Austin’s Art in Public Places, the city’s program responsible for commissioning and managing public art around Austin, currently has myriad open calls for temporary and permanent artworks. The program, which has been around since 1985, oversees the city’s ordinance that 2% of a building or improvement project’s budget go towards art. Although many airports, universities, and other cities now have similar budget guidelines about including art in building projects, Austin was the “first municipality in Texas to make a commitment to include works of art in construction projects.”
Art in Public Places (AIPP) has recently issued open calls- to-artists for five artist opportunities, with several more on the way!
Montopolis Recreation and Community Center – Four artwork opportunities for local artists – past public art experience or a degree is not required. Selected artists will work with principal artist Fidencio Duran. Artists with a connection to the Montopolis neighborhood are encouraged to apply.
Opportunites are:
·        Exterior sculpture – Budget $90,000
·        Exterior fire stairwell wall – Budget $70,000
·        Exterior window shade screens – Budget $40,000
·        Interior lobby wall – Budget $40,000
Local Request-for-Qualifications open through February 21, 2019.
Rosewood Neighborhood Park – Exciting things are happening at Rosewood Neighborhood Park! AIPP seeks a local artist or team to create an artwork on or near the exterior of a new bathhouse for the pool. Artists with a connection to the Rosewood neighborhood are encouraged to apply.
Project. Budget: $44,000.
Local Request-for-Qualifications open through February 14, 2019.
East 51st Street Streetscape – Create an artwork funded by the bike/pedestrian friendly upgrades to the streetscape along E. 51st Street, from I-35 to Berman Drive in Districts 4 and 9. Budget is $48,000.
Local Request-for-Qualifications open January 8 to March 7, 2019.
St. John Pocket Park – Located in District 4, this opportunity is open to a range of ideas to be proposed by the selected artist. Budget is $30,000.
Local Request-for-Qualifications open January 8 to March 7, 2019.
TEMPO 2019 – Now in its sixth year, TEMPO 2019 seeks proposals from local artists to be selected for installation at library branches throughout Austin. The artworks will be re-installed in Edward Rendon Sr. Park for East Austin Studio Tours. Budgets up to $10,000.
Local Request-for-Proposals open January 15 to March 14, 2019.
TEMPO 2D 2019 – Back for its second year, TEMPO 2D seeks artists to create murals or 2-dimensional artworks to be selected for 10 sites around Austin, one in each Council District. Budgets range from $2000 to $7,000.
Local Request-for-Qualifications open March 5 to April 25, 2019.
Apply to all Art in Public Places Calls-to-Artists at
 Click here for dates and locations for application workshops.
Image: Yuliya Lanina’s Humpty Dumpty