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Salt Lake City Airport Seeks Artwork for "Whimsy Walls"

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Salt Lake City Airport Seeks Artwork for



The Salt Lake City Arts Council and the Salt Lake Corporation Department of Airports seeks artists to design (but not produce) two-dimensional artworks that will be re-created as a vinyl wrap and installed on large-scale walls in the airport’s restrooms.

NOTE:  This is a request for proposals.  Artists must provide the intended artwork as part of the selection process.

BUDGET:  $7,000, design only (24 artworks sought)

ELIGIBILITY:  Professional artists who are legal residents of the U.S.

DEADLINE:  3/20/18

Project Background:
The Salt Lake City International Airport has embarked on an Airport Redevelopment Program that includes the addition of large scale art walls – Whimsy Walls – in the design of approximately twenty-four (24) restrooms throughout the new airport scheduled for completion in 2020. Each restroom will feature unique vinyl wall wraps created from original artwork, which are intended to create immersive and engaging experiences for travelers.

Respondents  will not be responsible for the reproduction, fabrication, or installation of the Whimsy Wall Public Artwork. Selected artists may be present for artwork installation at their own expense.

Artwork Information:

It is anticipated that all 2-dimensional art styles will be represented in the installations, including but not limited to, abstract, figurative, representational, graphic, conceptual, collage, landscape, print, photography, etc. Artists may choose to submit work that reflects the spirit, culture, landscape and community of Salt Lake City; however, all subject matter will be considered.

Artists interested in submitting proposals for consideration should note that all artwork submitted must be original and one-of-a-kind. Salt Lake City shall acquire all intellectual property rights associated with the artwork, and the artwork may not be reproduced by the artist for any purpose other than the Artist’s portfolio, but may be reproduced by the Airport and displayed in other areas at the Airport. All artwork will be attributed to individual artists/artist teams with a plaque.

Artwork must be appropriate for a diversity of viewers and may not contain promotional, advertising, religious, sexual, violent, or negative imagery, including demeaning or disparaging images or language, or convey political partisanship. Artwork shall also not include unlawful goods, services, or conduct; alcohol; cigarettes; tobacco; or other controlled substances.

Site details:

The 24 projects to be commissioned include three different wall dimensions available for art installations. Artists may submit 5 total, unique images.  To view examples of walls (approximately to scale) visit All walls are to be unique.  Artists can submit up to five proposals for walls A, B, and C combined.

  • Wall A: Four Available – 9’ High x 38’ 6” Wide
  • Wall B: Six Available – 9’ High x 16’8” Wide
  • Wall C: Fourteen Available – 9’ High x 32’ Wide


  • Applications Due: March 20, 2018
  • Artist Selection and Notification: April 2018
  • Contract Execution Deadline: May 2018
  • Artwork Delivery Deadline: July 2018
  • Installation: March 2020

Selection Criteria & Process:
The Salt Lake Art Design Board, in consultation with project partners/managers, will review all properly submitted applications and will recommend artists/teams for each commission to the Mayor for final approval. A single artist/team may be selected for more than one commission.

Media and File Formats:

If selected for a commission, the final artwork will need to be in the following format:

  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd or .tif)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai or .eps)
  • Adobe InDesign (including supporting links and fonts)
  • Macromedia Freehand (.fh_)
  • Adobe Acrobat (.pdf uncompressed)

Convert fonts to outlines whenever possible – or be sure to include both screen and printer fonts. Supply a printed hardcopy or low-resolution PDF as a guide/FPO. Please indicate the scale at which the file was created. Spec all spot colors as Coated PMS colors – use the PMS color from the swatch book in the program you are using.  Do not use CMYK builds; except for Black.  Specify Process Color Black using CMYK values of 30-30-30-100 and always build this color in CMYK – not RGB. Metallic colors are reproducible using CMYK links.

All images in your file should be at the same resolution – ideal resolution specifications are 200dpi.

How to Apply:

Proposals must be electronically received via not later than 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on March 20, 2018. No other method of submission will be accepted.

1. LETTER OF INTEREST. Letter of interest must include the Respondent’s vision for this artwork, artist statement, and description of relevant past work. The letter of interest must be 3,000 characters or less.

2. PROPOSAL. Although the final artwork may change slightly to fit the requirements of the project and fabrication needs, the initial submission should reflect the artist’s final concept. Proposals shall be comprised of no more than 5 visual, to scale, images indicating directly on the image if the proposed artwork is for Wall A, Wall B, or Wall C. Artists shall label their artwork as “Wall A,” “Wall B,” or “Wall C,” on the top left corner of the image.  Artists shall only submit one, to-scale image per design. Submissions not submitted to scale will not be considered. Only two (2) dimensional media will be considered. Submission(s) must be original works of art by Respondent and must never have been published or displayed publicly.

3. CURRENT RESUME. Resumes must indicate Respondent’s name, address, telephone number, and email and shall be no more than 5,000 characters in length. Incomplete or improperly formatted proposals will not be considered.

QUESTIONS?  Email questions before March 18, 5:00 p.m. MDT to Dana Hernandez,  All questions and responses will be posted at for all applicants and potential applicants to review. Applicants may be disqualified if any unsolicited contact related to this RFQ is made with a member of the Artist Selection Committee or Salt Lake Art Design Board other than the Public Art Program Manager during the selection process. All communication will occur electronically. No phone calls please.




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