The City of Tempe invites artists to submit qualifications to design and paint artwork on bicycle lockers located in the Downtown Tempe Authority district and the Tempe Public Library campus. These boxes were the site of previously commissioned artwork, and for the past several years these works have been enjoyed by the community at large. To continue the beautification of these areas, the boxes will be redesigned and re-painted in 2022.

There are three bicycle locker boxes in total and one artist will be commissioned for each box. Locations will be assigned to each commissioned artist after the selection panel recommends the three finalists. All artist finalists will be notified in August and commissioned to design and paint the utility boxes in September of 2022. Artists who have an active visual art practice but who have not yet received a municipal public art commission are encouraged to apply.

Selected artists will be asked to create designs that are inspired by cycling within Tempe, and that are site specific to the area. The artwork may convey these themes through shapes and color, illustration and line work, environmental concepts, or history and culture. Selected artists will work with Tempe Public Art as well as stakeholders in creating a design that develops these connections.

Artists who submit for consideration of this opportunity may be considered for other streetscape or transportation related projects. Applications will be kept on file for use in the event of short turn around art commission opportunities.

This Call to Artists is open to professional artists or artist teams residing in Arizona and eligible to work in the United States. Priority may be given to artists who are new to public art and have not received a municipal public art commission in the past.

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 $5,000 (per Bicycle Locker Box)
The current budget covering all costs associated with design, painting, reproduction rights for government and non-profit use, and artist fees is up to $5,000. The project budget must include all costs related to the artist’s project management fees; the artwork’s final design, attendance at meetings; subcontractor and consultant fees; General Liability and other insurance required by the City, travel if necessary, and all other costs associated with the art project. Artists are not responsible for priming the boxes. The City will coat all boxes with a 2-in-one UV graffiti sealant upon completion of the artwork installation..

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 be asked to make a recommendation based on the strength of the visual examples submitted, the appropriateness of the artwork style for the site based on the intended audience, and ability of the artist to connect with the audience as described in the application. The steering committee is comprised of members from the community, Tempe Arts and Culture Commission representatives, arts professional(s), and associated city staff. The selected Artist will work with Tempe Public Art throughout the project.

Reach out to the City of Tempe Public Art Program via email: Christine Beatty, [email protected], if you require any additional information about this project or would like any assistance with your application, whether its technical support about Submittable, or clarification regarding content/ work samples for your application.

Artists interested in other public art opportunities are encouraged to visit the City of Tempe Public Art Program web page:

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.

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: August 19, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (MST)
Thursday, 11th 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
Staff will present project details and the scope of work in a virtual presentation via ZOOM. Participants are encouraged to ask questions of staff for detail or assistance with the application process. If you are unable to attend, questions may be sent to [email protected] at anytime throughout the application process.

Attendance at an artist pre-submittal session is not mandatory but strongly encouraged, especially for first-time applicants.

Pre-Submittal Registration link:

Deadline: August 19th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (MST)
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 Artist Biography (250 words or less): Tell us who you are! This is your chance to introduce yourself and describe what skills you can bring to the project.
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, and size, with a thumbnail of the image.
o Online application: Complete the Submittable online application in full. Each applicant will need to answer the following questions (250 words or less):
1. Please share any specific skills or experiences you possess that will be valuable to this commission
2. Please describe the inspirations for your artwork. This may be specific artists, artworks, places, memories, or anything that keeps you connected to your practice.
3. Describe what excites you about creating artwork for this specific site
4. If recommended for this commission, what would you hope to gain from this project?
5. In what way would this commission expand your artistic process/practice?