Dec. 8, 2021
Contact: Sherry Smith
Long Range and Preservation Planner
Call for Artist Proposals on Archibald Yell Murals
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The City of Fayetteville has issued a call for proposals from artists interested in creating murals along a retaining wall on Archibald Yell Blvd. near downtown Fayetteville. Submittals are due by 2 p.m. local time on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.
To learn more about this informal Request for Proposals, including deadlines, requirements and key details about the project, please go to https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/4087/Archibald-Yell-Boulevard-Murals-Informal.
Two murals are being proposed for the retaining wall that runs from Rock St. to S. Block Ave. along the west side of Archibald Yell; one mural to be displayed at each end of the wall. The Fayetteville Arts Council will serve as the selection committee, and it has selected a theme of “Experience the Adventure of Fayetteville!” for the murals. The Arts Council will work with the artist(s) chosen to be sure that the proposed artworks are appropriate to the space and compatible with one another to create a positive, cohesive experience for travelers along Archibald Yell in either direction.
A non-mandatory, pre-proposal conference for this RFP will be held virtually via Zoom during the next Arts Council meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. Registration for this meeting will become available on Friday, Dec. 10. Interested parties can register to attend via through the City’s public meetings calendar: https://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/calendar.aspx.
The artists will be chosen in two phases. Interested artists are asked to submit a portfolio of past works and qualifications for review by the Arts Council. Four artists will be selected and paid $500 each to receive feedback and prepare a more in-depth sketch of their proposal(s) for the site. The council will then select one or two artists to complete the work. Details on payments available for each mural are available in the RFP document.
The murals are part of planned improvements to Archibald Yell that were included in the 2019 Transportation Bond approved by Fayetteville voters. For additional information about planned improvements to Archibald Yell, visit http://www.fayetteville-ar.gov/archibaldyell.