Call for Artists: Art in Public Places (April 2022)

April 14, 2022
Bright strokes of thick paint in shades of yellow, orange, pink, blue, purple.

Application Deadline

Monday, May 16, 2022 on closes the application at midnight (11:59 PM) Mountain Time (7:59 p.m. Hawaiʻi Time). Tech support is available by email only at [email protected].

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About this Request for Qualifications

In accordance with Hawai‘i Revised Statute 103-8.5, the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) Art in Public Places Program is requesting qualifications from individual artists for artwork to be commissioned for various locations statewide. Through this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) the SFCA intends to establish a qualified pool of professional artists for consideration. Sites for art may include opportunities for three-dimensional freestanding sculpture, two-dimensional images translated into durable materials, and large painted murals. Specific locations have not been announced.


Applications will be accepted online only through CaFÉ at This Request For Qualifications (RFQ) is open to national and international Artists. Hawai‘i artists will be given special consideration. Hawai‘i Artist: An artist who was born and/or educated in Hawai‘i, regardless of whether they currently reside in Hawai‘i or elsewhere; obtained a major part of their artistic training and development in Hawai‘i; is a Hawai‘i resident; or has made a significant impact in Hawai‘i through exhibitions, installations and/or commissions.  


Interested artists should submit the following:

  • Resumé
  • Artist’s written statement of design philosophy
  • Seven (7) images of completed work.

Selection Criteria: Appropriateness of the artist’s medium, style and previous professional experience.

Artist Selection Process

After the Call for Entry application deadline, SFCA staff will screen applicants for compliance with the selection criteria to establish a qualified candidate pool to be considered for commission/acquisition. These pre-qualified artists will be presented to various Art Advisory Committees (AAC). Up to five semi-finalists may be asked to develop a detailed design proposal for each location or interview. After reviewing proposals or interviewing artists, the AAC will recommend candidate(s) to the SFCA Board of Commissioners for final approval. Artists selected for commissioned artworks are required to obtain a General Excise License from the Hawai‘i State Tax Office. They are also required to obtain a certificate of vendor compliance from Hawai‘i Compliance Express before the contract is awarded.


For questions, please contact SFCA Art in Public Places Project Managers Alexandra Skees ([email protected]) and Kamakani Konia ([email protected]). All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract and these provisions are subject to change.

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