Call for Artists: Verdugo Aquatics Facility

City of Burbank

Burbank, CA


It is desired that the project embody:

  • Excitement and interest for the community
  • Encourage feelings of nostalgia
  • Inspire imagination


Works in a variety of media and forms will be considered, including artwork integrated into the existing architecture, functional elements, and artwork with interactive component.  Installation, maintenance, public safety and durability issues should be taken into consideration.


Verdugo Park Aquatic Facility is located at 3201 W. Verdugo Avenue, Burbank, CA 91505.


This project is open to practicing professional artists who have successfully completed at least two public art projects with a maximum budget of $55,000. Special consideration will be given to local artists.


The total public art budget for this project is $55,000. Budget shall include artist’s fee, materials, supplies, storage, travel, lodging, equipment, and sales tax needed to design, fabricate, transport, and install the final art piece.


All materials should be provided on 8.5 x 11 inch white bond paper with all hard copy material duplicated on a USB Flash Drive. Do not put materials in a binder or notebook. Handwritten material will not be considered. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2019. Postmarks are not acceptable.

Please deliver or mail proposals to: City of Burbank, Parks and Recreation Department Attn: Paula Ohan

150 N. Third St. 3rd Floor

Burbank, CA 91502



Complete applications must include seven (7) collated packets containing the following information and materials:

  1. Letter of Interest: Describe the artist’s interest in this project, relevant experience, and vision for the project. Two page maximum.
  1. Concept Narrative: Outline the approach to developing the design concept outlined in project description. One page maximum.
  2. Concept Design: A rendering of a conceptual design.
  1. Resume: Current professional resume emphasizing relevant experience. Three page maximum.  
  1. References: A list of three (3) professional references, preferably from previous similar projects, with contact information.
  1. Work Samples: Submit up to ten (10) samples of past work. Please submit PDF or JPEG files with a maximum 72 DPI resolution. Images should be cataloged by the artist’s last name, followed by the number of the image as it should be viewed (for example: Jones 1, Jones 2). An annotated image list should be included and state the title of the piece, commissioning agency, project budget, and date of artwork, medium, and the dimensions of the artwork.


Submissions from artists will be pre-screened by staff to ensure for compliance. The Site Specific Selection Committee (Committee) will review qualified submittals and select artists to be interviewed. Criteria for the initial selection will include artistic merit, appropriateness, and public safety. Up to eight (8) semi-finalists will be selected for the interview stage. From this group, up to three (3) artists will be selected to develop original artwork proposals. Artists will be provided a period of time, not to exceed four (4) weeks, to complete their designs. The selected artwork will be presented to the Art in Public Places Committee for compliance.  Once approved by the Art in Public Places Committee, the Committee’s recommendation will be forwarded to City Council for approval of agreement.


Professional and artistic qualifications and standards of excellence in innovation, creativity, and originality as demonstrated in materials submitted.

Appropriateness of applicant’s medium and style for site and location.

Previous experience as it relates to project goals and setting, as well as scale and scope.

Familiarity with public agencies, the public review process, and/or previous collaboration with local government and community groups.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with architects, landscape designers, and project managers during the design and installation phases.

Demonstrated ability to successfully execute the work in a professional manner within the construction schedule and project budget.


Deadline for Submission: 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019

Application Review: April/May 2019

Semi-finalist Selection: May/June 2019

Semi-finalist Interviews: July 2019

Finalist Selection: July/August 2019 - The Committee will conduct the final interviews and select artist(s) for recommendation to the City Council. Committee will also ensure all concepts comply with the Art in Public Places ordinance. Schedule subject to change.

Finalist Interviews: August 2019

Artist Selection: August/ September 2019


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