Mission Creek Park Extension Public Art Project

The San Francisco Arts Commission is committed to creating a city where all artists and cultural workers have the freedom, resources and platform to share their stories, art, and culture and where race does not predetermine one’s success in life. We also acknowledge that we occupy traditional and unceded Ohlone land. Fueled by these beliefs, we commit to addressing the systemic inequities within our agency, the City and County of San Francisco and the broader arts and culture sector. This work requires that we focus on race as we confront inequities of the past, reveal inequities of the present, and develop effective strategies to move all of us towards an equitable future.
Aerial view of Mission Creek Park area of San Francisco

Project Overview

The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the United States to submit qualifications for the Mission Creek Park Extension Public Art Project. Artists with a meaningful connection to the City and County of San Francisco, including the artist currently residing in San Francisco, previously residing in San Francisco, or having another significant relationship to San Francisco, are strongly encouraged to apply.

This art opportunity is for a focal sculpture, or series of smaller sculptures, integrated into a landscaped area located at the entrance of Mission Creek Park where Channel Street meets Mission Bay Drive.

The budget for artwork is $535,000 inclusive of all artist's fees, as well as associated expenses for design, fabrication, insurance, and transportation. A separate allocation of $150,000 has been set aside for site work and artwork installation.

Project Description

Located near Oracle Park, Mission Creek Park is an open, green space located on the north and south side of Mission Creek within the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Area. The Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII) is responsible for the implementation of the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan including the use of Art Fees to create art in Public Open Spaces. In Winter 2021/2022, FOCIL-MB LLC, with its development consultant the Mission Bay Development Group (MBDG), will begin construction on an extension of Mission Creek Park South to create an additional 3.24 acres of recreational open space west of the Mission Creek Park Pavilion.

The Mission Creek Park Extension (P2 and P8) will incorporate many of the design elements already found at Mission Creek Park, including dedicated bicycling and walking paths, informal areas for sitting and gathering and native planting. The design for P2 also calls for preserving the character and feel of an existing public park, Huffaker Park, which currently houses a community garden that will be expanded and improved as part of the P2 design.  Located under the I-280 freeway, P8 will feature extensive native plantings around a dedicated bicycle and pedestrian path. Completion of construction on the park extension is anticipated for Spring 2023.

The goals of the Mission Creek Park Public Art Project are to commission a focal sculpture, or series of smaller sculptures, that is inspired by and responsive to the site, including its natural and physical landscape, history and use. The artwork should have a visual impact from a distance, yet be integrated into the landscape and appropriate to the scale of the site. The artwork may consist of durable, natural materials that are appropriate for exterior use, including metal, stone, glass, and/or wood, and may be illuminated at night.

Selection Process

Artist Qualification Panel: The applications will be reviewed by an Artist Qualification Panel consisting of one Arts Commission staff member, one representative of OCII, and one arts professional to identify a list of the best qualified artists to be considered for the project opportunity.

Artist Review Panel: This list of qualified artists will be presented to an Artist Review Panel consisting of two representatives of OCII, one representative of the Mission Creek Park Extension design team, one Arts Commissioner, one community member and two arts professionals. After considering the artists’ qualifications, the artist review panel will identify finalists for recommendation to the Arts Commission for approval. The finalists will be invited to develop conceptual proposals after attending an orientation session with the project team and key stakeholders. Each finalist will be paid an honorarium of $3,000 for their development of a conceptual design proposal, plus the reimbursement of reasonable travel expenses, approved by the Arts Commission prior to travel arrangements being made for the orientation and panel interview.

The proposals shall be posted on the Arts Commission website for written public comment prior to the final review panel meeting.

The Artist Review Panel will reconvene to consider the finalists’ concepts in an interview format along with any community input and will recommend one artist for the project to the Arts Commission. 

Arts Commission Approval: The Artist Review Panel’s recommendation will be submitted first to the Visual Arts Committee (VAC), a subcommittee of the full Arts Commission and then to the full Arts Commission for approval. All Artist Review Panel recommendations are subject to the Visual Arts Committee and full Arts Commission approval.

All Arts Commission meetings and Public Art Review Panel meetings are open to the public and are posted on the Arts Commission website at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting. To check the meeting schedule for public art projects, please go to our calendar

Selection Criteria for Artists and Artwork: Artists and artwork will be selected in accordance with the Mission and Goals of the Civic Art Collection and in accordance with the criteria below. Criteria to be used when considering coring an artist’s application for a commission and/or acquisition of artwork by either purchase or commission shall include, but not be limited to the following considerations. Per City contracting requirements, artist applicants who are registered as a Local Business Enterprise will be given a rating bonus of 10% relative to other applicants.

  • Artistic Merit: Artistic Merit may be judged by such measures as originality of concept and artistic vision; the degree to which the work engages the viewer emotionally, intellectually, spiritually; the qualify of craftsmanship or mastery of skills and techniques. Artistic merit may also be credited to artwork that reflects a significant or direct relationship between the artist and distinct racial or cultural communities.
  • Relevant Skills & Experience: Review Panels and the Commission shall consider the assessed ability of an artist to successfully implement a proposed project, such as the ability to work constructively with other project stakeholders, meet deadlines, willingness to resolve issues as they arise, and generally manage the demands of the project. Cultural competency and/or significant connection between the artist and the project constituency, or experience that may particularly qualify an artist to meet project goals may also be considered.
  • Meet Project Goals: The proposed artwork (or the assessed ability of an artist to design a proposal) meets the specific goals of the project as defined in the Project Outline and/or RFQ as approved by the Commission.
  • Meaningful Connection to the City and County of San Francisco: Artists are asked to address their connection to the City and County of San Francisco as part of the application process, which the Review Panel will be instructed to consider as part of their scoring criteria.
  • The Artwork is Appropriate to the Site: The artwork or proposed artwork is appropriate for its intended display location in terms of scale, media, design or imagery and is judged to be relevant within the context of the surrounding community, and is compatible with the mission and operations of the client department.
  • Feasibility, maintainability: Proposed objects shall be evaluated relative to their feasibility and evidence of the artist’s ability to successfully complete the work as proposed. Factors to be considered include, but are not limited to: project budget, timeline and the artist’s experience. Due consideration shall be given to the structural and surface soundness, and to inherent resistance to theft, vandalism and weathering, and to the cost and amount of ongoing maintenance and/or repair anticipated.
  • Contributes to the Quality of the Civic Art Collection:  The  artwork is  judged to support and improve the City’s collection in terms of artistic qualify and diversity of artists represented. The Arts Commission is committed to acquiring artworks that reflect diversity in style, scale, media, and artistic sources, as well as diverse cultural communities and perspectives.  The Arts Commission also encourages exploratory types of work as well as established art forms. 
  • Public Safety and Accessibility: Artwork shall be evaluated to ensure that it does not present a hazard to public safety and complies Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and with all other applicable building codes. 
  • Duplication:  Artists will be asked to warrant, as a condition of their agreement with the City, that the artwork commissioned or purchased is unique and an edition of one, and shall not be duplicated unless it is part of a limited edition or otherwise stated to the contrary in the artist’s contract with the Commission.

How To Apply

Applications are available through SlideRoom, an online application system for calls for entry. There is no charge to artists for using SlideRoom. Please be sure to allow adequate time to submit your application as technical difficulties can occur. Applications that are mailed, emailed, faxed or hand-delivered will not be considered.

Applications will not be accepted after the August 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PST deadline.

Application materials include:

1. Letter of Interest

  • 5,000 characters maximum.
  • This should be a summary of your artistic focus and professional career, especially as your background relates to your qualifications for this project, as well as your:
    • Experience engaging diverse stakeholders, including the client and local community, during the development and implementation of a project
    • Meaningful connection to the City and County of San Francisco.

2. Resume

  • 25,000 characters maximum.
  • If you are applying as a team, please include your team/studio resume. If that is not available, please combine the individual resumes (one right after the other) of each team member into one document.

3. Ten images of previous work

  • SlideRoom accepts all image file types up to 5MB. Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels
  • For team application, please indicate the lead artist for each project.
  • For more information on working with media, please click here.

4. Image Descriptions

  • When you upload your images, SlideRoom will prompt you to fill out image descriptions. Please include the title, medium, dimensions and year for each work. You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work.

Check out our How to Apply to Calls for helpful tips on how to submit the most competitive application.

Please note that Arts Commission staff will be available to answer questions about this call until 5 p.m. PST on the deadline date, August 6, 2021. Please contact Craig Corpora at craig.corpora@sfgov.org or (415) 252-2249

SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email, 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM (PST) support@slideroom.com.

Project Timeline

Review Panel Meeting 1

Week of September 7

VAC approval of recommended finalists

Wednesday, September 8

Full Commission approval of recommended finalists

Monday, October 4

Review Panel Meeting 2

Week of November 15

VAC approval of recommended artist

Wednesday, November 17

Full Commission approval of recommended artist

Monday, December 6

Artist under contract

December 2021

Anticipated completion

Summer/Fall 2023



Eligibility is open to professional, practicing artists who reside in the United States. Entries not meeting eligibility guidelines will be withdrawn from consideration.

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

November 15
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

November 15
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

November 15
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

November 15
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting