REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: "Art on High" Public Art Opportunity in Columbus

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: "Art on High" Public Art Opportunity in Columbus


The City of Columbus is seeking an artist or artist team for the design, fabrication, and installation of a permanent work(s) of public art on High Street between Goodale Street and 9th Avenue.

The artist(s) selected for the commission will conceptualize and develop appropriate designs for proposed project elements. The artist(s) will work in collaboration with the City of Columbus Public Art Coordinator and members of the Art on High team.




Nearly four years ago, the City’s first public art program was launched by a Mayoral Executive Order with limited annual funding for public art. The High Street Streetscape Improvements Project is a $25,000,000.00 capital improvements project that will transform one of the busiest sections of the most traveled corridor in Columbus. It will significantly enhance pedestrian safety while also beautifying the area by undergrounding overhead utilities, increasing sidewalk widths, standardizing streetscape elements, upgrading lighting, adding marked crosswalks and curb extensions, improving storm water management and adding new street trees.

Art on High offers an opportunity to create public art within the Short North Arts District and portions of the University District — areas of the city known for their support of the arts, creativity, and vigorous community engagement. At least one but not more than two projects may be commissioned through this open call.


Professional visual artists (or artist teams), working in any and all media, and who are at least 18 years of age, are eligible to apply.

City of Columbus staff, Artist Selection Committee members and their family members are not eligible to apply.

Artists must be in good standing with regard to taxes and must have appropriate auto and business insurance. This call will be released nationally.

The total art budget is $420,000 all inclusive. Artists/artist teams should indicate in their qualifications, whether if selected as a finalist, they intend to submit a proposal utilizing all or a portion of the total art budget. Applicants must indicate in their submission the amount of the art budget they anticipate using if selected as a finalist and verify that they have successfully completed a commissioned work of at least 10% of the art budget proposed. If an artist team is applying, one single artist on the team must individually meet the 10% threshold as discussed above.

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