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Public Art Sought for Road Improvement Project

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Public Art Sought for Road Improvement Project




The City of Eden Prairie is excited to invite artists to submit applications to be considered for a public art project in coordination with a major boulevard reconstruction in 2019. There will be multiple location options within and near the boulevard for site-specific work.

Budget: $130,000 all-inclusive
Eligibility:  Professional visual artists experienced in public art
Deadline: 08/26/2018 6:00 PM Central Time

Eden Prairie is located in close proximity to the Minneapolis – St. Paul metro area providing a perfect balance of small-town feel and big-city amenities. The City received its name in the mid-1800s when it was considered a garden spot in the newly developed Minnesota territory. Established in 1858, Eden Prairie remained a sleepy pastoral village until the mid-1900s when the additions of Flying Cloud Airport and Highway 494 put the City on the map, bringing thousands of homes and businesses to the area. Since then, the population of Eden Prairie has grown to more than 63,000 and the number of businesses has multiplied to more than 2,800. Without its progressive community model and growing infrastructure, the City would not be consistently recognized as one of MONEY magazine’s “Best Places to Live.”

The construction for Preserve Boulevard will improve traffic flow and help control water levels to minimize the impact of large rain events on adjacent properties. Learn more at

Eden Prairie is seeking innovative public artists with fabrication experience to submit their qualifications. There will be multiple locations within and near the boulevard for site-specific work, such as medians and open areas at each end of the street. Works located within medians should be designed to offer visual impact and serve as calming areas for traffic. All finished artwork should have a consistent design theme and be constructed to withstand Minnesota
weather extremes, requiring minimal maintenance by the City.


  1. Credentials: A résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) demonstrating professional history and skills, or experience as a professional artist
    (two-page maximum). Members in artist teams must submit individual résumés (two-page maximum each).
  2. Statement of Interest: Brief introductory narrative that also provides insight about interest in the project and ability to execute (one-page maximum).
  3. Images: Up to 10 digital images and/or three digital video files (two-minute limit per video) of work completed within the past 10 years (digital images must be sized at 72ppi resolution at 300ppi on longest edge, saved as standard .jpg file format; video files must be sized at 1024x768ppi and saved as a .mov or .wmv file).
  4. Annotation of Work: Title, date, budget, client (if applicable), media and dimensions.
  5. References: Three professional references who can speak to artist’s ability to meet deadlines, work with a community and create innovative work as part of a design team. Include name, title, organization, phone number and email. If applying as a team, please provide three references per applicant.

A selection committee reviews first-round applicants and chooses several artists to move on as second-round finalists based on:

  • Experience working with large projects and/or city development
  • Ability to complete the project (references/work samples)
  • Artistic quality

Second round finalists are commissioned to create a detailed project proposal specific to the site location, dimensions and function. The selection committee reviews proposals and selects a finalist to coordinate with the City and execute the project in 2019.


  • Aug. 26, 2018: First-round application submission deadline
  • Sept. 3:  First-round application decisions; second round finalists notified
  • Oct. 14:  Second-round application project proposal deadline
  • Oct. 22:  Second-round application decision; finalist notified
  • Nov. 5:  Finalist begins planning and implementation with City

View full RFQ here.

Email submission materials to with the subject line “Preserve Boulevard RFQ.” If digital attachments are too large to send via email, please send a link through a file transfer program such as WeTransfer to the email address listed above.

QUESTIONS?  Contact Jes at 952-949-8304 or


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