Call for Art: Albuquerque Fire Station #7 [$70,000]

PLEASE NOTE  – This Call for Art originates from a public art program, not Xanadu Gallery. Submissions and questions should be made according to their instructions below.  Comments and questions left on this page will not be seen by the public art program.


Request for Qualifications
City of Albuquerque
Public Art Program
Commission of a Work of Art for
Fire Station # 7

LOCATION/CONTEXT: The Albuquerque Arts Board, Albuquerque Fire Department and the Fire Station #7 Art Selection Committee have initiated a 1% for Art project to be funded through the 1% for Art ordinance. The selected public artwork for this project will be located in Albuquerque’s Northwest quadrant at 57th Street and Central Avenue in City Council District 1.

PROJECT INTENT/THEME: The Fire Station #7 Art Selection Committee and the Albuquerque Arts Board seek to commission a work of art that explores the numerous possibilities for LED/Neon inspired lighting that enhances the facility so that it becomes a cornerstone for the community in which it is located on western historic Route 66. Historic Route 66 as Central Avenue takes you through the heart of Albuquerque and is home to the longest intact urbanized stretch of Route 66 in the country with approximately 15 miles running the entire length of the city, east to west. Central Avenue is home to several Art Deco and Streamline Moderne buildings,
historic/vintage motor lodges, trading posts, gas stations and classic neon signs from the heyday of Route 66 and the car culture that has surrounded it. Fire Station #7 will be an integral part of the life of Historic Route 66, the surrounding neighborhood, and the City of Albuquerque.

PROJECT FUNDS: $70,000 is available to commission, construct and install a work of art for Fire Station #7. These funds provide for artist design and fabrication, engineered drawings if needed, transport, installation including all needed equipment, and supervision of installation. Eligibility: This project is open to artist/artist teams residing in the United States.

Deadline: August 10, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

To Download the complete prospectus visit:…
QUESTIONS/FOLLOW UP: Questions about the project may be directed to Matt
Carter at the Albuquerque Public Art Urban Enhancement Program (505)
768-3804 or email:

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  1. As a resident of NM, I cannot help but wonder WHY a FIRE STATION needs a $70,000 piece of artwork; totally wasteful use of public monies, especially in these economic times. I can understand spending money (sometimes) for public showcases, places where the general public will see their tax dollars at work, but a fire station? Give me a break.

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