFÉ specifications can be found at

Assistance in using the CaFÉ system is available here:


The budget for this commission is up to $22,000 USD, which will be allocated to the selected artist/team. This contract amount is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including, but not limited to: the artist’s design fee, other consultation fees, insurance, tools, materials, transportation, installation, travel to and from the site, per diem expenses, project documentation, and any other costs.


  • Artistic excellence: The consideration of highest priority is the inherent artistic excellence of the art. All art must be an original creation of the artist(s).
  • Permanence: Sculpture shall have structural and surface soundness, be resistant to theft, vandalism and weathering, and require minimal maintenance and withstand time.
  • Compatibility: Works of art should be compatible in style, scale, material, form and content with the historic downtown area, and have a broad range of appeal to the general public.
  • Public Safety: Works of art shall not create inordinate safety problems or liability for the general public, the Louisville Cultural Council or the City of Louisville
  • Theme: Art work must include a community participation or engagement component and address the theme of commemorating the Marshall Fire: for instance, loss, hope, rebuilding, and community.

The selection committee will make recommendations to the Louisville Cultural Council Public Art Committee, who will forward the final recommendation to the full Cultural Council for approval. Following Cultural Council approval and a period of public comment, City Council will vote on the project at the next available city council meeting. 


The application and images must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm (MST) October 28, 2022.


This project is open to artists residing within a reasonable driving distance of Louisville, Colorado, regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion or affiliation, or mental or physical disability. 

Application is not open to anyone who is or whose family is employed by the City of Louisville or is a current member of a City Board or Commission.

Prizes Details: 

Up to $22,000

Louisville, CO *Please note - this is Colorado*

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Utah Public Art - UofU Applied Sciences Facility

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The Utah Public Art Program of the Division of Arts and Museums, in association with the Division of Facilities and Construction Management and the University of Utah is seeking artists interested in creating site specific art installation for the new Applied Sciences Facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. Artists from Utah are encouraged to submit letters of interest and qualifications for the creation of public artwork for the new Applied Sciences Facility at the University of Utah. This project is also open to any resident US artist. 

Budget: $165,000, deadline September 7, 2022

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

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Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation, RFP

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Request for Proposals Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation Canalside, Buffalo NY

Issued: May 31, 2022

IMPORTANT NOTICE: A restricted period under the Procurement Lobbying Law is currently in effect for this Procurement and it will remain in effect until approval of the Contract. Bidders are prohibited from contact related to this procurement with any New York State employee other than the designated contacts listed below (refer to: Section X - ii).

Designated Contacts for this Procurement: Primary Contact: Ralph Volcy Secondary Contact: John Discolo All contacts/inquiries shall be made by email to the following address:

This RFP is posted on the Empire State Development website: Submission

Deadline: July 14,2022 by 8:00PM EST

INTRODUCTION The mission of Empire State Development (“ESD”) is to promote a vigorous and growing state economy, encourage business investment and job creation, and support diverse, prosperous local economies across New York State through the efficient use of loans, grants, tax credits, real estate development, marketing and other forms of assistance.

II. OVERVIEW The Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (“ECHDC”), a subsidiary of the New York State Urban Development Corporation d/b/a Empire State Development (ESD), invites internationally and critically acclaimed artists to submit qualifications and proposals for The Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation at Canalside (the “Project”) in the City of Buffalo, NY. ECHDC seeks artists who can demonstrate the ability to design and implement heritage-focused public art commissions. ECHDC feels it is important to create high-quality and appealing public art components at Canalside and throughout the Buffalo Waterfront that will attract visitors but will also make the citizens of Buffalo proud of our history and the current redevelopment of our waterfront. The opening of the Erie Canal in 1825 was a critical event in the history of the United States, opening the heartlands of the continent. It also transformed Buffalo from a frontier village to the eighth-largest city in the United States over a span of just 75 years. The Western Terminus of the canal, at what is now Canalside, became a commercial hub and a transshipment point that moved rivers of immigration westward and rivers of cargo eastward – American Express and Wells Fargo were created on its docks, and the Canal District became a global trade center and, at the same time, notorious as one of the roughest waterfronts in the world. Through the Canal Era, Buffalo grew exponentially as many of the immigrants who arrived here by the canal – more than ever arrived at Ellis Island – settled here instead of continuing their journeys west. ECHDC is inviting artists to submit qualifications and proposals that prove their ability to work within the historic context while incorporating ECHDC’s vision to revitalize Western New York’s Waterfront and restore economic growth to Buffalo based on the region’s legacy of pride, urban significance, and natural beauty. The current project budget is not to exceed $250,000. ECHDC has retained the services of an Art Consult who will facilitate the evaluation of qualification submission packages and will recommend to the ECHDC up to three (3) qualified artists based upon the evaluation criteria explained in this document. The three (3) “semi-final” artists will contract with the Art Consultant and receive a $10,000 stipend to complete their proposal. After public presentations and final evaluations, one artist or team will be selected for the commission. MWBE & SDVOB Subcontractor Interest New York State certified Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs) and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses (SDVOBs) may request that their firm’s contact information be included on a list of MWBE and SDVOB firms interested in serving as a subcontractor for this procurement. The listing will be publicly posted on ESD’s website for reference by the bidding 3 community. A firm requesting inclusion on this list should send contact information and a copy of its NYS MWBE or SDVOB certification to

Nothing prohibits an M/WBE Vendor from proposing as a prime contractor.

III. SCOPE OF WORK The Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation is to be designed for and incorporated into the historic Main Canal area of the property referred to as the Immigrant Steps and Towpath. The address of the Main Canal area is 130 Main Street, Buffalo NY. The installation will be permanent on the site and therefore should be fabricated using substantial materials that will resist deterioration from environmental impacts and public interaction. Canalside Location Map Immigrant Steps A flight of steps, re-created now in the Canalside development, was a pathway trod by millions of immigrants and immigrant families as they left the line boats they took from New York or Albany to climb to the streets of Buffalo, seeking to build a new life in the growing ethnic communities of Buffalo or hoping to book passage on a lake schooner or steamboat headed west on the Great Lakes. “Steamboat hotels” waited if they needed an overnight room, or in warm weather many slept on the docks. Most carried with them all they had in the world, small cargoes in this human river; money was tight, and carefully spent. There are no accurate counts of their numbers, but this migration built great cities on the Lakes and settled the interior of the country, in one year alone, 1859, a quarter million people left Buffalo for the West. Most of the immigrants from the Canal Era (1825 until the rise of the railroads in the 1880s) came from Ireland, Germany or Scandinavia. There were smaller streams from the American South during the Underground 4 Railroad years, and displaced Native Americans also used the canal in its early years to move west. Today’s “Immigrant Steps” honor the location of the original steps at the juncture of the Erie Canal’s end and the Commercial Slip that connected the canal to the Buffalo River and Great Lakes, but they are not an exact replica and are built for the present-day flow of people from street level to the faux canal at water level. The treads of the steps are solid granite with a thermal finish with a typical 6” rise and 12” tread depth. The landings at the top and mid-span are red sandstone slabs, 2’x3’ nominal dimension. The overall dimensions are 20.90’ wide at the top of the stairs and 45.40’ wide at the bottom with an overall length of 27.50’ including a 9.50’ landing mid span. Immigrant Stairs to Towpath Towpath The canal’s towpath, just above water level, was generally about four feet wide and extended the length of the canal, becoming a little more complex at destination wharf areas especially in the big city. It was used by drovers (or “hoggees”) driving the harnessed teams of horses or mules pulling the barges and boats along the canal. While wealthier passengers could disembark for the faster and more well-appointed packet boats plying the canals, immigrants would be packed up to a hundred at a time in the line or work boats. They could walk along the tow paths for parts of their journey, but doubtless were relieved to disembark at that journey’s end. They would have crossed the path to climb the steps, facing unknown new challenges with both apprehension and hope. They faced the unknown, because there was no way to send word ahead (except at the 5 last moment via the “runners” who touted hotels from the last few bridges, lowered buckets for room rent money and, sometimes, simply disappeared). Today’s “towpath” is a wide walkway used for pedestrian access to the amenities along the replicated end of the canal, a shallow water feature. The area is a year-round public space with fountain and paddle boats in the summer, ice rink activities; skating, curling, ice bikes, and food vendor kiosks and igloos in the winter, and roller skating in the fall. There is a pavilion tent used for events and equipment rentals. Seating is available and the area is regularly traversed by pedestrians moving throughout the Canalside neighborhood. The towpath sidewalk has a 10.80’ wide exposed aggregate concrete band around the perimeter of the replica canal with a 9.20’ outer band of tinted and scored concrete sidewalk. The towpath canal walls are constructed of granite with bush hammered top and rustic rock face on the vertical canal wall.

The Erie Canal Bicentennial Public Art Installation at Canalside selection process will be completed in three (3) stages:

● Stage 1- Submission of Qualifications

● Stage 2 – Development of Proposal & Model

● Stage 3 – Design & Implementation of Art Installation


IV. SCHEDULE OF DATES It is anticipated that a contract will be awarded in response to this RFP based on the following schedule:

Stage 1 – Submission of Qualifications Release of RFP May 31, 2022

Deadline for Submission of Questions June 7, 2022

Deadline for ECHDC to Respond to Questions June 14, 2022

Submission of Proposals (date and time) July 14, 2022 at 8:00PM EST

Proposal Review/Interviews July 15 - August 15 2022

Notification to Semi Final Artists August 16, 2022


Stage 2 – Development of Proposal Site Visits and Proposal Development August - October 2022

Submission of Proposals (date and time) December 6, 2022 at 2:00PM EST

Public Presentation February - March 2023

Final Selection by ECHDC April 2023

Stage 3 – Design & Implementation of Art Installation

Anticipated Contract Start Date* January 2, 2024 Fabrication and Installation Completion May 1, 2025

Please note, the Corporation reserves the right to change any of the dates stated in this RFP. 6 *Final schedule for design and installation stages to be negotiated at the time of contract execution. However, it is expected the installation will be completed between March 1 – May 1, 2025.


V. SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS Every respondent to this RFP (“Bidder”) should submit a proposal which clearly and concisely provides all of the information requested. Emphasis should be concentrated on conformance to the RFP instructions and requirements, as well as completeness and clarity in its proposal response. The Bidder is advised to thoroughly read and follow all instructions contained in this RFP. Proposals that do not comply with these instructions or do not meet the full intent of all the requirements of this RFP may be subject to scoring reductions during the evaluation process or may be deemed non-responsive. Artists are strongly encouraged to conduct independent research based on the information provided as well as visit the project location. The artist is expected and required to attend the artwork dedication event in person if and when such an event takes place. 

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project budget 250,000, 3 finalists receive $10,000 stipend
Canalside, Buffalo, NY

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City of Ocala Public Art Roster

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The Cultural Arts and Sciences Division is currently accepting applications for the Public Art Roster. The City of Ocala Public Art Roster is a pre-qualified list of professional visual artists, that serves as a resource for public art selection and commission, at the City and as a reference for external organizations and private entities.  The Public Art Roster may be used in combination with an open call, invitational or as the sole resource for identifying appropriate artists/teams for select projects based on; an expedited selection process, need for a specific skillset, or a curated opportunity.  Applications from the call are reviewed by the Ocala Municipal Arts Commission (OMAC), based on the artist’s experience and portfolio. Previously accepted artists may update their portfolio materials each year during the application period, but automatically remain on the list.
There is no application fee.

The deadline is March 25, 2022.


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McCall Public Library Integrated Artwork

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Call to Artists: McCall Public Library Integrated Artwork
Deadline for Applications: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Budget: $60,000
The City of McCall and McCall Public Library Board are seeking an artist or artist-team, 18 years or older and living within Idaho or one of its contiguous states, to work with designers and construction contractors to design, fabricate, and install artwork as a unique integrated or functional aspect of the upcoming 12,000 sq. ft. McCall Public Library Expansion Project. 

Prize Summary: 
$60,000 project budget
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The budget for this project is $60,000. This is a not-to-exceed amount and covers all costs
associated with the process to identify and prioritize integrated public art opportunities within the
upcoming McCall Public Library Expansion Project, develop at least three distinct public art design
concepts to be vetted through community input (not to exceed 5% of the total budget), and all costs
associated with public art project implementation including, but not limited to: artist/consultant fees,
travel, insurance, materials, fabrication, site preparation, installation of the work, and title plaque
(95% of total budget).


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The Festival that connects the Aegean landscape and nature with Audiovisual Arts, Little Islands Festival (LIF) is addressing an open call for its 4th edition towards all artistic communities experimenting with hybrid artistic practices at the boundaries of the performing and digital arts.


LIF 2022's new open call through the theme "Communality" places artistic creation at the core of Community to trace the meanings and representations of community life in space, place and time. Through contemporary art, we seek to create a cultural experience that elevates co-creation, shared experience, and participation into a driving force for the day to come.

*This year’s categories include:

LIF 2022 is looking for proposals in the following categories: AV Performances, Music, VJ, Interactive Installations, Video Art, Animation, Silent Film with live soundscapes, Virtual Reality, 3D Mapping projection, Workshops. Special emphasis will be given to artistic proposals with interactive art interventions and works that propose the experience of participation.

Site-Specific "Cosmolocalism''. Each community is local yet recognizes a vast world outside its borders that shapes itself-image. The concept of cosmolocalism wants here to transfer the topical to the imaginary dimension of the universal, the common belonging to humanity, to project the local wealth globally without however eliminating its specificity.

Indicatively, the artistic process may involve interconnected works in the form of texts, photographic narratives, music, sounds, films and other forms of new media practices. This application concerns artists engaged in the research, protection or production of cultural heritage (tangible and intangible) and collective memory of communities in Greece. 

The selected proposals are scheduled to be presented in August of 2022 for the 4th edition of the Little Islands Festival (LIF), in the Cycladic settlement "Castle" of Sikinos. 

Prizes Details: 

Participants in the category of live acts, site-specific projects and workshops will receive support:

  • In travelling costs, accommodation and technical equipment.
  • With any applications to secure additional funding.

Participants in the category of screenings will have discounted costs for accommodation and ferry tickets from Piraeus to Sikinos islands and back.


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