Public Art RFQ

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Usually public art project calls to artists state that they are accepting RFQs. RFQ stands for Request For Qualifications. In an RFQ an artist needs to submit specifics on what makes them qualified to complete the public art project. An RFQ may include details on work an artist has done with an architect, engineer, or project managers for previous public art projects. Also, letters of recommendation for those who know the artist’s work, such as collectors who commissioned work in the past, and colleagues who can attest to the artists skills and abilities in creating well constructed artworks, keeping within a budget, and delivering on time.
Most calls to artists for public art projects state that they are accepting RFQs. This new Los Angeles public art call, which has a budget of $1.5 million US dollars for art, simply uses *qualifications* rather than RFQ:
Metro Expo Line: Phase 2 – Seven New Rail Stations

Artists are invited to submit qualifications for exciting art opportunities at 7 future Metro Rail stations in Los Angeles County. One artist will be selected for each station. These are ideal opportunities for both emerging and established artists with a background in two-dimensional media and an interest in public art. Prior public art experience is not a requirement.  Deadline:  Monday, July 2, 2012 

Metro Expo Line: Phase 2 – Iconic Sculpture Opportunity

Artists are invited to submit qualifications for a major art opportunity at the forthcoming Metro Rail terminus station in Santa Monica. This is a prime opportunity for artists with significant experience in public art to create a sculptural artwork in a highly prominent station location. Deadline:  Monday, July 9, 2012

Phase 1 of the Metro Expo Line extends from Downtown Los Angeles to Culver City and opened in Spring 2012. Phase 2 of the project extends 6.6 miles from Culver City to the beachside city of Santa Monica and provides linkages for transit riders, cyclists and pedestrians. The Metro Expo Line is expected to become one of the most heavily used light rail lines in the country.

To download the Call to Artists, visit and click on Artist Opportunities.

3 thoughts on “Public Art RFQ

  1. I hope this doesn’t seem like a shameless plug, but I wrote a book called The Artist’s Guide to Public Art: How to Find and Win Commissions that goes into depth on the topic. I wrote it because there are so many books for artists on how to get our work into galleries but none on the equally viable income stream of public art. I needed a text book for a class I teach in the Sculpture Dept. at SAIC on public art professional practices and since none exist, I wrote one. It’s published by Allworth Press and it’s available everywhere on-line.


    • Hi Lynn, I spent a few years working at a major US city arts commission, so I know a bit about public art projects and the selection process as well.

      I’m glad to know about your book. My ebook is available on Amazon Kindle, and is called the Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions. It covers art licensing, getting art into corporate art collections, and much more than getting into art galleries.

      I will copy the links below, and hope you will take a look. I will find your book on Amazon. Best wishes!

      My ebook Available on Amazon Kindle:

      on the Smashwords my ebook ia downloadable to Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader and in other formats such as Text file, Word:


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