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Public Art Project at Hobby Airport

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On behalf of the Houston Airport System, the Houston Arts Alliance is seeking to establish a pre-qualified pool of professional artists for consideration for a cultural gateway or landmark public art project located at William P. Hobby Airport. This commission is open to practicing, professional artists residing in Texas and Texas-adjacent states (TX, OK, NM, and LA).

Artists are encouraged to use a variety of artistic approaches and media as well as varying levels of experience with public art to apply. We are searching for an experienced artist or artist team to create an artwork at a location determined by HAA and HAS on the airport grounds that will signify a key entry point into the City of Houston from Hobby. Purchase of an existing work, with involvement by the artist for siting and lighting, will be considered. High aesthetic merit and a demonstrated ability to execute large-scale work unique to the City of Houston will be major considerations in the decision-making process.

The total project budget (including but not limited to design fee, engineering, site preparation, concrete pads, insurance, transportation, travel, materials and studio administration) is $440,000.

The application deadline is Monday, December 1, 2008. Application is available through CaFE;, an on-line application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using CaFE. If you are a first time user of CaFE, please allow adequate time to learn the use of this system.

The artist or artist team must have the proven ability to adhere to a compressed timeline. It is anticipated that the artist will be contracted by January 31, 2009 and groundbreaking will take place September 2009. The project is anticipated to be complete by December 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION on the Public Art Commission contact:

Piper Huddleston
Civic Art + Design Coordinator
Houston Arts Alliance
3201 Allen Parkway #250
Houston TX 77019