City of Santa Monica Purchasing Existing Artworks for Sustainable Street Project

Santa Monica Pier, Beach, and city - Southern ...

Santa Monica Pier, Beach, and city – Southern California. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Even if you are not a California artist, it’s good to know that art is being purchased:
City of Santa Monica
Existing Artwork for the Longfellow Sustainable Living Street Project
Deadline for Submissions: Thursday, August 23, 2012 (rec’d by 5:00pm)
The City of Santa Monica Arts Commission, through its peer panel selection process, is seeking proposals from Los Angeles County-based artists for existing artwork for the Longfellow Sustainable Living Street Project.  The City of Santa Monica would like to purchase existing artwork that would complement the Longfellow Sustainable Living Street Project.
Proposals for site-specific commissioned artwork will only be accepted if the artwork can be produced within the project timeline and for a budget of $35,000 that covers the artist fee and design and fabrication costs.  Installation will be done by City contractors.
This competition is open to artists living and/or working in Los Angeles County.  The selected artist must be available to meet with City staff, the project team and City advisory boards and commissions.
The budget for existing artwork is $35,000. Artists may submit proposals for site-specific commissioned artwork that meets the project goals and the budget of $35,000 that includes artist fees, design, fabrication, delivery, insurance and any other costs.  The artwork will be installed by the City.
RFQ Released                             July 17, 2012 
Submission Due                            August 23 2012 (in office by 5:00pm)
Artist Proposal Selection               Week of September 10, 2012
Installation                                    Late Fall/Winter 2012**
The detailed REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS is available on the Cultural Affairs website:
For more information, please contact Malina Moore at (310) 458-8350 or at .

Public Art RFQ

Public Art

Public Art (Photo credit: bulliver)

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.

GLOW: Art in the Public Realm

Primal Source for Glow 2008 by Usman Haque

Glow is a dusk-to-dawn art event on the beach and adjacent areas in Santa Monica, California.  The first Glow premiered on July 19, 2008 and attracted over 200,000 people.  Over 100 artists participated in 27 projects that spanned genres, technology and content–all with some orientation toward engaged participation with the diverse audience, from the most seasoned art world members to the general public, local residents, and international tourists.  The context of Santa Monica’s fabled beach, the power and allure of the Pacific Ocean and compelling contemporary art, all savored during the hours when museums and galleries sleep, made for a clamorous poetic experience.

 shapednoise for Glow 2010 by Céleste Boursier-Mougenot
Glow 2010 occurred on September 25 and attracted 150,000 people to the Santa Monica beach.  Projects by internationally renown artists (Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and Yoshua Okón) and a strong contingent of Los Angeles-based artists included everything from highly advanced technological installations providing for intense audience interactive, to the purely accoustical pleasures of an accordion orchestra playing while riding the historic Santa Monica Pier Carousel.  The twenty projects included approximately 100 artists, with 50 musicians and dancers alone participating in a procession and music circle on the beach.

Glow 2011 received a salute from Americans for the Arts.

Glow is produced by the City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Arts Foundation.

ArtLA International Art Student Competition Prizes

santa monica beach

santa monica beach (Photo credit: young grasshopper)

ArtLA has a contest open to both US and International art students to win $10,000 in cash and prizes such as Apple MacBooks, Adobe Creative Suite, Epson Photo Printer, an Exhibition at Bergamot Station Art Center in Santa Monica, California, and a $500 Blick Art Package.

Here is the link for full details to enter: