Tempe Public Art: Kiwanis Park North

Application Deadline: March 3rd, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (MST)

Tempe Public Art invites artists to submit their qualifications for creating permanent artwork to be integrated into the Kiwanis Park North Improvements Project. The selected artist will work directly with the design team throughout Phase 1 of the Kiwanis Park renovation, and would be expected to work with the City, design team, and stakeholders to ensure the artwork responds to the needs of the site.  The goal for the public art portion of this project is to provide a unique artistic experience for all who visit this regional park. Innovative approaches are encouraged and welcomed. 

This first phase of renovation, Kiwanis Park North (The North Park Zone), is a 17-acre area of the Park that has been assessed in the Kiwanis management plan for receiving upgrades and new amenities. The new improvements may include a dog park, renovated restrooms, new sidewalks and trees, improved lighting, ramadas, and an expanded inclusive playground. Within these improvements, the opportunities for artwork include stand-alone sculpture, pavement enhancements, seating or shade enhancements (stamping, metalwork, mosaic, sandblast), designed playground surface, artist designed fences, bollards, and beyond.  

The selected artist will be contracted for design services before any construction or fabrication takes place. Design services include attendance and participation in design team meetings to determine placement and potential art enhancements within the phase 1 portion of the project.  In addition, the selected artist will be able to discuss and review concept sketches, review costs and/or additional technical requirements, and identify any technical elements to be integrated into the project. The selected artist will be responsible for visual concepts and design drawings that can be integrated into the overall construction package by the design team. Artist deliverables will include dimensioned drawings, renderings illustrating art concepts, and final sketches that can be translated into AutoCAD by the design team. As part of the design team, the artist will be required to attend and participate in community outreach events related to the Kiwanis Park project. 


This Call to Artists is open to professional artists or artist teams residing and eligible to work in the United States.  Artists must demonstrate past experience working in design, fabrication and installation and have knowledge of durable materials appropriate to the Sonoran Desert climate. Preference will be given to artists with an understanding of design team collaboration and experience in large scale, built environment projects. 

Accepted artist will be required by Arizona State Law HB 2008 to sign a statement verifying that they are lawfully present in the United States. City of Tempe employees, steering committee members, and their immediate family members are excluded from participating in this project. 


 Up to $30,000 for design services 

The current budget covering all costs associated with design, attendance in project meetings, integration of the public art elements into the overall design plan is up to $30,000. An additional fee will be available for the construction and fabrication of the artworks. The project budgets must include all costs related to the artist’s design and project management fees; the artwork’s final design, transportation, coordination with the design team, subcontractor and consultant fees including any engineers or fabricators; permit and license fees; General Liability and other insurance required by the City, and all other costs associated with the art project.   

How to Apply

The entire submission must be completed on Submittable at www.tempepublicart.submittable.com. All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process and will not be accepted.  NOTE: All written documents (resume, letter, image list) should be saved into a PDF format and uploaded to the Submittable site. 

  • Letter of interest: (Maximum 1 page) Describe why you are interested in this project and explain previous relevant experience. If you are applying as a team, the letter should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator. 
  • Digital Images: 6 images of previously completed work. Specific proposals will not be accepted. All images should be jpeg format. 
  • Image List: (Maximum 2 pages) A separate document listing information about the 6 digital images. For each image submitted list the title, date, size, location, and budget with a thumbnail of the image.  
  • Resume: (Maximum 2 pages) Outline your recent experience and accomplishments as an artist including any public art experience. If applying as a team, each member may submit a one page resume.  

website: Parks Capital Improvements Plan | City of Tempe, AZ

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