The Iowa City Public Art Program was established by the Iowa City Council in 1997. The purpose of the Public Art Program in Iowa City is to enhance our public spaces, to capitalize on Iowa City's reputation as a cultural center, and to build on Iowa City's image as a vital place to live and work. By providing Arts and Culture programs that educate, entertain, stimulate and engage the public, Iowa City works to support the vitality of its diverse population, preserve and interpret Iowa City’s rich heritage, and enhance the desirability of Iowa City as a residence and destination.

The Public Art Advisory Committee was established to oversee the operations of the Public Art program and advise the City Council on potential sites that can be enhanced by the addition of public art and also recommend various pieces of artwork.

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Current Public Art Opportunities


Request for Qualifications: City Hall Lobby Art Installation

Printable brochure

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The City of Iowa City’s Public Art Program is seeking artists, architects or other creative types interested in designing a permanent wall installation at City Hall, 410 E. Washington St. This space is approximately 16’X10’ and is located in the lobby, on the south wall next to the stairwell. This location is visible and used by many visiting City Hall or the Police Station. 

Read the Request for Qualification information below, before using the online form found at the bottom of this page to apply.

Project Information 


The lobby was recently remodeled and now features clean, warm white finishes that include white terrazzo floor, brushed aluminum hand rails and signage, as well as a contemporary PH Lamp by Poul Henningsen that hangs in the stairwell. Maple paneling and white corian also accent the lobby. This space is accessible 24/7 as it is also the entrance to the Police Station.  

Iowa City City Hall Lobby Wall
Iowa City City Hall Lobby Wall


The goal of this project is to design and install an eye catching, creative art installation with broad public appeal that may reflect some connection with the Iowa City community, including but not limited to, physical features, the diverse demographic of visitors to City Hall, educational excellence, cultural amenities, etc.


The wall itself is concave as it wraps around the curved stairwell. Rather than ignore, it is preferred that the artwork highlight this architecture detail utilizing as much of the available space as possible, but keeping in mind the high traffic volume using the stairwell and the continual access to the lobby to the public.  Electricity can be provided to the wall if lighting is incorporated as part of the artwork.  There may be the opportunity to carry the concept of the final art piece into other locations within City Hall dependent on budget and design.


The medium utilized by the artist is flexible. The wall itself is constructed with concrete block covering sheetrock, so it is structurally sound for most installations. Selected finalist must work with staff to ensure safety and security of the work and the public.


The total budget for the completed and installed artwork is $9,000, and is funded through the Iowa City Public Art Program.

Projected project timeline

  • Friday, September 28, 2018: Response deadline
  • Friday, October 5, 2018:  Notification to finalists
  • Thursday, December 6, 2018: Presentation of design to Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Friday, December 7, 2018:  Notification of selected artist
  • Thursday, February 7, 2019: Final design review by Public Art Advisory Committee
  • Friday, February 14, 2019: Execution of project agreement
  • Friday, June 28, 2019: Project completion 

Applicant information 


Successful applicants must demonstrate vision, past experience and professional qualifications required to design and create the work, and willingness to work collaboratively with staff and other professionals to finalize the design. Team applications should demonstrate the qualifications of its individual team members, as well as each member’s qualifications to work together. This RFQ is open to artists, artist teams, engineers, architects, student teams or others with priority given to those who live in the state of Iowa.

The Public Art Advisory Committee will review applications and interview applicants at their meeting. on Thursday, October 4, 2018. Up to four finalists will be selected. A stipend of $250 will be awarded to finalists to develop a more specific proposal.  Artists should be prepared to present their final proposal at the December 6, 2018 committee meeting scheduled to start at 3:30 PM.


Fill out the online application which requests the following information:

  • Statement of Interest 
  • Resume outlining professional accomplishment, no longer than two-pages 
  • Three professional references
  • Include name, relationship to applicant, email address and phone number 
  • For team applications, include resumes and three professional references for each member 
  • Six to eight images of past works 
  • Include a project title, location, date completed, media, dimensions, budget, commissioning agency, project partners and/or a brief description of the project/conceptual information
  • Submit samples by uploading them in the online application or by including a link.

Samples will also be accepted via email, flash drive or CD

The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CST,  Friday, September 28, 2018. 
Incomplete and late applications may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of the City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Commission.


Contact Iowa City Public Art Program Coordinator Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or  

Public Art Matching Fund Grants Available for 2018- 2019  

Deadlines: Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 and Friday, March 22, 2019

The City of Iowa City Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) has once again funded its Matching Grant Project, announcing that it will provide up to $2,000 in matching funds for public art projects in 2018 and 2019.

Funded through the Iowa City Public Art Program, the Matching Grant Project will consider visual, audio, or performance-based art such as sculpture, murals, performances, readings, interactive exhibits, video projections, soundscapes, spoken word, and other mediums. To be eligible, proposals must be for projects that will be publicly accessible and viewable within Iowa City city limits. Art may be displayed or performed on private property with property owner permission.

Printable Call to Artists

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Online application 

Proposals for the first round of funding are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018. The deadline for the second round is 5 p.m. on Friday, March 22, 2019.  Applications should be sent to Marcia Bollinger with the City’s Neighborhood and Development Services Department at

Final selections will be determined by members of PAAC.

For more information, contact Marcia Bollinger at 319-356-5237 or

This grant is made possible by the Iowa City Public Art Program.