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Request for Artwork 

Application Deadline: Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (MST)

Tempe Public Art invites artists to apply to install a sculptural artwork on the Southwest corner of Daley Park. This opportunity is for one pre-existing, free-standing work of art to remain on display, outdoors, in Tempe for three (3) years. This artwork would be considered on loan to the City and will be returned to the artist when the loan term has ended. To be considered, the artwork must fit within the established engineering guidelines for the selected site, be durable, be impervious to weather (unless natural weathering is essential to the concept of the artwork), be low-maintenance and be suitable in form, material and content for a mixed-ages audience that will include young children.

This opportunity is for installation of a previously completed sculpture. This is not a commissioning opportunity.


The artwork will be placed on a designated concrete plinth located at Daley Park on the northeast corner of College Ave and Encanto Dr. The site is visible to vehicles and pedestrians and borders a highly utilized neighborhood park. The area is surrounded by neighborhoods and is on the bike path along College Avenue.


· Base dimension: The artwork’s base must fit within the designated 42” x 42” square area. The artist will be responsible for providing, if necessary, an appropriate base plate to attach to the concrete site with pre-drilled holes aligning with the established attachment points.

· Height: The artwork must be 7 ft tall or less, with the largest projected area 160 s.f. or less. (“projected area” is a contiguous shadow that can be projected onto a vertical plane)


The theme and content are at the discretion of the artist, provided it is appropriate to the site. Approaches taken may range widely as well: thought-provoking, informative, surprising or humorous artworks are just a few of the possibilities. Artwork placed in public city spaces must take into consideration the sensitivities of the majority of the public.


· At least 18 years of age

· Artist/s residing in Arizona

· Able to obtain at least $2M of general liability and damage insurance covering the artwork during transportation, installation and deinstallation

Artists who are interested in having their artwork considered for inclusion are invited to submit to this opportunity. Open to artists residing in Arizona with a preference given to artists residing in Tempe, and/or artists who identify as O’Odham, Piipash, or Pasqua Yaqui.

Accepted artists will be required by Arizona State Law HB 2008 to sign a statement verifying that they are lawfully present in the United States. City of Tempe employees, steering committee members, and their immediate family members are excluded from participating in this project. 


· $6,000 for the three-year loan period; PLUS

· $2,000 in de-installation and maintenance fees held by city until de-installation 

The current budget covering all costs associated with installation, and artist fees is up to $8,000. The project budget must include all costs related to the artist’s project management fees; maintenance, subcontractor and consultant fees General Liability and other insurance required by the City, travel if necessary, and all other costs associated with the art project. 


Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 at 11:59 pm Mountain Standard Time 


· Tuesday, January 16, 2024: Announcement of opportunity

· Tuesday, January, 30th, 2024, 12:00 p.m.: Pre-submittal Meeting

· Tuesday, February 27, 2024, 11:59 p.m.: Deadline for receipt of submittal

· March 2024: Submittal review

· April 2024: Notification of intent to borrow artwork

·  May 2024: Issue of contract and installation planning

· June 2024: Installation of artwork by artist and/or artist’s subcontractor

· June 2027: Estimated date for removal of artwork from site



The entire submission must be completed on Submittable at

All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration. 

· Artist Biography: (250 words or less): Tell us who you are! This is your chance to introduce yourself, tell us why you are interested in in the opportunity and share any relevant experience. 

· Digital Images: Artists may submit a maximum of 3 works available for loan. Artists may add 6 images in total to the submission to allow for 2 images per artwork if desired. NOTE: Only sculptures that fit the dimension requirements listed above will be considered for this opportunity

· Image List: Document listing submitted artworks with thumbnails of artwork, title, medium description, size, and year of completion. 


Applications will be pre-screened by City staff to ensure that the submissions meet the minimum qualifications as described in the eligibility section. An artist selection committee will review artists’ submissions. The steering committee is comprised of community stakeholders, arts professionals, and associated city staff. The selected Artists will work with Public Art team to secure Artwork Purchase Agreements. 

Artworks will be reviewed with the following criteria in mind: 

· Aesthetic craftsmanship 

· Professional quality of submitted materials 

· Appropriate content and visuals for public installation (in terms of content and context as it relates to display in public settings) 

· Connection of the artwork to themes as described in the scope of work above 


Tuesday, January 30th, 12pm (MST) via ZOOM 

Public Art staff will present the project details and the scope of work in a virtual presentation via ZOOM. Participants are encouraged to ask questions of staff for detail or assistance with the application process. If you are unable to attend, questions may be sent to at anytime throughout the application process. 

Attendance at an artist pre-submittal session is not mandatory but strongly encouraged, especially for first-time applicants. 

Registration link

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Native Land Acknowledgement Statement: We wish to acknowledge that Tempe is the homeland of the Native people who have inhabited this landscape since time immemorial. These ancestral lands of the O’odham (known as the Pima), Piipaash (known as the Maricopa), and their ancestors extend far beyond our city. This land continues to be spiritually connected to the O’odham of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Gila River Indian Community. We accept the responsibility of stewarding those places and solemnly pledge to consider this commitment in every action. 

Contact Reach out to the City of Tempe Public Art Program via email: Sharah Nieto,, if you require any additional information about this project or would like any assistance with your application, whether its technical support about Submittable, or clarification regarding content/ work samples for your application. 

Stay in Touch Artists interested in other public art opportunities are encouraged to visit the City of Tempe Public Art Program web page: 

Tempe Public Art aspires to cultivate a unique community identity that advances Tempe as a vibrant and progressive destination. Tempe's diverse collection of permanent and temporary public art complements the natural and built environment through innovative place-making, installations and infrastructure enhancements. Tempe Public Art promotes artistic expression, bringing people together to strengthen Tempe's sense of community and place. 

This Call to Artist does not commit the city to enter into any agreement, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of the proposal to this request or in subsequent negotiations, or to produce a contract for the project. The city reserves the right to reject any or all applications, reissue the Call to Artist, revise the project terms or procure any service by other means. While all reasonable care will be taken, the city is not responsible for loss of or damage to materials included with applications.

Studio Artists Residency Description: 

The Studio Artists Program is looking for a visual artist with experience in teaching for a three-year residency. This partnership between Tempe Elementary District and the City of Tempe provides students with an opportunity to experience quality arts programming and provide personal studio space for the artists.  

Artist Expectations

  • Be available to teach workshops in different schools in the Tempe Elementary School District during the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-2026 school years. 
  • Upon selection, complete fingerprint clearance card application (reimbursement available).
  • Develop a hands-on workshop that relates to the artist’s expertise and style. 



  • Lives in Maricopa County
  • Experience in teaching visual arts (i.e., workshops, adjunct, after school programs, etc.)  
  • Interest in working with elementary school students 
  • Actively creating work


Artist Residency Compensation 

Up to $5,000 per school year 

  • Artists will receive $200 per 4-hour workshop in approximately 25 classrooms
  • Workshops divided into four class meetings (in school classrooms, not artist’s studio) 

24/7 access to art studio space in district building (shared with one other artist)


Residency Timeline

  • June – New Artist Orientation Meetings 
  • July – Workshop Development with Support & Studio Move-in 
  • August – Scheduling Workshops in Classrooms 
  • September through May – Workshops in Classrooms


Application Materials

  • Submittable Application: Create Submittable account and/or sign in to Submittable. Complete questionnaire.
  • Resume/CV: Include recent teaching experience and accomplishments as an artist (up to 2 pages)
  • 5 Images: Images of personal completed artwork 


Deadline: Open Until Filled. First Review April 19th.   


Amanda McGlothern, Community Arts Specialist 

To submit your final report you must login or create a Submittable account

Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted to the City of Tempe. The report will require you to share the outcomes of your project as well images and/or video documentation of your programming. Applicants who fail to complete final reports on time will not be eligible for future arts grants funding from the City of Tempe.

Pursuant to the Grant’s terms and conditions, the City of Tempe has the rights to use any materials submitted in the Final Report for data collection and promotional purposes. 

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