San Antonio Seeks Artists for Future Public Art

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San Antonio Seeks Artists for Future Public Art




The City of San Antonio is implementing a comprehensive public art program that encompasses ongoing Capital Improvement resources, the new 2017-2022 Bond Program, non-bond public art projects, and special initiatives and will utilize the pre-qualified Public Artist list generated by this call.

WHO: Professional artists working in any media.
WHAT: Create public artworks of various scales, locations and styles for the built environment that enhance public spaces. Pre-qualification will be inclusive of emerging public artists, mid-career public artists, and established public artists.

The FY2019 Call for Public Art Qualifications application is hosted online at  The FY2019 Call for Public Art Qualifications deadline is FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 2019 AT 4:30 P.M. CST. All applications must be completed and submitted by the deadline and in accordance with all requirements and instructions.

A selection panel will be responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications resulting from the City’s annual call for public art qualifications. The panel’s proposed pre-qualified list will be recommended to the City’s San Antonio Arts Commission for final consideration and ultimately approved by City Council.

The Pre-Submittal Workshop will include an overview of the FY2019 Call for Public Art Qualifications and provide an opportunity for applicants to get additional information and ask questions.

4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
San Antonio Central Library (600 Soledad St., 78205)

FY2019 FAQ’s:
Q: How do I apply?
A: Applications will only be accepted at This online Call for Artists Service is free for artists to upload their portfolios and to complete application forms.
1. Go to
2. Click on “Click Here to create a new profile” at the bottom of the screen and follow the on-screen prompts
3. Once logged in to the GoSmart system, click on “Current Programs & Applications” on the tool bar banner.
4. If you are applying for the FY2019 Call for Public Art Qualifications: Public Artists, page all the way down and click “START” for that section of the application.
5. If you are applying for the FY2019 Call for Public Art Qualifications: Public Art Support Services, page all the way down and click “START” for that section of the application.
6. Submit your application and make sure you see the confirmation screen.

Q:  How long are applicants eligible once placed on the pre-qualified list?
A: Applicants are eligible for a three-year term, and are then eligible to reapply.

Q:  What is the composition of the San Antonio Arts Commission’s Public Art Committee?
A: The Public Art Committee is a 12-member standing committee, consisting of Arts Commissioners. A list of members is available on our website.

Q:  How many public artists are on the current pre-qualified list, and is the list available for the public to view?
A: Currently, there are 127 active artists on the pre-qualified roster.

Q: Should artists with limited experience apply to this call?
A: Yes. To better diversify our pre-qualified list and select artists with a wide range of qualifications, applicants are required to identify as either an emerging public artist, mid-career public artist or established public artist.

Q: Do attached images need to be exactly 1600 x 1600 pixels?
A: No, these are the maximum dimensions for H or W of attached images.

Q: What should be included in the Letter of Interest?
A: The Letter of Interest should be a short summary explaining your interest in working with Public Art San Antonio as a collaborative partner, public artist or as a public art support service.

Q: I was on the FY2018 Pre-Qualified list. Should I reapply?
A: YES! All previous applicants, whether currently prequalified or not, must reapply this year using the new application system in order to be considered for upcoming commissions.

MORE QUESTIONS?  Contact Javier Flores: or 210-207-4433



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