Request for Qualifications
Monday, March 13, 2023 at 11:59 PM.
The Office for Public Art (OPA) and Riverlife seek artists living in southwestern Pennsylvania to be considered for the Pittsburgh Creative Corps (Corps), a group of pre-qualified artists whose work has been reviewed by a panel of artists, art and design professionals, and community stakeholders for various public art opportunities in southwest Pennsylvania. An online directory featuring Corps artist profiles is available at tinyurl.com/pcc-artist-directory to serve as a resource for public agencies, private businesses, or other organizations that seek to commission artwork in the public realm in southwestern Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Creative Corps was originally designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the opportunity to engage artists and creative workers to activate the public realm while providing economic opportunity. The Corps was designed to make the artist selection and vetting process for individual projects more equitable and time efficient, allowing the program to more quickly commission artists. Based on the success of the pilot program and increased interest in commissioning artists for opportunities to work in public space, the decision was made to continue the Corps. The Corps continues to engage a broad pool of artists in southwestern Pennsylvania for various public art opportunities that arise.
This opportunity is open to all artists living and working in southwestern Pennsylvania, including those working in visual arts, literary, performance, and other forms of practice. Artists who identify as established public artists, early/mid career public artists, and artists whose practice is poised for an opportunity in the public realm, regardless of career level and who fulfill the review criteria below are encouraged to apply.
Artists who have previously applied to the Corps but were not accepted are encouraged to reapply.
Twice a year, a panel of art and design professionals and community stakeholders will review application materials and select a list of pre-qualified artists for future Corps projects. Selected artists will be added to the online artist directory. A completed application is not a guarantee of selection.
Applications submitted after March 13, 2023 at 11:59 pm ET will be moved to the fall 2023 selection review meeting. Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision in spring 2023.
The Office for Public Art will hold two artist information sessions about the Creative Corps and application process. Each session will be held online via Zoom. Info session attendees are required to register in advance; however attendance at the information sessions is not required as part of the application.
- Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 10:00 AM https://tinyurl.com/PCC-Spring23-InfoSession1
- Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 6:00 PM https://tinyurl.com/PCC-Spring23-InfoSession2.
Twice a week, the Office for Public Art offers in-person and virtual office hours to assist artists with application preparation prior to the submission deadline. Attending office hours is not required in order to submit an application. If interested, please follow the directions below:
IN-PERSON meetings are available weekly on THURSDAYS from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Our office is located in East Liberty at 224 North Euclid Avenue, Suite 206. Pittsburgh, PA 15206. You can schedule an in-person meeting using this link: https://calendly.com/opaofficehours/30-minute_in-person
VIRTUAL meetings are available weekly on FRIDAYS from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
A zoom meeting link will be emailed to you in advance of the meeting. You can schedule a virtual meeting using this link: https://calendly.com/opaofficehours/30min