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City of El Paso 2015-2017 Pre-Qualified Artist List

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), Public Art Program seeks to establish a new pre-qualified list of artists and artist teams for consideration in upcoming public art projects. To access the application, go to and look for “City of El Paso 2015-2017 Pre-Qualified Artist List”.

About the Pre-Qualified Artist List
The pre-qualified artist list is open to any professional artist or artist team of age 18 years or older working in all media types. The list is used to streamline the selection process and opens up every two years for artists to submit their information, once submitted artist will be able to remain on the eligibility list for four years before re-applying. As public art projects arise artist will be pooled from the list and placed for review and consideration to the project.

The public art projects are funded by two percent (2%) of the net proceeds of any revenue bond or certificates of obligation issued for construction projects throughout the City. The award for an artist contract can range from $20,000 to $500,000,inclusive of community collaboration, design, fabrication, and installation of artwork (including shipping expenses and insurance), travel, and all other project related costs.

All interested artists are encouraged to apply and review further details of the RFQ at and submit application by January 30th by 5:00 pm (MST).

For more information please download the RFQ: City of El Paso 2015-2017 Pre-Qualified Artist List.  

The Public Art Ordinance was adopted by City Council April 4, 2006 to promote and encourage private and public programs to further the development and public awareness of, and interest in, the fine arts and cultural properties, to increase employment opportunities in the arts, to encourage the integration of art into the architecture of municipal structures for the City of El Paso and to provide for the citizens of the City high quality, publicly accessible works of art, which contribute to the urban landscape and symbolize the City’s sense of place.

The Public Art Program Goals are to:
  • Enhance the quality of life of residents through the thoughtful infusion of artists at a neighborhood level and in the design of publicly financed infrastructure;
  • Promote economic revitalization by adding value to municipal facilities, creating ongoing opportunities for artists and artisans to enhance the visitor experience; and
  • Define, enhance, and improve authentic images of El Paso as a unique place, community, and destination.

El Paso Public Art Master Plan Survey

Public art is important to the life of many cities throughout the country, including El Paso – taking a range of forms that include murals, sculptures, artist-designed infrastructure and public spaces, and even artist-designed events.

You can help us shape the future of public art in El Paso by answering the questions using the link below. It should take you only ten minutes to complete, and your responses will be anonymous. By sharing your thoughts, you will help us to better understand your thoughts on public art, where public art would have a strong impact in the city, and how projects can create a sense of community, pride and engagement.

The results of this survey will help shape the recommendations in the El Paso Public Art Master Plan, which is underway and which we expect to be complete in 2014. The plan, which is being organized by El Paso’s public art program, will outline a vision and goals for public art in El Paso, and identify key opportunities for projects and initiatives.

El Paso Public Art Master Plan Survey:

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