DCA is seeking artists, artist teams, and/or arts organizations interested in creating mural projects, as part of the Arts Development Fee Program, throughout the fifteen (15) Council Districts in the City of Los Angeles. In some instances, a specific mural opportunity and location may be identified in advance and artists will be directed to develop a site-specific work at that location.
Artists working in any mural medium, style or technique — i.e. aerosol, mosaics, ceramics, paints, stencils, stickers, wheat paste — may apply. Successful applicants must demonstrate the professional capacity to oversee the design, implementation and production of a mural project for the City of Los Angeles — a process that includes making presentations to the public, overseeing all aspects of mural production, executing a project in a public space, registering the mural through either the City Mural Registration process or the Cultural Affairs Commission review process. Successful applicants must also demonstrate the technical knowledge related to best practices for wall preparation techniques and safety requirements for working on scaffolding, lifts, and ladders.
Artists may apply individually or as a team. Artists’ teams may not change over the life of the project. Artists who apply as a team must demonstrate both the qualifications of individual team members, as well as the team’s qualifications to work together on projects. Commissioned artists and/or artist teams must attend multiple meetings with City agencies, Council Offices, the public, and others as required.
This Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is open to professional artists, artist teams and/or arts organizations who live and work in the County of Los Angeles. Artists or artist teams pre-qualified for other DCA-administered public art opportunities are eligible to apply to this RFQ. Applicants selected through this RFQ will be included on DCA’s 2016 Pre-Qualified Roster of Mural Artists and eligible to propose for individual project opportunities as they arise, but will not be guaranteed a public art commission. In order to remain eligible for public art project commissions, artists and artist teams must retain the same members as stated in its original application to this RFQ. Employees of the City of Los Angeles are ineligible to apply.
Budgets for mural projects will range from $10,000 – $60,000. Each budget will be all-inclusive, and must cover all expenses associated with the design, fabrication and installation of the commissioned mural project, including design development, production and execution, as well as any required presentations, approvals, engineering services and/or City permits. This project is funded through the Arts Development Fee program and/or other art programs funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs.
An artist selection panel will convene to review all applications received in response to this RFQ, and establish a 2016 Pre-Qualified Roster of Mural Artists, which will remain active for two (2) years from the date of the selection panel. Once selected, pre-qualified artists and artist teams will be eligible to develop proposals as individual projects are initiated by DCA. Separate selection panels will convene for such projects, in order to review mural project proposals, interview proposing artists, and select artists to receive the mural commissions. All selection panels will be comprised of artists, arts professionals, City representatives, and/or community members, and administered by DCA. Upon receiving a mural project commission and throughout all project phases, each commissioned artist and artist team will be required to comply with City codes dealing with safety, accessibility, seismic and/or other issues, as appropriate for the commissioned project.
HOW TO APPLY
All applications must be submitted electronically via Slide Room. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Incomplete and late applications will be deemed ineligible and not be considered.
A complete application must include:
ARTIST’S CONTACT INFORMATION including name, business name (if applicable), physical address, mailing address, telephone, and email. Teams must identify one artist to be DCA’s primary contact for the team, as well as contact information for each artist on the team.
STATEMENT OF INTEREST (PDF or DOC format only, 2 pages max) for creating public art murals for City walls.
CURRICULUM VITAE (PDF or DOC format only, 4 pages max); teams must submit a CV for each artist on the team.
TEN (10) IMAGES (JPG format only, 72 DPI min + 5 MB max per file) of completed artwork; image files must be named sequentially (i.e. 01, 02, 03…); teams may submit no more than ten images total. Each of the image files must include the title of the image, year, size, materials, and brief description. For any commissioned project(s), also include the client, budget, and location.
*Additional material included that is not requested by DCA will not be reviewed.
Please contact Jasmine Regala, Arts Associate, at 213-202-5544 or via email.