Call For Artists: 2010/2011 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series

2010/2011 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series


Issued: May 4, 2010


Late applications may not be accepted.


Art on Market Street Program

San Francisco Arts Commission

25 Van Ness, Suite 240

San Francisco, CA 94102

CONTACT:    Zoe Taleporos, Public Art Program Associate

Phone: 415/252.3215



The Art on Market Street Program, which has commissioned new artwork by Bay Area artists on an annual basis since 1992, includes a kiosk poster series and other temporary projects that take place on San Francisco’s main thoroughfare.  For the kiosk poster series, the Art on Market Street Program commissions three consecutive three month poster exhibitions annually. The series consists of a set of six original and related designs that are professionally reproduced and printed as four sets of posters, 68 inches high by 47 ¼ inches wide, for installation in 24 kiosks on Market Street between Van Ness and the Embarcadero.  All artists’ designs must be approved by the Arts Commission and are expected to be appropriate for a broad public audience.


Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists working primarily in any two-dimensional media and residing in the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma.


The total budget for the design and printing of the posters series is a not-to-exceed amount of $13,000, to include $6,000 for design and all prep work for six original designs, and up to $7,000 for printing by a professional printer.  The printer’s fee does not typically include prep work so you will probably need to take care of that before the final poster designs go to the printer. The printer must agree to this maximum fee of $7,000 in writing prior to printing, and the artist is responsible for paying the printer directly.


Please do not submit a proposal. Application materials will not be returned.

A. Hard Copies

Please make certain your name, email and phone number is on each page submitted.

All applications must include the following items on 8.5” by 11” plain white paper:

  1. A one-page cover letter with a description of your reasons for your interest in the Art on Market Street Program. Include a brief general comment about how you would develop a specific proposal.  Please do not submit a specific proposal and do not submit proposed poster designs.
  2. A resume of past relevant work, not to exceed three pages.
  3. An accurate annotated image list which must correspond to the numbers in order of the images on the CD.

B. 10 Images on a PC compatible CD

  1. A PC compatible CD with no more than 10 images of your 2-dimensional artwork.
  2. Each image should be no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels, 72 dpi and I MB jpegs only. 
  3. Each jpeg must be titled with the artist’s name and a number that corresponds to the annotated image list.  (For example: JenJones001, JenJones 002.) 
  4. 4. Do not submit a Power Point.


After the deadline, the Arts Commission will select and pay a short-list of artists a fee of $350 to each prepare a specific proposal for the 20010/2011 Art on Market Street Program.

  1. The Arts Commission must approve all artists and artwork proposals. The Arts Commission reserves the right to not accept any applications or proposals, to directly solicit additional artists and proposals, and to reissue the RFQ at any time.
  2. Commissioned projects continue at the discretion of the Arts Commission and may be cancelled at any time


  1. Required Forms and Contracts: Artists selected by the Arts Commission to prepare proposals shall be required to become city vendors. Selected artists whose proposals are approved by the Arts Commission for implementation must enter into contract with the Arts Commission to proceed with final design and printing of their approved proposals.
  2. Equal Benefits Ordinance: The City and County of San Francisco, in its effort to provide equality of opportunity and equality of benefits, requires that all entities receiving public monies comply with Section 12B of the Administrative Code, relative to provision of equal benefits to registered domestic partners and demonstration of good faith efforts to hire San Francisco based subcontractors.
  3. Americans with Disabilities Act: The selected artist(s) will be required to comply with American with Disabilities Act requirements in addition to related federal, state and local codes and will be encouraged to develop artwork(s) sensitive to programmatic as well as physical accessibility issues in cooperation with the Arts Commission and disabled communities.

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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