Alamosa Park Project


Alamosa Park Public Art Project

Call for Artists for Sculptural Works to Replace Outdoor Installation at Alamosa Park

Submit an Existing Sculpture for Purchase or a Proposal for a Commissioned Sculptural Work

Deadline for Submissions: February 17, 2023 at 3:59 pm

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Location/Context: The Public Art Program seeks to purchase or commission a sculptural work of art for Alamosa Park in Southwest Albuquerque. The new work will be located outdoors on the 10’ x 6.5’ x 4’ concrete pad that once held David Wagner’s glass and metal sculpture entitled ‘Star Chair’, which is being relocated to the Westgate Community Center. The newly commissioned sculpture at Alamosa Park will become part of the City of Albuquerque’s permanent collection.

Project Intent/Theme: The Art Selection Committee seeks an artist who is a resident of New Mexico to produce artwork suitable for installation on the park’s concrete sculpture pad (pictured below). Because it is an underserved community where more than 25% of its residents are below the poverty line, the Selection Committee will prioritize artists from the South Valley whose work captures the history of the Alamosa Park community, Hispanic and Chicano culture of the South Valley, and also reflects the natural elements and grandeur of the park. The artwork must also serve as a landmark to Alamosa Park while also providing local residents with a beautiful, relevant design. 

Site: The site for this project is the planned 10’ x 6.5’ x 4’ concrete pad area within the park, east of the Ted Gallegos Community Center. The sculpture should be at least 9’ tall. The proposed sculpture should be able to be placed on the existing sculpture pad and not to exceed the dimensions of the available area.

Media/Style: Submissions of sculpture should be in stone or metal or other outdoor materials and shall be easily maintained.

Project Funds: $40,000 is available to purchase or to commission an artwork or multiple artworks for the site. The all-inclusive project budget includes complete purchase of an existing sculpture or sculptures, or the complete fabrication of a proposed sculpture as well as the transportation and approved installation of the artwork(s).

Application Process: This is a statewide, open competition for all artists residing in New Mexico. Proof of residency may be required. The Art Selection Committee will jury and recommend selections to the full Arts Board.

Artists must submit the following items for the project.

  1. A statement or description of the proposed or existing sculptural work(s), which includes a description of the artwork. Not to exceed 500 words.
  2. A current resume including statements regarding your artwork/art education and past work, etc. Not to exceed 500 words.
  3. Artists may submit up to two (2) artwork sculpture submissions for consideration. The submissions may include an existing sculpture ready for purchase and installation or a proposal to fabricate one or more sculptures, or a combination of both.
  4. Up to five (5) images of other works of art demonstrating the artist's style and ability to fabricate and install large scale outdoor public sculpture.
  5. An image key, clearly labeled with your full name and a numerical listing for each image, the title of the work, the media, dimensions, and year of completion and purchase cost of the work.

This online process requires that all application images and materials be submitted in digital format.

Selection Process and Criteria: The Art Selection Committee will score applications based on the selection criteria listed, through a fair and open competition.

The selection criteria shall include, but is not limited to:

  • The artists' connection to the South Valley and Alamosa Park community;
  • Their knowledge of the 400-year history of the South Valley;
  • Artists' familiarity with the South Valley farming communities and their link to the Bosque Trail and Rio Grande River;
  • The professional qualifications of the artist demonstrated by the supporting materials;
  • Demonstrated artistic quality (use of media, unique vision, and quality of craftsmanship).

Eligibility: Legal residents of New Mexico are eligible to submit.

Deadline for Submission: The application, images, and other required materials must be submitted electronically by 3:59 pm on Friday, February 17th, 2023.

Questions/Follow Up: Questions about the project may be directed to Robyne Robinson, Project Planner, City of Albuquerque, Public Art Urban Enhancement Division, (505) 768-3837 or email: [email protected].

Concrete sculpture pad at Alamosa Park.