Public Art

Public Process


Our public process supports artists and a broad network of creative and allied professionals through our pre-qualified artist list, mentorship program for San Antonio-based artists, and special programs. The San Antonio Art Commission reviews and makes recommendations to guide our work.

How the Public Art process works: 


Every year the Department of Arts & Culture seeks applicants to be considered for a pre-qualified list for three-year duration.  The pre-qualified list consists of artists and public art professionals, reviewed by a panel and approved by City Council, eligible for potential opportunities, including the creation of new public artworks, providing services for the City's art inventory, and collaboration with the Department of Arts & Culture to implement art in public places.

  • Our 2021 Call of Public Artists and Support Services is open from November 20, 2020 to January 18, 2021. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS. 

Public Art Mentorship Course

Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Public Art Mentorship Course is currently on-hold until further notice. 

Cultivating artists based in the San Antonio area for participation in the City’s pre-qualified list is critical to the success of public art in San Antonio. Each year, the public art division hosts the Public Art Mentorship Course for emerging artists in the San Antonio area. Led by the City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts and Culture with the participation of experienced artists and administrators, the course is open to roughly ten artists on an annual basis. 

The Public Art Mentorship Course is a professional development opportunity where artists:

  • Attend educational sessions on contracts, budgets, the public art process and other key information about working in the public realm
  • Network with artists and professionals in public art and allied fields
  • Respond to a brief  by developing a proposal and presenting to a panel

Participating artists must reside in the San Antonio area, attend all mentorship course sessions, and develop and present a public art concept proposal. Interested artists apply by indicating their interest when they submitting their qualifications to be considered for the City’s Public Artist Prequalified List.


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Friday, June 18, 2021