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Public Art Sought for Tulsa Parking Garage

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Public Art Sought for Tulsa Parking Garage




The Tulsa Planning Office’s Arts & Culture planner is working on the behalf of the Tulsa Parking Authority to solicit qualifications from professional artists and designers wishing to design a public art installation for the Fourth Street garage (the Project Site).

Budget:  $250,000

Eligibility: Professional artists over 18, or teams with at least one professional visual artist

Deadline:  March 3, 2020 5:00 p.m. C.S.T.

Download full RFQ with project images here.


The Parking Authority is investing considerable funds into the Project Site to reactivate its ground level. In conjunction with this reactivation, the Parking Authority is seeking to add a permanent, engaging, and interactive installation to the site’s façade. This Request for Qualifications seeks to identify up to five (5) professional artists who…

  • have experience completing a public project in a prominent location with a comparable budget.
  • consistently rely on the input of local stakeholders to inform their creative decisions.
  • possess a deep interest in and understanding of the influence of cultural events and trends on Tulsa’s shared future, present, and past as outlined within the Creative Goals section of this document.


The primary available “canvas” for the art is the blank facade on the east and northeast corner of the facility.


  • provide a positive and meaningful contribution to the Tulsa community.
  • enhance the vibrancy of the public realm around the site.
  • be both engaging and inspiring for people of all ages and backgrounds.
  • make the best use of the large scale and prominent location of the available “canvas”.


  • communicate the history of the Site, Main Street, Downtown, and/or Tulsa’s communities.
  • enhance the identity of the Deco District (of which it is a part).


  • Phase 1 RFQ Open: Tuesday, January 21st 2020
  • Qualifications Due: 5:00 PM CST Tuesday, March 3rd 2020
  • Qualifications Distributed to Steering Committee: Wednesday, March 4th 2020
  • Steering Committee Qualifications Scoring: Week of March 4th 2020
  • Steering Committee Shortlisting Meeting: Week of March 10th 2020
  • Parking Authority Review: Thursday, March 19th 2020
  • Notification of Shortlisted Artists: Friday, March 20th 2020
  • Phase 2 Conceptual Design Report (Final Selection by Committee to follow): Week of May 25th 2020
  • Parking Authority Review: Thursday May 21st 2020
  • Phase 3 Contract Preparation: Late May, 2020
  • Design & Permitting: Summer 2020
  • Fabrication & Installation: TBD


The Tulsa Planning Office Arts & Culture planner and Tulsa Parking Authority are administering the artist selection process in partnership with key stakeholders. The selection process will occur in three phases.

During Phase 1, the Selection Committee will convene to evaluate artists’ qualifications. The Steering Committee may recommend to the Parking Authority that up to five finalists compete in a final presentation.

During Phase 2, finalist artists will develop and present Conceptual Design Reports to the Selection Committee. Each artist that produces a Conceptual Design Report in accordance with the Finalist Agreement will receive an honorarium of $3,000. The Selection Committee will convey its recommendations to the Parking Authority, who holds the authority to commission the artwork.

Phase 3 includes contract negotiations, execution, and the formation of long-term maintenance recommendations relating to the project.

Selection Committee & Parking Authority reserve the right to reject all qualifications or proposals.


The following documents should be contained within both the electronic and paper qualifications:

  1. LETTER OF INTEREST: The letter must not exceed one 8.5” x 11” page in length and should explain why you are the right artist to complete this project.
  2. IDEAS AND THEMES BRIEF: Brief relates to the applicant’s conceptualization and influences for the art. It should convey, on no more than four 8.5” x 11” pages, your approach to researching and executing the project. The brief merely a thematic outline for an artistic approach. It should include a rationale but NOT a specific concept or budget, nor any detailed information regarding subcontractors, fabricators, architectural plans, or insurance (these aspects will be required as part of presentations made by finalists during Phase 2 of the process).
  3. RESUME(s): Include education and recent commissions, exhibitions, collections, related experience, honors and grants, bibliography, affiliations (within the last 10 years). A three-page maximum for individuals or each principle member of the team applies.
  4. REFERENCES: On no more than two 8.5”x11” pages, list three professional references with a thorough knowledge of your work and methods. The list must include at least one client who commissioned you for an artwork installation within the last 10 years. The list also must include complete addresses and telephone numbers. SCHEDULE: Explain your availability, on one 8.5”x11” page, during the execution phase, and what on your agenda would impact your ability to deliver on the project.
  5. WORK SAMPLE DESCRIPTIONS: A corresponding description must accompany each sample and includes titles, names of artist(s), dates of work, the commissioning entity, budget, collaborative partners, media and material, and a brief mention of the applicant’s role in the work.
  6. WORK SAMPLES: Submit up to 10 images not exceeding 1920 pixels on the longest side. Rendering resolutions should exceed 72 dpi for a general range of 2-5 MB each image. Number images in order of preferred viewing (i.e., 01_Name_FourthStreetGarage.jpeg). You may share up to two links to video samples on an unlocked YouTube or Vimeo account (preferred, other sites permitted); total viewing time per application shall not exceed 10 minutes.


Artists interested in being considered should submit their qualifications to the Arts & Culture planner no later than 5:00 PM CST Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020.

To be reviewed, qualifications must be shared with the Arts & Culture Planner in TWO formats:

  1. An email with Subject: “Artist Name TPA RFQ” containing an attached PDF named “ArtistName_TPA.pdf” Email to
  2. 10 spiral-bound, 8.5”x11” single-sided copies of all the materials included in the abovementioned email sent by land mail to: JT Paganelli, Planner – Arts & Culture Tulsa Planning Office at INCOG 2 W Second Street, Suite 800 Tulsa, OK 74103

QUESTIONS? Contact JT Paganelli, Planner – Arts & Culture Tulsa Planning Office,, (918) 579-9455


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