N. College Avenue Mural
The City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Arts Council seeks qualified artists, designers, and craft persons to create a public art mural. Any artist or team of artists with public art, mural, or large-scale painting experience – who can meet the project requirements and timeline – is eligible.
INTERESTED PARTIES ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO REVIEW THE SELECTION PROCESS, PROPOSED TIMELINE, and CONTRACT.
Budget: The mural stipend is $17,367 (1,654 sq. ft. @ $10.50/sq. ft. Includes all artist fees, materials, installation, etc. Artist must prep wall with masonry primer). A stipend of $250/each will be awarded to three artists selected to submit a mural proposal.
Mural Location: Street-facing side of retaining wall on west side of N. College Avenue/HWY 71B (between Prospect and Cleburn Streets. Surface area is 1,654 feet. Plan view of location with Google maps images
Project Background and Summary: The City of Fayetteville is currently making improvements to a section of N. College Avenue that transitions from Downtown to Midtown. The City had hoped to plant street trees on the west side of College Avenue to match the trees planted on the east side in 2016. As crews began working this spring, they found a fiber line buried in a vault underneath the existing sidewalk. The available soil depth would not be able to sustain healthy trees and the line could not be relocated due to the exorbitant cost of moving a line with particular specifications.
City officials strive to incorporate functional aesthetics with a strong return on investment in projects. Both street trees and public art fulfill this philosophy. Therefore the City of Fayetteville, with approval from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), seek to install a mural on retaining wall located on the west side N. College Avenue between Cleburn and Prospect Streets. More than 28,000 vehicle trips per day pass that section. The newly-completed sidewalk on the east side of College Avenue has seen increased pedestrian use due to greater width, less curb cuts, new lighting, and new street trees. A H.A.W.K. signal will be placed south of Prospect Street and will provide safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists crossing between two established neighborhoods. The signal and new sidewalk will also improve access to Wilson Park, one of the City’s most popular public gathering spaces and oldest park.
Proposed Project Timeline:
September 5 Issue informal proposal Call for Artists
September 12, 7 p.m. CST Close Request for Qualified Artists
September 13 Arts Council meets / selects three finalists
September 14 Three finalists notified to produce renderings
September 25 Renderings due
September 27 Arts Council meets / selects final artist
September 28 Artist notified and contract process starts
October 5, 12 p.m. Contract process complete
October 13 - November 9 Mural complete. Artist must complete mural within 10 calendar days.
Contract: View sample contract here.
Artist Selection Process:
- Artists complete request for qualifications (RFQ) submission
- The Fayetteville Arts Council will review all qualifications submissions and select three artists to submit a mural proposal. The proposal must include a to-scale rendering or proposed mural, written description of proposes mural, budget summary of projects (fee, materials, expenses, etc.), suggested maintenance plan. The stipend for the completed mural proposal is $250.
- The Arts Council, with Arkansas Department of Transportation approval, will select the final artist(s).
RFQ Submission Requirements:
- Brief statement of interest indicating your qualifications and interest in the project.
- Personal website address or address where examples of work can be seen.
- Professional resume.
- Up to ten (10) images of relevant past work. Images showing mural and large-scale work is preferred. Images should be attached as jpgs or pngs, no larger than 2MB each.
- If you are chosen as a qualified artist, you must be able to fulfill the following:
- Able to complete the project within the specified timeline.
- Able to provide a $500,000 Certificate of Liability Insurance.
- Able to submit a mural proposal (to-scale rendering of proposed mural, written description of proposed mural, budget summary of project, suggested maintenance plan).
THE SUBMISSION IS CLOSED
Contact Dede Peters, Community Engagement Manager, by phone 479-575-8302 or by email.