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Artwork Sought for Lawrence Police Department Headquarters

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Artwork Sought for Lawrence Police Department Headquarters




The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission (LCAC), in collaboration with the Lawrence Police and Parks & Recreation Departments, is seeking professional artists or artist teams to develop innovative, original exterior art to be incorporated as part of the new Lawrence Police Department Headquarters site.

BUDGET:  $325,000

ELIGIBILITY: Professional artists residing in the U.S.

DEADLINE:  June 3, 2019

Construction of the new Lawrence Police Department Headquarters facility will begin during the summer of 2019. The facility will be constructed on an approximately 29.5 acre Open Space District site located at 5100 Overland Drive in Lawrence. The site includes the Police Headquarters facility, additional Police facilities, wooded areas and mixed-use park space. Park access will primarily include the Police Department, area neighborhoods, nearby Free State High School and the general public.


  • Qualifications Due: June 3, 2019 by Midnight, Central Time
  • Panel Review(s): June/July 2019
  • If applicable, RFP to selected artists: July/August 2019
  • Proposals Reviewed/Artist(s) Selected: September/October 2019
  • Estimated Project Completion Date: Summer/Fall 2020

The selection panel will comprise arts professionals familiar with the field of public art, community members, police representatives, design professionals and city staff. The panel will select a small group of finalists for interviews and to possibly develop proposals.

The criteria used by the panel will include:

  • Artistic quality, innovation, and originality
  • Professional public art experience
  • Sensitivity and connection to the site

Interested artists should enter and submit their application materials, listed below, online by midnight, Central Time, June 3, 2019. The online application form is here: and will include the following, which should be prepared in advance of filling out the online form.

  1. A letter of interest, up to 500 words, outlining your approach to public art and insights regarding your interest in making art for this project; what you bring to the project as an artist; challenges and/or sources of inspiration presented by the project; what you would hope to gain from this experience; and any other comments that might help to differentiate you as a candidate for this program.
  2. A professional resume/CV, including three professional references and their contact information, in PDF format.
  3. An annotated image list, including thumbnail images, of past works in a PDF format that clearly indicates the title, dimensions, materials, date of work, and locations, as well as project budget and commissioning entity, if applicable.
  4. Up to 15 images of past work and/or web links for short video if applicable.
  5. A link to your website or up to three individual pieces, total, of selected printed materials such as articles, catalogues, etc. in PDF format.

QUESTIONS? Contact Porter Arneill, or 785-832-3402


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