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. 

Join the Call to Artists electronic mailing list for updates or bookmark this page.

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

platFORM: Student Sculpture Lease Opportunities
In its third year, the public art programs from Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Surprise have joined forces in platFORM, an initiative to create opportunities for student artists/artist teams to place existing or propose new sculptures for temporary placement in public places.
Deadline for entries: April 27, 2015 - midnight
Budget: Variable range of $2000 - $3000 contingent on the accepted placement
Projects: Up to 6 opportunities in Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Surprise
Eligibility: All students currently enrolled in an arts program at any university or college within the state of Arizona (Individuals and Collectives/Groups/Teams)
Information/Request for Proposals

Miscellaneous opportunities

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

Artist Pre-Submittal Meeting - Marina Heights Public Art Program
The ASU Art Museum seeks to establish a pre-qualified list of artists for a series of temporary and permanent public art commissions ranging in budget from $10,000 to $260,000. The public art projects will be integrated into the Marina Heights campus currently under construction on the south bank of Tempe Town Lake. When completed in 2017, Marina Heights will be the largest private office complex yet constructed in Arizona. The campus will host over 8,000 employees daily and includes offices, retail, dining, exercise facilities and open space.
Attend the optional pre-submittal meeting to learn more about the project
Date: February 24, 2015, 6-7 p.m.
Location: ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street
RSVP to to attend, seating is limited.
Info & Call to Artists

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.

Tools for Artists
These Guides may help you format your Tempe Public Art project submissions:
Letter of Intent Guide
Artist Resume Guide
Image List Guide