Small Artwork Commission

The City of Petaluma Public Art Committee (PPAC) is issuing this Request for Proposal (RFP) to California-based artists or artist teams for the design, fabrication, and installation of an original, durable and low-maintenance outdoor public artwork suitable for placement on city-owned property. The budget for the project is up to $25,000 and timeframe for project completion is twelve (12) months or less from signing of the contract. City staff will screen submitted proposals, then the PPAC will review submittals to award one artist/team the contract to execute their public art concept(s). Further details are provided in this RFP.

The deadline for RFP submissions is Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00PM (PST).

All applicants are required to read the Request For Proposal document in its entirety before submitting an application.



Project Goals

This RFP is intended to engage emerging or established artists through an open and unconventional process that invites and maximizes creativity. The City is open to a wide range of proposals, including work with a life span shorter than twenty-five years. There is not set theme or medium, however, the PPAC seeks artworks with the following considerations through this commission program:

  • Foster a sense of beauty, multi-layered meaning, or have other compelling attributes
  • Be appropriate for a public space
  • Be durable, safe, and low maintenance
  • Represent the diversity of our community
  • Provide opportunity to underserved artists, including artists of color
  • Consider locations through Petaluma and activate neighborhoods that may not have existing public art

Eligibility and How to Apply

This opportunity is open to all practicing professional California-based artists and artist teams over the age of 18. Previous experience in public art is desired but not required. The artist/artist team awarded the contract will be required to comply with the City of Petaluma’s insurance and liability requirements in addition to other selection requirements outlined in this RFP.

To apply for this opportunity, go online to and select Small Artworks Commission and complete the online form. Applications must be received by the City no later than Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST and must be submitted digitally through SlideRoom. Please refer to ‘Application Requirements’ below for more information about required application materials and deliverables.

Staff Contact

David Ward
Public Art Specialist
[email protected]

Planning Division
11 English Street
Petaluma, CA

Project Timeline*

August 1, 2021 Call for artists -- RFP submission opens
September 30 RFP submission deadline
October PPAC review and finalist interviews
December Subcommittee appointment
February, 2022 PPAC contract award
March - April Final design, permitting, and signing agreement
April 2022 - March 2023 Artwork fabrication and installation
April 2023 Project completion (12 months from contract award)

*all dates are tentative and the timeline is subject to change

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