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Odessa, TX Conference Center Seeks Public Art

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Odessa, TX Conference Center Seeks Public Art




Odessa Arts invites professional artists or artist teams to submit qualifications to design and fabricate a significant piece to enhance the entrance to the new downtown hotel and convention center on Fifth Street. This piece will be added to Odessa’s public art collection, which includes works by Amy Cheng, Pam Edwards, Joe Barrington, Matt Plummer, and the forthcoming Odessa Spire by Ray King.

Budget:  $150,000

Deadline: 01/01/2018 5:00 PM Central Time

Eligibility:  All professional artists or artist teams with experience in similar projects.  Artists are allowed to apply in teams.  Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.

Budget Description
The budget covers all project-related costs including but not limited to, project design, labor, fabrication, project management, materials, tools, subcontracted services, lighting (if it is an integral part of the particular artwork), travel to complete the artwork if necessary, shipping, delivery of the artwork to site and installation. Any expense that exceeds the contracted amount will be the artist’s responsibility.

Project Description
Situated in downtown Odessa, the new $47 million, 217 room, 150,326 sq. ft. Marriott hotel and $30 million, 78,271 state of the art conference center is the anchor for the City of Odessa’s downtown revitalization project. The historic Ector Theater will be incorporated into the center, merging Odessa’s past with its future.

The artwork will be situated at the entrance to the hotel, and should serve to welcome visitors, and to honor the energy industry, which is the primary economic driver for the community. Special consideration will be given to artists/projects that utilize kinetic elements.

Artwork Goals

  1. Meet the needs of the community
  2. Reflect a quality that will stimulate and engage the community
  3. Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Odessa to the external art community
  4. Reflect a quality that will enhance the reputation of Odessa, making it an arts destination
  5. Allow the community to use artwork as an example of exceptional public art
  6. Be durable, sustainable and easy to maintain

Artwork Location Description
The piece will be situated at the entrance to the Marriott Hotel on Fifth Street in Downtown Odessa, adjacent to the Conference Center and the refurbished Ector Theater.

Submission and Application Requirements

  • Biography
  • Resume: 4 page(s) maximum
  • Work examples: 1 – 10
  • Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
  • Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum

Applications must be submitted ONLY through  No emailed or mailed applications will be accepted!

Selection Process
Submissions by applicants will be reviewed by Committee to ensure that each application is legible, complete, and meets all requirements. The pool will be narrowed and then reviewed by the committee, who will select a group of artists to produce artwork for the structure.

Selection Criteria
Artwork will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • Artist merit and technical expertise
  • Demonstrated successful, innovative and effective approach to public art projects of a similar scope
  • Ability to successfully execute a public art project in a culturally rich and complex area
  • Express interest in creating artwork for the opportunities presented by this request for qualifications


  • RFQ released: Nov. 10, 2017
  • Deadline for submission: Jan. 1, 2018
  • Awarded Artist notified: March 1, 2018
  • Installation to be completed by: March 1, 2019

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Randy Ham, Executive Director, Odessa Arts
PO Box 7195
Odessa TX 79760 United States


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