Illustration by Claire Lawton
Illustration by Claire Lawton

Three Calls for Artists: Modern Phoenix Expo, Tempe Public Art, and platFORM

Spring's around the corner, which means there's plenty of time to get creative (and finish a few projects) before the sun really comes out.

Lucky you, there happen to be a handful of great opportunities for local artists to have their work displayed, purchased, and recognized.

From design to public sculpture, here are three calls to creatives in Phoenix:

See also: - Roosevelt Row Selected for National ArtPlace Grant that Will Fund a New Streetscape, an Artist Village, and More - Tempe's University Drive to Get a Bike and Pedestrian Makeover in 2013

Concept art of the proposed enhancements to University Drive near Hardy Drive.
Concept art of the proposed enhancements to University Drive near Hardy Drive.
City of Tempe/Kimley-Horn and Assoc., Inc.

City of Tempe's opportunities for Arizona artists to beautify Tempe streets: Tempe's public art program is on the hunt for emerging artists to fill three opportunities to beautify University and Hardy drives. The streetscape projects include artwork for pavement enhancements, transit shelters, medians, and light poles, with the intention to "create a memorable, welcoming presence for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists," and "promote neighborhood stability, sustainable business and development efforts while continuing Tempe's commitment to alternative modes of transportation." The project is also looking for an artist to design bicycle lane symbols that will be installed throughout the city.

Commissions for the art: Hardy Drive Streetscape - $24,000 University Drive Streetscape - $24,000 Design of Bicycle Lane Symbols - $2,500

Artists in all media are encouraged to apply. Deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 14. Project coordinators ask that materials are emailed as a single PDF to for the bike lane symbols and for the streetscape projects. For more information and pre-submittal meeting opportunities, check out the City of Tempe's public art call.

Three Calls for Artists: Modern Phoenix Expo, Tempe Public Art, and platFORM

The 9th Annual Modern Phoenix Expo:

Every year, the Modern Phoenix Expo showcases some of the best and most innovative design and artistan goods produced by Phoenix-based creatives. This year's event on April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Scottsdale will feature creatives in landscape, lighting, furniture design, interior design, jewelry, green and solar, and architecture chosen from a pool of applicants. Artists who provide modern and contemporary services and products are encouraged to apply.

Once chosen, indivuals can choose from a single 10-by-10 foot space for $250 or a 20-by-10 space for $400. For more information, check out the Modern Phoenix Expo application.

Three Calls for Artists: Modern Phoenix Expo, Tempe Public Art, and platFORM

platFORM: Student Sculpture Lease Opportunities platFORM is a project launched this year by Scottsdale Public Art. The program joined forces with the Tempe and Chandler public art programs with an aim to create opportunities for student artists and student artist teams to propose sculptures that will be installed in public places.

All students enrolled in an arts program at any Arizona university or college is eligible to apply before April 19. Eight proposals will be chosen and given a budget between $1,500 and $4,000 to create a sculpture to be installed on one of the sites equipped with concrete and metal pedestals.

For more info, including public art educational programming and Q&A sessions, check out the platFORM Facebook page.

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