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Opportunities for Artists

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture administers competitions to select artists to create artwork for selected capital improvement projects. When available, notices about these competitions will be posted to this web page and advertised in the media.

Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library Public Art Project

Art Budget: Approximately $280,000.

Eligibility: Any artist or artist team authorized to work in the U.S.

Non-mandatory pre-submittal meeting: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 9:00 AM at Executive Complex, 14th Floor Large Conference Room, 1010 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 before 4:00 p.m. PST

The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and install permanent, site-specific artwork(s) at Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library.

Full RFQ: The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) may be downloaded from the following PlanetBids website. When you arrive at the PlanetBids website click "Bid Opportunities" to find the Mission Hills/Hillcrest Branch Library Public Art Project opportunity.

Artists that have not previously registered through the City of San Diego for PlanetBids must register prior to downloading the RFQ. It is also important to download the documents to become an official RFQ holder. You must be a registered RFQ holder to receive addenda.

To register on PlanetBids:

  • Read the Vendor Registration instructions carefully.
  • Create a user name and password.
  • Have your federal tax ID # or your SSN available.
  • Select your Business Category: 96104 Artists (including Digital Artists).
  • Receive an email from PlanetBids confirming successful registration.

When public art opportunities associated with capital improvement projects are published registered artists will be notified and provided instructions on how to download the documentation. For questions about the request for qualifications and/or assistance with registration, phone or email John Mendivil at 619-533-3638 or

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New to public art or want to learn more about making art for public places? Lynn Basa, a practicing public artist, has written a book all about it: The Artist's Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions. It's a great resource!