Q: Does PASA have an artist registry where artists can apply?
A: Yes. The City started the Capital Projects Artist Pool in 2013. The artist pool is an annual opportunity for artists to submit their qualifications to be considered by a selection panel for potential public art projects that are implemented on an ongoing basis. Check under opportunities for active calls for this roster, as well as links to online applications for other public art opportunities.
Q: What is the process to review and select artists to be added to the Capital Projects Artist Pool?
A: The Public Art Board appoints a selection panel of seven qualified individuals who review and score each eligible artist in accordance with evaluation criteria that is determined by the panel in advance. The criteria established in 2013 included: a) level of public art experience, b) artistic merit, c) conceptual ability and d) design/construction proficiency. Each criterion was evenly weighted, representing one quarter of the combined total score. Once all panelists’ scores are completed, the panelists’ scores are combined and averaged to determine a final score for each artist. The 2013 panel determined by unanimous agreement that artists who received an average score within the top 25 percentile would be recommended for the pool.
Q: Does not being approved for the Capital Projects Artist Pool mean that an artist is not qualified to compete for a public art opportunity?
A: No, not at all. The call for artists and review process is very competitive and it is difficult to establish a list out of hundreds of highly qualified applicants. So it’s critical that a selection panel work independently to review and score each artist that applies and that only those who score in the top 25 percent after all scores are averaged together will be added to the pool.
Q: For artists not chosen for the Capital Projects Artist Pool, what other opportunities will they have to be considered for a City of San Antonio public art project?
A: A call for artists is issued annually for artists to submit qualifications to be added to the Capital Projects Artist Pool. Each year a new selection panel is appointed and asked to review the existing qualifications within the artist pool as well new submissions. The intent of the annual call is to continually improve and diversify the artist pool and create opportunities for artists to be reviewed and selected for projects. Please note that the City may also recruit artists from outside the Capital Projects Artist Pool for projects as it deems appropriate.
Q: If selected for the Capital Projects Artist Pool, is there a good chance that an artist will receive a commission with the City within the next two years?
A: Although inclusion in the Capital Projects Artist pool does qualify you for a potential commission, artists are not guaranteed to be selected for a project, as stated in the call for artists. As project scopes are developed, selection panels will review the qualifications of the artists in the pool and choose the most appropriate artist for each public art opportunity.
Q: What can an artist do to improve his or her submittals and be considered for addition to the pool in the future?
A: We encourage artists to continue to submit and reapply to calls for artists. Each new selection panel brings new perspectives to the review process so the character and makeup of the pool is anticipated to change from year to year.