Calls for public art around Texas

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From PublicArtist.org

Name of Call: Pre-Qualified Mini Murals Artist Registry
Eligibility: State: TX
Budget: $1,000
Deadline: 3/31/21

UP Art Studio and Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs invite Texas Artists to apply to join the Mini Murals Program Artist Registry 2021. The program has paid local artists over $300,000 over the past 5 years, and it has many upcoming opportunities for commissions in 2021.

Mini Murals is an award-winning program curated and managed by UP Art Studio, a Houston-based civic art consulting firm. The program commissions artists to paint small-scale murals on traffic signal control cabinets and other utility cabinets in the right of way in diverse neighborhoods of Texas cities. Over the past 5 years, UP Art Studio has commissioned artists to paint more than 300 Mini Murals. Major funders have included the City of Houston, City of Austin, management districts, other municipalities, non-profits, neighborhood associations, businesses, and individual sponsors.

For the first time since the program’s inception in 2015, applications will be accepted year-round, and will be reviewed quarterly, giving artists the opportunity to apply any time.

How to Apply

To apply to join the Artist Registry, artists should visit the Artist Info page at MiniMurals.org and read the following materials: • Program Overview for Artists • Application: Mini Murals Artist Registry

The application form, with supporting documents, must be electronically submitted by March 31, 2021. All applications, which include a resume and examples of relevant prior work, will be reviewed by a selection panel. Artists selected for the registry will be informed by April 16, 2021.

Artists accepted for the Registry receive ongoing notifications of Calls for Renderings. These opportunities to submit ideas for specific, funded Mini Murals commission are open only to artists in the Mini Murals Artist Registry. Responding to the Call for Artists is therefore an essential foundational step towards receiving a commission. UP Art Studio and its clients particularly seek diverse artists, with lived experience of project areas – which include many underserved areas that historically have been home to people of color.

Applications received after the March 31 deadline will be held for consideration by the review panel until the next Call occurs.


Name of Call: Mural Designs for Port of Corpus Christi
Eligibility: County: TX: Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio
Budget: $3,500
Deadline: 3/26/21

The Port of Corpus Christi (POCC) and Weingarten Art Group are seeking artists living in Corpus Christi and the Texas Coastal Bend region to submit mural concepts for POCC’s new Administration Building. The murals are intended to create a vibrant experience for staff and guests and promote pride in Corpus Christi. Mural designs will be produced in vinyl and mounted to interior walls.

Artists applying should submit a letter of interest, a mural concept, and past work examples. POCC will evaluate submissions and shortlist five (5) finalists to proceed to the next stage. The finalists will be asked to create digitally formatted designs for consideration. POCC will evaluate the designs and select two (2) artists who will be awarded the project for the two (2) mural locations on site. The two (2) selected artists will each receive an honorarium of $3,500.

Deadline to submit: Friday, March 26, 11:59pm Honorarium: $3,500

Name of Call: RFQ for Creative Placemaking
Eligibility: Unlimited
Budget: $150,000
Deadline: 4/8/21

The City of Sugar Land, Texas requests artists or artist teams submit a statement of qualifications, letter of interest and other materials for the commission of projects through the Creative Placemaking Program, #AllinforSLTX, a program to aid local small businesses.


Name of Call: University Health Women’s & Children’s Hospital: Site-Specific Community Mosaic Project – SA, TX
Eligibility: Country: United States
Budget: $25,000
Deadline: 6/2/21

University Health’s Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program seeks an artist or artist team to design and create on-site a mosaic for the main lobby of the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital at University Health’s Medical Center campus. The building is set to open in early 2023. The commissioned artwork will thoughtfully respond to this unique context in a way consistent with the mission of University Health.


Name of Call: University Health Women’s & Children’s Hospital: Site-Specific Art – Bridge to Garage – SA, TX
Eligibility: Country: United States
Budget: $100,000
Deadline: 6/2/21

University Health’s Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program seeks an artist or artist team to design and create site-specific artwork for the garage bridge of the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital at University Health’s Medical Center campus. The building is set to open in early 2023. The commissioned artwork will thoughtfully respond to this unique context in a way consistent with the mission of University Health.


Name of Call: University Health Women’s & Children’s Hospital: Site-Specific Hanging Sculpture Main Lobby – SA, TX
Eligibility: Country: United States
Budget: $150,000
Deadline: 6/2/21

University Health’s Salud-Arte: Art of Healing program seeks an artist or artist team to design and create a site-specific hanging sculpture for the main lobby of the new Women’s & Children’s Hospital at University Health’s Medical Center campus. The building is set to open in early 2023. The commissioned artwork will thoughtfully respond to this unique context in a way consistent with the mission of University Health.