Call for artists: The Percent for Art Project (Columbia, MO)

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Columbia Percent for Art

Columbia Police Department North Municipal Service Center
Percent for Art Project | Columbia, Missouri
Deadline to apply: Friday, April 13, 2018 by 5pm

The City of Columbia, Missouri, invites artists residing in Missouri, or the metro areas of Kansas City and St. Louis, to apply for a public art project at the planned Columbia Police Department North Municipal Service Center. The City seeks an artist or artist team to create new site-specific, original, public artwork(s) for the service center. Works in a variety of durable media and forms will be considered. The project is a component of Columbia’s Percent for Art Program, established in 1997, and is being implemented by the city’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA). At this point, artists should submit qualifications only, not a design proposal (see Selection Process and Application Information). Once an artist is selected, he/she will propose work for the site.
The City of Columbia Public Works department is currently in the planning process for the construction of the Police Department North Municipal Service Center located in the Auburn Hills Subdivision at Range Line Street and International Drive.

The building will be used for additional office space for the Columbia Police Department as well as provide a Community Room that will be available for group use. Looking over preliminary designs, there are several public spaces that would be suitable options for artwork, including an outdoor plaza space and the public lobby of the building

Construction of the project is currently scheduled to begin in late 2018.

For more information about the preliminary design, visit:

As a designated Percent for Art project, one percent of the overall construction project has been set aside for site-specific public art at the North Precinct. The project affords a unique opportunity for meaningful public art in Columbia. No aspect of the art is pre-determined.
The budget for the site-specific public art at the North Precinct project has been established at $61,730 The amount must include all artist fees, materials, fabrication, shipping, installation, etc.
The project is open to all artists and artist teams, 18 years and older, residing in Missouri, the Kansas City Metro, or the St. Louis Metro. Professional artists with experience in the field of public art are encouraged to apply. All applicants, regardless of race, sex, religion, nationality, origin or disability, will be considered.
The city’s Standing Committee on Public Art, made up of artists, arts professionals, community representatives and project staff, will review applications and choose finalists. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of artistic and technical merit and strength of past work. Though not required, relevant work in the field of public art is desirable as is experiences collaborating with architects and other design professionals. The number of finalists is not pre-determined.
All finalists will be invited to interview with the project selection panel and will receive an honorarium for doing so. Finalists will not be asked to develop design proposals for the interviews, but should be prepared to discuss how they might approach the project as well as present a survey of their past work and answer questions from the panel. The selection panel will recommend the applicant(s) they believe to be most qualified for the project to the city’s Commission on Cultural Affairs. The City Council will finalize the decision. Once the contract has been approved by City Council, the selected artist(s) will be able to begin developing a proposal for the project.
To be considered, submit the following:

  • Current résumé 
  • Contact information for two professional references 
  • A maximum of ten images of completed works or projects (submitted electronically). Images should be in JPEG format; image resolution - no more than 300 ppi (may be as low as 72 ppi); maximum file size (per image) – 3 MB; name each image with the following format: lastnameimagenumber.jpg (for example, filename for would be Smith01.jpg, Smith02.jpg, and so on). 
  • An annotated image list that corresponds to visual submissions. It should give the image number, title of the work, medium, dimensions, year of completion, project location, budget, commissioning agency and a brief description (100 words). The list should also include the artist’s name. Click here to download a template (save PDF to computer, do not complete in internet browser)
  • A typed statement of interest, no more than 500 words, that outlines how you might approach this project, if selected, what materials you might use, how this project could relate to your current work, etc. Do not include sketches or a developed description of a possible installation, just the basic statement of interest.

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, April 13, 2018. Faxed or emailed applications cannot be accepted. Late and incomplete submissions will not be considered. 


ONLINE FORM, by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13

MAIL, postmarked by Friday, April 13

HAND-DELIVER SUBMISSIONS by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 13

  • City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, 300 S. Providence Rd., office is open 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday
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