Glendale, AZ Seeks Public Art for New Library

Glendale, AZ Seeks Public Art for New Library



 Glendale, AZ, Unknown

The City of Glendale is seeking qualifications from experienced artists or artist teams to design, fabricate and install artwork for two public art opportunities at the new Heroes Regional Park Library in Glendale, Arizona.

BUDGET:  $200,000 total for two sites (one exterior, one interior)

ELIGIBILITY:  Professional artists over 18 who are residents of the United States.

DEADLINE:  January 31, 2018 5:00 p.m. MST

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Project Description and Site

The City of Glendale is embarking upon the process of constructing a new branch library in Yucca District in the western part of the city. The new Heroes Regional Park Library, situated on approximately two acres within the Heroes Regional Park site (83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road), will expand Glendale Public Library services to areas of western Glendale.

The focus of the interior public art project is an artist-designed terrazzo flooring that runs through the center of the library (approximately 1600 square feet) with design elements extended through the glass on entry doors and the exterior concrete entryway.

The focus of the exterior public art is a metal sculptural piece for the exterior entry wall (approximately 12 feet by 10 feet), potentially, though not restrictively, in Corten steel, with an optional free-standing metal sculpture in the front landscape area.

Estimated Timeline

  • January 31, 2018: Submission deadline (This is not a postmark deadline)
  • February 2018: Panel review, selection plus notification of finalists
  • February, 2018: Panel review of finalist interviews. Selected artist /Team approval by Arts Commission.
  • March, 2018: City Council Approval
  • March, 2019: Project Completion

Selection Process

A selection panel will be convened to review all submissions meeting the application requirements and deadline. The artist will be selected on the basis of submission materials evidencing artistic quality of past work and experiences with similar public art projects. The panel may make a recommendation based upon preliminary submission materials or invite semifinalists to be interviewed and submit more detailed proposals. Once recommended by the panel, the City Council must approve the artist before the project may begin. The panel may recommend alternate artists for this project.

Application Requirements

You may apply for the interior project, or the exterior project, or both. Please submit a pdf document, which consists of a statement, resume/contact information, an image list and public art projects list (further description below), and a Powerpoint containing 10 images in a plain black background of completed representative past work.

  • A statement (not to exceed two pages) of interest, qualifications and project ideas. Specify clearly and in boldtype in the opening paragraph of the statement for which project you are applying.
  • Current resume and contact information (not to exceed two pages). Be sure to include mailing address, telephone, e-mail and website addresses (if applicable).
  • An image list with the title, medium, dimensions, date completed and a short, annotated description of the artwork pictured in each image in the Powerpoint that includes project budget (if applicable).
  • List of public art projects currently underway or completed over the past three years including names of contacts, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. If new to public art, a list of references, including names of contacts, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

How to Submit

The above application materials are due and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. All submissions are electronic. Email to:

QUESTIONS?  Contact Mojgan Vahabzadeh, Arts & Culture Program Manager, City of Glendale, 5959 W. Brown Street, Glendale, AZ 85302, 623-930-3557 (phone) or