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Public Art Call to Artists / Artist Teams, Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Valencia: Kolb to Houghton Project

City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility, Ward 4
Budget for Artwork: $183,412
Application Deadline: Monday, June 20, 2022 by 11:59pm  Arizona Time

The goal of public art in Ward 4 is to embody our community’s values by celebrating Tucson’s rich culture and unique environment.

-Councilwoman Nikki Lee



The City of Tucson is seeking Artists and/or Artist teams to create public art in connection with the Valencia Road widening project. The scope of work involves creating artwork along Valencia Road between Kolb and Houghton. The selected Artist(s) will be responsible for designing, fabricating, and installing artwork under the guidance of the Public Art Project Panel assembled for this project. The selected Artists(s) will be required to provide professional construction design plans to the City of Tucson for approval prior to fabrication. The artwork should reflect the culture and aesthetics of the local community to promote distinctive neighborhood identities. Representatives of local communities will be involved in the design process.  


The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility, in conjunction with the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), is in the process of designing improvements to widen Valencia Road from Kolb Road to Houghton Road. This Call to Artists is for artwork to be located along Valencia Road between Kolb and Houghton in conjunction with the Valencia Road widening project. 



The all-inclusive final budget of $183,412 for artwork(s) must cover any and all costs related to the design, fabrication, installation, and all fees of the artwork(s). This amount is expected to cover the Artist fee and all costs associated with the design, fabrication, and installation of the artwork(s) including, but not limited to insurance, tax, mileage, research, community engagement, panel meetings, engineering plans, and all fabrication materials and labor expenses. This is the total budget for the project.


This Public Art opportunity is open to Professional Artists. Artists with experience in community engagement are encouraged to apply. Artists new to the field of public art are also encouraged to apply. Please note that fabrication of the Artist(s) design must be completed by the Artist or by a professional fabricator under the direction of the Artist. All designs will need to go through an approval process conducted by Tucson Risk Management Division prior to the start of any fabrication.

Conflict of Interest: The provisions of A.R.S. Title 38, Article 8, “Conflict of Interest of Officers and Employees,” apply to all decisions and transactions made by selection panels. City of Tucson Administrative Directive 2.02-5 Rules of Conduct provides additional guidance in this area.


The selected Artist(s) will contract directly with the City of Tucson to produce the artworks. The Artist(s) will work directly with the City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility Project Manager, the Arts Foundation Public Art Project Manager, and the Public Art Project Panel. Throughout the design phase, the Artist(s) will work closely with the Panel towards approval of a final design. As part of the Public Involvement Process of the Tucson Public Art program, the Artist(s) 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(s) 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(s) will be selected through an open and competitive process in which any Arts Foundation approved Roster Artist is eligible to enter.

Arts Foundation shall convene a new Public Art Project Panel for this 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.

This Call to Artists requires that the Panel select Finalists based on prior artwork and written Artist Statements. 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(s) are selected, the Panel will convene 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). Page Break


The public art project time frame follows the schedule of the capital improvement. Dates are subject to change.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 Call To Artist Public Posting
Monday, June 20 2022 Application Deadline at 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time
Friday, June 24, 2022


Panel Orientation | Review Applications

1 Hour, Virtual Zoom

Orientation: Overview of Public Art, Review and Scoring Process.

Monday, July 11, 2022


Panel Meeting 1 | Select 3 finalists

3 Hours, Virtual Zoom

Review application scores and select 3 finalists to move to 2nd Panel Meeting.

Friday, July 29, 2022


Panel Meeting 2 | Finalists Interviews

3 Hours, Virtual Zoom

Presentation and Q/A from each finalists. Panel deliberation to select one Artist/Artist Team.

Fall 2022 – Summer 2024 Artwork Design, Public Meetings, Fabrication, Installation.


Please complete the application entirely and submit by posted deadline. Remember to check your time zone. All application materials must be submitted electronically via Submittable.

If you have questions about the application process or content of your application, please contact Public Art Project Manager, Wylwyn Reyes, at or by phone at 520.624.0595 ext. 5.

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DueJune 20, 2022
Issued DueMay 19, 2022
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