Call for Artists: Scottsdale Public Art takes over Fire Station 603 public art project (Scottsdale, AZ)

Entry Deadline: 4/18/18


Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 5 
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 5 

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Scottsdale Public Art

Call for Artists/Request for Qualifications (RFQ)


Fire Station 603 Public Art Project


Application Deadline: April 18, 2018

Total Project Budget:  $45,000


Scottsdale Public Art is accepting qualifications from artists for a public art opportunity for Fire Station 603, to be located on 8191 E. Indian Bend Road between Hayden Road and Pima Road in Scottsdale. The selected artist will create a design for a Terrazzo floor and/or artistic glass treatment to be installed in the lobby and entrance corridor of the new fire station. 


Artists and graphic designers working in 2D media or who have experience creating a design for Terrazzo flooring are encouraged to apply. Terrazzo is a highly durable and sustainable flooring material made of colored resin and aggregate. Water jet-cut aluminum shapes and dividers can be included in the floor to enhance the design. For more info on artist-designed Terrazzo floors, you may visit the web site for the Western States Terrazzo Association:

Different options for enhancing glass are exterior film, interlayer film, etching, or stained glass.


Site Description

The City of Scottsdale has contracted with Fucello Architects to provide planning and design services for Fire Station 603. The City plans to replace the existing Fire Station 603, which was constructed in 1971 and is the oldest fire station still operating within the city, with the new facility. The new fire station, which serves the McCormick Ranch area and Scottsdale’s “Resort Corridor”, will be located at 8191 E. Indian Bend Road. The new location will enable crews to respond to emergency calls more quickly. The "Resort Corridor" that Fire Station 603 serves is 11.7 square miles with an estimated population of 39,911 residents. In this Corridor, there are more than 3,000 emergency calls a year.


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Scope and Project Description

The project scope is to create a design for a Terrazzo floor and/or artistic glass treatment that will be incorporated into the lobby and entry corridor of the new fire station. A successful design for this project should address and creatively reflect the character of the McCormick Ranch area, including the “Resort Corridor”, making this station highly visible to both Scottsdale residents and visitors.


The budget for the project is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including the artist selection process, design costs, artist’s fee, fabrication, and installation. The budget includes all travel for site visits, community meetings, and meetings between the artist and the project design team. The budget includes all taxes and insurance. 


Scottsdale Public Art

In 1985, Scottsdale adopted a one percent for art ordinance and established Scottsdale Public Art with the goal to enhance the quality of life afforded area residents and visitors. Since that time more than 60 permanent, 26 temporary and 86 private developer-funded public artworks have been commissioned throughout the community. Presently 50 new works are in various stages of design and construction. Scottsdale Public Art’s projects have won local, regional and national awards. Public art has taken many forms ranging from the walls of the Pima Freeway to James Turrell’s "skyspace" at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. The Scottsdale Public Art Collection includes traditional sculpture in the public square such as Ed Mell'sJack Knife, a ground breaking freeway project, Carolyn Braaksma’s The Path Most Traveled, and a signature pedestrian bridge by Paolo Soleri. The Scottsdale Public Art collection includes work by acclaimed artists such as Ilan Averbuch, Kevin Berry, James Carpenter, Cliff Garten, Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, Larry Kirkland, Laurie Lundquist, Merge Conceptual Design, Dennis Oppenheim, and James Turrell. Projects underway include work by Phillip K Smith III (The Art Office), R & R Studios, and the artist team of Aether and Hemera.


Scottsdale Public Art seeks to incorporate the highest quality art in Scottsdale's public places in order to enhance the City's cultural and artistic identity and presence. Scottsdale Public Art seeks to instigate a renewed commitment to the public domain by way of such projects that may invigorate social, cultural, historical, or environmental issues. Projects may possess a direct social relevance that is community referential or they may push the "place making" envelope and involve the viewer in the complexities of the urban desert experience. Public art in Scottsdale is meant to combine a spirited perspective of traditional and new iconographies as well as celebrate and invigorate the vitality of public life.


Scottsdale Public Art advocates, promotes and enables the integration of the work and ideas of artists into many facets of planning, design and building in the community. Public art effectively invites community participation at all phases, from artist selection to dedication. During the design process, an average of 250 people may review each public art project.  Artists compete for a commission at a specific location; a project panel comprised of city residents and art and design professionals chooses the artist; and the artist's design is then presented at public meetings prior to approval and fabrication. In many cases, the artist becomes an integral member of the project design team.


Scottsdale Public Art is managed by the Scottsdale Cultural Council, a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) management organization that administers the arts and cultural affairs of the City of Scottsdale, Arizona and also manages the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.


Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale is the major resort center of the Phoenix metropolitan area. Although not all of the local major resorts are located in the city, the city contains the core of specialty shopping, art galleries, and recreational facilities and many of the cultural and sporting events that attract and sustain the local tourism industry. Because of the lack of services in most areas adjacent to the city, Scottsdale’s retail centers, parks, employment centers, and libraries are heavily used by residents outside of the city. The high quality of the visual environment and character areas in the city is an important component of maintaining the tourism industry and civic framework.


In his 2000 study entitled “Scottsdale City Image” (a report to the City of Scottsdale’s Urban Design Studio), Todd Bressi reports that “Scottsdale is a city whose visual character is especially important to its residents, and where the sense of landscape and openness in the city are valued.” He suggests specific values that would contribute to a strengthened identity of Scottsdale’s civic framework and primary spaces of public experience: recognize the importance of the pedestrian scale of Scottsdale’s civic framework; celebrate the places that make Scottsdale great; strengthen the design of the arterial grid; reconnect with the Sonoran landscape. These values hold true today and motivate the efforts of Scottsdale Public Art.


Selection Process

An artist-selection panel will be convened to evaluate all submissions and select one artist and an alternate for the project. Selection criteria include: the applicant’s professional qualifications; proven ability to complete projects of a similar scope; artistic merit as evidenced by the submitted materials; and demonstrated ability to work with government agencies and stakeholders in the creation of a permanent public art project.  


The selection panel will select three artists to be finalists for the project. These finalists will be invited to make a site visit and create a proposal. Each finalist will present their proposal and be interviewed by the selection panel. Finalists will be paid an honorarium to cover the costs of time and materials for the site visit and proposal.


The chosen artist(s) will be recommended by the selection panel for approval by the Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board. The Advisory Board approves art concepts and the project scope and budget, thereby allowing the artist creative license within the established project plan. Contract and project plan are to be negotiated with Scottsdale Public Art. The Advisory Board reserves the right to reject any and all applications.




April 18, 2018                Deadline for response to RFQ (11:00PM Arizona Time)

Mid-April 2018               Anticipated Artist selection panel shortlist

Late-April 2018              Anticipated site visit for shortlisted artists

Late-May 2018               Anticipated Artist selection panel final interviews

Mid-June 2018               Contract Development

Summer/Fall 2018         Design Process     



All artists residing in the state of Arizona are eligible to apply.


Application Delivery

Application are being accepted via the web site.


All materials submitted become the property of Scottsdale Public Art.


Submission Requirements

  • Digital Images: 5 digital images of previously completed artwork.
  • Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist address, email, and phone number. Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member.
  • Statement(s) of Intent: Address how the applicant’s previous experience and current artistic direction will result in a successful public art project.


For Further Information

All questions regarding this Request for Qualifications are to be directed to Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker, Public Art Manager, Scottsdale Public Art, at Please include artist name and phone number in all correspondence.