Call for Work


Call to Artists

Tempe frequently offers opportunities for visual artists to apply for city public art commissions and Tempe Center for the Arts and Community Galleries' exhibitions. These projects are open to artists nationally or locally, depending on budget and the amount of community contact that needs to take place. 

Join the Call to Artists electronic mailing list for updates or bookmark this page.

Other valuable opportunities exist for artists working in the field. The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) developed Artists Register, a resource for artists to post their pertinent information and images on the web. Public art programs, private individuals and businesses utilize this site to find and learn more about artists. This resource is offered to artists at a reduced fee due to a consortium of Arizona cities and the Arizona Commission on the Arts supporting the website.

City of Tempe Opportunities

platFORM: Student Sculpture Lease Opportunities
In its third year, the public art programs from Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Surprise have joined forces in platFORM, an initiative to create opportunities for student artists/artist teams to place existing or propose new sculptures for temporary placement in public places.
Deadline for entries: April 27, 2015 - midnight
Budget: variable range of $2000 - $3000 contingent on the accepted placement
Projects: up to six opportunities in Tempe, Scottsdale, Chandler and Surprise
Eligibility: all students currently enrolled in an arts program at any university or college within the state of Arizona (Individuals and Collectives/Groups/Teams)
Information/Request for Proposals

Youth Art Instructor - Temporary

The City of Tempe Recreation Department seeks studio artists who have instructional experience to teach youth art classes to students aged 2-13 years.
Deadline: open until the needs of the City are met
Hourly wage: $14.00
Work schedule: Weekdays, April - August 2015

Youth Dance Instructor - Temporary
The City of Tempe Recreation Department seeks performing and studio dancers who have instructional experience to teach youth dance classes to students aged 2-6 years.
Deadline: open until the needs of the City are met
Hourly wage: $14.00
Work schedule: Weekday mornings, April - August 2015

   Other Opportunities

The city of Tempe is happy to share local, regional and national opportunities with its residents.

ARTELPHX Spring 2015
Showcasing art beyond galleries and museums...ARTELPHX will select over 20 local, national, and international artists to transform spaces at a boutique hotel with temporary, site-specific installations. Presented at the Clarendon Hotel and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.
Deadline for entries: April 20, 2015
Event dates
: May 14-16, 2015
Eligible media: multi-media, performance, video, and dance

Teaching Artist Opportunity - Public Art
The West Valley Arts Council (WVAC), in collaboration with the City of Avondale and Estrella Community College, seeks a Teaching Artist to lead up to 20 local high school art students in the design, production, and installation of a permanent public art project within Avondale's Friendship Park. The selected artist will supervise the youth artists, create and manage the project timeline, manage the project budget, develop and implement key mentorship goals, and incorporate skill development into the project scope.
Deadline for applications: April 28, 2015
Wage range: $40-50/hr
Work schedule: May 26 - June 25, 2015 (Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm)

Valley Metro Poster Design

Valley Metro RPTA requests the submission of qualifications from Arizona artists who want to create a design to be used on posters, t-shirts, car cards and other materials that reflects the Valley Metro Central Mesa Extension.
Deadline for entries: May 1, 2015 - Midnight
Budget: a stipend of $3,000 for the art and all reproduction rights
Eligibility: all artists & designers

ASU School of Art Summer Sessions
A four-week art intensive day camp for 9-12 graders

Registration is open now! The School of Art is offering its first ever summer art camp from June 15th – July 10th. Each week your child will learn a different studio discipline, each taught by a full-time faculty member. The camp culminates with a public exhibition of student work in Gallery 100.
Dates: June 15th - July 10th, 2015
Deadline to register: May 15, 2015
Class location: the Art Building on ASU's Tempe campus
Disciplines to choose from: Ceramics, Fibers, Metals, Drawing/Painting, Printmaking, Photography, Sculpture
Cost: $1,500-1,800

Avondale - Artspace Projects Survey

The City of Avondale and Artspace Projects, a national, nonprofit organization, are conducting a study of the space needs and preferences of artists and creatively engaged individuals in Avondale, and the surrounding region. This study will assist in the development of affordable new space in Avondale where artists and creatives of all disciplines may live, work, create, showcase their art, and engage with other artists and the public. Help us advance this project by taking the Survey of Artists’ Space Needs and Preferences.
Information & Survey

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program has established an ongoing mentorship program as a professional development opportunity for emerging artists living in metropolitan Phoenix. Artists selected to participate in the mentorship program have the opportunity to work with an established public artist on a significant public art commission for the city of Phoenix and to earn an honorarium of up to $5,000.


Tools for Artists
These Guides may help you format your Tempe Public Art project submissions:
Letter of Intent Guide
Artist Resume Guide
Image List Guide