The Arts Commission seek Requests for Qualifications for a $175,000 public art project

Eye On Art  |  06/24/2020 10:00 am

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo’s Art in Public Places Program, in partnership with ProMedica, seeks to commission public art for a new construction project along the Summit Street corridor in Downtown Toledo.

Artists with experience in integrating public art into infrastructure projects are particularly of interest. Submitted qualifications will be judged on a competitive basis. Up to three finalists will be selected and asked to create a proposal for the site.

The artist/team selected for the commission shall collaborate closely with the project management team through in-person meetings and other necessary means of communication when developing conceptual designs for artwork, including identifying the site(s), content, scale, media and to allow the thorough integration of the artwork into the site.

The artist must be willing to learn in-depth about the community and the relation to surrounding areas of Toledo, participate on the design team with members of the community and utilize this information in the overall conceptual development of the work.

They are seeking to commission work that celebrates the culture of The City of Toledo; its history, our present growth and what the future can look like.


Up to three finalists will be paid $2,500 to develop proposals for the site. The budget for the artwork component is $175,000, including but not limited to all expenses related to project completion, site preparation, additional design fees, engineering, materials, equipment, fabrication costs, documentation, transportation, installation and travel.


The project is open to all artists in the United States of America, age 18 and over, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines.


June 15, 2020               Request for Qualifications Launch

July 15, 2020                Deadline for RFQ Submissions

July 22, 2020                Review of Applications

July 29, 2020                Finalists Notified

August, 19, 2020          Finalists Site Visits

September 19, 2020     Finalists Present Proposals

September 26, 2020     Winning Proposal Announced

Spring, 2021                 Installation


Toledo will be host to the Solheim Cup in August of 2021 and is anticipating 150,000 visitors to our community. All work is required to be completed by June 2021.

The Arts Commission reserves the right to change the project timeline. Dates for site visits and proposals are tentative and will be based on the availability of the finalists.


Materials must be submitted through Café at the link below.