2012 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series: Call for Artists

2012 Art on Market Street Kiosk Poster Series


Issued: April 20, 2011

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 12:00 AM (PST)

Applications are available through SlideRoom (https://sfgov.slideroom.com/), an on-line application system for calls for entry.  There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom.  If you are a first time user of SlideRoom, please allow adequate time to learn the use of this system.  Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.


The Art on Market Street Program, which has commissioned new artwork by Bay Area artists on an annual basis since 1992, includes a bus 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. Each poster series consists of a set of six original and related designs that are professionally reproduced and printed as six sets of posters, 68 inches high by 47 ¼ inches wide (trim size), for installation in 36 bus kiosks on Market Street between 8th Street and the Embarcadero.  All artists’ designs must be approved by the Arts Commission and are expected to be appropriate for a broad public audience.


The total budget for the design of the posters series is a not-to-exceed amount of $8,000, to include the design and all preparation work necessary to complete each poster design to the printer’s specifications. No additional funds are available.


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.


After the application deadline, Arts Commission staff will screen the applications to establish a candidate pool to be considered for the commissions based upon the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated quality of past artwork as represented in the applicant’s submitted images
  • Artist’s professional experience as detailed in the applicant’s resume

Artists in the candidate pool will be presented to an Artist Selection Panel consisting of arts professionals and representatives of the Arts Commission. The panel will recommend six to eight artist finalists, to be approved by the Arts Commission, who will be paid an honorarium of $250 each to develop proposals. As the year 2012 is the 80th anniversary of the Arts Commission, artists will be asked to develop a poster based on the broad theme of “celebrating the arts in San Francisco.”

The artists will then present their proposals to the Artist Selection Panel who will recommend three finalists to the Arts Commission for approval.

All Art Commission meetings and Public Art selection panel meetings are posted on the Arts Commission website at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting.  To check the meeting schedule for public art projects, please go to our website at http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection/category/public-meetings/.


All application materials must be submitted online via SlideRoom.  Application materials include:

  • Letter of interest including a brief statement about how you would develop your proposal. Please do not submit a specific proposal and do not submit proposed poster designs.
  • Resume of past relevant work, not to exceed three pages
  • 10 images of previous work. Please do not submit a poster design.
  • Annotated image descriptions

There is no application fee to apply or to use the SlideRoom online application system. To view the application, go to https://sfgov.slideroom.com/ (no “www”) and sign up for an account.   Applicants can receive support by emailing: support@slideroom.com or by accessing a help desk here: http://slideroom.zendesk.com


For questions, contact Zoë Taleporos, Public Art Program Associate at (415) 252-3215 or by email at zoe.taleporos@sfgov.org.


Artists interested in other public art commissions are encouraged to visit the San Francisco Arts Commission’s the Public Art Program website www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection. Information is updated whenever new opportunities arise.



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.

Proposal Board and Maquette Policy

In the event that you are asked to develop a proposal, the following policy shall apply. The Arts Commission shall:

  • At its sole discretion, have the unconditional right to own proposal maquettes or drawings selected for implementation as part of commission awards or may alternatively choose to retain all such maquettes until the project is complete.
  • Retain first right of refusal to purchase proposal maquettes and drawings submitted by the artists not selected for implementation.
  • Be given credit upon display and/or reproduction of any maquette or proposal commissioned, whether selected for implementation or not.
  • Require that all proposals and/or maquettes submitted are original and unique.

Non-Discrimination and Equal Benefits Ordinance

The City and County of San Francisco, in its effort to provide equality of opportunity and equality of benefits, requires that individuals and businesses doing business with the City comply with Sections 12B and 12D of the Administrative Code.  This requires that if you are an employer, and if you provide health or other benefits to the spouses of your employees, you must provide equal benefits to the registered domestic partners of your employees.  This section also requires demonstration of good faith efforts to hire local disadvantaged business enterprises.  More information on these policies may be found at: http://www.sf-hrc.org/index.aspx?page=86

Americans with Disabilities Act

The selected artist(s) will be required to comply with Americans for Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements in addition to related federal, state and locals 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.

Required Forms and Contracts

In addition to the proposal MOU, as part of the City’s contracting process, the artist selected and approved by the Arts Commission shall be asked to enter into contract with the City and County of San Francisco for the entire duration of the project.  Artist applicants should review the Arts Commission standard template contract which can be found on the Arts Commission website: http://www.sfartscommission.org/pubartcollection/documents/pa03-sample-artist-contract/. While some items specific to individual projects such as scope of work, payment schedule and schedule of deliverables may be negotiated, the terms of the contract will not be changed.  Depending upon the specific scope of the project, prior to the issuance and throughout the duration of the contract, the artist will also be required to maintain a San Francisco business tax license, go through the Vendor set-up process, fill out specific documents from the Human Rights Commission and will be required to carry various types of insurance, including Automobile Liability, General Liability, Fine Arts, and other insurance as required by the City.

All information contained herein does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract

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San Francisco, CA 94102

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