Call Detail
City of Wichita Clapp Park - Public Art
Entry Deadline: 10/1/23
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 15
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 2
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 17
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Kansas
Budget: $270,000

Public Art Commission for Clapp Park in Wichita, Kansas. Full details in attached RFQ:

Mission Statement

“To establish L.W. Clapp Park as a unique destination for the Wichita metropolitan area creating memorable opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy the open space and recreational opportunities for active and passive uses.”

Vision Statement

“L.W. Clapp Park will become a vibrant community asset and a destination, offering a unique setting and opportunities for both community residents and visitors.”

Clapp Park Public Art Vision

The City of Wichita envisions a monolithic, kid-friendly entry feature that serves as a meeting place, beacon and iconic structure located at the entrance of the playground. This artwork will be colorful, whimsical, monumental, and could provide opportunities for shade, and shadows. It could come in the form of a totem, mosaic, polycarbonate and steel structure, ceramic, stone, wood or any suitable material for longevity and minimal maintenance. It must be durable and structurally indestructible, holding up to Kansas winds, hot summers, freezing winters and curious, inquisitive, boisterous children.

Nature is our overarching theme based on the natural beauty of the park, its majestic trees, abundant wildlife, and flowing life-giving creek.

Art Vision

• Whimsical • Colorful • Memorable • Instagramable • Eye-catching • Attention-grabbing

Location: Entry into the Park

Total Art Budget: $270,000* (Includes all meetings, travel, hard costs, materials, fees, and shipping.)

Project Schedule

  • Friday 8/18 – Artist RFQ announced on CaFÉ
  • Monday 9/4 – Questions from artists are due in writing to
  • Wednesday 9/6 – All questions answered by Greteman Group
  • Sunday 10/1 – Deadline for Artist to submit qualifications
  • Tuesday 10/3 – Greteman to send Juror credentials to selection committee members
  • Friday 10/6 – Deadline for selection committee members jury process
  • Week of 10/9 – Selection committee to review finalists
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 10/10-12 – Interview finalists
  • Friday 10/13 – Commission awarded
  • Art installation time period: Fall 2024 / Spring 2025

Deadline: Please submit your application on CaFÉ by 11:59 pm CST on October 1, 2023.

Application Requirements

Submittal Requirements

Please submit all of the following information. Applicants who fail to include all submittal requirements may not be considered for the project.

  1. Artist name (or names of team members if applying as a collaboration), phone number and email address.
  2. Website and/or social media links if applicable.
  3. Resume or CV.
  4. Submit a one-page letter of intent with a brief description of your project approach.
  5. Submit five to ten images of relevant examples of past work (video accepted). Images should represent 
    the artist’s style, format, medium, or breadth of work.
  6. Please include an annotated image list for all work examples including scale, budget, medium, 
    year installed and location.
  7. Two client references for completed projects.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Individual artists or collaborations with multiple artists may apply.
  • Entries accepted within the continental United States.
  • Proven experience with similar material, scale and budget.

Selection Criteria

Artists will be selected on the basis of their qualifications, portfolio, and the strength of their past work. Applicants will be reviewed and ranked by a selection committee based on the following:

  • Professional merit, craftsmanship and qualifications demonstrated in a portfolio of past work.
  • Relevance to the playground architectural vision and vision board (see page 8).
  • Demonstrated public art portfolio.
  • Successful, completed project examples that have stood the test of time.
  • Ability to work with architects, designers and fabricators to successfully achieve concept to install.
  • Successful experience working on time and within budget.
  • Proven experience with durable materials to stand up to wind, heat, harsh elements, freeze/thaw, 
    community wear and tear, and graffiti.