Scottsdale Public Art
Call for Artists/Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Scottsdale Stadium Project
Application Deadline: Friday, September 16, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MST (AZ))
Total Project Budget: $250,000
Scottsdale Public Art is accepting qualifications from artists for a permanent public art opportunity located at the Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona. Up to three finalists will be selected and paid a $2,250 stipend to do an in-person site visit and interview on the same day (subject to change due to pandemic restrictions). The final selected artist will create a permanent art installation at the site. Artists living and working in the United States, who have experience designing, fabricating, and installing projects with a similar budget and scope, are encouraged to apply.
Applications are due by Friday, September 16, 2022 (11:59 p.m. MST (AZ)).
Scottsdale Stadium is located at Osborn Road and Drinkwater Boulevard in Old Town Scottsdale. It is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants and hosts a variety of other development leagues. In addition to baseball, the stadium hosts community and entertainment events year-round. It is the only Cactus League venue located in a downtown setting and opened on its current site in 1956. The stadium was completely rebuilt in 1992 and was renovated in 2005 and in 2019/20. The city of Scottsdale and Scottsdale Public Art have identified the main entrance to the stadium and the grassy area on the northeast corner of Osborn Road and Drinkwater Boulevard as the optimal public art location.
Public Art Scope and Project Description:
The scope for the public art project focuses on the selected artist designing and installing exterior public artwork or artworks that enhance the stadium’s main entrance area. The art for this project should establish a unique sense of place and creatively reflect the character and history of Scottsdale Stadium and Old Town Scottsdale. The goal of the project is to create a site-specific, landmark artwork that creates a welcoming atmosphere for adults and children as they gather for games and events. The artwork is not limited to a baseball theme.
Potential enhancements could be:
- Architecturally integrated shade structure at the stadium’s main entrance
- Pedestrian benches or seating
The public art project will consist of selecting an artist who will design, fabricate, and install artistic features. Any work at the project site that would require a contractor or design professional, besides the artist selected, must be completed by a contractor or design professional licensed in the state of Arizona.
An artist selection panel will be convened to evaluate all submissions and select artist finalists for interviews. Pending interviews, one artist and an alternate will be selected for the project. Finalists will receive a $2,250 stipend to cover expenses associated with the in-person site visit and interview. A proposal is not required from finalists selected for interviews.
Selection criteria include the applicant’s professional qualifications, proven ability to complete projects of a similar scope, artistic merit as evidenced by the submitted materials, and demonstrated ability to work with government agencies and stakeholders in the creation of site enhancements for a public art project.
The selected project artist will be recommended by the selection panel for approval by the Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board, based on the review of images and other application materials. The Advisory Board approves art concepts and the project scope and budget, thereby allowing the artist creative license within the established project plan. The contract and project plan are to be negotiated with Scottsdale Public Art. The Advisory Board reserves the right to reject any or all applications.
Scottsdale Public Art
In 1985, the city of Scottsdale adopted a one percent for art ordinance and established Scottsdale Public Art with the goal of enhancing the quality of life afforded to area residents and visitors. Scottsdale Public Art seeks to incorporate the highest quality art in Scottsdale's public places to enhance the city's cultural and artistic identity and presence. Public art in Scottsdale is meant to combine a spirited perspective of traditional and new iconographies as well as celebrate and invigorate the vitality of public life.
Scottsdale Public Art advocates, promotes, and enables the integration of the work and ideas of artists into many facets of planning, design, and building in the community. Public art effectively invites community participation at all phases, from artist selection to dedication.
Scottsdale Public Art is managed by Scottsdale Arts, a private, nonprofit management organization that administers the arts and cultural affairs of the city of Scottsdale, Arizona, and manages Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.
Scottsdale is the major resort center of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Although not all local, major resorts are located in the city, Scottsdale contains the core of specialty shopping, art galleries, recreational facilities, and many of the cultural and sporting events that attract and sustain the local tourism industry. Because of the lack of services in most areas adjacent to the city, Scottsdale’s retail centers, parks, employment centers, and libraries are heavily used by residents outside of the city. The high quality of the visual environment and character areas in the city is an important component of maintaining the tourism industry and civic framework.
Subject to change, depending on a variety of factors:
- Friday, September 16, 2022 — Deadline for response to RFQ (11:59 p.m. MST (AZ))
- September-October 2022 — Finalist notifications, interviews
- November-December 2022 — Artist selection and contract development
- January-April 2023 — Design and approval
- May 2023-January 2024 — Fabrication, site prep, and installation
- February 2024 — Project complete
All artists residing in and working in the United States are eligible to apply. Scottsdale Public Art supports diversity and inclusion in all public art calls.
Applications are being accepted via the Submittable.com website.
Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process.
All materials submitted become the property of Scottsdale Public Art.
1. Digital Images: 5 digital images of previously completed artwork.
2. Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV), including artist address, email, and phone number. Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member.
3. References: 2 professional references.
4. Statement(s) of Intent: Address how the applicant’s previous experience and current artistic direction will result in a successful public art project.
For Further Information
All questions regarding this request for qualifications are to be directed to Tanya Galin, public art manager for Scottsdale Public Art, at TanyaG@ScottsdaleArts.org. Please include artist name(s) and contact information in all correspondence.
Deadline for Phase One of the CCEP Application is on a rolling basis on the first of the month. Applicants will be notified at the end of the month if their project was selected for Phase Two.
Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation offers programs and experiences to inspire the hearts and minds of our diverse community. One of Learning & Innovation's most expansive programs, Cultural Connections Through the Arts, offers a broad range of school residencies to support classroom curriculum and to elevate aspiring artists to the next level. We are seeking artists and/or educators to lead classroom-based poetry and spoken word residency services.
Artist-educator will lead weeklong, in-school residencies for English language arts classes for grades 6-10 with goals of inspiring students to write, encouraging a deeper level of understanding of and appreciation for poetry’s usages, and, ultimately, helping them to break down barriers and build communities through stories.
Each residency is an independently contracted service. Services may begin as early as September 2021 and extend through May 2022. Residencies are typically formatted five days (one week) with one hour per day, per class. The number of classrooms served will vary by school. Residency service dates can be flexible based upon the availability of the teaching artist and classroom teacher(s). The teaching artist should be prepared to provide a structured lesson plan on each date of service.
Artist must be able to:
- Travel throughout Phoenix, Paradise Valley, and Scottsdale.
- Obtain an IVP Fingerprint Clearance Card through State of Arizona Department of Public Safety.
- Educate and engage students in a classroom setting.
- Be consistent and reliable.
- Follow all health and safety guidelines as set by local school districts and Scottsdale Arts while performing contracted duties.
- Artist will be paid for residency services at a rate of $55 per hour.
- Additional preparation hours are included.
- Approved supplies will be purchased or reimbursed.