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Artist Sought for Park Features

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Artist Sought for Park Features



Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands, in collaboration with the Arts Council, is pleased to provide an opportunity for artists and artist-led teams to submit qualifications for the Glendale Park public art project.This project will allow the opportunity for the artist or artist-led team to collaborate and consult with the contracted landscape architecture consultant to integrate artwork and concepts into the overall renovations of the park.

BUDGET:  $182,500 after initial travel and proposal fees

ELIGIBILITY:  Artists residing in the U.S.

DEADLINE:  May 9, 2019 11:59PM Mountain Time

Glendale Park is a 7.2 acre park located at 1375 West 1700 South, just west of the Seven Peaks Water Park and located in the West Salt Lake Planning Area. The park is a central community location for residents from the Glendale, Poplar Grove, and Rose Park neighborhoods and is also easily accessible from the regional trail on the Jordan River. Over the last several years, the park’s tennis courts, restroom facility, and irrigation system have been redeveloped. In the fall of 2018, Salt Lake City Council approved funding for the final phase of park improvements which will include a small multi-use field, looped walking path, pavilion, and playground. These improvements will create a space for recreational and social events in this neighborhood. Salt Lake City Parks and Public Lands has contracted with a landscape architecture consultant to develop design drawings for the improvements, which will be implemented and completed by the summer of 2020.

The Salt Lake Art Design Board seeks an artist or artist-led team to create site-specific artwork that:Is visually engaging and encourages an element of interactivity and or surprise for passersby and those who use and visit the park.

  • May serve multiple purposes (examples: artwork that provides shade, interactive play sculptures, artwork that enhances artistic elements of the funded park improvements, etc.);
  • Is reflective of Glendale and the surrounding neighborhoods and contributes to community identity and pride;
  • Exemplifies strong, imaginative design and content and is integrated into the broader design of the park;
  • Considers and incorporates sustainable concepts and materials;
  • Does not require the use of electricity, audio/visual technology, water or other ongoing resources;
  • Meets all public safety, structural, and maintenance standards and complies with the Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA), Salt Lake City requirements, and all other applicable laws, codes, and regulations.


  • Application Deadline – May 9, 2019
  • Notification of Artist Selection – May 2019
  • Site Visit – June 2019
  • Artist Proposal Development – June-July 2019
  • Proposal Presentation – August 2019
  • Contract Preparation – September 2019
  • Installation of Artwork Complete – June 2020


The Salt Lake Art Design Board, in consultation with project stakeholders, will review all of the properly submitted applications and will recommend one artist or artist-led team, and one alternate, for the commission to the Mayor for final approval. Only the selected artist or artist-led team will enter into a design agreement with the City. The alternate will enter into a design agreement only in the case that the proposal submitted by the primary selected artist is not accepted by the Art Design Board and the Mayor of Salt Lake City.

Once the selected artist/team and the City enter into a design agreement, the selected artist/team will participate in at least two (2) site visits. The first of the two site visits is meant to orient the selected artist/team with the project, meet with and ask questions to Parks and Public Lands, the contracted landscape architecture consultant, and other project stakeholders. The artist/team will work closely with the contracted landscape architecture consultant in developing their integrated proposal, with the guidance of the Public Art Program Manager and Parks & Public Lands team. During the first site visit, the artist/team will also have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions to the community and to develop their community engagement strategy. The artist/team’s community engagement can be accomplished in the first visit. They are also invited to make additional site visits to conduct in-depth community engagement and outreach. Successful proposals will incorporate insight from the community. During the second site visit, the artist/team will present their conceptual proposal to the Salt Lake City Art Design Board and project stakeholders. The site-specific proposal should convey their ideas and plans through scale designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes, in detail, the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, project schedule and an itemized budget.

For the first visit, the selected artist will receive a $2,000 travel stipend which is inclusive of travel expenses, hotel, meals, etc. For the second visit, a $4,000 travel stipend and honorarium will be awarded to the selected artist for their proposal and is all inclusive of design, travel expenses, shipping, etc. and will be distributed in two payments. The $6,000 total stipend and honorarium will be deducted from the total commission amount of $188,500.

The selected artist must email a color rendering of the proposal to Kat Nix, Salt Lake City Public Art Program Manager, by Thursday, July 25th, 2019, by 5:00 p.m. MDT. Materials will be distributed to the Design Board and Parks and Public Lands project partners prior to the finalists’ presentation.

After the artist/team’s proposal is accepted by the Mayor of Salt Lake City, the artist/team and the City will enter into the second two-party agreement. The selected artist/team will be required to provide General Liability and Auto insurance as specified in the Agreement. The selected artist/team will be required to be present for installation and to remain on site for the duration of the installation, which will be coordinated by the Public Art Program Manager and Parks and Public Lands.


In selecting an artist/team for this project, the following criteria will be considered:

  • Artist’s demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with design team;
  • Artist’s professional experience represents a developed and successful body of site-specific public art projects of a similar scope and scale as demonstrated by visual documentation;
  • Ability to meet deadlines and budget and to perform work in a timely, professional manner;
  • Willingness of the artist to consult and work collaboratively with the Salt Lake Art Design Board, community stakeholders, and design and construction teams to successfully integrate the work into the site and meet any construction requirements, schedules, and deadlines;
  • Willingness of the artist to facilitate opportunities for community engagement;
  • Ability to understand sense of place and design in a context-sensitive manner as demonstrated by visual documentation;
  • Artist has created works of permanent nature that do not require excessive maintenance or repair costs and meet public safety requirements, Salt Lake City requirements, and Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.

Artists may apply individually or as a team. Artists interested in this project must prepare and submit all of the following information and documentation via the CaFÉ™ website no later than 11:59 p.m. MDT on Thursday, May 9, 2019. There is no application fee to apply or to use the CaFÉ™ online application system. No other method of submission will be accepted. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. The applicant’s name must appear on all materials submitted. Please upload Letter of Interest, Resume/CV, and References in one (1) PDF document, and include Images of Recent Work in the “Choose Work Samples” section of the application.

  1. LETTER OF INTEREST: A letter not to exceed one page (500 words) outlining your interest in this project and qualifications or experience working on comparable projects of similar scope and scale. Letter must include address, email, phone number and website of artist.
  2. CURRENT RESUME OR CV: A resume not to exceed two pages (1,000 words). Including artist training and professional experience. If submitting as a team, submit a resume for each team member.
  3. ​PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES: A list of two (2) prior permanent public art project administrator references with contact information (name, title, organization, mailing address, phone number, and email address), the name and location of the artwork in which you worked with the administrator. References are not to exceed one page.
  4. IMAGES OF RECENT WORK: Complete all fields in the CaFÉ™ portfolio seciton and upload through the “CHOOSE WORK SAMPLES” section. A minimum of 5 and maximum of 10 jpeg images of installed past work of similar scope, scale, and budget. Ten images per application, not per team member. Artists who wish to submit kinetic, sound or media works must submit a complete CaFÉ™ application and include links to the work uploaded online, such as YouTube or Vimeo.

Instructions on how to format images to CaFÉ™ specifications may be found at Assistance in using the CaFÉ™ system is available during regular business hours by calling 303-629-1166 or 888-562-7232, or via email at

Any materials not specifically requested as part of this application or exceeding the maximum page length or format requirements will not be considered or reviewed by the Selection Committee. Incomplete submissions or any application that has not been submitted within the parameters set forth above, as determined by the Salt Lake City Public Art Manager, will not be reviewed or considered.

All questions regarding this RFQ are to be directed only to the Salt Lake City Public Art Program Manager at the email address listed below. All questions and responses will be posted at for all applicants and potential applicants to review. Applicants may be disqualified if any unsolicited contact related to this RFP is made with a member of the Art Design Board or project stakeholders other than the Public Art Program Manager during the selection process. All communication will occur electronically via email or through No phone calls please. Please review the website below prior to emailing any questions as the website will be updated on a regular basis with any questions and answers. Questions will be answered in the order in which they are received. Questions received after May 2nd may go unanswered, so it is suggested all interested artists begin the submission process as soon as possible.

Contact: Kat Nix,


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