FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 5, 2017 Contact:
Community Engagement Manager
City Begins Process to Select Artist for N. College Avenue Mural
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville Arts Council
seek qualified artists, designers, and craft persons to complete a Request for Qualification (RFQ) submission to create a public art mural on N. College Avenue. Any artist or team of artists with public art, mural, or large-scale painting experience – who can meet the project requirements and timeline
– is eligible. Three artists will be selected to submit a mural proposal. One of those three artists will be chosen to complete the mural and receive a stipend of $17,367 (1,654 sq. ft. wall). A stipend of $250/each will be awarded to the three artists selected to submit a mural proposal. The deadline for RFQ submissions in Tuesday, September 12 at 7 p.m. C.S.T.
The City of Fayetteville is currently making improvements to a section of N. College Avenue that transitions from Downtown to Midtown. The City had hoped to plant street trees on the west side of College Avenue to match the trees planted on the east side in 2016. As crews began working this spring, they found a fiber line buried in a vault underneath the existing sidewalk. The available soil depth would not be able to sustain healthy trees and the line could not be relocated due to the exorbitant cost of moving a line with particular specifications.
City officials strive to incorporate functional aesthetics with a strong return on investment in projects. Both street trees and public art fulfill this philosophy. Therefore the City of Fayetteville, with approval from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), seek to install a mural on retaining wall located on the west side N. College Avenue between Cleburn and Prospect Streets. More than 28,000 vehicle trips per day pass that section. The newly-completed sidewalk on the east side of College Avenue has seen increased pedestrian use due to greater width, less curb cuts, new lighting, and new street trees. A H.A.W.K. signal will be placed south of Prospect Street and will provide safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists crossing between two established neighborhoods. The signal and new sidewalk will also improve access to Wilson Park, one of the City’s most popular public gathering spaces and oldest park.
Additional information about the project, including RFQ requirements and a submission link can be found at www.fayetteville-ar.gov/CollegeAveMural