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THREE CALLS FOR ARTISTS AT SAN PEDRO CREEK CULTURE PARK

 Artist Information Meetings on March 9, 12, and 14, 2022 

SAN ANTONIO — Bexar County has engaged the San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) to assist with selecting artists and writers to create permanent public artwork at San Pedro Creek Culture Park (Culture Park) in downtown San Antonio, TX. Three opportunities of varying scope and scale, in Phases 2, 3 and 4 of the Culture Park, seek to engage artists and writers in telling the story of San Pedro Creek. Project descriptions, budgets, and deadlines are listed below. Applications must be submitted through PublicArtist.org. 

Graphic Design and Poetry: Opportunity for artists and writers to create custom tile patterns, graphics for decorative metal screens, and poetry for the Culture Park. The custom tile designs will be translated into hand-made ceramic tiles that will be located on benches in various locations; the decorative metal screens will be placed in the landscaping along the creek and will provide privacy from an adjacent parking lot; and the poetry will be etched into limestone blocks that are used to form retaining walls throughout the three phases. Budget: $15,000 for each selected artist and writer. Artists and writers residing in Bexar County are eligible to apply (no previous public art experience required). 

DEADLINE: 5:00 pm, March 23, 2022 

El Paso Street Trailhead: Opportunity to create a 3-dimensional artwork for Phase 4 of the Culture Park. The artwork will serve as a beacon for the El Paso Street Trailhead (where El Paso Street crosses the creek) and celebrate the culture of San Antonio and 

the unique history of San Pedro Creek. Budget: $50,000. Artists, or artist teams, residing in Bexar County are eligible to apply. 

DEADLINE: 5:00 pm, March 30, 2022 

Interstate 35 Bridge Overpass: Opportunity to create a large-scale, functional artwork for Phase 3 of the Culture Park. The artwork must provide (and demonstrate) water quality improvements, one of the main goals of the Culture Park, by capturing run off from the Interstate 35 bridge overpass and diverting it from the trail below. The artwork will be located near the confluence of San Pedro and Apache Creeks, where the Culture Park meets an existing trail leading to the San Antonio River. Budget: $250,000. Artists, or artist teams, residing in the United States are eligible to apply. 

DEADLINE: 5:00 pm, March 30, 2022 

Artist Information Meetings will be held on the dates listed below. For those who cannot attend in person, the presentation materials will be posted online at https://spcculturepark.com/about/art/. 

March 9, 2022 at 6pm – Eye of the Beholder Gallery (1917 N. New Braunfels Ave) 

March 12, 2022 at 10am – Confluence Park (310 W. Mitchell St) 

March 14, 2022 at 12pm – Clamp Light Artist Studios (1704 Blanco Rd) 

Artists interested in being considered should submit applications to www.PublicArtist.org, an online application system for public art commissions. The Request for Qualifications can be accessed by visiting www.sariverauthority.org under “Contracting Opportunities” or www.spcculturepark.com under the “Art” tab. 

Bexar County and the River Authority will administer a competitive selection process among interested artists that includes stakeholder reviews, with final approval by Bexar County Commissioners Court. 

For more information about the artist information meetings, please contact Carrie Brown, Public Art Curator with the River Authority, at [email protected]. 

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