Call Detail
Perry Park Public Art Project
Entry Deadline: 4/25/22
Application Closed
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 6
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Unspecified
State: Arizona
Budget: $65,000


Office of Arts + Culture

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established in 1985 to champion and sustain the City's arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. 

 Our Commitment

The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture believes in fair treatment, access, and opportunity for all individuals. Our equity strategy aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency's programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents. ​

 The City of Phoenix fully endorses and supports the concept of equal business and employment opportunities for all persons, regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Land Acknowledgement

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture acknowledges that modern-day Phoenix is on the traditional lands of the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and the Tohono O’odham and before that their ancestors (Hohokam) as well as the Pee-Posh (Maricopa). We honor the elders of both past and present, as well as future generations that enable us to live here today. Further, we acknowledge the sovereignty of the 22 Tribal Nations who continue to steward the lands that make up the state of Arizona.The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program is requesting qualifications from artists to work with a project team and the Parks and Recreation Department to integrate a public art enhancement for Perry Park in Phoenix, AZ. The selected artist will be expected to work with the community and city staff to design custom concrete treatments that will be a visually appealing and functional improvement to the park.

Project Description

This is an opportunity for artists specializing in two-dimensional design with experience in community engagement. This is a fast-tracked project that will require an artist who can begin research and design in the summer of 2022. Construction is expected to begin in fall 2022.

Located in North 32nd Street and Thomas in Phoenix, Perry Park was first established in 1947. In the 1950s, the City of Phoenix began to develop the space as an outdoor recreational area. Open to the public and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department, Perry Park is one of 83 neighborhood parks citywide. Neighborhood parks typically are ~15 acres and service an area withwithinadius of 1 mile providing direct access to open spaces for approximately 4,000 - 7,000 people within the vicinity. Perry Park is sized at 8.37 acres. In 2020, additional improvements to the park were made, including a walking path, the park’s current playground installation, tree plantings, and parking lot improvements. The park features ramadas and a picnic area, plenty of open space with shade, a community playground, a lighted sports court, and sports field, and a WalkPHX Path.

The selected artist/artist team will be expected to work with various city departments to integrate their concepts into the overall goals of these projects.


This is a fast-tracked project. The selected artist will be expected to quickly design custom concrete treatments for designated areas of the park, such as the sidewalks and skate plaza area. Community engagement for the project must occur before the design is developed and finalized. The selected artist will be expected to review concepts with the city and the design team to ensure that the artwork is seamlessly integrated into the space with regards to site specific regulations. Once approved, artists will work with a city-managed contractor to convert the final design into digital files that clearly depict the concrete patterns and colors in relationship to the site. A contractor will then be selected to produce the designs. The ideal artist or team should demonstrate their experience creating 2D work on a large scale and working with community. The artist will also be expected to oversee installation of the public art portion of the project. This will require project team meetings, review of samples, site visits etc.

Estimated Budget

The budget for design and construction oversight is not to exceed $65,000. This amount covers the artist design fee and all costs associated with the design process (insurance, fax, mileage, research, materials, etc.) and construction oversight. Fabrication costs will be determined as the project moves towards construction.

Applicants to this project may be considered for additional public art project opportunities advertised by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

Estimated Timeline of Project

March 28th, 2022 - RFQ Released, Application Open

April 12th, 2022, 10:00 AM (Phoenix Time) - Informational Meeting

April 25th, 2022 10:59 PM (Phoenix Time) - Application Deadline 

Early May 2022 - Selection panel recommends an artist

May-June 2022 - Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission & City Council approval and award of contract

Summer/Fall 2022 - Design Phase

Fall/Winter 2022 - Construction Phase


Application Requirements

Requirements and Deadlines for Submitting a Response to this Call

Cost: There is no fee to apply to this call.

Deadline: April 25th, 2022, 10:59 p.m. (Phoenix Time) Late applications will not be considered.

Eligibility: This project is open to any professional artist or artist team with the demonstrated ability to meet the criteria (SEE EVALUATION & SELECTION), regardless of residency, race, ethnicity, gender, age or experience. No previous public art experience is required to apply. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

City of Phoenix employees and Phoenix Arts and Culture Commissioners and their immediate family members, and selection panelists and the panelists’ immediate families are excluded from participating in this project. Applications from Artists’ representatives, managers, or galleries will not be accepted.

Submissions: Submissions will be accepted via this CaFE Application only. 

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Do not send original artwork. Applicants are strongly encouraged to retain a complete copy of their application for their records.

Applicant Name: If applying as a team, please select a team lead as a point of contact for all communications. Artists applying as a member of a team are not eligible to also apply as an individual.

Blind Jury: The selection panel will review all applicants as a blind jury.  Please do not include your name or identifying information in your image captions, on your images, or in your statement of Intent. Compromising the anonymity of the process for the panelists will result in disqualification.

Applicant Pool: Applicants to this RFQ may be considered as an applicant pool for other similar City of Phoenix public art projects.


Submission Materials:

  1. Statement of Intent (1000-character limit) - Think of this as a job application and your cover letter. Be as succinct as possible. Describe why you are interested in this opportunity and highlight any relevant experience. Do not include your name or any identifying information, such as a website link, in your statement.
  2. Resume or CV. (3-page limit per artist) Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist’s name, address, email, and phone number. Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member merged into one PDF, DOC, or DOCX file.
  3. Image List (1-page limit; DOC, DOCX, or PDF) - Describe each project pictured in terms of materials, site, and scale. Include media, dimensions, year completed and estimated budget. If created as a collaboration, list all partners involved and describe your role in the process. Specify whether the piece is a studio piece, temporary, or permanently installed work. Do not include your name or any identifying information, such as a website link, in the image list.
  4. Images - Up to 6 digital images of previously created artwork in jpg format. Follow CaFE Guidelines for size. (Work samples may include but are not limited to reproductions of paintings, prints, murals, sculpture, graphic arts, fabric arts, etc.). Do not include photographs of yourself, your name, or any identifying information such as a website link, in each description. Do not put text on your images. We recommend using only one photograph per image. Collaging more than one image together may reduce the panelists’ ability to see your work clearly.

Contact information: The City contact for this Call is Romeo Rabusa, Procurement Officer (the “City Contact”). Any questions relating to this Call to Artist shall be directed, in writing, to Romeo Rabusa via email ( or phone (602-534-8334). To be considered, such questions must be received by April 21, 2022, at 12:00 noon (PDT).

If a Respondent believes that any portion of this Call is ambiguous, inconsistent or contains an error, the Respondent shall promptly notify the City Contact of the apparent discrepancy before April 21, 2022.  If the Respondent fails to notify the City Contact of the discrepancy before that date, the Respondent’ shall be deemed to have waived any such claim of ambiguity, inconsistency or error in this Call.

Helpful Links: Several online and video resources for application guidance are available from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture:

•   Public Art 101 Digital Classroom Lesson 1 – Applications and Selection Process (VIDEO)  

•   CaFE Submission Demonstration (VIDEO) –  

•   Artist’s Guide (PDF) –'s%20Guide%20to%20the%20Phoenx%20Public%20Art%20Program.pdf

Eligibility Criteria

A selection panel will be convened by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. Members of the panel will include arts professionals, city staff, and community members.  Non-voting advisors to the panel may include additional city staff and members of the design team. The panel will review the work of all applicants before recommending finalists. The selection panel will have the authority to invite finalists to be interviewed or to develop concepts for the projects.

Responses to this Call should be concise, well organized and provide the requested information. Responses lacking the necessary information will not be considered.

At the selection panel meeting, artist will be selected from the pool of applicants using a 20-point system. The scoring will be based upon the following distribution of possible points:

  1. Demonstrated artistic quality of previously completed artwork. (Work samples may include but are not limited to murals, sculpture, installations, outdoor spaces etc.)
10 points
  1. Potential to create an impactful design for this public project.  (Work samples should show completed projects demonstrating your potential to design a large scale 2D design.)
5 points
  1. Experience in collaborative design work and community engagement (Collaborative work experience can be described in your Statement of Intent and does not have to be art related.)
5 points

After evaluating submissions, the City, at the request of the Evaluation Committee, may ask some or all Respondents to submit supplemental information and concepts, or to participate in interviews.