Title Public Art RFP: Outdoor Mural
Organization San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department
Closing Date Monday, September 24, 2018
Location San Marcos, TX
Information

Call for Artists- Papa John’s Pizza Mural
Project Summary

The City of San Marcos Mural Arts Committee and Papa John’s Pizza seek to commission a professional visual artist or artist team to design and paint a mural located at 216 E Hopkins Street on the alley side wall.

The project must display imagery that expresses the theme in line with the philosophy of “Innovation”. Imagery can be simple or abstracted as long as it promotes at least one or more of the following concepts:
• Innovation never stops
• Hope is a form of creativity
• Creativity remakes the world
• Creators gravitate towards each other
• Everything emerges from the ecosystem of innovations that came before it
• Creativity is an inherent social act
• Experimentation in the laboratory of the public
• Creativity is socially enhanced by other peoples brains
• Science needs art
• Being open to change

The artist stipend for this project is $7,000. Materials for the project will be provided by the City of San Marcos. The application deadline is Monday, September 24, 2018, 5:00 pm CST.

Project Background and Goals
The alley wall at Papa John’s Pizza is a great location to add vibrant art in downtown. This is a high traffic area with lots of visibility. The wall is approximately 700 square feet. See Attached photo for area. Edges of mural do not have to be a straight line and may break out of the box indicated.

The goals of this mural project are to:
• Beautify and add character to the neighborhood.
• Add to the growing collection of public art.
• Deter graffiti.

The project should meet the following objectives:
• Creation of colorful and inspiring imagery for residents and visitors
• Creation of imagery reflective of the community values

Artist Eligibility
Artists or artist teams who have prior experience in mural/large-scale artworks and prior experience in the creation of public art. Additional consideration may be given to artists from the surrounding communities.

Evaluation Criteria

The selection of an artist, or artist team, will be based upon:
• Artistic merit of the design.
• Appropriateness of the design for the location, including the scale, content, and color in relation to the site.
• Concept promoting themes stated in project summary.
• Artist’s qualifications.
• Originality of the design.

Budget
The total amount to be paid to the artist is a stipend is $7,000 inclusive of the design and painting process. This does not include paint, brushes, lifts, etc. These items will be provided by the City of San Marcos in a quantity and quality that is agreed upon by both parties.
Timeline – subject to change
September 24, 2018 5pm (CST) Deadline for submission of proposals
TBA Review, selection, and contracting of the artist/artist team

TBA Painting of the mural

Submission Guidelines
Multiple designs may be submitted and must include:
• A preliminary concept drawing and narrative. The narrative should convey the artistic intent, colors, style of work, etc. Please send each image as a .jpg and label with the artist’s last name, image number and image title. For example: Smith_01.jpg, Smith_02.jpg, etc. Images must be 1028×728 pixels (or smaller) and at least 72 dpi.
• Timetable for completion of the mural.
• Contact Information (resume and artist statement are helpful and encouraged).
• Examples of other relevant works and/or reviews of similar work. Maximum of 5 images. Please send each image as a .jpg and label with the artist’s last name, image number and image title. For example: Smith_01.jpg, Smith_02.jpg, etc. Images must be 1028×728 pixels (or smaller) and at least 72 dpi.
• Suggested plan for utilizing community volunteers to assist with painting the mural.
• Estimated cost of materials.

Please submit proposals by September 24, 2018 to:
San Marcos Mural Project
c/o Lisa Morris
630 E. Hopkins
San Marcos, TX 78666
Or email artsubmission@sanmarcostx.gov

Website http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/