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.

 

Pure Water North City Public Art Project

Art Budget: Approximately $975,000

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

Non-mandatory Pre-submittal Meeting:  Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 9:00 AM PST at Executive Complex, 14th Floor Large Conference Room, 1010 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Application Due Date: Thursday, July 28, 2016, 4:00 PM PST

The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists to provide public art services for the Pure Water North City Public Art Project. An artist or artist team is sought to design, fabricate and transport permanent, site-specific artwork for North City Advanced Water Purification 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: http://www.planetbids.com/portal/portal.cfm?companyID=17950. When you arrive at the PlanetBids website, click "Bid Opportunities" to find the Pure Water North City 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 [email protected].

 

Summer Office Hours for Artists

Are you interested in developing a public art practice? Are you curious about the public art process? Would you like feedback on your portfolio, artist statement or resume?  Meet with Senior Public Art Manager Christine Jones or Public Art Coordinator J Noland for one-to-one conversations related to public art practice during our summer office hours for artists – every Friday from July 8 through August 26, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Commission for Arts and Culture office (1200 Third Avenue, Suite 924). No appointment required between 3-4 p.m. First come, first serve.

 

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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!