Project Overview

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for inclusion in the Bayview Artist Registry for upcoming public art opportunities in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco. Artists with a meaningful connection to the Bayview – whether they currently reside, have resided in the Bayview, or have another  significant connection to the Bayview - are encouraged to apply.

The Bayview Artist Registry will be used to select artists to be commissioned for a range of new public art projects associated with upcoming construction in the Bayview, including improvements to the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant, the construction of a new community center at 1550 Evans, the current Southeast Community Facility at 1800 Oakdale and the expansion of the Southeast Health Center. The Registry will be used for upcoming projects over the next 3 years. 

The Arts Commission seeks visual artists working in a variety of media and artistic approaches to include in the Bayview Artist Registry. Artists whose practice includes direct engagement of the community in the design or making of the artwork are also encouraged to apply. Past public art experience is not required. 

For artists who are interested in more information about applying to public art calls, the San Francisco Arts Commission will host two free workshops that will cover strategies for making a strong application and provide one-on-one technical support, with priority given to Bayview artists. More information below.

The project budgets will vary depending on the opportunity:

  • Up to $15,000 for purchase of existing 2-dimensional artworks
  • Up to $200,000 for small-scale projects
  • Up to $400,000 for medium-scale projects
  • Up to $1,000,000 for large-scale permanent projects

The artwork budgets are inclusive of all artist's fees, as well as associated expenses for design, fabrication, insurance, transportation and installation.

Project Description

Located in the southeast corner of San Francisco, the Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhoods have a rich history, beginning with the Ohlone people who were its earliest known inhabitants. The district has been a historically working-class community, beginning in the mid-1800s with the relocation of the City’s slaughterhouses, and related industries to the area, followed by the operation of dozens of Chinese shrimping villages along India Basin. The development of the naval shipyards during World War II, and subsequent shipping industry, brought an influx of African Americans from the South, making Bayview Hunters Point one of the only San Francisco neighborhoods with a thriving majority of African Americans. The closing of the shipyards coupled with community advocacy against environmental pollution, substandard housing, limited employment, police violence and racial discrimination resulted in the mobilization of community members who fought for resources and improvements to housing and employment, as well as educational and arts and cultural opportunities in the Bayview. Starting in the 1990s, redevelopment efforts resulted in the out-migration and displacement of many residents, especially African Americans. Today, the Bayview remains an evolving neighborhood with increasing investment by the City and County of San Francisco, as well as significant development projects in areas including Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Park. 

For over 50 years, the Bayview Hunters-Point has fostered a vibrant arts culture. In the context of this tradition, and in compliance with the City’s 2% for the Arts Ordinance, public art will be commissioned in conjunction with various capital improvement projects in a variety of locations throughout the Bayview. Artists included in the Bayview Artist Registry will be eligible for all project opportunities as they arise in the next 3 years.

Upcoming sites may include:
•    Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant (SEP) - Temporary Public Art Program for SEP Construction Safety Fencing (artist selection process to commence August 2019)
•    Southeast Community Facility and Southeast Health Center - 2D Program (artist selection process to commence December 2019)
•    Other locations in the Bayview, to be determined

The Bayview Arts Masterplan will serve as a guide for artists who are selected for SFPUC art opportunities.

Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant
The Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant (SEP), located in Bayview, is San Francisco’s largest wastewater treatment facility, treating nearly 80% of the City’s wastewater. Through the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Sewer System Improvement Program (SSIP), the SEP will undergo operational improvements and seismic upgrades to ensure the reliability of the system and to protect the health of the community and environment. The vision for the SEP is to transform San Francisco’s largest wastewater treatment plant into a state of the art resource recovery facility, a City destination, a proud neighborhood asset, and an attractive workplace. 

Current Southeast Community Facility at 1800 Oakdale Ave
The existing Southeast Community Facility (SECF), located at 1800 Oakdale Avenue was constructed in partnership with the Bayview-Hunters Point community to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of the Southeast Treatment Plant's expansion in the 1970’s and 1980’s. “The Big Six” a group of dedicated Bayview civil rights leaders, was instrumental in advocating for, and ensuring that, these facilities were developed and designed to provide workforce, childcare and educational opportunities in their community.  These longtime civil rights advocates, Dr. Espanola Jackson, Harold Brooks, Eloise Westbrook, Ethyl Garlington, Shirley Jones and Alex Pitcher, are respected and remembered for their dedication to making the Bayview a better place to live, work and play. 

New Southeast Community Center at 1550 Evans
As the SFPUC embarked on significant capital improvements to the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Agency also undertook outreach efforts to work with SECF tenants, community organizations and residents to assess the SECF and make improvements. The SFPUC conducted an extensive engagement process to gather community input about whether to build a new Southeast Community Facility at 1550 Evans Street or to rebuild at the existing site at 1800 Oakdale. This process entailed 1,006 in-depth surveys from local residents; 45 public meetings with 1,250 stakeholders in attendance; 2,470 residences reached through door-to-door campaigns and 27,000 impressions generated from online engagement.  The Bayview Hunters Point community expressed a preference to build a new facility at 1550 Evans Street. Construction for the new facility will begin in 2019 and it is slated to open in 2021. The existing SECF at 1800 Oakdale will remain open until the new facility is constructed.  

The Southeast Health Center
The Southeast Health Center, located at 2401 Keith St, next to the Bayview Park and Martin Luther King Pool, is a new two-story building adjacent to the original health center building. The original health center was established and operated by community members prior to being taken over by the Department of Public Health. Community advisors have expressed the hope that the artwork reflects the history of the site and its place within the community.

Other locations in the Bayview, to be determined
Art opportunities at other locations will be publicly announced.

Types of projects may include:
-    Landmark Sculpture
-    Lighting Installations
-    Architecturally integrated artwork (i.e. tile, mosaic, glass, metal)
-    Functional and interactive artwork (i.e. fence treatments, seating, small-scale sculptures)
-    Murals
-    Purchase of two-dimensional work (i.e. photography, drawings, paintings)
-    Temporary projects such as construction barricade murals

Selection Process

The Bayview Artist Registry will be used, along with other qualified artist pools, to select artists for each new project opportunity with a budget up to $1,000,000 based on appropriateness of the artist’s media and experience for specific project requirements. Applicants who are currently in the 2017-18 Prequalified Pool who are qualified and interested in these projects should submit an application.

For each project, the Arts Commission will convene a Qualification Panel to review applications in the 2018 Bayview Artist Registry. The panelists serving on the Qualification Panel will vary depending on the project. Applicants will first be screened for the minimum qualification criteria as follows: 

•    The application is complete. 
•    The application submitted represents the artist’s own original creative work. 
•    The artwork submitted reflects basic professional quality of craftsmanship, mastery of skills and techniques, professional approaches to processes and presentation, and/or communication of a unique vision or perspective
•    The artist’s resume reflects evidence of professional competence. Qualifying activities may include some combination of the following: education and training as an artist; an exhibition record; previous public or private commissions; participation in artist-in-residency programs, or other related activities indicative of a professional practice. 

The panel will use the following criteria to score all remaining portfolios: 
•    Artistic excellence
•    Artist’s meaningful connection to the Bayview community
•    Appropriate imagery, style or approach for public space. A broad range of imagery and styles appropriate for a public place may be considered, from figurative, representational, abstract, or non-objective. Examples of non-appropriate imagery include artwork with religious and sexually explicit content. A preferred approach may include the direct engagement of the community in the design or making of the artwork.
•    Professional competence

An ad-hoc selection panel including community stakeholders will then be convened for each project to review the qualified candidates and make selection recommendations. The panel’s recommendation will be forwarded to the Arts Commission for final approval. 

All Public Art selection panel meetings are open to the public and 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 visit the calendar page of the SFAC website. 


How To Apply

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. 

For the SEP construction fencing temporary art program the deadline for submittal is Friday, July 31, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight /Standard Time

Deadlines for future projects will be posted on the Arts Commission website.

Application materials include: 

1. Resume
•    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.

2. Letter of Interest
•    One page maximum.
•    Summary of your artistic focus. This should include a brief description of your inspirations and interests that are reflected in your artwork.
•    Summary of your professional career, and how your experiences may qualify you for a public art project.
•    Please indicate if your work includes direct engagement of the community in the design or making of the artwork. 
•    Do not make a specific proposal for a new commission. 

3. Meaningful Connection to the Bayview
•    Please describe your connection to the Bayview community. An example of this connection may include if you currently reside, have resided in the Bayview, or have an other significant connection to the Bayview.

4.  10 images of previous work
•    SlideRoom accepts all image file types up to 5MB. Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels.
•    For team application, please indicate the lead artist for each project.

5. Image descriptions
•    When you upload your images, SlideRoom will prompt you to fill out image descriptions. Please include the title, medium, dimensions, year and price (if applicable) for each work. You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work. Please indicate if the work includes direct engagement of the community in the design or making of the artwork.

Check out our "How to Apply to Calls" for helpful tips on how to submit the most competitive application.

Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. (PST) on the deadline dates. Questions should be directed to Craig Corpora at, or 415-252-2249.

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


Artists interested in other public art commissions are encouraged to sign up for the Arts Commission's newsletter.


Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists who reside in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

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Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

April 07
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

April 07
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

April 07
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125