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Bid Title: Request for Qualifications: Call for Artists: Memorial Park Public Art Opportunity: Mural / Wall
Category: City Bids
Status: Closed

A priority site for art in Siloam Spring’s new Memorial Park is the concrete retaining wall adjacent to the existing stairs along the west side of the park (see below). This highly visible, triangular concrete wall, at the base of the Veterans Memorial Plaza, offers an excellent opportunity to add a colorful story-telling element to the park and transform an otherwise drab concrete retaining wall into a meaningful focal point. The wall could accommodate a mural, mosaic, low relief, or some other type of artistic treatment. Please note that a substrate may be added to the wall to protect art from moisture seepage.

This project offers a special opportunity to help tell the story of the Siloam Springs community. The selected artist should consider involving local partners, such as the nearby library, tapping knowledge of local historians, researching images and information about the park site, or involving local residents from different generations and perspectives. The end result should generate civic pride in the project and the park.

Forecast Public Art, a nationally recognized nonprofit public art organization, is managing the RFQ and selection process on behalf of the city. They are hereby seeking applications from qualified artists or teams residing within 200 miles of Siloam Springs. The project budget is $45,000, not including finalist design fees ($750 per finalist, plus travel reimbursement).
Individual artists or teams are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered as finalists for this Memorial Park public art opportunity. Three finalists will be selected and paid stipends to develop proposals and present them to the Art Selection Committee at an in-person inter-view. One artist or team will subsequently be recommended to the City for commissioning.

*Applicant must be an experienced visual artist, or a team led by an experienced artist.
*Applicant must be 18 years of age or older and reside within 200 miles of Siloam Springs, Arkansas
*Applicant must provide evidence of producing a large-scale outdoor wall project within the past ten years.
*City staff, Forecast Public Art staff, and Art Selection Committee members are ineligible. 

For more information please refer to the attached Request for Qualifications or contact Jack Becker at


Publication Date/Time:
2/21/2019 12:00 AM
Closing Date/Time:
3/15/2019 4:00 PM
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