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City of Reno Call for Artists

Invitation to Artists - RSCVA Signal Box 

ELIGIBILITY:  The Project is OPEN to artists in a regional area encompassing Nevada and Northern California with experience in public art projects.


A public art project which creates new artwork for public display within the City of Reno utilizing selected signal box in front of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority office at 4001 S. Virginia St. Goals of this project include: transforming utilitarian structure into an art form; increasing public awareness of art; broadening viewers' perspectives of public spaces within the City; fostering a sense of place on Reno's streets; and supporting the RSCVA’s mission of highlighting the activities and events that make Reno special. The theme of the signal box will be related to destination highlights in and around the City of Reno—for example, hiking, the river, Lake Tahoe, festivals and events, etc. The artist(s) selected should have demonstrated experience working in public locations subject to vandalism. Artwork will be selected based on the quality of design and have a 5-year life expectancy. Proposals should include examples of previous work as well as a concept design of the theme described above. Outside murals are subject to the harshest environmental conditions; murals must be painted with high-quality color-fast paint with the proven ability to maintain color-fastness for five-years (see SPECIFICATIONS below). Artists are expected to provide manufacturer specifications on chosen materials with proposal. Materials, colors used, and design will be at the approval of the City of Reno and RSCVA.

Dark green electrical box on a street with native plants in front of the RSCVA sign and a building with an orange roof

SPECIFICATIONS: Selected artist(s) will design and execute one-of-a-kind two dimensional images that wrap around all sides of the selected signal box. Paint specifications as follows: Base coat (exterior white paint—Kilz Premium Primer Interior/Exterior); Main coat (Chroma Acrylic Mural Paint, Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics, Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylics, Rust-Oleum Professional Rust Resistant Enamel Spray Paint); Top coat/sealant (Rust-oleum clear coat spray paint gloss, Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover Gloss Clear).

LOCATION: 4001 S. Virginia St, Reno, NV.


Project Budget is $500, to cover materials and the artist fee.



  1. Current resume detailing professional artistic accomplishments and references from past public art projects, including awards if applicable.  Documents must be labeled with artist's last name and resume, sent as a word doc or google doc (ex: LastName_Resume.doc) 
  2. Digital images of relevant art work (min. 3, max. 5). Images must be labeled with artist’s last name, numbered according to slide list and sized at 72 DPI, 1000 pixels on the longest side, in JPG format. (ex: LastName01.jpg)
  3. Image List - image number, title, media, size, date, location, description of work, including awards if applicable.
  4. Project Approach: articulate design concept, anticipated maintenance requirements, and choice of materials (including manufacturer specifications). Limited to one page, type written, artist’s name, phone and return address. Documents must be labeled with artist's last name and sent as a word doc or google doc (ex: LastName_ProjectApproach.doc) 
  5. Visual representation of project proposal (following the mural theme described above). Images must be labeled with artist's last name and project proposal in JPG format (ex: LastName_ProjectProposal.doc) 

Submissions must be received by December 15, 2017 


Washoe County Art Trail: Call for Artists/Proposals

WHO: Burning Man Project and Washoe County
DEADLINE: Monday, December 18, 2017
BUDGET: $60,000 – $100,000

Burning Man Project and Washoe County are pleased to announce an opportunity for artists to create an artwork that is representative of the emblematic iconography of Washoe County Nevada that will serve as two trailhead installations for a 200-mile trail of art, culture and place memory. Engendered and imagined as a story trail that encompasses the geography that spans between the trail’s two points of initiation of Crystal Peak Park and the town of Gerlach, the two installations will be derived from the symbols and stories of meaning shared in community story circles in early 2018.
The call is open to artists, artist teams, community groups working with designers, architects, landscape architects, or place-keeping experts who are interested in creating an exterior public art installation expressing the community’s relationship to place and stories of local culture. As we examine the relationship of people to place, of urban to rural, of geography to history, we invite proposals that will creatively contribute to the conversation, animating the concepts of people and their connection to place, while responding to the ideas and stories generated by local residents.


Burning Man Project and Washoe County, Nevada, through support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the County’s Community Special Projects program, will commission a public art installation that actively seeks to advance the general public’s understanding of the place where they live, the sense of connection to story, and a common bond across communities that spread from Verdi to Gerlach along the Truckee River. While one artwork is to be created, it will be fabricated as either two identical pieces or as two pieces that speak to one another in ways that are coherent and relate to their locations (one for each location).


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Public Art Proposals 

Due to the number of current requests for placing public art or looking at proposals from artists and arts groups, the Arts & Culture Commission is working on formalizing a submission process. This process will streamline the way we review these types of proposals and ensure each project is properly considered. During this time, we are not accepting any new proposals. Please check back for updates and fill out our Artist Registry form below to be notified of upcoming Calls for Artists and opportunities.


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