Austin announces public art opportunity

Art in Public Places is seeking artists to design and create artwork for the new terminal improvement project at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Previous projects of this size have had more than a hundred applications.

"The project is a fairly big one in scope and budget," said Meghan Wells, administrator for Art in Public Places. "We are looking for qualifications and making sure they have done projects that are comparable."

The project has a budget of $700,000, and is open to artists throughout the country. Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. June 26.

The overall goal of the project is to enhance the experience of the airline traveler going through the airport, according to the call to artists from Art in Public Places.

Art in Public Places held a webinar on June 17 for potential applicants to ask questions and learn details about the project. Wells said the meeting went well.

"It was great. If you weren't available locally you were able to ask questions online," she said.

Designs for the project need to be completed by December. The type and size of the work will be decided on by the artist and the project design team during the early planning stages.

Terminal improvements

The art will be part of the first stage of terminal improvements designed to respond to the increasing growth of the Austin area.

The construction will be adjacent to the east side ticket lobby and will add roughly 55,000 square feet of space.

The goal of the construction includes improvements for Homeland Security on the east side of the terminal, according to the airport.

For more information on the call to artists and project details, visit AIPP Opportunities.