Call to Austin Artists: Dove Springs Recreation Center Deadline: 9/14/17

Art in Public Places (AIPP) seeks to commission a professional visual artist, or artist team, to design and fabricate artwork for the Dove Springs Recreation Center located at 5801 Ainez Drive, Austin, Texas 78744. The City requests qualifications from professional visual artists, or artist teams, who live and work in Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays Burnet or Blanco counties.

The total budget available for this project is $44,000.

Submission deadline is 5:00 pm on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

Located in District Two in southeast Austin, the Dove Springs Recreation Center offers youth, adult and senior programs, as well as sports leagues and special events. The AIPP program seeks to a commission a contemporary work of art for the Center that is both engaging and family-oriented. The selected artist, or artist team, will work closely with the project’s design team to develop a comprehensive design for the artwork. The project’s fast-tracked schedule will require the selected artist, or artist team, to begin work immediately and to complete their installation by September 2018. The goals of this specific public art project are to:

Create an iconic artwork that heightens awareness of the facility
Demonstrate an interest in sustainable materials and build upon the vision of the on-site wildlife habitat
Integrate educational elements that promote an investigation of the natural environment (Educational elements can be physically or visually interactive.)
Consider the diverse community served by the Center and the surrounding neighborhood
Enrich or add to the depth/breadth of the City of Austin’s public art collection


Applications must be submitted by 5:00PM (CST) on Thursday, September 14, 2017, through, the online application system used by Art in Public Places.

Artist Information Meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 8, 5:30-6:30PM, at the Cultural Arts Division offices (201 E. 2nd Street) and on Saturday, August 26, 10AM-noon in the multipurpose room at Dove Springs Recreation Center (5801 Ainez Drive.) AIPP staff and project representatives from Public Works and Parks and Recreation Department will be available to answer questions. AIPP staff will also be available to assist applicants during Open Office Hours on Friday, August 11, 2:00-4:00PM at the Cultural Arts Division. Parking for meetings at the Cultural Arts Division offices, which AIPP will validate, is available in the Convention Center Garage located on Brazos Street between Cesar Chavez and 2nd Streets.

To view the complete Request for Qualifications, visit