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Tile Wall Public Art Project
20880 Centre Pointe Pkwy
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

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Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: National
State: California
Event Dates: 12/1/20 - 2/1/21
Entry Deadline: 11/30/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 10
The City of Santa Clarita (City) is seeking an art work for its Public Art program. Artist(s) are invited to submit portfolios of past work for consideration. Up to five (5) artists will be invited to submit site-specific proposals for a tile mural art work (Art Work) to be permanently located at the Canyon Country Community Center courtyard.  The City intends to select one artist to design and fabricate an Art Work.  The location for the public art piece will serve as a backdrop for weddings, events, banquets, and gatherings. The all-inclusive budget for this project is $25,000 in total.
The City is centrally located, just 30 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles. The City boasts yearround fun, abundant sunshine, a unique blend of upscale sophistication and small-town charm, historic elements, destination dining, signature shopping, outdoor adventure, and a variety of world-class events, scenic drives, and attractions.  These characteristics and more make Santa Clarita the ultimate Southern California lifestyle with endless opportunities to get outdoors and enjoy the weather while biking, running, hiking, and swimming. Spending quality time with family and friends is easy to do at one of our many parks, along our trails, and throughout our open space and nearby lakes. 
• No designated theme. The architectural design of the building is ‘California Rustic’ themed. 
• Creativity and innovation of design are encouraged.
• Art Work must be an original design.
• Art Work must be suitable for viewing by all ages.
• Art Work may not be used for advertisement or to promote business, product, or viewpoint.
• Designs must not include any breach of intellectual property, trademarks, brands, business names, corporate or organizational branding, or images of drugs.
• Artists should consider structural and surface soundness and materials that can withstand outside (desert climate: high winds, extreme temperatures) and uncovered weather conditions as well as inherent resistance to theft, vandalism, and excessive maintenance and repair costs. Artists will be required to describe their experience working with the proposed material in their proposal and provide a suggested maintenance schedule.
• Design must fit the whole pre-determined wall area of 5’ tall and 50’ wide. 
• Art Work must be installed in a manner with sufficient anchoring to prevent the tiles from being removed, broken, or overturned due to wind or an earthquake.  The City reserves the right to review the artists proposed installation plans and may request additional information from a California licensed engineer (hired by the artist) to address safety concerns the City may have 
• An area on or near the Art Work will be specified for use in presenting a plaque that indicates the name of the artist, title of Art Work, materials, and the year installed.  On the Public Art App, the name of the artist, title of Art Work, materials, year installed, 100-word narrative about the Art Work, and information about the artist will be featured.
• Power for the Art Work itself is not available onsite.  If the Art Work requires power, then it is suggested that it include a solar component.
• Art Work must be constructed of durable materials that are able to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the desert (high winds and extreme temperatures).
• Art Work must comply with standard engineering practices and requirements. 
• The Art Work will be evaluated to require that it does not present a hazard to public safety and must conform to ADA standards.
• Delivered Art Work that differs significantly from approved application will be disqualified.
November 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. PST - Application Due
December 2020 – Selection of up to five (5) semi-finalists made by Artist Selection Committee
January 2021 – Semi-finalist presentations made to Artist Selection Committee
February 2021 – Selection of chosen finalist made by Artist Selection Committee
March/April 2021 - Arts Commission and City Council review and approval of finalist
May/June 2021 - Selected finalist notified by City of Santa Clarita staff
LOCATION: The identified location will be in the courtyard outside the Canyon Country Community Center. Click here for location: 
The Canyon Country Community Center is being built on a six-and-a-half-acre lot. The building has a ‘California Rustic’ theme. The indoor facilities include a gymnasium, fitness center, arts and crafts room, classroom, activity/multi-use rooms, and a teaching kitchen. Outdoor there is a play area and half basketball court, an event area, and parking lot.
Up to five (5) artists will be invited to create site-specific Art Work proposals. Semi-finalists will receive a $1,000 honorarium, plus $400 (accommodation allowance) for the Art Work proposal. The total budget for the Art Work is $25,000. 
The honorarium will require the artist to make a presentation to the Artist Selection Committee:
• PowerPoint/PDF proposal of the Art Work (concept of the Art Work) must address the Design and Project Guidelines in the Call for Entry.
• PowerPoint/PDF proposal must address the maintenance and conservation of the Art Work.
• PowerPoint/PDF proposal must address the budget for the project. 
• Presentation will be 30 minutes, with questions and answers from the Artist Selection Committee.
The fabrication and installation agreement will include:
• Artist is responsible for delivery and installation of Art Work per scheduled date.
• The artist is required to provide installation instructions and a maintenance guide for proper care of the Art Work.
• Artist is responsible for all associated expenses related to design, fabrication, and transportation.
• Artist is responsible for all materials required to deliver the Art Work to the location.
• Artist is responsible for travel and hotel accommodations.
• The selected artist will be required to include insurance coverage for the installation period only.
• If a protective coating to address environmental or vandalism concerns is deemed necessary, this must be covered by the artist.
Artists 18 years of age or older are invited to submit an individual or collaborative artist application. Must be located in the U.S.
The required materials must be submitted electronically by midnight (PST), Monday, November 30, 2020, through CaFE (
1. Cover letter
2. Resume or CV
3. Artist statement 
4. Portfolio: Up to ten (10) images of previous work. At least one example must be an existing public art work. Description of the images must be include with portfolio image: material(s), dimensions, previously shown location and dates (if applicable), and maintenance 
• Visual impact
• Interpretation and creativity
• Composition and design
• Craftsmanship
• Design criteria and eligibility guidelines met
• Artists with previous experience preferred but not required ​
• Clarity of project-specific intent, relevant professional experience, and artistic vision, as expressed in Cover Letter, Resume/CV, and Artistic Statement.
Links regarding the community and history of the Santa Clarita area:
• City of Santa Clarita –
• Canyon Country Community Center -
• Public Art App -
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• Visit Santa Clarita -
• Demographics -
• Community Profile -
• Historical Society -
For further information about the prospectus, please contact the City of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events Division at or (661) 250-3787.
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