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Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona

Public Art Call to Artists (RFQ): Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner

  • Deadline:
  • Budget: 180,000
  • Eligibility: The Public Art opportunity is open to professional Artists and Artist Teams worldwide. All interested Artists and Artist Teams are encouraged and invited to apply, including but not be limited to individuals or teams who are engaged full-time or part-time in the production of eligible works of art, teachers of art, and emerging professional artists (Pima County Administrative Procedure, 3-16, Section II)

In collaboration with Pima County, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (Arts Foundation) is seeking a qualified Public Artist or Artist Team for commission, through a Request for Qualifications application process (RFQ).

The new facility will provide the Pima County Office of the Medical Examiner (PCOME) and staff the appropriate space required to meet the current increased demand and allow for future growth within Pima County and the region. The design of the new facility will also incorporate current medical examiner trends, including current technology to improve the quality of their services and increase efficiency. The public interface will be developed to improve the experience as many of these interactions are highly sensitive. The facility will educate visitors to the high number of migrant deaths from crossing the border and the efforts the facility is taking to respectfully identify and return remains.

The Artwork Theme will be developed in collaboration with the selected artist and the Art Selection Panel through the artwork design phase process. However, it is envisioned that a thoughtful artwork honoring the personal experiences of members of the public as well as the significance of the services provided by the Medical Examiners staff would be highly appropriate. The work the OME does to support the indigent with respectful treatment of their remains in the columbaria is expected to inspire consideration.

More Information: artsfoundtucson.org