Grant Road Overpass Project – New Public Art Opportunity in Tucson

Dec 1, 2022 | Arts Foundation News, Calls to Artists, News, Public Art Opportunities

Opportunity Details

Status: Closed
Due date: January 9, 2023 11:59 pm
Managed by: Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona, City of Tucson
Submission link:
  • We are excited to announce our latest Public Art Call to Artists and Artist Teams!

    Grant Road Overpass

    City of Tucson, Regional Transport Authority
    Budget for Artwork: $135,000
    Application Deadline: Monday, January 9, 2023 by 11:59 pm Arizona Time

    Link to Guidelines (PDF)
    Link to Application


    The Grant Road at UPRR project is part of the Regional Transportation Authority’s (RTA) 20 year plan. The goal of the project is to widen Grant Road between Fairview Avenue and I-10 to provide congestion relief and provide bicycle and pedestrian connectivity for Grant Road from east to west of I-10.

    Capital Improvement Project Features

    • Widening of Grant Road to a divided six-lane road between Fairview Avenue and I-10, retaining the existing pedestrian sidewalks within these limits.
    • Turn lane and sidewalk enhancements on Grant Road at the I-10 traffic interchange.
    • Development of Fairview Avenue into a bike boulevard from Grant Road to the south (approximately 1/4 mile) to connect to new bicycle and pedestrian overpass structures that will cross I-10/UPRR and connect to the Loop and Grant Road west of I-10.
    • A new multi-use path overpass connecting the multi-use paths on the east and west banks.
    • Lighting throughout the project limits on Grant Road, Fairview Avenue and the pedestrian overpass structures.
    • Landscaping and aesthetic components through the project limits.

    Public Art Component

    The City of Tucson Department of Transportation and Mobility, the Regional Transportation Authority in collaboration with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona invites artists to submit qualifications for the opportunity to create innovative public artwork for the Grant Road at UPRR Project.

    This Request for Qualifications public art opportunity is open to all forms of public art that are appropriate for the Southern Arizona climate. Public artwork(s) for this project may include but are not limited to sculptures, design enhancements to the overpass, placemaking enhancements at overpass landing area (e.g., shade structures, seating, bike racks), and other integrated aesthetic elements. The artwork components will be exposed to harsh desert elements, sustainable materials as well as functionality in this climate are essential to address longevity and maintenance.

    Project Timeline

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



    The all-inclusive maximum budget of $135,000 is for all artwork/design enhancements and related costs. This includes the artist fee, insurance, tax requirements, mileage, research, community engagement, panel meetings, engineering plans, labor, fabrication, platforms, earthwork, lighting, and installation of the artwork(s). Please note that building material shortages and rising costs may affect your project budget.


    This public art opportunity is open to professional artists and artist teams both nationally and internationally. Applicants with experience creating holistic environments or integrating green materials and technology are highly encouraged to apply.

    Note: artist teams are required to select a team lead that will contract directly with the city to become a vendor. The city will disburse funds only to this individual. The team lead will also be the point of contact for all communications. Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to apply as an individual.


    If you have questions about the application process or content of your application, please contact us at  or by phone at 520.624.0595.

    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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