Call to Artists – City of Fate Downtown Mural Project

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THE CITY OF FATE ANNOUNCES A $22,500 MULTI-FACED DOWNTOWN MURAL PROJECT.

The City of Fate (located in the center of Rockwall County in Texas) announces a call for professional mural artists to submit qualifications to be considered for the design and installation of two (2) publicly viewable murals on two (2) building exterior walls located on the eastern elevation of 104 E Fate Main Place, Fate, TX 75087 and the western elevation of 104 E Fate Main Place, Fate, TX 75087. Artists may submit qualifications for one or two walls with the complete understanding and acceptance that each submission will be scored and awarded independently.

The art for the eastern elevation of 104 E Fate Main Place, Fate, TX 75087 will be:

  • Site-specific
  • Culturally and socially appropriate for the community of Fate
  • Able to last for at least 15 years without any required maintenance
  • Able to incorporate elements of the City’s comprehensive history from inception to now

The art for the western elevation of 104 E Fate Main Place, Fate, TX 75087 will be:

  • Site-specific
  • Culturally and socially appropriate for the community of Fate
  • Able to last for at least 15 years without any required maintenance
  • Able to incorporate elements of the gateway, welcome, or landmark signage into the downtown

SITE SPECIFICATIONS AND BUDGETS: Applicants are encouraged to propose participatory or interactive designs maximizing the use of each wall. Applicants are required to demonstrate how the preparation and cleaning material, paint material, and any other applicable materials necessary for the murals’ completion are compatible with the current surface of the wall. Proposals shall not exceed the budget listed and will be inclusive of all costs associated with the timely completion of the mural, including but not limited to, design fees, materials (including shipping costs and additional fees), labor, rentals, travel, per diem expenses, commercial liability insurance, and contingency funds.

  • The eastern elevation of 104 E Fate Main Place, Fate, TX 75087 is comprised of an 86’ x 14’ wall of painted brick and has a budget allocation of up to $15,000.00.
  • The western elevation of 104 E Fate Main Place, Fate, TX 75132 is comprised of a 29’ x 14’ wall of painted brick and has a budget allocation of up to $7,500.00.

SCHEDULE:

  • Tuesday, August 10: RFQ Issuance
  • Sunday, August 29: RFQ Deadline
  • Friday, September 3: Finalists Announced
  • Friday, September 17: Finalist’s Concepts Due
  • Tuesday, September 21: Artists Selection Announcement
  • Sunday, October 31: Murals must be complete

ELIGIBILITY: Any Texas-based artist or collection of artists with demonstrated experience in large-format artwork may apply. Artists may submit qualifications for one or two walls with the complete understanding and acceptance that each submission will be scored and awarded independently.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: To be considered, all applicants are required to complete a primary contact form and upload the below materials by 11:59 PM CST, Sunday, August 29, 2021:

  1. Primary Contact Information: Each submission must include a primary contact
  2. Statement of Interest: The statement of interest shall include the reason for pursuing this opportunity, which wall(s) are being submitted for, an explanation for why the artist or collection of artists is the best candidate, and a brief overview of the artist’s or collection of artist’s experiences in large-format artwork.
  3. Resume: The artist shall submit a professional resume; if the submission is for a collection of artists, each artist shall submit a resume.
  4. Supporting Works: Include at last three (3) digital images of completed works with an image identification sheet with descriptions.
  5. Sketch(s): Include a proposed sketch of a possible design for the mural. If submitting for both walls, then a sketch for each wall will be required.

SELECTION: A selection committee will select finalists for each wall to create a site-specific proposal. Finalists are required to participate in an in-person site visit and will receive an artist fee of $250 for renderings.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants must complete the form at the link below by 11:59 PM CST, Sunday, August 29, 2021, to be considered. https://www.fatetx.gov/FormCenter/Economic-Development-22/Downtown-Mural-Project-128

CONTACT: Questions regarding this RFQ should be directed to Suzy Lawrence, slawrence@fatetx.gov, call or text 469-543-4846.