Public Art Opportunity in Odessa, TX deadline March 15, 2016

Odessa Council for Arts & Humanities announces a Call for Artists for the Eight Street Traffic Box project


Odessa, TX – The Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities is seeking applications from artists and designers interested in creating artwork for four electrical boxes along 8th street from Lee street to Golder Avenue.  The boxes will become part of the identity of Downtown Odessa and will be  seen by many pedestrians, as well as many of the 33,000 cars that drive that section of 8th street each day. The completed boxes will be unveiled in Spring 2016. 

One artist or designer will be selected for this opportunity and will be paid an all-inclusive fee of $4000 to create the artwork. This project will create a unique and memorable visual statement that will highlight the Public Art Program here in Odessa. We are seeking an artist or designer who will approach the boxes as a family of art works and can create a unified and artistically interesting body of work. The boxes will be wrapped with adhesive vinyl on which the art has been printed.

Selection Process 

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Odessa artists, residents, and business owners and three finalists will be selected, based upon the criteria below. Finalists will be paid a $500 stipend to develop a proposal and present it to the panel. One artist or designer will be awarded the commission, based upon their proposal, presentation, and references.

The criteria for selection of finalists are:

  • Artistic excellence as demonstrated by past work and shown in the submitted materials.
  • Understanding of the project and ability to create work that responds to the goals of the project.
  • Ability to create a work that will be durable and easy to maintain for an expected life span of at least five years.

Anticipated Timeline

Applications due –   5pm, March 15, 2016

Finalists Selected – Early April, 2016

Finalist Proposals – Late April/ early May, 2016

Commission Awarded – Mid May, 2016

Artwork Installed – by July 2016 for unveiling.


Submission Requirements

  • A typed Letter of Interest, no longer than 1 page.
  • Current Artistic Resume, no longer than 3 pages, including contact information.
  • Up to 10 Digital Images of previous work, submitted electronically on a CD. Images must be JPEG file format and should be labeled with a number indicating the viewing order and the artist’s last name. Images must be no more than 1920 pixels on the longest side and must be “high quality” JPEG file format at 300 dpi.
  • A corresponding Image List with image number, title, medium, dimensions, brief description, and date of work.
  • Three References with current contact information including phone numbers and emails.


A map of box locations, as well as photos of the boxes can be seen at


Email Applications to: 

Applications can also be mailed to:

Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities

PO Box 7195

Odessa, TX 79760

Call or e-mail OCA&H with questions: 432-337-1492 or

Applications must be received by 5pm, March 15, 2016.