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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.

Chollas Water Operations Facility Public Art Project

Art Budget: Approximately $340,000.

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

Non-mandatory Pre-submittal Meeting: Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Executive Complex, 14th Floor Large Conference Room, 1010 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101.

Application Due Date: Friday, March 18, 2016, 4:00 PM PST.

The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the Chollas Water Operations Facility Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artwork for Chollas Water Operations Facility and consult during installation of artwork at the site by the City.

Full RFQ: The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the public art project may be downloaded from the following PlanetBids website: When you arrive at the PlanetBids website click "Bid Opportunities" to find the Chollas Water Operations Facility 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 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!