City of Palo Alto Public Art Program

Apply by 23 September, 2018

The City of Palo Alto Public Art Program invites artists and artist teams working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches to submit qualifications for potential inclusion in a Prequalified Artist Pool for upcoming public art opportunities. A list of eligible artists selected for the Prequalified Pool will be used by the Palo Alto Public Art Program staff will to recommend appropriate applicants for a range of permanent and temporary public art opportunities. Most public art commissions will be associated with municipal and private development projects as they arise throughout Palo Alto during the years 2018 - 2020. Artists may submit existing artworks for consideration for temporary display within the City. Social practice and performance artists are also welcome to apply for temporary public art initiatives. Artists invited to be part of the Prequalified Pool will be selected based on appropriateness of their previous experience and artistic excellence. Some projects may also provide opportunities for an artist or artist team to work as part of a design team along with the project architect/designer. PLEASE NOTE: Inclusion in the Prequalified Artist Pool does not guarantee selection for any projects. BUDGET Budgets for permanently sited work will range from $15,000 to approximately $600,000. The project budgets are inclusive of artists fees, fees associated with design, fabrication, installation, and insurance provisions. Temporary public art budgets vary depending on the individual opportunity and may range from $3,000 to $50,000.


The call is open to all professional artists and artist teams over the age of 18 residing in the United States, as well as international artists obtaining a US work permit. Local artists residing in the Northern California Bay Area Region are strongly encouraged to apply, and may be given preference for projects with limited budgets.


Submit Application by: September 23, 2018 at 11:59pm (PST). All applications must be submitted online via SlideRoom (, an online application system for artist calls. There is no application fee for artists to submit their application using SlideRoom. Applications that are submitted via email, post, fax or in person won’t be considered. Once accepted into the Prequalified Pool, applicants may update their bank of submitted images during the 2-year period by contacting staff.

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