The City of Tempe is undergoing a complete redesign of the City Council Chambers. To enhance this process, Tempe Public Art invites artists to submit previously created and completed artworks for consideration to be displayed in the newly designed Council Chambers. Selected works will be on display for one year and artists will be offered a stipend for this time. Artworks may be considered for purchase and inclusion in the Municipal Portable Works Collection at the end of the exhibition period. Multiple artworks will be selected as part of this opportunity.

Tempe creates outstanding value for those we serve through shared vision, superior service, and sustainable practice. The values are:

– People: We appreciate the talents of each person and encourage responsible decision making at the most appropriate level. We recognize the importance of personal and professional development.
– Integrity: We are honest, accountable and trustworthy.
– Respect: We welcome individual and professional differences and treat everyone with dignity, courtesy, and sensitivity.
– Creativity: We encourage imaginative problem solving, innovation, resourcefulness, and responsible risk taking.
– Quality: We provide superior services and are committed to continuous improvement. We are attentive to the changing needs of the people we serve.
– Openness: We are accessible and work as a team by sharing information, ideas, resources, and responsibility.
– Diversity: We promote diversity in the workforce to meet the needs of a diverse community. We recognize that with diversity comes strength.

Selected artworks should inspire those who enter the Council Chambers and impart the values of Tempe while offering a unique addition to the civic process. Artworks may be created in any style but must be original, able to be hung on a wall sized 21ft on the east side of the dais and 17 ft on the west side of the dais with 5ft of height available on both sides. and protected by either a frame or behind glass. Artworks will be on display in a secure, public facility for one year minimum and will be protected from sunlight.

The Tempe City Council Chambers is scheduled to open to the public in early 2020. Selected artworks must be available December 2019 through December 2020. Recommendations for artwork selection will be subject to review prior to contract with the artist.


This Call to Artists is open to professional artists residing in the state of Arizona. Artists must be able to provide a professional exhibition record and resume in order to be considered for this opportunity.

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.


Up to $500 per artwork for one-year display

The current budget for this project is $5,000 covers the cost of all framing and finishing, display for one full year, and any presentations or written material to be provided by the artist as part of this project.


October 11th 2019, midnight (11:59 PM) Mountain Standard Time

Pre-Submittal Session

Staff will be on hand to answer questions in an open house manner. This is an opportunity to discuss the project with Tempe Public Art. If you have questions about the project, but are unable to attend a pre-submittal session contact Rebecca Blume Rothman [email protected] 480-350-2827

Friday September 13, 11:30-1pm Press Coffee Roasters, 601 W Rio Salado Pkwy #103, Tempe, AZ 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 multiple artworks for consideration. The artworks will be reviewed via onsite studio visit with the artist prior to contracting for exhibition. The steering committee is comprised of members from community stakeholders, arts professionals and associated city staff. The selected Artist will work with Tempe Public Art throughout the project.


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 [email protected] 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 or damage to materials included with applications.


Organization/Company: City of Tempe
Location: Tempe, AZ
Deadline: 10/11/2019
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 project and explain previous relevant experience that outlines your previous design team 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 as it relates to public art. If applying as a team, each member may submit a one page resume.
o Digital Images: 6 images of previously completed work available for display. Specific proposals will not be accepted.
o Image List: (Maximum 2 pages) A separate document listing information about the 4 digital images. For each image submitted list the title, date, size, location, and price with a thumbnail of the image.