The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to work with the City of Dallas and the community to create a large-scale mural for the concrete retaining walls at the Jefferson Street Viaduct in Oak Cliff.
The project consists of 4 retaining walls and 2 end cap walls that can be viewed when entering and exiting the Jefferson Boulevard Viaduct (Note: the walls are visible from Jefferson Blvd. and Marsalis Ave). These highly visible walls mark a gateway into the Oak Cliff community in Dallas.
The murals should celebrate themes that relate to the community of Oak Cliff, taking inspiration from the people, history, landmarks, and overall creative spirit of this vibrant Dallas neighborhood.
The City seeks a qualified lead artist to execute this project. The selected artist will be responsible for the following:
▪ Lead and manage the commission, serving as the main project consultant / artist
▪ Provide artistic oversight by creating the concept and themes
▪ Identify and supervise a team of artists and/or apprentices to execute the mural
▪ Submit the concept and themes for review and approval through the appropriate City of Dallas process
▪ Purchase all required materials for mural execution
▪ Obtain appropriate permits and insurance as required by the City of Dallas
▪ Serve as liaison with the community to gather community input / feedback on the mural project
Recognizing the creative community of Oak Cliff, the City is particularly interested in artists/artists teams who have a connection to the Oak Cliff community.
The total budget for the project is $50,000 (all inclusive of artists’ fees, materials, labor, insurance, permits, etc.)
A panel comprised of arts professionals and community representatives will review qualified submissions in May 2012. One finalist will be selected for the project and requested to provide a site specific concept. The selected artist will then enter into a contract with the City of Dallas for the execution of the project.
ELIGIBILITY All professional artists are eligible to apply, except for artists currently under contract with the City of Dallas Public Art Program, employees of the City of Dallas, their spouses, members of the Public Art Committee, or any consultants under contract for any phase of this project. The City of Dallas Cultural Policy prohibits undergraduate students from being considered for Public Art projects.
A cover letter detailing the following: Brief summary indicating the lead artist’s expertise in mural projects. Description of how the lead artist will involve Oak Cliff artists / community in the projectInterest and ability to complete the project.
Preliminary Budget including lead artist’s project fee, fees paid to team members, materials costs, insurance, etc. Professional resume of the lead artist (if available, also include resumes or bios of other team members)
Six JPEG images, not to exceed 2MB for all six images, of previous mural projects of commensurate scope.
Images imbedded into PDFs will not be accepted. Images may be emailed or for files larger than 2MB total, send via Dropbox or YouSendIt.Names and contact information of three references.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE APRIL 20, 2012 5PM CDT
Send email Submissions to: [email protected]
Send CD Submissions to:
Kendall Ferguson, Public Art Coordinator
Office of Cultural Affairs
City of Dallas
1925 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
For questions contact Kendall Ferguson
214.670.5639 or email [email protected]
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Application for any project advertised by the City of Dallas Public Art Program constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of the City of Dallas (including the Good Faith Effort and the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise goals of the City Dallas).