Opportunities for Artists

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Make St. Pete Beautiful

The City works to prioritize artists by frequently soliciting opportunities for them to share their work with residents and visitors in St. Pete. This list is updated in real time and the below opportunities reflect all current and open applications.

Obama Library Call to Artists

The City recognizes the many talented artists that call St. Pete home and with that talent, offers opportunities for those who are able to contribute to historic and iconic facilities. The City of St. Petersburg has opened a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) for artists to contribute public art to the new President Barack Obama Main Library. The deadline for artists to apply and submit their qualifications for the project is July 27, 2024, by 5 p.m.

The City of St. Petersburg seeks artists who are able to:

  • Design, build, and install artwork that would reflect the history of St. Pete, advances made by minority residents,
  • Create a concept that encompasses the importance of learning and education,
  • Honor the legacy of former president Barack Obama.
  • Pay attention to the upcoming library’s community spaces aligning with Mayor Welch's focus on education and youth opportunities.

The President Barack Obama Main Library is currently undergoing renovations and completion is expected in Spring 2025.

How to Apply

Interested, experienced artists can find more information about the RFQ, eligibility, and the application in the commission document

Apply Here

Eligibility

Applications must meet the following eligibility requirements. Applications that do not meet the following eligibility requirements will be disqualified from consideration and selection.

  1. Artist must have experience with 2D art or 3D art in public spaces, galleries, or museums.
  2. Artist must be based (have legal residence) in the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia.
  3. Artist must agree to the provisions set forth in Section IX. General Terms and Conditions.
The Project Committee will review the applications and select three finalists in September 2024. Finalists that are selected will make presentations to the Project Committee that next month and will be able to install their artwork by Spring 2025.

Mayor's Neighborhood Storm Drain Mural Program

ATTENTION: The artist application period is now closed. Check back later for more updates.