Scottsdale Public Art


Call to Artists/Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Waterview Public Art Project

Application Deadline: November 17, 2017

Total Project Budget:  Up to $2,000,000

Scottsdale Public Art is accepting qualifications from artists for a public art opportunity along the Arizona Canal as part of the construction of a new hotel and residential development in the heart of Scottsdale. The selected artist will create a design for artistic enhancements of amenities including a multi-use path, pedestrian bridge spanning the canal, seating nodes, shade structures, lighting, as well as stand-alone enhancements. Coordination will be required with the developer’s landscape architect for planting design in tandem with the art components described.  Artists who have experience designing and completing projects with a similar budget and scope are encouraged to apply.

Up to three finalists will be selected to conduct a site visit, develop a proposal, and return for interviews. Finalists will be paid a $3,500 honorarium, plus travel costs.  

Site Description

The new hotel and residential development will be located on the northeast bank of the Arizona Canal at the intersection of Camelback Road and Scottsdale Road. The owner of the canal is a public utility: Salt River Project. SRP operates a power substation adjacent to the hotel and residential development. A 20’ wide clear area shall be maintained at the top of the canal bank for SRP vehicle clearance within which a 10’ multi-use path will be located. Four pedestrian connection points shall be included along the multi-use path which shall connect with the new residential development and the existing neighborhood east of 73rd Street. A private open space park for the residential development will bookend the overall site on the north with the substation on the south. A pedestrian bridge will span the canal connecting the multi-use paths on both banks of the canal. The area between the multi-use path and the residential development will be landscaped with opportunities for lighting, seating, shade structures, and other enhancements.

The site sits in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, also known as Old Town. A variety of public art project exist in this area. Across Camelback and Scottsdale Roads to the southwest is the Scottsdale Waterfront along the Arizona Canal. Soleri Bridge and Plaza is a signature public art project at the Waterfront. The Doors by Donald Lipski and Copper Falls by Bob Adams are also located at the intersection of Camelback and Scottsdale Roads. 

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Project Description and Scope

The scope for this public art project focuses on contracting with an artist or artist team to design, work with a fabricator, and oversee installation of permanent artworks that can include and be integrated into the new amenities in connection with the construction of a new hotel and residential development. A successful design for this project should address and creatively reflect the spirit of downtown Scottsdale with respect to its history, its future, and its unique urban setting along the Arizona Canal as inspiration.

The budget for the project is inclusive of all costs associated with the project including the artist selection process, design costs, artist’s fee, fabrication, site prep, and installation. The budget includes all costs for travel for site visits, community meetings, and meetings between the artist and the project design team. The budget also includes all taxes and insurance. 

Selection Process and Criteria

The artist selection panel will evaluate artist qualifications based on five criteria: the applicant’s professional qualifications; proven ability to complete projects of a similar scope; artistic merit as evidenced by the submitted materials; and demonstrated ability to work with government agencies and stakeholders in the creation of a permanent public art project. 

The artist selection panel will identify up to three finalists to invite to Scottsdale for two trips:  a site visit and the subsequent interview where a proposal is required as a part of the interview. Finalists will receive a $3,500 honorarium to cover proposal development and interview, as well as additional reimbursement for travel costs.  Short-listed finalists will be invited for an in-depth site visit to Scottsdale to review the site and gain an understanding of the community of users, as well as the surrounding community of residences and businesses.  For the interview, finalists are expected to present a preliminary proposal and budget.

The artist selection panel will choose the artist for the project and forward that recommendation to the Scottsdale Public Art Advisory Board. Upon approval by the Board, a scope of services and budget will be developed based on the artist’s or artist team’s approach to the project

The Advisory Board approves art concepts along with the project scope and budget. Contract and project plan are to be negotiated with Scottsdale Public Art. The Advisory Board reserves the right to reject any and all applications.


November 15, 2017            Deadline for response to RFQ (Midnight MST)

November 2017                 Anticipated Artist selection panel shortlist

January 2018                      Anticipated site visit for shortlisted artists

February 2018                   Anticipated Artist selection panel final interviews

February 2018                   Approval and Contract Development

March 2018                       Design process begins  


Eligibility:  All artists residing nationally or internationally are eligible to apply.


Application Delivery

Applications are being accepted via the web site.

Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process. If you are selected as a finalist, then you will be asked to develop a proposal after making a site visit.  All materials submitted become the property of Scottsdale Public Art.

Submission Requirements

Digital Images: 5 digital images of previously completed artwork. Do not collage multiple images into one image.

Image Identification List: An image identification list corresponding to the submitted digital images. Each image should include: image number, artist’s name, title, year, media, location and project budget, dimensions, commissioning agency, collaborators or design professionals (if applicable).

Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV) including artist address, email, and phone number. Teams must submit one resume/CV per team member.

Statement(s) of Intent: Address how the applicant’s previous experience and current artistic direction will result in a successful public art project.
Three Professional References:  Include name, title and affiliation, phone number and email address. References should be able to speak to your ability to provide services for a public art project of similar size and scope. 


For Further Information

All questions regarding this Request for Qualifications are to be directed to Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker, Public Art Manager, Scottsdale Public Art, at Please include artist name and contact info in all correspondence.

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