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Call For Entries

Public Art for Ellen M. Bozman Government Center

Deadline: June 9, 2022

Arlington Public Art is seeking to commission a professional artist or artist team to create a suspended artwork for the interior entrance of the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center (Bozman), the seat of County government for Arlington, VA and the location of many County offices and departments. The total project budget for design, fabrication and installation is $200,000.

The lobby of Bozman is currently undergoing renovations and the integration of public art will allow for the celebration of civic space and civic life in Arlington. The renovation includes the consolidation of customer services activities, upgrades to public conference rooms, library, restrooms, security and technology improvements as well as a new lobby reception desk.

Qualification submittals will be reviewed by a Community Technical Advisory Committee as well as an Art Advisory Panel comprised of representatives from the Arlington Public Art Committee, community and Arlington County Government stakeholders. The Art Advisory Panel will recommend one artist or artist team for review by the County’s Public Art Committee who will then be contracted to develop a concept and implement their design. Finalists may be asked to participate in a virtual interview.

The panel will use the following criteria to make their selection:

  • Artistic merit as evidenced by submitted digital representation of past work.
  • Appropriateness of the artist’s medium, style, and previous professional experience as they relate to the goals and opportunities of this project.
  • Experience with projects of similar scale and scope, including a demonstrated ability to successfully collaborate with public agencies, engage in a successful public review process, work well with diverse community groups, and plan and carry out successful community engagement activities.
  • The ability of the artist to successfully work within the project timeline and budget.

The selected artist or artist team will design, fabricate, and install an original and integrated suspended artwork into the interior entrance of Bozman. The artwork shall provide a welcoming experience and reflect Arlington’s civic values also known as The Arlington Way. See links below under Additional Resources for more information about Arlington and The Arlington Way. The artwork must be constructed of durable materials that are easy to clean and maintain.

Public Art Goals:

The design concept and the completed work of art shall:

  • Reflect the diversity of Arlington County residents;
  • Create a welcoming and calm environment;
  • Be vibrant, warm, colorful and/or eye-catching, something that draws you in;
  • Respond to changing light throughout the day and night;
  • Engage the lobby space and its different vantage points;
  • Celebrate the civic identity of Arlington;
  • Be easy to maintain; and
  • Not impede visibility or functions within the lobby.

Critical Dates:

  • Spring/Summer 2022: Community Technical Advisory Committee and Art Advisory Panel meet to recommend an artist/team and concept to Public Art Committee for approval.
  • Fall2022: Lobby under construction
  • Winter 2023: Artwork Installation

About Arlington County, VA:

Arlington County is located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, often referred to simply as Arlington or Arlington, Virginia. The County is situated in Northern Virginia on the southwestern bank of the Potomac River directly across from the District of Columbia. Arlington is home to the Pentagon, Reagan National Airport, and Arlington National Cemetery. Arlington will soon house Amazon HQ2.

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FY22 Marion Barry Jr. Legacy Mural Project



Please be advised that the submission deadline has been extended to

Friday, May 27, 2022 at 9:00 pm ET


Number of Awards: TBD

Award Amount: Up to $250,000


Upcoming Live Chat Sessions:

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 2022


Both sessions will take place from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET via Webex.


The District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking qualified artists or design professionals to design, fabricate and install the Marion Barry Legacy Mural, interactive kiosks and/or display cases, as well as final placement of the 8 ft. plaster model of the Mayor Marion Barry Statue (to be supplied) in the lobby of the recently dedicated Mayor Marion S. Barry Jr. Building located at 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC.


Prospective applicants should read through the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) in its entirety prior to submitting an application.


Project Manager Staff Contact:

Lauren Dugas Glover | [email protected]



About the Commission

CAH is an independent agency within the District of Columbia government that evaluates and initiates action on the arts and humanities. CAH is the State Arts Agency for the District of Columbiaand is supported primarily through DC government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. |

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