CALL TO ARTISTS: Fire Station No. 8 Public Art Project (CLOSED)

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Call to Artists/Teams: Request for Qualifications

Public Art Opportunity at Fire Station No. 8

City of Tucson, Arizona

Budget for Artwork: $46,800
Application Deadline: July 8, 2021 by 11:59pm  Arizona Time



In collaboration with the City of Tucson, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (Arts Foundation) is seeking a qualified Public Artist / Artist Team for commission.

“In Ward 3, Tucson Fire Station 8 is not just known as a fire house. It is affectionately nicknamed the House of Love. And it is one of the busiest fire stations in Tucson. The current Station 8 was built in 1968 on King Street in the Amphi neighborhood. The new station will move to a major street, built with Tucson Delivers Proposition 101 funds. The new facility will be state-of-art with increased safety protections for station personnel. All done with love.” Ward 3 City Council Member Karin Uhlich

“Public art adds enormous value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic strength of our community.  Fire stations are a second home to our firefighters.  Incorporating public art into the design and construction of fire stations greatly enhances our ability to connect with the community through art.” Chief Joe Gulotta, Tucson Fire Department



The City of Tucson is seeking an artist, artist(s) or an artist team to join a multi-talented group of architects/designers, engineers, landscape design architects, plus other technical specialists engaged in architectural and engineering design to create public art in connection with this major project work. The improvements will include the construction of a new 14,000 s.f. Fire Station. Associated work will include paved parking, concrete walkways, and landscaped areas.

The design phase is just getting started and is anticipated to finish July 2021. The artwork design timeline for the artist/teamwork is expected to align with the construction design duration with art installation anticipated to be completed before construction completes in September 2022. The selected artist should be prepared to immediately begin working with the selection panel once legally under contract to the City.



Possible locations for public artwork include the exterior of the building or the interior public lobby entrance to the new Fire Station. There will be an exterior entrance with covered concrete patio/walkways and exterior masonry walls where two or three dimensional work could be located. Additionally, there will be interior spaces in the lobby where sculpture or wall hangings could be presented.

Artwork Placement



The all-inclusive budget of $46,800 for artwork must cover any and all costs related to: design, materials, fabrication, transportation, and installation of the artwork; permits, taxes, and insurance that may be required by the City of Tucson; soil analysis, engineering, and any footing and base necessary for the artwork.



The Public Art opportunity is open to professional Artists and Artist Teams worldwide. All interested Artists and Artist Teams are encouraged and invited to apply, including but not be limited to individuals or teams who are engaged full-time or part-time in the production of eligible works of art, teachers of art, and emerging professional artists (Pima County Administrative Procedures, Section 2). Artists with previous experience working as part of a diverse design team and who currently possess the capacity to deliver the results of a large scale, long-term project are of particular interest to the Panel.


The selected Artist/Artist Team will be contracted directly with the City of Tucson to produce the artwork. The Artist/Artist Team will work with the Arts Foundation Public Art Manager, City Project Manager, Design Team, Project Engineer, and Public Art Selection Panel members.

Throughout the design phase, the Artist/Artist Team will work closely with the Panel towards approval of a final design, and before entering into the fabrication/production phase. As part of the Public Involvement process of the Tucson Public Art program, the Artist/Artist Team may be expected to attend one or more public meetings to engage with the neighboring community and to present proposed designs throughout the design process for community input and feedback. The Artist/Artist Team will adhere to protocols outlined in the City of Tucson Administrative Directives throughout the scope of the project.



Artists and artwork will be chosen through a fair, equitable and informed public art selection process involving a broad array of stakeholders and the community at large. The Artist/Artist Team will be selected through an open and competitive process in which any professional artist is eligible to enter

Arts Foundation shall convene a new Public Art Project Panel for each art project based on the prescribed composition in the Public Art Selection Policy. The seven-member minimum Panel includes representation from arts professionals, working artists, the City Department sponsoring the project, involved stakeholders such as neighborhood community members (including recommendations from the Ward office), and the Project Manager.

The Panel shall select finalists based on prior artwork, written statements, and/or ideas or approaches for the project that are consistent with the scope of work in the Call to Artists. The Panel will select up to three finalists from the applicant pool. Exact dates for interviews will be scheduled once the finalists are determined.

The finalists may be asked to prepare artwork proposals for presentation to the Panel during a meeting that is open to the public. As part of their proposal, each finalist shall prepare a breakdown of the budget.

Once the artist is selected, the Panel will be convened as many times as necessary throughout the project and specifically to: 1. Review the completed design. 2. Recommend any changes to the design based on their expertise and the response to community input. 3. Recommend that the artist proceed to production when satisfied that all design issues have been resolved and that the Public Involvement Plan has been implemented. (City of Tucson Administrative Directives, 7.01-4 Public Art Program Selection Policy).



Public art project timelines follow the schedule of the larger improvement. Dates are subject to change.

Tuesday, June 8th, 2021 Call to Artist Guidelines Posted
Thursday July 8th, 2021 Application Deadline at 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time
Late July 2021 1st Art Panel Meeting to select 3 finalists
August 2021 2nd Art Panel Meeting, Finalists Interviews
August 2021 Announcement of Selected Artist
August 2021 Completion of Approval/Contract Process
August 2021 – June 2022 Artwork Design, Public Meetings, Production, Installation



Please follow the instructions below and refer to the subsequent section for more information on the required application materials. Only complete applications submitted before the deadline at 11:59 pm Arizona Time will be forwarded for review. Remember to check your time zone. All application materials must be submitted electronically via the online system. Internet access is available at all Public Libraries. Technical assistance is available to address accessibility requests.

Prepare Application

Step 1:  Carefully review the Call to Artists Guidelines and read through the linked resources to ensure a clear understanding of the requirements, eligibility, expectations and scope of the opportunity.

Step 2:  Prepare required application materials as directed in the section titled “Description of Application Materials”.

Submit Application

Step 3:  Go to the online application form, Submittable: https//

Step 4:  Refer to the correct listing for the Public Art Call to Artists project.

Step 5:  Create a Submittable account. If you already have an account, just login.

Step 6:  Complete Applicant Contact Information.

Step 7:  Upload Personal Narrative. Select your preferred method for submitting the statement and follow prompts to upload a written document, video or post a link.

Step 8:  Upload Résumé. Click “Add File” to upload document.

Step 9:  Upload Artwork List. Click “Add File” to upload document.

Step 10:  Upload Artwork Samples. Click “Add Files” to upload images.

Step 11:  Complete Demographic Data.

Step 12:  Review your application one last time! Then, click “Submit Application” to submit.


Step 13:  A confirmation email will be sent to the email address provided in Step 5, within 48 hours.

Step 14:  Finalists may be invited to present to the Panel to interview.

Step 15:  All applicants will be notified of their award status by the end of August 2021.



If you have questions about the application process or content of your application, please contact Public Art Assistant Manager, Woods Fairchild, at or by phone or text at 520.979.2142.

If you encounter any technical issues with the online application platform, please reach out to the Submittable team at or (855) 467-8264.

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DueJuly 8, 2021
Issued DueJune 8, 2021
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