The City of Tempe invites artists to submit qualifications to design enhancements for the Highline Canal Multi-use Path, a stretch of canal between Baseline Road and Knox Road. The Highline Canal project is meant to create a user friendly multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists alike. With a newly designed a 10-foot wide concrete multi-use path, lighting, landscaping and public art, the Highline Canal is intended to provide an unique and comfortable way to travel through the City of Tempe. The project includes street crossing treatments and bicycle/pedestrian bridges across the canal as well as seating and shade.

The project is located along the Tempe portion of the Highline Canal and links directly to Chandler and the Town of Guadalupe for a distance of 3.5 miles.

Possible art opportunities include, but are not limited to, pathway treatments, shade structure embellishment and/or additions, the creation of landmarks throughout the trail, seating, and lighting. The design team is currently at 60% completion and expects to complete design in Fall of 2017. This is a fast track project with opportunities for public art to create an impact on the overall project.

This Call to Artists is open to a professional artist or artist team residing and eligible to work in the United States. Artist must demonstrate experience in design, fabrication and installation, and have knowledge of durable materials appropriate to the Sonoran Desert climate.

Accepted artist will be required by Arizona State Law HB 2008 to sign a statement verifying that they are lawfully present in the United States. City of Tempe employees, steering committee members, and their immediate family members are excluded from participating in this project.

The current budget for all costs associated with design and construction of the public art elements is $170,000. There is $20,000 available for artist design fee, any travel related costs and construction oversight. The remaining $150,000 will be included as part of the overall project construction. The project budgets must include all costs related to the artist’s project management fees; the artwork’s final design, fabrication, transportation, delivery and installation costs; subcontractor and consultant fees including any engineers or fabricators; permit and license fees; General Liability and other insurance required by the City, and all other costs associated with the art project.

Pre-Submittal Session
Bring your draft submittal materials and/or project questions for an optional, informal one-to-one session. Please arrive anytime between the two-hour block of time. If have questions about the project, but are unable to attend a pre-submittal session contact Rebecca Blume Rothman 480-350-2827

– March 27 from 9-11 a.m. at the Press Coffee Roasters, 601 W. Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe 85281

Artist Selection Process
Applications will be pre-screened by City staff to ensure that the submissions meet the minimum qualifications as described in the eligibility section. An artist selection committee will review artists’ submissions and select 2-4 finalists. The finalists will be invited to a project orientation and interview. The steering committee is comprised of members from the Tempe Transportation, community stakeholders, arts professional and associated city staff. The selected Artist will work with Tempe Transportation and Tempe Public Art throughout the project.

Tempe Transportation is responsible for the design of signage and pavement markings as well as barricading and traffic control projects, maintaining streets, alleys, sidewalks, storm drains, traffic signals and street lights and providing bus, bike, pedestrian and light rail facilities. transportation

Tempe Public Art aspires to cultivate a unique community identity that advances Tempe as a vibrant and progressive destination. Tempe’s diverse collection of permanent and temporary public art complements the natural and built environment through innovative place-making, installations and infrastructure enhancements. Tempe Public Art promotes artistic expression, bringing people together to strengthen Tempe’s sense of community and place.

We are here to help, contact: Rebecca Blume Rothman, Director of Public Art 480-350-2827

This Call to Artist does not commit the city to enter into any agreement, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of the proposal to this request or in subsequent negotiations, or to produce a contract for the project. The city reserves the right to reject any or all applications, reissue the Call to Artist, revise the project terms or procure any service by other means. While all reasonable care will be taken, the city is not responsible for loss of


Organization/Company: Tempe Public Art
Location: Tempe, AZ
Deadline: April 3, 2017 Midnight (11:59 PM) Mountain Standard Time
How to Apply: The entire submission must be completed on Submittable at All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process and will not be accepted.

o Letter of interest: (Maximum 1 page) Describe why you are interested in this canal project and explain previous relevant experience. If you are applying as a team, the letter should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator.
o Resume: (Maximum 2 pages) Outline your recent experience and accomplishments as an artist. If applying as a team, each member may submit a one page resume.
o Digital Images: 6 images of previously completed work. Specific proposals will not be accepted.
o Image List: (Maximum 2 pages) A separate document listing information about the 6 digital images. For each image submitted list the title, date, size, location, and budget with a thumbnail of the image.