Call for Artists: StreetSmARTS Murals Pool



RFQ Issue Date: January 12, 2016

March 14, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Applications are available through SlideRoom (, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed, or hand-delivered will not be considered. Applications will not be accepted after the March 14, 2016, 11:59 p.m. (PST) deadline.

Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. (PST) on the deadline date, February 29, 2016.

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. (CST).

Eligibility is open to practicing artists or artist teams residing in the nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma). Street writers and urban artists are encouraged to apply. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.

San Francisco Arts Commission’s StreetSmARTS program connects artists with private property owners to create vibrant murals on their buildings, enhancing the character of their property and surrounding neighborhood, while deterring ongoing vandalism. We are seeking applications from painters and/or muralists to establish a pool of qualified artists to be considered for upcoming mural opportunities. Only private property owners who have received Notices of Violation (NOV) to remove graffiti on their property have the option of participating in this program. The property owner will select an artist from the StreetSmARTS Murals Pool to design and execute a mural on the tagged property.

Artist and property owner must agree on the design of the mural and execute the Mural Agreement Form. The Arts Commission must also approve the proposed design prior to issuing funding.

Please Note: The StreetSmARTS program has recently been transferred from the Arts Commission’s Community Investments Program to the Public Art Program. As a result, the selection and administrative processes of StreetSmARTS has been aligned to follow the Public Art Guidelines.

Artists will be compensated $40 per square foot with a maximum mural size of 200 square feet ($8,000). This fee is inclusive of the artist fee, materials, and all other associated cost.


  • Complete application submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • Artwork examples submitted represent the artist’s own original creative work.
  • The artist’s work reflects artistic excellence, innovation and originality, as evidenced by a unique vision or perspective.
  • The artist’s experience is adequate to meet the demands of the project. Qualifying activities would include some combination of the following: past mural experience; a portfolio of work; or evidence of sustained activity as an artist.
  • The artist’s work is in keeping with the intended outcome of the program, to serve as a deterrent to illegal tagging.

The applications will be reviewed by a Selection Panel who will score the artists on the criteria listed above. Artists who score within a competitive range will be included in the StreetSmARTS Murals Pool. The Pool will be valid for a two year period

When a property owner chooses to participate in the StreetSmARTS Program, s/he will work with Arts Commission staff to select an artist in the Pool. If you have been selected to create a mural, Arts Commission staff will contact you to discuss your interest and availability.

All applicants will be notified if they have been accepted into the StreetSmARTS Murals Pool by email in late April.

All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom ( by March 14, 2016, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Applications sent via email or post will not be considered. Application materials include:


  • If you are applying as a team, please include your team/studio resume. If that is not available, please combine the individual resumes (one right after the other) of each team member into one document.

10 images of previous work

  • SlideRoom accepts all image file types up to 5MB. Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1500 x 1500 pixels
  • For team application, please indicate the lead artist for each project.

Image descriptions

  • When you upload your images, SlideRoom will prompt you to fill out image descriptions. Please include the title, medium, dimensions, year, and location of each work (if location is non-applicable write “n/a”). You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work.

There is no application fee to apply or to use the SlideRoom online application system. To view the application, go to (no “www”) and sign up for an account.

Applicants can receive SlideRoom technical support by emailing, or by accessing the online help desk:

For questions regarding the StreetSmARTS Murals Pool RFQ, contact Zoë Taleporos, Public Art Program Associate by email at, or by phone at (415) 252-2243.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 6-8 p.m., FREE
San Francisco Arts Commission, 401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 125
Please reserve your space through Eventbrite: Space is limited to 55 people.



Rights Reserved by the Arts Commission
The City reserves the right to not accept any applications, to not accept any artist recommended by any of the selection panels, to initiate an alternate Selection Process, or to reissue the RFQ for additional pre-qualified artist candidates.

StreetSmARTS murals will not be part of the Civic Art Collection and therefore are temporary. Artists will be required to sign waivers to the California Art Preservation Act and the Visual Artists Rights Act. The property owner will provide best effort to maintain the mural for a minimum duration of two years. The Arts Commission is not responsible for maintaining StreetSmARTS murals.

The artist selected and approved by the Arts Commission will be asked to enter into an agreement with the City and County of San Francisco for the entire duration of the project. The artist will also be required to maintain a San Francisco business tax license, go through the Vendor set-up process and fill out specific documents from the Human Rights Commission.

A translation of this RFQ is available upon request; however, only applications in English will be accepted.

Una traducción de esta solicitud de aplicación está disponible a petición; sin embargo, solamente se aceptarán solicitudes en inglés. Favor de comunicarse con Kate Patterson-Murphy al 415-252-4638 ó para una traducción al español.

此拨款申请书的翻译版本将应请求而提供;然而,只有英文版本的申请书才会被接纳。请联系Esther Ip以获取中文翻译 。联系电话:415-252-2536 或 电子邮箱。

Ang pagsasalin sa Tagalog ng aplikasyon para sa pagkalooban na ito ay makukuha kung hihingilin. Ngunit ang aplikasyon sa Ingles lamang ang aming tatanggapin. Para sa tulong, maaring i-contact si Cece Carpio, 415-554-6080 o

All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract, and these provisions are subject to change.

San Francisco Arts Commission

401 Van Ness, Ste. 325
San Francisco, CA 94102

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