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Palo Alto, CA Public Art Program Seeks Registry Applicants

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Palo Alto, CA Public Art Program Seeks Registry Applicants


The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program is inviting artists and artist teams working in a variety of media to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool for upcoming public art opportunities. Eligible applicants will be selected for the Prequalified Artist Pool from which the Palo Alto Public Art Program staff will recommend appropriate applicants for a range of permanent and temporary public art opportunities throughout the City. Most public art commissions will be associated with municipal and private development projects as they arise throughout Palo Alto. Some projects may provide opportunities for an artist / artist team to work as part of a design team along with the project architect/designer.

Artists may also submit existing artworks for consideration for temporary display within the City. Social practice and performance artists are also welcome to apply for temporary public art initiatives. Artists invited to be part of the Prequalified Pool will be selected based on appropriateness of their previous experience and artistic excellence.

Budgets for permanently sited work will range from $15,000 to approximately $300,000. The budgets are inclusive of artists fees, fees associated with design, fabrication, installation, and insurance provisions. Temporary public art budgets vary depending on the individual opportunity. Artists will be
contacted prior to any selection panel process to confirm their interest and availability for a particular commission.

The call is open to all professional artists / artist teams over the age of 18 residing in the United States. Local artists residing in the Northern California Bay Area Region are strongly encouraged to apply, and may be given preference for projects with limited budgets. Any artists who apply as part of a team may not also apply as individual artists.

The applications will be first screened by the Public Art Program staff for the minimum eligibility criteria:

  • Application is complete.
  • The submitted application demonstrates evidence of professional competence. Eligible artists may have a record of successfully completed public art commissions in public and/or private development, exhibition history, education and training as an artist.

Once approved for inclusion in the prequalified pool, the artists / artist teams will be notified as they are being considered for specific projects to confirm their interest and availability. Eligible applicants will be reviewed and selected for any appropriate public art opportunities in municipal and private development as they arise in 2016/17.

The application deadline is September 9, 2016, by 5:00PM (PST). All applications must be submitted online via SlideRoom (, an online application system for artist calls. There is no application fee for artists to submit their application using SlideRoom. Applications that are submitted via email, post, fax or in person won’t be considered. Once accepted into the Prequalified Pool, applicants may update their bank of submitted images during the 2-year period by contacting staff. Artists will be required to create a username and password and set up an account. All submitted application information, including artist’s resume, images of previous projects and annotated
descriptions will be automatically archived and saved and can be accessed by the Public Art staff in the future. All applicants should allow adequate time to submit their applications, and we recommend that you complete your application well ahead of the deadline in case of complications. SlideRoom technical support is available at

Please review the full RFQ for complete program information and application instructions.

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