deadline to submit is Monday, December
Artlink, in partnership with Downtown Phoenix, Inc. and Phoenix’s Street Transportation
Department and Office of Arts and Culture invites artists and designers of all
practices to apply for the Pedal to the Metal: Phoenix Bike Rack Project. Artists selected from this call will create new
for bicycle racks to be installed downtown and throughout Phoenix. These
eye-catching designs will be important amenities for Phoenix’s growing
bike culture and contribute aesthetic value to our community's
The racks will be produced in editions and installed to add functionality, character, and beauty to streetscapes
and commercial cores downtown and citywide. Artists, designers, and other
creative individuals or teams – whether or not they specialize in industrial
and product design – are encouraged to apply. The new racks created by this pilot program will be installed starting in March, 2018. An exhibition of submissions will take place during Art Detour 30, March 15-20, 2018.
A variety of
artworks are welcome for submission, including: oil, watercolor, acrylic,
graphite, charcoal, pastels, photography, ceramics, printmaking, textile, and
mixed media. The expectation of this call is that all artwork submitted are
existent and not created in response to this call.
Eligibility: This opportunity is
open to artists and designers living and working in Maricopa County with the
ability to produce exemplary and effective designs for new bicycle racks.
Finalist Honoraria: Up to four artists
from the applicant pool resulting from Submittable call will be selected
to propose a concept for the bike racks. They will be paid $250 for their
Criteria: Selection of initial
finalists will be based upon the quality, originality, and craftsmanship of
their past works and potential to make a significant artistic contribution to
this project. Individuals and teams (no more than four (4) artists) are invited
to apply to this call. Recommendation
of the winning design will be based upon:
strength and feasibility of the proposed concept
creative approach to making a distinct bike rack
design's potential to engage the community in a meaningful way
There is no
additional out of pocket expenses expected from the four finalist
artists beyond materials to draw/create their concept
artists will be chosen from the four finalist submissions. These two artists
will be contracted with Downtown Phoenix Inc. (DPI). For the $4,000 award the two artists will be expected to act as
project managers for their bicycle rack development. The finalists will be
expected to work with the fabricators and vendors to see their vision brought
to reality. This will include providing final dimensions, selecting materials,
paint finishes, and all specifications necessary to build the bike rack.
$16,000 will be
expended by the City of Phoenix and DPI on the completion of an estimated 50 or more bike racks.
This amount includes all fabricator fees to complete the work, and the cost of insurance, transportation, project coordination and installation.
Deadline: 11:59 P.M. Monday, December
Timeline (subject to change):
Information Session: 6 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 6, Downtown Phoenix Inc., 1 E. Washington St., Suite 230.
Due: Monday, December 18
Finalists Notified: Friday, December 22
Orientation and Workshop: Tuesday, January 2
- The final bike rack will have at least 2 points of contact.
- The bike rack should not be taller than 35” or wider than 36” or narrower to 16”
Concept/Design Presentations: Friday, January 19
Completion: Monday, March 12
Please make sure you follow ALL guidelines and complete the
entire submission form, as we will not accept your submission if it is
incomplete or submitted in non-requested formats.
current resume. No more than 2 pages.
one-page (no more than 250 words) letter of interest.
- A portfolio
of ten (10) digital images with a minimum of 72 dpi, including details,
documenting previously completed works that demonstrate originality and skill
in creating and executing ideas completed in the past three years.
list of descriptions of all of the pieces submitted in your portfolio with
the title, date, medium, size and brief description of the artwork, and
any community engagement the work involved.
and phone contacts for three professional references. These references
will be called only if you are a finalist.
2 artists will be awarded as finalists. Every submission is appreciated
and will be seriously considered.
will be notified by email. Please do not call for results.
Email with any
questions to email@example.com.NOTE: Submissions are received through this Submittable platform. Please create an account or sign in below.