Request for Qualifications: Department of Education Public Art Projects

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 in Art in Public Places, Blog Post, Call for Artists, Commissioned Works of Art
A stainless steel sculpture in the shape of an ae‘o (Hawaiian stilt). The wings are made from colorful stained glass.

by Bud Spindt
Mōkapu Elementary School
Stainless steel and glass sculpture / 2015
An example of a past APP-AIR project.

Request for Qualifications for Hawaii State Department of Education Public Art Projects

The Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) has posted a call seeking artists to submit qualifications for consideration for several commissioned works of art project sites within the Department of Education.


This call is part of the Art in Public Places-Artists in Residence (APP-AIR) Program, which is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Education and the SFCA. The program was established to implement an integrated visual arts in education program, while providing commissioned works of art in public schools.


Various locations throughout the State of Hawai’i


$100,000 per project

Deadline to submit application

April 25, 2017, 11:59 PM Mountain Time


The SFCA urges visual artists to register with CaFÉ (, a website developed by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to facilitate calls for artists and artwork. The CaFÉ registration is free, secure, and offers access to visual arts opportunities nationwide.

The title of the call on CaFÉ is: 2017 APP HAWAII: Commissioned Works of Art for the Department of Education.

The site can be found at and provides information about CaFÉ, answers to FAQs, tech tips, image prep and a questions forum.

Examples of Art in Public Places Artist in Residence Projects

More examples of past APP-AIR projects include the following commissioned works of art:

A closed-vessel terrazzo sculpture titled ‘A‘ali‘i Ku Makani (‘A‘ali‘i Standing in the Wind). The sculpture is located at Ka‘u High School.

‘A‘ali‘i Ku Makani
(‘A‘ali‘i Standing in the Wind)
by Randall Shiroma
Ka‘u High School
Terrazzo / 2014

A mural titled Na Wao Ola A‘o Pi‘ilani (The Life Giving Forests of Maui) by Calley O'Neill, located at Pukalani Elementary School. The mural depicts several large trees with three hula dancers performing near by.

Na Wao Ola A‘o Pi‘ilani
(The Life Giving Forests of Maui)
by Calley O’Neill
Pukalani Elementary School
Stained glass mosaic mural / 2016

A detail from the mural titled Ho‘o Pomaika‘i (To Create Good Fortune) by Philip Sabado, located at Pomaika‘i Elementary School. The mural depicts a Hawaiian family, a woman and young girl seated and a man and young boy standing, all in front of a hale with a stream in the foreground.

Ho‘o Pomaika‘i
(To Create Good Fortune) – detail
by Philip Sabado
Pomaika‘i Elementary School
Stone mosaic mural / 2013