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Call to Artists

This page hosts the variety of calls for Public Art and programming for the Arts and Culture division of the Parks and Recreation Department.

Request for Proposals
Two Mural Projects: Downtown Sparks I-80 On Ramp
DEADLINE: 5/7/2021, 5:00 p.m. (PST)

Downloadable Announcement

The City of Sparks is accepting qualifications from professional artists or teams of artists in response to a public art opportunity for the City of Sparks.


In 2015, the City of Sparks began one of the largest redevelopment projects in its history in downtown Victorian Square.  Planned for completion by 2022, a six-square-block area of downtown Sparks called Victorian Square will be transformed into housing (apartments and condos) for 3,500 new residents, new restaurants and retail spaces, an event venue, a central plaza and gathering space with art incorporated into all phases of design.

This project aims to incorporate two new murals – cover an old mural and create a complementary mural on the second panel. The placement is in a key location across from the new Nugget Event Center and a backdrop for many of the events in downtown, which bring in over 700,000 people each year.


$20,000 per panel/project. Seeking two different artists with different designs. USD–to cover all artists’ fees, design, testing, fabrication and installation, including but not limited to travel, public meeting presentations, administration, taxes, materials, and insurance relating to the development of the artwork. $5,000 to be paid on contract, $5,000 to be paid on at one half of project completion, and $10,000 to be paid at completion (see timeline below.)


This call is open to professional artists or team of professional artists. Two artists’ artwork will be chosen (please do not apply for both panels.) All artists/artist teams must:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Reside within the State of Nevada or within 150 miles to Sparks, NV
  • Possess a City of Sparks Business License at the time of contract


This solicitation process is being undertaken to identify the most highly qualified artist(s) and best design for this opportunity. An artist selection panel of Arts and Culture Advisory Committee and local residents and business owners will choose the artist and design. This solicitation does not imply an obligation on the part of the city of Sparks to enter into a contract. If no viable artist(s) is identified, a new Request for Proposal may be released until the criteria is satisfied.

The artist will be selected based on the following criteria, as evidenced in application materials and conversations with listed references:

  • artistic merit in concept and fabrication;
  • experience incorporating artwork into the surrounding architectural elements; and
  • demonstrated ability to complete projects on time and within budget.

At the end of the Selection Process and Criteria info.

Commissioned artist will be required to:

  • Obtain / possess a City of Sparks Business License.
  • Be insured (General Liability and Workers Compensation) naming the City of Sparks as also insured.

TIMELINE (Subject to change)

May 7, 5:00p.m.                    Artist application submission deadline

Week of 5/10/21                  Art and Culture Advisory Committee with selection panel reviews applications, accepts public input and selects finalists

May 18                                 Art and Culture Advisory Committee approves designs

May 19                                 Contract awarded, deposit of $5,000

May 20                                 Begin work

June 30                                One half work completed: $5,000 Payment

July 12                                 All work completed, final payment of $10,000

July 18                                 Unveil with Art and Culture Advisory Committee City Council and Community


ONLINE APPLICATION. No paper applications accepted.

Note: prepare all your responses in a PDF documents and gather work samples before you begin and submit all at once. THE ONLINE PORTAL DOES NOT ALLOW YOU TO SAVE YOUR WORK.

  1. Letter of Interest: (1000 character max) outlining the artist’s interest in this project, and addressing selection criteria with references to previous artworks in public places. Applicant(s) may apply as a single artist or team. If applying as a team, identify all team members and each proposed project role (i.e.: lead artist, technical consultant, fabricator, etc.) in the statement.
  2. Resume: If applying as a team, submit a one-to two page résumé for each team member. Please include three professional references who can speak to the artist’s ability to meet deadlines, work with community, and create innovative work as part of a design team. Include name, organization, phone number, and email.
  3. Work Sample Document: Include up to eight (8) images of related artwork completed within the past fifteen (15) years. Include title and year produced.
  4. Design Proposals: Create a document with up to five (5) sketches and narrative of artistic direction.

Deadline: All applications with back up paperwork can be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (PST) on 5/7/21. No paper submittals will be accepted. All items must be delivered by the deadline date and time.


The murals will be painted on the two panels that are a part of the support structure of the I – 80 overpass.  Each panel is approximately eighteen (18) feet tall and ninety (90) feet wide. The area will be prepped with consultation with the chosen artists.









Contact: Francine Burge, Special Events Supervisor, City of Sparks, Nevada
775-353-7856 | fburge@cityofsparks.us