Calls for Artists
The City of San Marcos supports public art and graffiti-abating murals through various grants. Calls for artists for projects will be listed below as they become available.
Call for Artist Qualifications: San Marcos River Park Art Installation
Submission deadline: May 2, 2022 at 5 p.m. Central
The City of San Marcos, Texas seeks to commission a permanent, site-specific, outdoor installation at Ramon Lucio Park in San Marcos near 555 Cheatham Street and in view of the spring-fed river.
The City of San Marcos is seeking professional artists/artist teams to submit their qualifications and statement of interest in completing this project.
• Activate an open space in this river park near recreational fields and a mixed-use path;
• Conceptually or visually incorporate the river;
• Support the City’s visitor and tourism industry by enhancing our inventory of public art
Project Background and Scope
The installation will occupy an area of 15’ x 25’ and must be contained within those dimensions. This is a high traffic area in the summer months, so the art must be durable and have no points or sharp edges than can pose a hazard to curious children and other park users. Furthermore, it must be made of a material that can withstand Texas summer heat and flood events.
Primary services that will be required from artist/artist team will include (but may not be limited to):
• Creative, schematic, materials and development phase of document presentation;
• Coordination with the City of San Marcos Arts Coordinator and other designated city personnel;
• Participation in public meetings and presentations;
• Coordination and/or acquisition of all required approvals and permits for construction;
• Preparation and adherence to budget requirements;
• Obtain and maintain required insurance coverage for project development and installation as required by the City of San Marcos;
• Adherence to agreed upon timeline of completion;
The budget for this project is $70,000 and includes all costs associated with the project; including, but not limited to artist fees, architect/engineer fees, materials, installation, insurance, travel, fabrication, landscaping if necessary, permit fees, lighting, and ten-percent contingency.
Full details and submission instructions are listed in the Call for Artist Qualifications below.
2022 call for artist selections
- Hopkins Traffic Boxes: Darla Bostick
- Sessom Traffic Box: Jhonattan Arango @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
2021 call for artist selections
- Downtown Traffic Boxes: Stephanie Riggs and Ann Tarantino
- Downtown Outdoor Gallery: Sydney Bonnin, David Rey Perez, Rene Perez, Hannah Purvis, Christopher Al Rodriguez, Lisa McPike Smith, Furly Travis and Darin Wood @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
2020 call for artist selections
- RR 12 Traffic Control Box Mini Murals: Ksenia Nation
- CM Allen Bridge Barrier Walls Mural: Felipe Gomez & Buddy Pajak artist team
- Cheatham St. Bridge Barrier Walls Mural: Sarah Farah & Topher Sipes artist team
- Bishop at Hopkins Street Traffic Control Box Mini Mural: Jake Prendez
- McCarthy at Barnes Street Traffic Control Box Mini Mural: selection in process @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
2019 call for artist selections
- Sessom Drive Retaining Wall Mural: Jake Wagoner
- Conoco Gas Station Mural: Jennifer Khoshbin
- Wonder World Mural: Christopher Rodriguez @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>