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Call For Entries

Ends on November 8, 2022

The Reno Arts & Culture Commission (RACC) is seeking proposals from artists for a public art opportunity in Downtown Reno. Artists working in the United States and who have experience designing and executing projects with a similar budget and scope are encouraged to apply.


Exterior of the National Bowling Stadium a large building with lights outlining the top floors of the building and a large silver ball protruding from the roof 

Project Description:

The Reno Arts & Culture Commission is looking for an artist/artist team to design and create large-scale murals on the exterior of the National Bowling Stadium (NBS), located in Downtown Reno. The Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority operates the NBS, which attracts regional and national bowling tournaments, from 50,000 to 60,000 people. The first facility in the United States dedicated solely to bowling competition, the NBS is home to 88 championship lanes, including the 10 lanes added in 2012 at the Kingpin Club by Brunswick. In 2019, a major remodel was completed on the 4th floor of the bowling stadium, where the competitions are held. The space was modernized by providing space for a larger vendor/spectator area and more room for the bowlers at the lane level.  New grab-and-go concessions and restroom facilities were also added. The City of Reno is investing in an update to the exterior of the NBS. This public art call is a part of that refresh.

The murals will be painted on the exterior of the NBS. There are three locations for murals: the northwest corner, the southwest corner, and the southeast corner of the building with elements wrapping onto the north and west walls (see image below). The mural does not need to cover the entire west wall but must extend partially across the front of the building on Center Street. Approximate square footage to be painted is around 12,000 square feet.

Themes and concepts are open, however, proposals that tie the University of Nevada Reno into the city will be given priority. This can be done through color, abstraction, or a figurative/objective approach. The goals for the project include: revitalizing the exterior of the NBS and surrounding area, creating a unique character for a specific area of town, increasing public awareness of art, and broadening visitors’ perspectives of public spaces within the City. The artist(s) selected should have demonstrated experience working in public locations subject to vandalism and weather.

The $80,000 commission will cover all services from design through final installation/implementation, including artist fee, fabrication, equipment, insurance, transportation, travel fees, and installation.

Final selection of one artist or team will be made by the PAC, RACC, and stakeholders and approved by the Capital Projects Surcharge Committee based on proposals and qualifications.


three views of the exterior of the national bowling stadium a large beige building with colored rectangles on outside showing square footage 

Link to image of the exterior of the building with areas to be painted with murals marked with approximate square footage.



Project budget is $80,000 for the entire project. This budget is inclusive of all costs associated with the design, planning, installation, and completion of the project. The budget includes all travel costs and insurance. This project is funded by the City of Reno’s Capital Projects Surcharge Fund.


Google Maps link to National Bowling Stadium.

Submission Requirements:

1. Resume or CV: Current professional resume or curriculum vitae (CV), detailing professional artistic accomplishments and references from past public art projects.

2. Images: 5 images of previously completed artwork. Include image list with date, size, location, and description of work.

3. Proposed project: Detailed written description of proposed design for mural including materials and project approach plus visual sketch or rendering of proposed project.

The Artist Selection Process:

  • Artists/teams submit qualifications, past work examples, and a proposal online through Submittable (see below).
  • The Public Art Committee, with input from stakeholders, and RACC will select an artist/artist team for the commission to recommend to the Capital Projects Surcharge Committee.


  • Deadline to apply: November 7, 2022
  • Review by Public Art Committee and Stakeholders: November 14
  • Review/approval by RACC: November 21
  • Capital Projects Surcharge Committee approval: November 22
  • Painting takes place December to February of 2023


For more information about City of Reno programs, visit For questions on submitting through Submittable, please contact the Submittable Support Team. For questions regarding the call, please contact City of Reno Arts & Culture Manager, Megan Berner, at [email protected] or (775) 326-6333.

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Call Detail
Aurora Housing Authority Veterans Living Center
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Entry Deadline: 10/17/22
Days remaining to deadline: 33
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum: 6, Maximum: 8
Total Samples | Minimum: 6, Maximum: 8
Call Type: Public Art
Eligibility: Local
State: Colorado
Budget: Budget: $44,000.00



 Aurora Housing Authority (AHA) was established in 1975 by the City of Aurora. It is a quasi-governmental agency, separate from the City of Aurora, with a seven-member Board of Commissioners appointed by Mayor. The mission of the Housing Authority of the City of Aurora is to develop and promote quality housing while supporting and encouraging economic opportunities leading to self-sufficiency and independence. The agency owns and operates 810 units of affordable housing and administers over 2,200 housing vouchers. AHA is developing another 231 units to add to this inventory.

Veterans Housing

In 2018, Aurora Housing Authority was awarded a proposal by the Colorado Department of Human Services to develop 2.3 acres to the north of the Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons. (Fitzsimons was founded as an Army Medical Facility in 1918, closed in 1999, and has been undergoing redevelopment since then.) In November of 2020, AHA received an award of tax credits to develop the parcel with a four-story building consisting of 59 units of independent, senior (62+) apartments for veterans and their immediate families. Building amenities include a community room, library/computer room, workout room, and laundry facilities. Community gardens and a patio will enhance the exterior of the building.

 The residential campus will offer a continuum of housing options, including independent, senior living through Aurora Housing Authority, permanent supportive housing through Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, and skilled nursing through the Colorado Department of Human Services.

 The site is near bus routes and light rail lines and will include Electrical Vehicle (EV) ready parking spaces. Veterans and their families can take full advantage of medical care offered at the VA hospital and live in a community honoring and enhancing their lives.

 The staff of AHA includes veterans and families of veterans who take to heart the issues veterans are facing today. The goal of this housing project is to provide a welcoming, warm, and safe community where veterans can access affordable housing and live near quality medical care. This project represents 14 years of work by the Housing Authority and the City of Aurora to manifest commitments made when the Fitzsimons Army Base closed.


Aurora is the third largest city in Colorado, spanning three counties in the eastern Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area. Aurora embraces a highly diverse population of over 386,000 residents who enjoy access to quality education, Colorado's natural beauty and active lifestyle, and an array of cultural amenities within the context of a vibrant and growing community. Aurora is home to top national employers in aerospace and defense, bioscience, healthcare, and alternative energy.
Situated on prairie grasslands, rolling hills and the northern tip of the Black Forest, Aurora offers a unique quality of life that blends a traditional sense of community with a range of outdoor and leisure activities. Residents enjoy a wealth of opportunities and are proud to call Aurora home.


The Aurora Housing Authority and Aurora’s Art in Public Places Program have a history of working together to provide public art within the context of affordable housing.  This history has inspired the two programs to work together, both contributing funding to commission original work for the Liberty View Apartments.

 The partnership envisions establishing a celebratory community space for Veterans and their families. This artwork will complete AHA's vision for the site by honoring and enhancing the lives of Veterans and their families.

 The goal is to activate the space adjacent to the community garden encircled by a walking trail. This work should be celebratory and embody an inclusive, colorful, and inviting space that multigenerational friends, families, and communities will enjoy. This work should generate feelings of togetherness and excitement while encouraging residents to create memories with loved ones. 

 This work shall not serve as a memorial.


Materials must be durable and appropriate for exterior applications within the Front Range climate of Colorado. Annually, temperatures range from sub-zero to more than 100 degrees, and temperatures can span more than 40 degrees within a day, or even a few hours. Snow, hail, wind, and extreme sun are all environmental issues to contend with when proposing exterior art projects for this area. 

Budget: $44,000.00

The budget includes design, fabrication, transportation, installation, and any other costs associated with this project.

Tentative Timeline

·       Deadline for completed applications to be received: October 17th

·       Finalists notified: November 1st

·       Finalists Virtual Presentations: TBD

·       Multi-level approval process completed: TBD

·       It is desirable that the artwork be completed and installed by November 2023 to coincide with a Veteran’s Day reveal.

 Application Materials

·       6-8 images of relevant work. Do not submit conceptual proposals.  They will not be reviewed.

·       Professional Resume

·       Statement of Interest (Why this project is of interest to you)

·       Open ONLY to Artists who live and work in Colorado.


Aurora’s Public Art Staff manages the selection process. All applications must be submitted through the CAFÉ System of the Western States Arts Federation. This application process is free. No hard copies will be accepted. This call is open to artists who are legally residing in COLORADO

 Phase One:   The Selection Panel will identify the most qualified applicants based on the selection criteria listed below. From this pool of submissions, three finalists will be selected. 

 Phase Two:   Three finalists will each receive a $2,500 honorarium to participate in an optional site visit, develop a formal proposal, and participate in a virtual interview. Finalists will be given the opportunity to ask detailed questions and participate in discussions with the Selection Panel which includes project stakeholders. 

 Phase Three: The Selection Panel will recommend the selected applicant to the Art in Public Places Commission for their approval.


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