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Artist Opportunities



City of Houston Civic Art Program

Photography, Painting, or other Two-Dimensional Work


Deadline: July 25, 2017, 11:59 p.m. (CST)

Budget: Up to $50,000

Location: Houston, TX

Eligibility: Artists in the Greater Houston area


1. Introduction

In 1999, the City of Houston established an ordinance mandating that 1.75% of qualified Capital Improvement Project dollars be set aside for civic art. The City of Houston Civic Art Program advances the City’s standing as a national leader in public art by encouraging artists to create public works that improve the quality of life in Houston. The City's public art collection is comprised of more than 650 works in all media that have been commissioned, purchased and donated. The program is managed by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs.

2. Summary

Through a contract with the City of Houston (COH), Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is charged with managing the selection process for the acquisition of one or a series of photographs, paintings, or another kind of two-dimensional artworks, on behalf of the Houston Police Department (HPD) for the Southwest Police Station. HAA is also charged with contracting the selected artist, artist team, or gallery for completion and installation of the project.

Artwork transforms public spaces with allure and intrigue. Incorporating artwork into the new Houston Police Department station in Southwest Houston can strengthen ties with the community, just as Houston Police Officers forge bonds with the community at every opportunity they have. Because the selected area for artwork is a community meeting room inside the police station, the artwork should be relevant and welcoming for a community gathering space.

The selected exterior artist, Koryn Rolstad, will install work that visually and physically draws people onto the police station grounds. Once led to the site, visitors will also benefit from the installation of another captivating artwork in the station’s interior community room.

Goals for the project include the following:

  • To make artwork accessible to the public in a neighborhood HPD facility and to provide an opportunity to a Houston or Houston area artist.
  • To commission artwork that is reflective of the local community and is a distinctive feature of the HPD community gathering space.
  • To acquire artwork that is regarded as an excellent addition to the City of Houston Art Collection.

3. Budget

This project has an anticipated total budget of up to $50,000. The contract will be inclusive of all work including, but not limited to: artist fees; design (if applicable); framing; insurance costs; studio and project administration; travel and shipping fabrication materials; installation; and required documentation.

4. Art Opportunities / Draft Scope of Work  

  1. An interior two-dimensional wall artwork of photography or painting or other material, securely framed using durable materials and UV rated museum Plexiglas.
  2. The work shall be made of durable materials with an anticipated life span of 50 years and should not fade if exposed to direct sun.
  3. The intent is to purchase existing work; however, commissioned work that could be fabricated and framed within the project timeline will also be considered.
  4. The proposed wall is in the interior of the community room of Southwest Police Station. The dimensions of the wall are approximately 11’ high x 44’ wide with a partition divider in the center. Artwork may be installed on both sides of the center divider.
  5. There is also a possibility to install film-type artwork on the building’s 12 front facing windows, measuring approximately 51’ wide x 12’ high.
  6. Architectural drawings and images of the space are available below.

5. Evaluation Criteria

  • Artistic and Creative Ability: Includes skills, talent, and imagination of artists or artist-led teams as demonstrated by examples of submitted work.
  • Responsiveness: Proposal and the proposed work successfully addresses the overall goals of the project, particularly the creation of an inviting space for visitors. Artist(s) demonstrates that they will respect the local community’s planning efforts as well as the history and characteristics of the neighborhood. Please note that artworks do not need to reference HPD or its functions.
  • Demonstrated Technical Abilities: Applicants demonstrate that the artist(s) or artist-led team has the necessary capability to accomplish all artistic, technical, budgetary, and engineering aspects of the project, as well as successfully meld the project with the space and architecture.
  • Project Management Ability: Applicants demonstrate that they have the ability and capacity to complete the project on schedule and within budget. Applicants demonstrate their ability to successfully collaborate with architects and contractors as well as possess sufficient relationships with potential vendors and manufacturers.

6. Eligibility

  • Artists in the Greater Houston area are eligible to apply. Houston-based artists and artist teams, and particularly artists living in the area of the Southwest Police Station, are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Staff members, board members, advisory board members, City Council members and/or family members of either Houston Arts Alliance or the City of Houston are ineligible to apply.
  • Artists or other entities that are currently under contract—or in contract negotiations—with Houston Arts Alliance for projects of over $100,000 are ineligible to apply.
  • Subcontractors may be used and are defined as those entities providing technical implementation including, but not limited to: construction; fabrication; and/or assembly for portions of a finished product, under direct supervision and control of an artist.
  • Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

7. Application Requirements

  1. Resume or company information of artist(s) and team members (3 page maximum, each)
  2. Letter of intent including contact information and a description of how the artist or team meets the criteria listed in this Request for Acquisitions (RFA). Please include details on your preferred medium for the project, and if you have a particular connection to this community (1,000 word maximum)
  3. Biography and artist statement (500 word maximum, each)  
  4. Work examples: Digital images of works that demonstrate the above criteria (Only JPEGs up to 5 MB in size, 20 maximum)
  5. Image list for work examples: Including artist, title, year completed, dimensions, material, and budget or price (as applicable) for each image provided
  6. References: Contact information for three professional references (1 page, maximum)

All documents should be in at least a 12 point font, ½” margin, and single-spaced. Submissions not providing all application requirements may be disqualified from consideration.

8. Submission

To submit, visit

9. Timeline – All dates are subject to change without notice

  • Friday, June 23, 2017: RFA released
  • Tuesday, July 25, 2017: RFA deadline
  • By Friday, August 04, 2017: RFA selection panel
  • By Monday, August 14, 2017: Studio visits if deemed necessary
  • By Wednesday, August 16, 2017: Selected artist presented for a vote to the HAA Civic Art Committee
  • By Monday, September 04, 2017: Selected artist(s) presented for a vote to the HAA Board of Directors Executive Committee
  • By Wednesday, September 06, 2017: Selected artist presented to HPD and the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs for approval
  • By Friday, September 15, 2017: Finalist notified in writing by HAA
  • By Monday, September 25, 2017: Contracting complete
  • October 2017 – November 2017: Project development, fabrication (if necessary), framing (if necessary), and installation

10. Contact

For more information, email Mat Kubo, Civic Art + Design Project Manager, at

Submit questions in writing, via email, no later than July 20, 2017, 5 p.m. (CST) to Questions will be answered, as they are received, and no later than July 21, 2017.

11. Southwest Police Station - Interior Space Architectural Drawings and Images

For images, click here.


For information on placing temporary works on Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) right-of-ways, email

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