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Opportunities for Artists

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© And Then…(in progress) by Ingram Ober,
Marisol Rendón-Ober and Chuck Moffit

Supporting Artistic Practice in San Diego

The Commission for Arts and Culture works with local, regional, national, and international artists to integrate art into San Diego’s built environment and public spaces. Through its Public Art Program, the City posts opportunities for artists to apply for various public art projects on an ongoing basis.

Current Opportunities

Exposure: A New Municipal Photo Fellowship

Fellowship Budget: $75,000

Eligibility: Any artist or artist team working with the medium of photography and residing in San Diego County

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 5, 2023, 4:00 PM PST

The City of San Diego is seeking applications from interested qualified artists for Exposure, San Diego’s first-ever municipal photo fellowship program designed to provide a platform for artists to explore civic and social issues facing San Diego through the medium of photography.

For the pilot Exposure fellowship 2023-2024, an artist or artist team is sought to serve as the photo fellow for the City’s Welcoming San Diego initiative. The artist selected for the fellowship will be expected to develop a framework for exploration and experimentation in new approaches to visual storytelling, which will result in the creation of a temporary project and representative body of photographic artwork for the City’s Civic Art Collection. The project and body of artwork is expected to support the implementation of the City’s Welcoming San Diego initiative, which is designed to advance the civic, social, and economic integration of immigrants in the most vibrant cross-border mega region in North America. The fellowship will begin in late spring of 2023 and culminate in the fall of 2024.

More information in the fellowship RFQ: The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the fellowship may be downloaded from the following PlanetBids website: http://www.planetbids.com/portal/portal.cfm?companyID=17950

*Artists that have not previously registered through the City of San Diego for PlanetBids must register prior to downloading the RFQ. (See "View and Apply for Public Art Opportunity" Drop-down Menu Below)

**When you arrive at the PlanetBids website click "Bid Opportunities" to find the project opportunities. 

View and Apply for a Public Art Opportunity

Not a vendor with the City of San Diego? Complete the vendor registration form here

To register you will need to:

  • Read the Vendor Registration instructions in the User Guide 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 access to the site within 24 hours. You will receive notifications of opportunities related to your business category as they become available.