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.



Children’s Park Art Budget: Approximately $56,000

Cañon Street Pocket Park Art Budget: Approximately $30,000

Eligibility: Any artists or artist teams legally authorized to work in the U.S.

Non-mandatory Pre-submittal Meeting:  Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 9:00 AM at Executive Complex, 14th Floor Large Conference Room, 1010 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Application Deadline: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 4:00 PM PST

The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the Children’s Park Public Art Project and the Cañon Street Pocket Park Art Project. Artists or artist teams are sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artworks and consult during installation of artworks at the sites by the City. One artist or artist team will be selected for the Children’s Park project and another artist or artist team will be selected for the Cañon Street Pocket Park project.

Full RFQ: The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the public art projects may be downloaded from the following PlanetBids website: http://www.planetbids.com/portal/portal.cfm?companyID=17950. When you arrive at the PlanetBids website click "Bid Opportunities" to find the RFQ for the Children’s Park Public Art Project and the Cañon Street Pocket Park Art Project opportunities. 

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 [email protected].


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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!