Local artists sought by Arts Huntsville to create art for new City Hall

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Huntsville’s new City Hall building will be completed in 2024. (City of Huntsville)

Local artists are being actively sought for the public art plan for the new City Hall, set for completion in 2024. Arts Huntsville, in cooperation with the City of Huntsville, released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) last week for local artists for Phase II of the project.

Following the initial RFQ process, up to 14 semi-finalist artists or artistic teams will receive $1,500 honorariums to create and present a design proposal.

Here are some details on the project

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Local artists will be featured across four locations in the new City Hall. (City of Huntsville)

The City Hall public art plan was developed in accordance with the Huntsville Public Art Master Plan under the guidance of the Huntsville Public Art Committee and Arts Huntsville, which is contracted by the City of Huntsville to manage the City’s public art program.

Local artists will be featured across four locations in the new City Hall:

  • A security entry area on the first floor
  • A pre-function area on the sixth floor
  • A corridor on the sixth floor hosting Huntsville City Council offices
  • A conference room on the seventh floor hosting the mayor’s office

Artwork budgets for the four featured locations range from $30,000 – $60,000. The City Hall public art projects are intended to inspire a sense of reflection, community and/or civic engagement.

The selection process and more

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Ground was proken earlier this year for the new City Hall building and expansion of Big Spring Park. (City of Huntsville)

Following the initial RFQ process, up to fourteen semi-finalist artists or artistic teams will receive $1,500 honorariums to create and present a design proposal. Four finalists will be selected in December 2022, and all Huntsville City Hall public art awards will be announced in early 2023.

“We are excited to see what our community of local artists will contribute to this civic space. This is an excellent opportunity for artists to celebrate Huntsville’s people, history, or our natural environment through their artwork.”

Arts Huntsville Executive Director Allison Dillon-Jauken

Interested local artists can read the full RFQ and begin the application process at  artshuntsville.slideroom.com. The deadline for submissions is July 24.

A video orientation for interested artists will be released the week of June 13 on the Arts Huntsville YouTube Channel. Questions can be directed to Art Program Manager Jennifer Johnson at publicart@artshuntsville.org.

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Michael Seale
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