Call Detail
Rotating Public Art Program: Series IV
Entry Deadline: 1/15/23
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 8
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 2, Maximum:Max. 8
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Regional
State: California
Budget: $8,000, $12,000

Rotating Public Art Program: Series IV
The City of Pasadena is excited to embark upon the fourth iteration of the Rotating Public Art Program which will include the phased installation of eight public artworks at existing exterior locations throughout Pasadena.

As part of Series IV, the City will select eight sculptural/three-dimensional public artworks in a variety of styles, materials, and approaches. This opportunity seeks both existing, loaned artworks, as well as proposals for new commissioned, site-responsive artworks from a diverse pool of professional artists/artist teams.  This opportunity is open to artists/artist teams based in California and all artworks (both loaned and commissioned) will be exhibited for a 36-month period. Artists will receive an honorarium of $8,000 for existing loaned artworks, and $12,000 for commissioned artworks to cover all related costs.

As part of Series IV of the Rotating Public Art Program, the City will select six (6) existing, loaned artworks to be installed at various locations throughout the City. Artworks should be sculptural, already completed, sufficiently durable for placement outdoors and must allow for attachment to a structural footing at the artwork site (see schematic for standard footing design for details).

In addition to loaned artworks, the City will commission two (2) original site-responsive artworks. These artworks will be placed outdoors and should consider the context of the artwork site and its relation to the community, environment, and/or audience. Applicants interested in proposing the creation of original sculptural artworks are asked to submit a Preliminary Artwork Concept and must include: 1) a written text narrative, and 2) visual representations in the form of digital renderings, photographs, sketches, physical models or maquettes that adequately demonstrate the proposed artwork. Applicants should consider scale, material, durability, safety and traffic concerns, and construction methods when submitting proposals. If selected, the artist/team will work with City Staff to refine their Preliminary Artwork Concept to appropriately fit the site.

For questions about this opportunity, contact:
Corey Dunlap, Public Art Coordinator or 626-744-7547

ELIGIBILITY: Open to artists/teams over the age of 18 based in California. 
BUDGET: $8,000; $12,000

Loaned Artworks: Successful applicants will receive an honorarium of $8,000 for an exhibition period of 36 months to cover all related costs. Applicants are required to deliver and pick-up artwork to/from the site. The City will assist with the installation/de-installation of the artwork at the designated site. Artist shall deliver “Free on Board” destination and installation until the City accepts the loaned artwork.

Commissioned Artworks: Successful applicants will receive an honorarium of $12,000 for an exhibition period of 36 months to cover all related costs. Once selected, applicants will be asked to refine their Preliminary Artwork Concept and present a Final Artwork Concept to the City’s Arts & Culture Commission for review and approval. Applicants are required to deliver and pick-up artwork to/from the site. The City will assist with the installation/de-installation of the artwork at the designated site. Artist shall deliver “Free on Board” destination and installation until the City accepts the loaned artwork.

The City of Pasadena will provide 

•           Installation and de-installation of all artworks

•           Outreach and publicity about the exhibition

•           Foundation, pads, identification signage 

•           Property/Fine Art Insurance during artwork exhibition loan period 

•           Promotion of the artwork/artist on the City’s Cultural Affairs website

Applicants must submit their materials through, otherwise known as CaFÉ. 
Deadline to Submit: 
Sunday, January 15, 2023 by 11:59 PM Mountain Time (10:59 PM Pacific Time)

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Please plan accordingly.
All applicants should allow adequate time to submit their applications. 
To get additional assistance using CaFE , please contact WESTAF by calling 303-629-1166 or via email at

The City of Pasadena is not responsible for applications that are incomplete. Applicants are responsible for ensuring they meet the eligibility requirements and for submitting all documents and information in the correct format. Incomplete or inappropriate applications may be scored accordingly.  

Applicants are encouraged to review the list of locations below to determine appropriate submittals, though the final artwork locations will be determined by the Selection Panel and City Staff and are dependent on feasibility, size, safety/traffic concerns, and aesthetic considerations.

Exhibition sites are distributed throughout the City in each Council District and include traffic triangles, medians, street corners, and other unique neighborhood plots. While the attachment points are standard across all artwork locations, the concrete pads vary in size and height, requiring appropriately sized artworks. Each artwork location (excluding one interior site) consists of an existing concrete pad with specifically designed attachment points. A detailed schematic of the metal attachment point has been included with this RFP for applicants to review. With support from City Staff, the artist will be responsible for ensuring artworks fit these attachment points once final selections have been made. Artists will be given ample time to modify artworks to meet these requirements. 

 The eight sites selected for Series IV are as follows: 

W. Washington Blvd. and Glen Ave., Island at NW cornerConcrete pad: ground level, 
48” x 48”.
W. Mountain St. and Sunset Ave., Northwest cornerConcrete pad: ground level, 
48” x 48”.
Oakwood Pl. and S. Lake Ave., Sidney F. Tyler Park islandConcrete pad: ground level, 
48” x 48”.
Pasadena Convention Center Conference Lobby, 300 E. Green St.(Interior Site)Interior lobby space at the entrance of the Convention Center, corner location with large windows. Available corner space measures roughly 96” x 96” x 96”Existing/Loaned6
N. Lake Avenue, Raised parcel between Maple and Villa.Concrete pad: ground level, 12ft x 12ft.  Artwork must not exceed beyond concrete pad on east and west side.Existing/Loaned5
E. Sierra Madre Blvd. and New York Drive, Median east of intersectionConcrete pad: ground level, 48” x 48”.Existing/Loaned4
1985 East Walnut St., Raised parcel at triangle split of Walnut St. and Foothill Blvd.Concrete pad: 48” x 48”
Raised base, roughly 4ft above ground.
S. Bonnie Ave. and E. Del Mar Blvd., Southwest corner.Concrete pad: 96” x 96” Ground level, surrounded by landscape/garden, largest available site.Commissioned7

A virtual Community Meeting & Artist Workshop will take place on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at 1pm PST. This will serve as an opportunity for the public and potential applicants to learn more about the Rotating Public Art Program goals and application requirements. See meeting details below:

Virtual Community Meeting & Artist Workshop
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 1pm PST
Click Here to Join the Virtual Meeting

Or Call in (audio only)
+1 213-493-7443
Phone Conference ID: 512 326 328#

Launched in 2011, the Rotating Public Art Program aims to provide opportunities to experience public art that enlivens the urban landscape; produce a dynamic visual experience for residents and visitors; create more venues for public art; increase exposure and opportunities for artists new to public art; educate the public by stimulating discussion; and provide a cultural draw for tourists. The Program places both existing loaned works, as well as new commissioned works on public view in neighborhoods representing all City Council Districts with the intention to replace the artworks on a rotating basis. The process includes community representatives from each City Council District who select art for their own neighborhoods. With the input of neighborhood advocates in the artist and artwork selection process, this program asks the public to be directly involved in the development of a city-wide temporary public art collection.

The Rotating Art Program is intended to complement the permanency of both the Private Development and Capital Public Art Programs by placing artworks throughout the City that activate unusual locations, transforming small, often unnoticed areas in the city into exciting and stimulating destinations for visitors and residents. Artwork sites are highly visible to visitors, pedestrians and vehicular traffic and include traffic triangles, medians, street corners, and unique public spaces. By presenting original artworks for a relatively short time at established locations, the program encourages residents and visitors to circulate throughout the city and experience the entirety of each exhibition.  

All applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the City’s Public Art Program and previous iterations of the Rotating Public Art Program by visiting:  


Application Requirements


1.              Up to 8 images representing existing sculptural artwork(s) for loan AND/OR visual representations of Preliminary Artwork Concepts in the form of digital models, sculptural maquettes, photographs, drawings, or sketches. Do not attach one portfolio file with multiple images/information. Applications that do not follow the requested format will not be considered complete and will not be accepted.

2.              Artwork Description and Statement: Applicants will be asked to provide a brief description of the proposed artwork(s) including: title and date, description of materials, dimensions, weight and durability, estimated value of the artwork; and exhibition history. Applicants will also be asked to describe their relevant experience and why the submitted artwork(s) is appropriate for the Rotating Program. 

3.              Resume/CV including name, mailing address, phone number(s), email and website (if applicable).

All application materials are to be submitted digitally. The City will not accept physical applications in any form.

Eligibility Criteria

This opportunity seeks applications from professional artists/artist-teams based in California.  

While applicants may submit both existing loaned artworks and proposals for commissioned artworks for consideration, only one artwork per artist/artist team will be awarded as part of this RFP. 

All applicants must be over the age of 18.  Artists must be eligible to work in the United States and have a valid U.S. Social Security or Tax Identification Number by the application deadline.

CIP Public Art competitions are open to any professional artist, artist team, or a team led by a professional artist, who have not received a City of Pasadena Public Art commission and do not have a current public art contract open, exclusive of property development, within the last three years.

Members of the Selection Panel, any City of Pasadena Council person, Arts & Culture Commissioners, and members of their families, including significant others, and employees of the City of Pasadena shall be excluded from consideration.