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Dallas public art program: Calling all artists

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The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from artists and/or artist teams to work with the Park and Recreation Department, and the Dallas Zoo to participate in the design, fabrication and installation of a work of public art near the entrance of the Dallas Zoo. Those meeting the qualifications outlined below should submit a professional resume highlighting relevant previous experience, images with details of previous projects, letter of intent stating availability to meet project deadlines, and references to CAFÉ. The submission deadline is end of business, 5pm, Friday, August 8, 2014. Inquiries can be addressed by sending email to

Public Art Program
South Dallas Cultural Center

A panel of arts professionals and community representatives will review qualified submissions in August. A small group of artists will be short-listed for the project and will be contracted to develop a site specific concept for artwork. Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $3000 to cover the costs of producing a site specific public art concept proposal for the Zoo. The stipend must cover all costs of site visits, site research, production of a site-specific public art concept, shipping of the maquette (where applicable) and travel to make a presentation of the proposal to a selection panel.

The site for the artwork is near the entrance to the Zoo at the corner of South Marsalis and RL Thornton Freeway access road.


The size of the site is 150ft X 100ft. There are no height restrictions in this location. Existing landscaping will remain. This includes any existing trees or background screening material at the property line. The site is the high point of the portion of the Zoo campus adjacent to the Main Entry. Land forming and grade changes at the site will generally occur at the rear of the proposed art installation and adjacent to Opera Street. Site Assessment: Dallas Zoo has conducted a site assessment determining that no barriers exist underground at this location. For more information about The Dallas Zoo visit



All artists are eligible to apply, with the following exceptions:
•Artists currently under contract with the City of Dallas Public Art Program,
•Employees of the City of Dallas, their spouses, members of the Public Art Committee or the Cultural Affairs Commission or their families,
•Consultants under contract for any phase of these project,
•Undergraduate students

•Demonstrated successful completion of public art or park project of similar size and scope
•Demonstrated ability to work with a deign and construction team.

•Demonstrated ability to complete work on time and one budget. Project budget is $262,000.

•Ability to attend and/or participate in meetings with design teams, community members and others
involved in the project. Participation can be by phone.

1). Professional resume highlighting relevant previous experience
2). Six JPEG images of previous Public Art or Park projects of commensurate scope. Images imbedded into PDF's will not be accepted.
3). Image list identifying title, date, location, materials, size, budget, and commissioning entity.
4). Letter of interest outlining qualifications, interest, and ability to complete the project.
5). Names and contact information for three references.





Application for any project advertised by the City of Dallas Public Art Program constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of the City of Dallas (including the Good Faith Effort and the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise goals of the City Dallas). The City of Dallas reserves the right to reject all submissions and to terminate the selection process without prior notice.

The Dallas Zoo, recently named one of the nation’s Top 10 Zoos by USA TODAY, is the largest zoological experience in Texas. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the zoo features a 106-acre park, thousands of animals, and an education department that offers programs for all ages. The zoo is located at 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35 at Marsalis) and is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 469.554.7500.

The Public Art Program works to enrich the quality of life for the citizens of Dallas and enhance the cultural appeal of the City to visitors by overseeing the integration of
high-quality visual art into public spaces. The Program provides opportunities for local and regional artists as well as visual artists from around the globe through commissions of works of public art. The program also supports donations of public art to the City of Dallas that are subject to a review process for acceptance that includes members of the Public Art Committee and the Cultural Affairs Commission. The Public Art Program is a division of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) provides opportunities for all Dallas citizens and visitors to have access to the arts and the means of cultural expression. The Office of Cultural Affairs works with its citizen advisory board, the Cultural Affairs Commission, to foster the development of the cultural system in Dallas. OCA provides a variety of programs and services, including the management and operations of cultural facilities, a public art program, cultural funding programs and WRR Radio. More information on the Office of Cultural Affairs’ programs can be found on its website at

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