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Bicentennial Park Call for Sculpture

DEADLINE: 3/9/2020, 5:00 p.m.

The City of Reno Arts & Culture Commission, in collaboration with The Reno Downtown Rotary, is seeking sculpture for purchase and installation in Bicentennial Park, immediately east of Ralston Street between First Street and the Truckee River, in downtown Reno.

Goals of this project include: transforming a park into a home for a permanent sculpture exhibition; increase public awareness of art; broaden viewers' perspectives of public spaces within the City, and foster a sense of place in a highly visible area along the Truckee River.

SPECIFICATIONS: All sculptures MUST fit one of the existing pedestals. The maximum weights and sizes vary for each pedestal type. There are two available pedestals (2B and 5C - See PDF for weight and size specifications). The pedestals are topped with a steel plate for welding/securing artwork. Selected artist(s) will provide an image of the artwork being proposed.

BUDGET:  The total budget for this project is $40,000. There are two (2) available sculpture pads. The purchase price of the piece should include any artist fees for transporting the work to the site. Please note: The budget is for 2 pieces of art, not necessarily from the same artist.

For more information and to apply to the call, please download the complete Request for Proposals PDF.

 

Art Signals Call for Artists

DEADLINE: 3/9/2020, 5:00 p.m.A signal box painted with an eye and mouth in red purple and blue.

A public art project which creates new artwork for public display within the City of Reno utilizing selected signal boxes located throughout Reno. 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; and fostering a sense of place on Reno's streets. 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.

BUDGET:
Project Budget is $500 per signal box, estimated to cover $100 for materials and $400 for the artist fee.

For more information and to download the submission requirements and template, please download the PDF.

For an example project approach and proposal, please download the PDF.

 

Wingfield Park Amphitheater Gates

DEADLINE: 4/6/2020, 5:00 p.m.

SUMMARY:
The Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) is seeking proposals from artists for a public art opportunity at the Wingfield Park Amphitheater. Artists working in the United States and who have experience designing projects with a similar budget and scope are encouraged to apply.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Wingfield Park Amphitheater sits in the heart of Wingfield Park, along the Truckee River in downtown Reno. During the summer, the amphitheater is used almost nonstop for events and performances, many occurring during the month of July as part of Artown’s yearly festival. The RACC is seeking proposals for artistic metal gates that would enclose the entrance ways to the green room behind the amphitheater. A total of 4 gates approximately 5.5 to 6 feet wide and 8 to 10 feet high are required. The gates should be sturdy, not climbable, reflective of the site, and not entirely opaque—there should be some visibility into the interior space. Two gates will be visible from the stage and audience perspective.

BUDGET:
Projected budget is $15,000 for the entire project, excluding installation costs.
This budget is inclusive of all costs associated with the design, planning, fabrication, and completion of the project. The budget includes all travel costs and insurance. The City will assist with installation costs and logistics.

For more information and to apply to the call, please download the PDF.

 

City of Reno City Artist Program

City Artist text above a colorful skyline of downtown Reno

 

DEADLINE: 4/6/2020, 5:00 p.m.

The City of Reno is now seeking a visual artist to serve as the City Artist for 2020/2021. The mission of this program is to promote visual artists living in Reno, to highlight visual art in the community, and to engage with the public through visual art. The City Artist will also have the opportunity to learn about the local government process and engage with constituents about their art. 

To be considered for the position of City Artist, an artist must be a Reno resident and be able to complete the duties listed in the complete guidelines. This position is open to visual artists.

For more information and to apply for the City Artist position, please download the PDF.

 

Keystone Avenue Bridge Call for Artists

DEADLINE: 4/6/2020 5:00 P.M.

The Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) is accepting qualifications from artists for a public art opportunity at the Keystone Avenue Bridge underpass at McKinley Arts & Culture Center/Riverside Drive. Artists working in the United States and who have experience designing projects with a similar budget and scope are encouraged to apply. Teams of artists are welcome to apply.

The goals for the project include:  transforming this pedestrian and roadside space into an art form; increasing public awareness of art, and broadening visitors’ perspectives of public spaces within the City. The artist(s) selected should have demonstrated experience working in public locations subject to vandalism.  

The RACC is looking for proposed projects that incorporate a painted mural and artistic lighting.

Projected budget is $50,000 for the entire project.

For more information and to apply please download the complete RFQ PDF.

 

Poster for Call for applications to Friends of Black Rock Artist Residency picturing stylized Nevada landscape with blue sky, purple mountains, and yellow desert.

Friends of Black Rock/BLM Artist Residency

DEADLINE: 4/1/2020

The Winnemucca District, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), along with partner organization Friends of Black Rock-High Rock (FBRHR) announce a call to artists to share their thanks in celebrating one of Northern Nevada's icons by applying for spring residencies at the Black Rock Desert High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area (NCA). This project is sponsored by the BLM in partnership with FBRHR.

Selected artists will schedule residencies for two weeks in June-July of 2020. They will be required to create at least one piece of artwork inspired by the Black Rock Desert NCA that will be featured in an exhibition in the summer or fall of 2020. Artists will receive a $700 stipend from the Bureau of Land Management for developing their work and lodging for the duration of their residency.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Friends of Black Rock High Rock website.

 

City of Sparks: Mural RFQ

DEADLINE: 3/27/2020, 5:00 p.m.The City of Sparks logo.

The City of Sparks is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a public art opportunity for the City of Sparks.

BACKGROUND

In 2015, the City of Sparks began one of the largest redevelopment projects in its history in downtown Victorian Square.  Planned for completion by 2022, a six-square-block area of downtown Sparks called Victorian square will be transformed into housing (apartments and condos) for 5,000 new residents, new restaurants and retail spaces, an event venue, a central plaza and gathering space. New buildings around the existing parking garage has made the building invisible to general public.

This project aims to make the accessibility inside the garage easier to find and allow pedestrians inside the garage to find their way into the local businesses and outside plaza.

For more information and to download the RFQ, please visit the City of Sparks's website.

 


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Public Art Proposals 

For artists and constituents who are interested in submitting a public art proposal on City of Reno right-of-way please refer to the Public Art page of this website.  Currently, the Public Art Committee and Reno Arts & Culture Commission is not accepting new project proposals for funding requests outside of City of Reno right-of-way. 

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