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City of Fremont: Public Artwork for Outdoor Plaza (Inspiration Plaza)
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Entry Deadline: 12/20/19
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Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 4, Maximum:Max. 8
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 4, Maximum:Max. 8
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: California

The City of Fremont, California is seeking artist proposals for the commission of an innovative and permanent public art installation for a new outdoor plaza, Inspiration Plaza, in south Fremont. The artist will design, fabricate, and install the artwork. The area for the artwork is approximately 100 square-feet.

This opportunity is open to all professional artists nationwide. Artists must be at least 18 years of age and have experience working with substantial budgets.

The budget for this project—including design, fabrication, and installation—is $160,000.

The artwork will be located at Inspiration Plaza, which is part of a new mixed-use development currently under construction, Embark Apartments, located at 44758 Old Warm Springs Boulevard in Fremont’s new Warm Springs Innovation District. The development will include 524 residential apartments and 8,000 square-feet of retail space. Inspiration Plaza will be privately owned but publicly accessible open space. The space will be activated by retail, seating, and space for community events. The development, including the plaza, is anticipated to be complete by summer 2020. The artwork will be located at a highly visible location—the northeast corner of South Grimmer Boulevard and Old Warm Springs Boulevard and adjacent to the future public street, Inspiration Way. The artwork will not only help define the character of the area as a central gathering space and heart of the neighborhood, but allow for significant exposure of the artwork.

For more information on the Warm Springs Innovation District, please visit

Selection Process
Responses to this call for artists will be evaluated by the City of Fremont’s Art Review Board. The Art Review Board shall recommend a first choice and second choice proposal to the Fremont City Council for final approval. The Art Review Board consists of community members and art experts that serve to advise the City in artistic matters and selection of art in public places. 

Selection Criteria
Selection criteria to be used for consideration shall include, but not limited to, the following: 

1. Strength of artist’s conceptual art proposal and descriptive narrative.
2. Strength of artist’s resume and letter of interest.
3. Artist’s demonstrated ability to complete public art projects of similar scale.
4. Proposed artwork’s resistance to general wear, vandalism, and theft.
5. Proposed artwork’s ease of maintenance.
6. Proposed artwork’s adherence to public safety standards.

The tentative timeline is as follows:

October 21, 2019: Issue call for artists
December 20, 2019: Deadline for call for artists
January 2020: Art Review Board reviews artist proposals and selects finalists
February 2020: Art Review Board interviews finalists, identifies first and second choice, and makes recommendation to Fremont City Council
March 2020: Fremont City Council awards contract to selected artist
April 2020: Execute contract
April-August 2020: Artist completes artwork and installation

Application Process
All interested artists are asked to submit their proposals electronically via the CaFÉ website. Applicants must submit the following materials:

1. Letter of Interest: Describes the artist’s interest in this specific project, what they bring to the project as an artist, and experience with other projects of similar scope.
2. Updated Resume: Professional resume not to exceed three pages.
3. Images of Past Works: At least four (4) and no more than eight (8) images of the artist’s previously installed work. The title, medium, dimensions, and value should be included with each image.
4. Conceptual Art Proposal and Narrative: One (1) conceptual art proposal (preferably an annotated sketch) and a descriptive narrative including vision, approach, size, and possible materials.
5. References: Three (3) professional references from past projects with contact information.

Contact Information
For questions, please contact:
Luciana Torres
Communications/Management Analyst
City of Fremont