Call for Work


Call to Artists

Tempe frequently offers opportunities for visual artists to apply for city public art commissions and Tempe Center for the Arts and Community Galleries' exhibitions. These projects are open to artists nationally or locally, depending on budget and the amount of community contact that needs to take place. 

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Other valuable opportunities exist for artists working in the field. The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) developed Artists Register, a resource for artists to post their pertinent information and images on the web. Public art programs, private individuals and businesses utilize this site to find and learn more about artists. This resource is offered to artists at a reduced fee due to a consortium of Arizona cities and the Arizona Commission on the Arts supporting the website.

City of Tempe opportunities

Mural Painting
Tempe Public Art announces two public art opportunities and invites all Arizona painters to submit their qualifications to create site-specific murals. Artists submitting qualifications will be considered for both projects. Painters of all styles are encouraged to apply, including those who specialize in street art.
Daley Park Mural
Budget: Up to $25,000
Jaycee Park Mural
Budget: Up to $12,000
Deadline for entries: February 17, 2015
Information & Submission
Printable RFQ
If you have questions about the project, please attend a pre-submittal Coffee Talk Q & A Session. See RFQ for information.

Cover Design Contest
Co-sponsored by Tempe Public Library and Arizona State University
ASU students and Tempe high school students are invited to participate in a design contest to create the cover for the inaugural issue of the Tempe Writer's Forum, the resulting print publication that will share winning entries from the Tempe Community Writing Contest.
Deadline for entries: February 15, 2015
Information & Submission

Miscellaneous opportunities

The city of Tempe is happy to share local, regional and national opportunities with its residents.

2015 Glendale Plein Air Painting Competition
The City of Glendale Public Art Program invites all painters using Plein Air techniques to this juried event running in conjunction with the Annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire and Special Events.
Event date: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Registration: 8am-10:30am, day of the event
Eligible media: oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel
Awards: $250-1,000

ARTELPHX Spring 2015
Showcasing art beyond galleries and museums...ARTELPHX will select over 20 local, national, and international artists to transform spaces at a boutique hotel with temporary, site-specific installations. Presented at the Clarendon Hotel and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.
Event dates: May 14-16, 2015
Eligible media: multi-media, performance, video, and dance
Deadline for entries: April 20, 2015

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program has established an ongoing mentorship program as a professional development opportunity for emerging artists living in metropolitan Phoenix. Artists selected to participate in the mentorship program have the opportunity to work with an established public artist on a significant public art commission for the city of Phoenix and to earn an honorarium of up to $5,000.