Archibald Yell Boulevard Murals RFP

The City of Fayetteville is seeking to secure the services of one or two outdoor muralists to create one or both of two (2) original, site-specific murals on the concrete retaining wall that runs on the north side of Archibald Yell Blvd. between Rock St. and S. Block Ave.

The murals are part of an improvement project aimed at making Archibald Yell Blvd. a safe, walkable and enjoyable space for the citizens and visitors of Fayetteville. Additional information on the safety improvements is available to the public.

Application and Deadline Information

The deadline for submission was Friday, Jan. 07, 2022, before 2 p.m. local time. Full application and submission materials should be emailed to Sherry Marie Smith at shsmith@fayetteville-ar.gov. No late submittals shall be accepted. Please see full project timeline below. 

All questions regarding the process should be directed to Sherry Marie Smith at shsmith@fayetteville-ar.gov or 479-575-8265.

Selection Committee:

The Fayetteville Arts Council will serve as the selection committee throughout this RFP process. Information about the Fayetteville Arts Council, including members and meeting schedule can be found on their site.

Pre-Proposal Meeting:

The pre-proposal meeting for this RFP is scheduled to take place at the Fayetteville Arts Council meeting on Dec. 15, 2021, at 6 p.m. local time. This meeting will be held via Zoom. To register for the pre-proposal meeting, visit the City's public meetings calendar and navigate to the meeting date. Registration links are generally published on Fridays the week prior to the scheduled meeting. 

Mural Information

North End Mural

The mural at the north end of the retaining wall will be at the intersection of Rock St. and Archibald Yell Blvd. It has short panels on the right side and stops at the white paint before the section featuring the purple bulldog. The area of this section is approximately 108 square feet. The stipend for this completed mural will be $3,800.

South End Mural

The mural at the south end of the retaining wall will be near the intersection of S. Block Ave. and Archibald Yell Blvd. It has an approximate area of 408 square feet, involving the first three sections of the concrete wall pictured below. The stipend for this completed mural will be $14,200.

Artwork / Material

Artists are required to create original artwork using professional grade paints and to seal the wall prior to and after painting using Blok-Guard® & Graffiti Control II, a water-based graffiti and water repellent for porous masonry sealant or similar.

Mural Theme: Experience the Adventure of Fayetteville!

Part of the adventure of Fayetteville is its atmosphere of inclusion and love of diversity. Fayetteville comes alive through individual personal  accounts of real stories around its residents' various histories and heritages. The City hopes to grow the diversity of its population and share in all the cultural experiences that come with inviting friends with differing vantage points. Adding to the adventure of Fayetteville is its topographical diversity and all the ways to connect with the outdoors. Applicants are strongly encouraged to research all the outdoor adventures and experiences Fayetteville has to offer. The mountains, tall trees and interconnected trails of Fayetteville offer exciting avenues for exploration of all the beauty of the outdoors and the charm of the region.

Project Schedule

DateProject Action
Dec. 8, 2021City issues RFP
Dec. 15, 2021 -  6 p.m. CSTNon-mandatory pre-proposal meeting at Fayetteville Arts Council meeting (held via Zoom)
Jan. 7, 2022  -  12 p.m. CST (noon)Deadline for proposals
Jan. 19, 2022Fayetteville Arts Council meets to select four artists to finalize design proposals
Jan. 20, 2022Artist notifications (selected and not selected)
Feb. 2, 2022Deadline for design finalizations from four selected artists
Feb. 16, 2022Fayetteville Arts Council meets and selects final artist(s) to complete murals
Feb. 17, 2022Artist notifications (selected and not selected)
April 11, 2022Selected artist(s) begin site work on mural 
May 16, 2022 -  8 a.m. CSTDeadline for completed mural