Applications are open through June for the City of Austin’s public art opportunities

Austin, Texas – Applications are now open for four public art opportunities in the City of Austin.

The city’s Economic Development Department Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) is looking for professional visual artists and artist-led teams interested in creating artwork for public places.

Applications opened on May 9 and will close on Tuesday, June 13 at 5:00 PM CT. Commission budgets range from $64,000 to $3.5 million.

Open call for Texas-based artists:

Bergstrom Spur Urban Trail

The Bergstrom Spur Urban Trail is a 6.5-mile trail that connects the old Union Pacific Main Line in Deep South Austin with the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

This project is seeking three individual artists or artist-led teams to create distinctive artwork within each section of the trail. The artwork can be sculptural or participatory.

Artwork budget

Three separate commissions will be awarded based on the length of the trail segments.

    To find out more about this project, click here.

    Open call for Austin-based artists:

    Emma S. Barrientos Mexican-American Cultural Center

    The city is looking for Austin-based artists and artist-led teams to design and create artwork to connect the history of the place and the iconic cultural center.

    The artists and artist-led teams would ideally have a multimedia or sculptural practice with experience creating permanent works located in outdoor spaces. The final artwork will also ideally increase visibility and appeal to a larger community, the city says.

    Balance sheet of works of art

    There will be up to two installation areas, but only one commission will be awarded.

    To find out more about this project, click here.

    AUSTIN – Truce: A quiet space at the airport

    The city is seeking one or more Austin-based artists to design a “contemplative” space located past security in Austin-Bergstrom.

    The space should be a “ceremonially neutral” experience that welcomes local, national, and international travelers. Artistic features can be functional and also contribute to the overall environment, including physical and visual tactile objects such as glass walls and doors, lighting, custom seating, soundscapes, and more.

    Balance sheet of works of art

    To find out more about this project, click here.

    Open Call for national artists:

    AUSTIN – Gateway: Hello/Goodbye

    The city is seeking US-based artists and artist-led teams to design, fabricate and install a large-scale “significant” artwork or series of artworks.

    The installation will represent an aesthetic port of entry to Austin-Bergstrom and offer hellos and hellos to all who come and go from the airport.

    Balance sheet of works of art

    To find out more about this project, click here.

    To learn more about AIPP and the opportunities and eligibility of public art, artists are encouraged to attend the AIPP open house event on Saturday, May 13 at noon or go online.

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