New Opportunity for Public Artists – Valencia: Kolb to Houghton Project (CLOSED)

May 18, 2022 | Arts Foundation Programs, Calls to Artists, Opportunities, Public Art

Opportunity Details

Status: Closed
Due date: June 20, 2022 11:59 pm
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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 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.

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