Outdoor Exhibition of Existing Large Scale Sculptures for Display in Patricia's Green

The San Francisco Arts Commission acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone. We affirm the sovereign rights of their community as First Peoples and are committed to supporting the traditional and contemporary evolution of the American Indian community and uplifting contemporary indigenous voices.
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. 

Project Overview

The San Francisco Arts Commission invites artists and artist teams residing in the Greater Bay Area to submit proposals for an Outdoor Exhibition of Existing Large Scale Sculptures for Display in Patricia's Green.

The Project Budget is to be established in consultation with the Commission and may not exceed $40,000. The budget is inclusive of all project-related expenses such as engineering, General Liability and Fine Arts insurance, any required modifications to the work to make it ready for outdoor display, transportation to and from the site, installation/deinstallation, signage, periodic maintenance and repair of the sculpture throughout the duration of its year-long loan to the City and is inclusive of an honorarium/loan fee for the artist that is no greater than 20% of the loan amount.

Project Description

The San Francisco Arts Commission is soliciting submissions to establish a pool of existing—ready to display—sculptures to be considered for a one year temporary display in Patricia's Green which is located in Hayes Valley in San Francisco on Octavia Street between Hayes and Fell Streets. The sculpture should be a minimum of 12 feet high to allow for high visibility amongst the surrounding residential and commercial structures on the sides of Octavia Street which flank Patricia's Green. We anticipate installation to occur Spring 2024. This newest sculpture installation continues a legacy of temporary artwork being displayed in Patricia’s Green that started in 2005 with the installation of a temple sculpture by David Best. This program is the result of a long-standing partnership with the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association and their advocacy for public art funding. The sculpture may not have a foundation that is below grade nor one that requires drilling into or bolting tabs placed on the sculpture into the sidewalk. Other alternate options have included placing the sculpture on a steel plate, or building a pedestal for the sculpture that contains weighted ballasts.

If selected for this temporary sculpture outdoor exhibition, the artist(s) will be required to schedule a minimum of one Artist Talk at the site of sculpture throughout the duration of the loan. Artists are encouraged to propose other forms of activation during the one year sculpture display.

Patricia’s Green is a popular neighborhood destination, providing one of the primary sources for public open space in the Hayes Valley neighborhood. It includes perimeter landscaping, seating, a lawn area for casual activities and a play area for children. It spans two city blocks on the north/south axis and is situated in the midst of a commercial and residential area. The specific site for the sculpture is a round concrete plaza, of approximately 26 by 37 feet, in the center of Patricia’s Green which is on axis with Linden Alley. Electrical power is located adjacent to the concrete plaza and may be used for the sculpture, if necessary. Please see the rendering of the specific site for the sculpture in Patricia’s Green.

Selection Process

Arts Commission staff will review all completed applications based on selection criteria and develop a short list of artworks for presentation to the Artist Review Panel.

Artwork Review Panel: The applications will be reviewed by an Artwork Review Panel consisting of representatives from Arts Commission staff and/or Commissioners, arts professionals, and representatives from the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association to identify and recommend a specific sculpture for the site.

Arts Commission Staff Review of Proposed Sculpture: Prior to placing a recommendation to approve the sculpture chosen by the Artwork Review Panel on the agenda of the Visual Arts Commission, staff will personally inspect the artwork at the Artist’s studio.

Arts Commission Approval: The Artwork Review Panel’s recommendation will be submitted first to the Visual Arts Committee (VAC), a subcommittee of the 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.

Recreation and Park Commission Approval: Following approval of the artwork by the Arts Commission, the project will be presented to the Recreation and Park Commission for approval of a permit to display the work. The permit approval is contingent upon the submission of signed stamped engineering drawings and ADA compliance. This presentation will be made by the Arts Commission, however the artist may be asked to attend.

All Arts Commission meetings and 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 Artwork: Artwork will be selected in accordance with the criteria below. Criteria to be used when considering when scoring an artist’s application for loan 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 .

  • Complete application submitted prior to the application deadline.
  • Artwork submitted is ready to be placed on display or may require only minor modifications.
  • 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.
  • Appropriateness of proposal to project site and context in terms of content, scale and materials used.
  • The artist’s work will appeal to a wide range of the public who frequent the site.
  • The work is fabricated in materials appropriate for public display in an outdoor environment and is in exhibition-ready condition with no sharp edges or extruding components that might pose a hazard.
  • The artist's relevant experience is adequate to meet the demands of the project. Qualifying activities would include some combination of the following: education and training as an artist, an exhibition record in museums, having had work displayed at commercial art galleries and/or non-profit art spaces, previous public or private commissions; participation in artist-in-residency programs, or other related activities indicative of a professional art practice.
  • The artist is available to oversee the management and implementation of the project from start to finish, including coordinating the work of subcontractors and arranging for the rental and delivery of equipment.
  • Assessed ability to meet project deadlines and to perform work in a timely and professional manner.

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 (EXTENDED) MARCH 01, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. (PDT) deadline.

Application materials include:

1. 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.

2.  3-5 images of artwork available for display

  • Include photos that show artwork installed.
  • SlideRoom accepts all image file types up to 5MB. Images should at least 72 dpi and no larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels
  • If including video, please make the duration under one minute.
  • For team application, please indicate the lead artist for the project.

3.  Image descriptions

  • When you upload your images, SlideRoom will prompt you to fill out image descriptions. Please include the title, medium, dimensions, year, and retail value (for insurance purposes) for each work. You may also include a brief statement (2 sentences maximum) about each work, including where the work has been previously exhibited.

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. (PDT ) on the deadline date, March 1, 2024. Please contact Arts Commission Staff: Project Manager Rebeka Rodriguez Mondragón at rebeka.rodriguez@sfgov.org. SlideRoom technical support is available Monday – Saturday by email, 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. (PDT) support@slideroom.com.

Project Timeline

RFQ Issued
November 30, 2023

Application Deadline
March 01, 2024 (EXTENDED)

Artist Review Panel Meeting
early March 2024

Visual Arts Committee Approval of Finalists
March 20, 2024

Full Commission Approval
April 1, 2024



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

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