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Houston Downtown Management District: Vehicular Wayfinding
Request for Qualifications for Original Artwork

Budget: $1,500.00
Deadline: Wednesday, April 29, 11:59 p.m. (CST)
Location: Houston, TX
Eligibility: Nine (9) Houston Artists

1. Summary
On behalf of the Houston Downtown Management District (HDMD), Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) requests qualifications from artists interested in producing original artwork for the Downtown Vehicular Wayfinding Signs. Between 1999 and 2004, HDMD installed large-scale signage in strategic locations around Downtown Houston to help vehicle traffic and pedestrians navigate the public facilities, attractions and amenities in the area. The Wayfinding Signs include artwork by Houston artists which can be seen on the “back side” of most existing signs; see the provided document with representative artworks. In late 2014, HDMD began the effort to refurbish and expand the Vehicular Wayfinding Signs and the associated artwork. As part of this refurbishment, 9 existing or new signs are in need of original artwork by 9 Houston artists.

2. Budget
Each selected artist will receive $1,500.00 inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, design proposals, artist fees, design, and production of an original work of art that can be reproduced in a large format and applied to certain Vehicular Wayfinding Signs in Downtown Houston. 

3. Scope of Work 
Design and produce an original work of art in any medium, including digital, which can be reproduced and digitally printed on adhesive vinyl in one of the following horizontal x vertical dimensions: 10’-3” x 5’-0” (landscape), 15’-3” x 5’-0” (landscape), 5’-0” x 11’-0” (portrait). The precise location of the sign, the dimensions of the image, and the artwork orientation (landscape or portrait) will be assigned to each of the selected artists prior to entering into an agreement. Reproduction, printing and installation of artwork on the Wayfinding Signs will be performed by others.

4. Evaluation Criteria

  • Artistic quality: Artists or artist-led teams of the highest artistic caliber as demonstrated by examples of past work.
  • Responsiveness: Letter of intent successfully addresses the overall goals of the project, including sensitivity for the appropriateness of imagery on view in the public realm.
  • Project management ability: Applicants demonstrate that the artist or artist-led team has the necessary capability to accomplish the project, and to create and deliver the work on schedule. Applicant demonstrates their ability to collaborate with Houston Arts Alliance staff.

5. Eligibility:

  • Artists living and working within the limits of the City of Houston.
  • No staff members, board members, advisory board members, committee members or their family members of HAA or HDMD.
  • No current HDMD contractors or consultants.
  • No artists who are currently under contract or in contract negotiations with HAA for projects of any scope or budget size.
  • No artists who previously produced artwork for the Downtown Vehicular Wayfinding Signs (working under CACHH).
  • Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria will be withdrawn from consideration.

6. Application Requirements

  1. Resume or CV, no more than three pages.
  2. Letter of intent that includes contact information and describes how the artist meets the criteria listed in the RFQ (500 words max).
  3. Work Examples: Up to 10 samples of previous work. Digital images of works that demonstrate the above criteria. Only JPEGs up to 5 MB in size.
  4. Image list including artist name, title, year completed, dimensions, and material/medium.
  5. Three professional references.
  6. Willingness to sign an agreement with Houston Arts Alliance for the project.
  7. All documents should be in at least a 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin.

To submit, visit houstonartsalliance.submittable.com/submit.

Any questions specific to this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) should be submitted in writing via email—no later than Friday, April 24, 2015, 5 p.m. (CST)—to CivicArt@haatx.com with the subject line of “Wayfinding RFQ 2015”. Answers to questions will be posted on the RFQ’s Submittable.com listing, as received, and no later than Monday, April 27, 2015, 5 p.m. (CST).

​7. Timeline

  • April 3, 2015: RFQ released
  • April 24, 2015: RFQ questions deadline
  • April 29, 2015: RFQ submission deadline
  • May 11, 2015: Selected artists will be notified
  • May 29, 2015: Deadline for selected artists to enter into an Agreement
  • June 15, 2015: Artist concepts due
  • June 22, 2015: Client approval of artists’ concepts (HDMD and HAA)
  • August 31, 2015: Final artwork submitted
  • September – December 2015: Print production, application and installation by others

Please note: This schedule is subject to change.

» Download representative Wayfinding artworks


Civic Art + Design Registry

Houston Arts Alliance maintains a partnership with Fresh Arts’ Artist Registry. Artists interested in being involved with future Civic Art + Design projects are invited to create a free profile. Civic Art + Design will use Fresh Arts' Artist Registry as a means for reviewing qualifications when selecting artists considered for future projects.

Entry Deadline: Ongoing

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Additional Resources

CaFÉ™ (CallForEntry.org)
CallforEntry.org™, also known as CaFÉ™, is a phenomenal resource for artists to apply for public art opportunities around the US.


Publicartist.org has some amazing opportunities posted – sign up, it’s free!


The City of Phoenix (Office of Arts and Culture) Public Art Program
The City of Phoenix Public Art Program is one of the best in the U.S. Have a look at their opportunities!


Creative Capital
Looking for professional development opportunities? Creative Capital is an incredible resource!

Recommended Readings

Recommended by Jade Abner, Civic Art + Design Assistant:

  • The Profitable Artist: A Handbook for All Artists in the Performing, Literary, and Visual Arts by Artspire
  • Public Art: Theory, Practice and Populism by Cher Krause Knight
  • What We Made: Conversations on Art and Social Cooperation by Tom Finklepearl


Recommended by Sara Kellner, Director of Civic Art + Design:

  • The Artists Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions by Lynn Basa
  • Public Art by the Book by Barbara Goldstein
  • The Artists Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love by Jackie Battenfield
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