Artist Call for Qualifications: Ustick - West Valley Neighborhood Public Art Project

The City of Boise's Department of Art & History invites artists or artist teams to submit qualifications and concepts for artwork to be selected and installed in Boise’s Ustick/West Valley Neighborhood at Redwood Park.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 26, 2023, at 1 p.m. (MT)

PROJECT BUDGET: Artist Budget - $100,000 / Total Budget - $140,000

LOCATION: Redwood Park in Boise, Idaho

QUESTIONS/CLARIFICATIONS: Via Jaggaer Q&A Board (by April 19, 2023 at 5 p.m. MT)




The City of Boise’s Department of Arts & History invites artists or artist teams to submit qualifications and concepts for artwork to be selected and installed at Boise’s Redwood Park. Redwood Park is nestled in a residential area at 2675 Shamrock St. and features open play areas, a walking path, fishing pond, picnic benches, and a playground. Redwood Park hosts the West Valley Neighborhood's annual Ustick in Bloom event. This popular community celebration, held in June, features live music, food, local artisans and vendors, community resources, and kids’ activities. 

The selected artist, or artist team, will design and fabricate an iconic and meaningful artwork that embodies the identity of Boise’s Ustick / West Valley Neighborhood. The selection committee has developed some shared thoughts on the identity of their community that they would like to share for artists to consider: 

  1. Nostalgia
  2. A neighborhood/community trying to redefine its identity amid rapid urban development. Acknowledge this tension between its past and future
  3. Desire to honor the history of this neighborhood/community
  4. Desire for iconic, yet approachable public art, possibly with interactive elements
  5. A community anchored by their roots, but inspired by opportunities for growth
  6. The park is high traffic, used by neighbors for meeting spots, dog walks, and has a bike path at one edge

Up to three finalists may be selected from this Request for Qualifications and may be invited to Boise for a site visit and interview process. These finalists will be offered a stipend of $2,000 for a more detailed proposal which will be discussed with the finalists.

One artist, or artist team, will be selected and awarded a $100,000-contract to design and fabricate the new public artwork.  

The city intends to award the contract to one artist or artist team; however, the city reserves the right to award to more than one applicant.


This opportunity is open to established artists residing in the United States. Idaho artists are strongly encouraged to apply. Artists must be at least 18 years of age. 

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted electronically via the City of Boise’s Public Bid site (JAGGAER ONLY). After uploading your application, applicants are encouraged to verify the successful upload of the document.


In our commitment to engaging everyone, the City of Boise is actively removing barriers to participation, including for our residents with disabilities and those who prefer a language other than English. If you need an accommodation to access City of Boise’s services, programs, or activities, please contact us at or 208-608-7050 (TTY 800-377-3529), preferably within 72 hours before to the event.

En nuestro compromiso por lograr la participación de todos, la Ciudad de Boise está eliminando activamente las barreras a la participación, incluso para nuestros residentes con discapacidades y aquellos que prefieren un idioma distinto del inglés. Si necesita una adaptación para acceder a los servicios, programas o actividades de la Ciudad de Boise, póngase en contacto con nosotros en o en el 208-608-7050 (TTY 800-377-3529) preferiblemente en las 72 horas previas al acontecimiento.