In accordance with the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Act, the Oklahoma Arts Council manages a pre-qualified artist pool for eligible state public art projects. Artists qualifying for the pool may be considered for public art projects with artwork budgets of up to $6,000. In general, these projects involve only the purchase of existing artwork. The pool allows for the streamlining of public art selection for projects with relatively small budgets.
For eligible projects, artists in the pre-qualified artist pool will be evaluated based on the requirements for the site and the appropriateness of the artist’s work and style to the site. Up to three artists will be “short listed” and invited by the Site Committee to participate.
The pre-qualified artist pool may also be used as a resource for communities, organizations, and businesses seeking to identify qualified public art professionals in the state of Oklahoma to carry out public art projects.
Artwork budgets: Less than $6,000. In general, these projects involve only the purchase of existing artwork. The pool allows for the streamlining of public art selection for projects with relatively small budgets.
Apply for the Pre-Qualified Artist Pool
Applications for the 2017-18 Oklahoma Art in Public Places Pre-Qualified Artist Pool will be accepted beginning October 15, 2016. Deadline to apply is December 1, 2016. Artists who apply will be notified about the selection committee's decisions by the end of March 2017.
Professional practicing artists or artist teams residing in Oklahoma are eligible to apply to the pre-qualified artist pool. Artist teams of up to two members may apply. Artists who apply as a team may not also apply as individual artists. Both members of the team must reside in the state of Oklahoma full-time to be eligible. Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in an ongoing course of study in visual arts are not eligible to apply. Artists who are selected remain in the pool for two years and must reapply for reconsideration.
Artist Selection Process
The Director of Art in Public Places will convene a selection committee comprised of members of the Oklahoma Art in Public Places Oversight Committee and arts professional jurors to review applications and make recommendations for inclusion in the pre-qualified artist pool. The 15-member Governor-appointed board of the Oklahoma Arts Council will make final determination of acceptance in to the pool. The committee will use the following criteria to review all eligible applications:
aesthetic merit of past projects
technical capabilities, among others
- 2D artwork
- 3D sculpture
- Suspension artwork
- In floor work
- Murals/wall relief work
- Glass artwork
- Functional art: benches, bike racks, lights, etc.
For more information, contact our Director of Art in Public Places.