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FWPA | Providing Opportunities for Artists to Make an Impact

 Since its establishment, the Fort Worth Public Art program has engaged the talents, skills, and visions of local, regional and national artists to elevate the quality of life and that of visitors to the city.  The resulting artworks and designs, with their amazing range of materials and styles, contribute to Fort Worth’s uniqueness, and remind us of public art’s role in expressing our civic identity by reflecting who we are, what we have been, and to what we aspire to be.    – Mark Thistlethwaite, PhD, Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History, Texas Christian University, and Former Chair of the Fort Worth Art Commission

PRE-QUALIFIED ARTISTS | Our Primary Source for Artist Selection

Whether you are an experienced public artist or a North Texas-based artist who aspires to work in the public realm, we need you!  While the Fort Worth Public Art Master Plan Update (pages 54-56) outlines six different selection processes, our primary method is the Pre-Qualified List, which includes two categories: Established Public Artists and Emerging Public Artists.  Our next Call to Artists for the Pre-Qualified List will be issued in Winter/Spring 2020.  Interested artists will be invited to submit qualifications online for review by a panel of art and design professionals who will make recommendations to the Fort Worth Art Commission for approval.  Artists with no previous public art experience will be required to attend an Public Artist Training Workshop in order to be considered.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!

COMMISSIONED ARTISTS | The Artists Behind the Works

FEATURED ARTIST |James Surls

The City of Fort Worth recently acquired Vase With Nine Flowers by James Surls, now installed on Montgomery Street near the intersection of Lansford Lane. Click to find out more about James Surls and his prestigious career as an artist.

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

Fort Worth Public Art’s Pre-Qualified list of artists is updated every two years. Mark your calendars for Spring 2020 when the call for artists will open. Click here to see the current list of artists.

GUIDELINES & RESOURCES

This page contains a wealth of information for artists interested in creating public art, including ways to engage the community, how to budget for projects, and links to artist opportunities in Texas.