Thursday, November 17, 2011

Call to Artists Texas -- Elmfork Athletic Complex


The City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department and Freese and Nichols have developed a master plan for a 160 acre soccer complex located southwest of the intersection of Walnut Hill Drive and I-35E in Dallas,Texas. The master plan incorporates youth and adult soccer fields in a layout that provides: centralized parking that is convenient to all fields, restrooms, concessions, storage facilities, a perimeter nature trail, and irrigation and lighting for all of the fields.

Additional information on Elm Fork Soccer Complex can be found at:


The Public Art Program of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs requests the submission of qualifications from professional artists and/or artist teams to work with the Park and Recreation Department and the community surrounding the future site of the Elm Fork Soccer Complex to participate in the development and execution of a work of public art. The Soccer Complex is highly environmentally conscientious and therefore preference will be given to artists who demonstrate the ability to work with renewable resources that will have a minimal impact on the environment. There are several locations for public art including:
• Entrance drive

• Driveway roundabout

• Green space around the concession pavilion in the picnic area
The commission can be for a single artwork or a series of smaller works depending on the artist’s plan. The total budget for the project is $134,000.


A panel comprised of arts professionals and community representatives will review qualified submissions in January 2012. A small group of artists will be short-listed for the project and each artist will be requested to provide a site-specific concept based on an investigation of the complex. Each artist selected will receive a stipend of $3,000 to cover costs of producing a public art concept proposal for the park. The site-specific proposals will be used to assess the artist’s creative process and approach. The stipend must cover all costs of site visits, site research, production of a site-specific public art concept and travel to make a presentation of the proposal to a selection panel.

Short-listed artists will present their proposal to the selection panel in the spring of 2012 and one artist or artist team will be selected for review and approval by the Public Art Committee and the Cultural Affairs Commission, the Park and Recreation Board and the City Council.

The budget of up to $134,000 must cover all costs associated with design, fabrication and installation for public art including but not limited to artist’s fee, travel, lodging and per diem, insurance, materials, shop drawings, engineer’s fees and drawings, any graphic design and miscellaneous supplies.

All professional artists are eligible to apply, except for artists currently under contract with the City of Dallas Public Art Program, employees of the City of Dallas, their spouses, members of the Public Art Committee, or any consultants under contract for any phase of these projects. The City of Dallas Cultural Policy prohibits undergraduate students from being considered for Public Art projects.

Additional qualifications include:

• Demonstrated successful completion of public art or other park projects of similar size and scope
• Demonstrated ability to work with a design team and landscape designers.
• Ability to attend and/or participate in meetings with design teams, community members and others involved in the project. Participation can be by phone.

Professional resume
JPEG images of previous Public Art or Park projects of commensurate scope. Images imbedded into PDF’s will not be accepted.
Letter outlining qualifications, interest and ability to complete the project.
Names and contact information of three references.
Email submission file size can not to exceed 2MB.
Larger images must be submitted via Dropbox or YouSendIt.
Multiple 2MB emails submissions from the same artist/artist team will not be accepted.
Mail submissions on CD and/or email submissions must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. central time on January 6, 2012.

Send Email Submissions to:
SEND CD Submissions to:
Kendall Ferguson, Public Art Coordinator

1925 Elm Street
Dallas,Texas 75201

Direct telephone is (214) 670-5639

Application for any project advertised by the City of Dallas Public Art Program constitutes acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined in this prospectus as well as recognition of ordinances and policies of the City of Dallas (including the Good Faith Effort and the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise goals of the City Dallas).

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