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Oklahoma Air National Guard Seeks Public Art

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Oklahoma Air National Guard Seeks Public Art




The City of Tulsa is accepting submissions from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a significant public art opportunity relating to the City’s recent investments at the Mission Training Center near Tulsa International Airport.

Budget: $50,000 (includes foundation/base)
Eligibility: Professional artists
Deadline: 06/23/2020

Optional Informational Conference Call: RSVP to John Paganelli by 5 PM CDT Tue, June 2nd, 2020:
or by phone, (918) 579-9455

Project Description
This Call to Artists seeks to identify artist teams or artists capable of designing, fabricating, and installing a sculptural installation commemorating the Oklahoma Air National Guard, its 138th Fighter Wing, and Technical Sergeant Marshal (Moo) Dakota Roberts, who “…died in combat on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 while deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq.”

Artwork Goals
The installation should serve as a photo opportunity for park visitors and passersby. The installation should also commemorate and make space available for the continued dedication and sacrifices made by the 138th Fighter Wing’s servicemembers.

Artwork Location Description
The project site is located near the intersection of E 46th Street North and N 145th E Ave in Tulsa. The high-security nature of the Mission Training Center has necessitated the placement of the related public art at an aviation viewing lot just north of Tulsa International Airport’s main runway, a highly visible location in Tulsa.


  • Application Deadline: 5 PM CDT on Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Selection Process

All submitted materials will initially be reviewed by the Steering Committee. Up to five candidates may be shortlisted and interviewed prior to and/or during final selection. Artists will present final concepts to the Steering Committee, which will formally recommend a selected artist to the Arts Commission, which advises the Mayor of the City of Tulsa on final approval. The selected artist(s) will be expected to work with stakeholders to integrate artwork into the final design, ensuring that all opportunities for leveraging the budget have been fully explored and exploited. During this phase, the artist may be required to attend (possibly via conference calls) public information sessions and/or Steering Committee meeting(s). Once the design is accepted by the Mayor, the artist(s) will be responsible for obtaining the appropriate permits for the project’s installation.

Selection Criteria

  • Experience: You have completed works in prominent locations with comparable budgets
  • Creativity: You have demonstrated interest in, and conceptual ideas aligned with, the Creative Goals.
  • Feasibility: The proposed concept is practical from a scheduling, fabrication, installation, financial, and on-going maintenance standpoint.

What to Submit

  1. Resume: 3 page(s) maximum
  2. Work examples: 1 – 10
  3. References: 3
  4. Statement of Interest Text
  5. Creative Goals Text
  6. Concept Sketch

How to Submit
Submit ONLINE ONLY via Submittable.

QUESTIONS?  Contact John T. Paganelli, Planner, or (918) 579-9455



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