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Civic Art Project for George Bush Intercontinental Airport Mickey Leland International Terminal

Budget: $90,000.00 for each of the six (6) gates

Deadline: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 11:59 PM CST

Location: Mickey Leland International Terminal in New D West Pier - 2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032

Eligibility: Artists from Houston and/or residing in the Greater Houston Area

Only applications sent via Submittable will be considered.

1. Summary

The Civic Art Program of the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) requests the submission of qualifications from artists or artist-teams to design, fabricate, and install major permanent works of public art for six new terminal/arrival gates at the forthcoming Mickey Leland International Terminal in New D West Pier at Bush Intercontinental Airport. Commissioned works will be accessioned into the City of Houston’s Art Collection.

The departure and arrival gates at the newly expanded Terminal D International Terminal is intended to provide a series of welcoming experiences that introduce international passengers to a new place as they exit the airplane.

The six gates will provide a unique opportunity to share a glimpse of Houston’s character through art which showcases the City’s diverse culture and unique character.

Houston Airports is the City of Houston’s Department of Aviation. Comprised of George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport (EFD) / Houston Spaceport, Houston Airports served nearly 60 million passengers in 2019. Houston Airports form one of North America's largest public airport systems and position Houston as the international passenger and cargo gateway to the South-Central United States and a primary gateway to Latin America. Civic Art at Houston Airports enhance the passenger experience by building and presenting a world-class collection of regional, national, and internationals works of art that with a focus on the impressive talent and vast diversity of the place we call home.

2. Scope of Civic Art Project and Artwork Requirements

This opportunity seeks the completion of two-dimensional pieces at of each of the six gates lining the international arrivals corridor. Each gate includes three areas for the artist to address.

Elevations and Site Drawings 1 & 2

Commissioned artworks will be subject the following requirements:

  • Artworks should be family friendly and suitable for public display to a diverse and international audience.
  • Artworks must be free of safety hazards.
  • Artworks must meet or exceed City of Houston ADA requirements.
  • Artworks should be resistant to graffiti and vandalism and require minimal maintenance.
  • Artwork must have an expected life span of at least 20 years.
  • Artwork should make a significant artistic addition to the City of Houston Art Collection.

3. Eligibility


Eligibility is open to all artists and artist-teams living or working in the Greater Houston Area and over 18 years of age. Preference/priority will be given to artists not currently represented in the City of Houston Civic Art Collection.

  • Currently residing within in the Greater Houston Area: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller counties
  • Artist/Artist Team must be able to work at the required scale and have availability to accomplish by the deadline of December 2022.


  • Galleries submitting applications for more than one artist must submit individual applications for each applicant.
  • If multiple artists are included on the same application the submission will be marked as ineligible


  • Artists currently under contract for a City of Houston Civic Art project.
  • City of Houston employees.
  • Elected City Officials, Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs Staff, and their immediate family.
  • Houston Arts Alliance employees, Board members, Advisory Board members, and their immediate family

Applications that do not meet all eligibility criteria or application requirements will be withdrawn from consideration.

4. Location and Site

  • Mickey Leland International Terminal in new Pier D West at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport, 2800 N Terminal Rd, Houston, TX 77032
  • Standard art lighting will be provided for as part of architectural/construction plan.
  • See linked site plans and images for more information.
  • Elevations and Site Drawings 1 & 2

5. Budget

The budget of $90,000.00 is inclusive of all work including, but not limited to, design proposals, artists’ fees, design, engineering, permitting, insurance costs for each year of the project, lighting, software, studio and project administration, travel, fabrication, all materials, installation, and required documentation.

6. Application Requirements

1. Artist(s) resume or CV, relevant information for any other key team members (3 pages maximum per artist or team member)

2. Artist Biography (250 words maximum)

3. Statement of Intent/Concept Brief (1,000 words maximum)

A Statement of Intent is a declaration of your plans and your ideas for a specific project. A SOI is your chance to demonstrate your personality, professionalism, qualifications, and enthusiasm for a project.

4. Artist Statement (500 words maximum)

An artist statement is a written description of your work that helps the audience access or understand your artistic work. The purpose of the artist statement is to inform, add context, and present process and conceptual ideas to the viewer, which may include sources, ideas, and materials in your current practice.

5. Digital images of completed artworks. Applicants should submit up to ten (10) images in JPEG format only with each image no larger than 2 MB. Each image should include information about artist, title, year completed, dimensions, material, commissioning entity, and budget or price (as applicable) for each image provided

All documents should be in at least a 12-point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin.

7. Selection Process

Qualifications will be reviewed by a panel of three art professionals/artists and subject the following criteria:

  • The artist's work demonstrates a unique voice, perspective, or aesthetic.
  • The artist's submission demonstrates their ability to create site-specific artwork which responds to the history, culture, and identity of the surrounding community.
  • The artist's work demonstrates an artistic voice, perspective, or aesthetic that is not substantially represented in the current Collection.

8. Contracting

Established in 1999, Houston Civic Art is a City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) program that contracts with Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) to manage projects. The final commission for this project will be broken out into two separate contracts with HAA, one for design and one for construction (i.e. “commission”). The selected artist must be able and willing to sign contracts for design and commission.

Sample Contracts: 

Selected artists will also be required to sign a Visual Artist Rights Act (VARA) Waiver with the City of Houston. View a sample of the waiver HERE

9. Timeline

All dates are subject to change.

  • Artist Info Session # 1**    Tuesday, January 11, 2022
  • Artist Info Session # 2**    Wednesday, January 19, 2022
  • Deadline for questions:    Monday, January 17, 2022
  • RFQ submission deadline:    Tuesday, February 8, 2022
  • RFQ notification:    Tuesday, February 22, 2022

 The following section only applies to artists who advance to the RFP phase

  • RFP released to finalists:    Tuesday, February 22, 2022
  • RFP deadline:    Thursday, March 31, 2022
  • Artist proposal presentations:    Week of April 4, 2022
  • Selected artist notified by HAA:    Tuesday, May 3, 2022
  • Contract released to artist:    Tuesday, May 10, 2022
  • Project completion:    December 2022

**HAA will host two (2) artist information sessions about this RFQ via Zoom. Click the links below to register for a session.**

Session 1: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 11:00AM with bit.ly/3m41EBp

Session 2: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 6:30 PM with https://bit.ly/3IfYl35

10. Contact

For questions or more information, please do not contact the City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA). 

Direct all inquiries to:

Please submit all questions in writing via email no later than January 20, 2022 to civicart@haatxhelp.zendesk.com. Questions will be answered as they are received and no later than January 28, 2022. All answers to questions received by the question due date will be posted publicly.

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