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Municipal Court - City of Frisco, TX

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: Texas
Entry Deadline: 5/7/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 15
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 15

Request for Qualifications
City of Frisco Public Art Program
RFQ #2003-048 Call to Artists
Municipal Court

Deadline: Thursday, May 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m. CDT (Application received)
Budget: $100,000.00

The City of Frisco Public Art Program is issuing this Request for Qualifications for a public art opportunity within the City. The City seeks qualifications from artists to be considered for the project listed on pages two, three, four and five of this document. To be considered for this project, all applications must be submitted via (CaFÉ™).


This opportunity is open to all artists. The City of Frisco does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, national origin, or disability. Qualifications by City employees or their relatives, and members of the Artist Selection Committee or Public Art Board or their relatives will not be considered.  

Qualifications must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. CDT, Thursday, May 7, 2020, to Online submissions must include:

  • A completed Submission Cover Page.
  • A typed cover letter describing your interest in the Municipal Court public art project and how it relates to your past work.
  • A typed artist resume with current contact information.
  • A typed artist statement serving as a general introduction to your work and working methods.
  • Three references with current contact information, including name, phone, email address and project scope.
  • Images of Past Work – Submit no more than 15 images of past and/or existing work that are appropriate to the Municipal Court public art project. The first five images should be those most relevant to this Request for Qualifications keeping in mind the $100,000.00 project budget.

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

Selection Process

The Artist Selection Committee may include representatives of the Public Art Board, City of Frisco staff, artists, arts professionals, and community representatives that will review qualifications for the Municipal Court public art project. The Committee will evaluate qualifications based on:

  • Demonstrated excellence of past work in conceptual, aesthetic and technical terms.
  • Quality of professional qualifications and relevant experience.
  • Stated interest and approach specific to this project.
  •  Ability to create a work of art that meets the project goals listed below.

Finalists may be requested to develop proposals or be interviewed by the committee. The City of Frisco is not required to make a selection from these submissions, if, in their opinion, qualifications are not appropriate or if the project does not come to fruition.


The Municipal Court public art budget is all-inclusive, including, but not limited to, artist fee, fabrication costs, transportation, insurance, engineering services, permit fees, site prep, installation, and/or any other related expenses. The project budget is $100,000.00.


Questions related to this RFQ should be submitted to Stephen Ross via email to, by 4:00 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 17, 2020. Answers to all questions will be posted via addendum at

The Municipal Court Public Art Project

The City of Frisco will convert the previous Senior Center into the new Municipal Court and is seeking an artist to create a public art project that will hang from the ceiling in the lobby. Artists are encouraged to consider law, democracy, and the history of Frisco and/or Texas as themes. The artwork should welcome visitors to the space, provide the opportunity for quiet reflection, and reflect the significance of court proceedings. The artist should consider the appropriate traditional decorum of courts for the design.

A 29 ft x 16 ft area has been designated for the project. The weight will spread over ceiling joists @ 10 psf at a maximum of 4,640 lbs. The artwork must not exceed 5 ft in length from the drop ceiling. Click "View Site Details" above for project plan images.

Public Art Goals

The public art at the Municipal Court should:

  • Hang from the lobby ceiling.
  • Represent the site as described above.
  • Be safe and hazard-free. The artist must consult with the project designers and a Texas-licensed engineer. A building permit will be required.
  • Be made of low-maintenance, durable materials that are resistant to vandalism. All materials must be approved by City of Frisco staff.
  • Be installed by August 2021.

About the Municipal Court

The Frisco Municipal Court has jurisdiction over class C misdemeanors and City Ordinance violations that occur within the corporate city limits and are punishable by fine only. Municipal courts are the judicial branch of city government. In addition, the Municipal Court is part of the state judicial system. Municipal courts hear Class C misdemeanor criminal cases, including traffic violations, for which the maximum fine, upon conviction, does not exceed $500 (not including state court costs), and for which no jail sentence may be assessed. They also hear cases involving violation of city ordinances, which may have fines up to $2,000 (not including state court costs) for certain offenses.

About the City of Frisco

Originating as a small railroad and farming community in 1902, Frisco is now one of the most exciting places to live, work, play and grow in the north Texas area. Located 25 miles north of Dallas, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. In September 2018, Money Magazine announced that Frisco topped its list of the "Best 50 Places to Live in America.”

For more information about the City of Frisco, visit

The City of Frisco Public Art Program

The mission of the City of Frisco Public Art Program is to promote cultural, aesthetic, and economic vitality in Frisco, Texas by integrating the work of artists into public places, civic infrastructure and development of the community.

The goals of the City of Frisco Public Art Program are:

  • To further the development and awareness of, and interest in, the visual arts.
  • To integrate the design work of artists into the development of Frisco’s capital infrastructure improvements.
  • To create an enhanced, interactive visual environment for Frisco residents.
  • To commemorate Frisco’s rich cultural and ethnic diversity.
  • To promote and encourage public and private art programs.
  • To promote tourism and economic vitality in Frisco through the artistic enhancement of public spaces.
  • To increase attachment to place.
  • Engage community partners to build support for public art.

Municipal Court Public Art Project Timeline

Call Released                                     Friday, April 3, 2020

Question submission deadline:          Friday, April 17, 2020 4:00 p.m. CDT

Submission Deadline for RFQ:          Thursday, May 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m. CDT
(Application received)

Finalist Notified and Announced:       On or before Friday, May 22, 2020

Contract Executed by:                        Friday, June 19, 2020

Installation Complete deadline:          August 2021

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