Ends on August 6, 2018


Pittsburgh CLO Academy Project, Pittsburgh, PA

DEADLINE: Monday, August 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM ESt


BUDGET: $100,000


Pittsburgh CLO Academy is seeking an artist or artist team for the design, fabrication, and installation of a work of public art with an intended lifespan of 15 - 25 years on CLO Academy Way (Cecil Place) in Downtown Pittsburgh. The artist(s) will work in collaboration with the staff of Pittsburgh CLO Academy, the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and the Office of Public Art. The budget for this project is $100,000 which includes artist fee, fabrication, and installation. 


Pittsburgh CLO Academy is seeking an artist or artist team for the design, fabrication, and installation of a work of public art with an intended lifespan of 15 - 25 years on CLO Academy Way (Cecil Place) in Downtown Pittsburgh. It is envisioned that the project for the alley will include lighting enhancements, either integral to the artwork or to light the artwork.

Pittsburgh CLO Academy is a professional-caliber performing arts school for students of all ages and levels. Affiliated with one of the most respected musical theater organizations in the country, the Academy provides students with valuable training that prepares them for real-world performance opportunities and professional careers. For more information about Pittsburgh CLO Academy, visit their website at www.pittsburghclo.org/education 

The Academy is located at 130 CLO Academy Way (Cecil Place) in Downtown Pittsburgh – an alleyway located off of Penn Avenue between 6th and Stanwix streets. Over the course of a year, 700 to 800 students between ages 3 to 18, attend the Academy, both in daytime and nighttime. For many students and their families, the entrance to the Pittsburgh CLO Academy is their first experience of Downtown Pittsburgh. The goal of the project is to create a bright, fun, and celebratory environment that is welcoming to young musical theatre students and their families as they approach and enter the building. 

The Office of Public Art has been hired to facilitate an artist selection process and provide project management for the artwork commission. The selected artist(s) will enter into a contract with Pittsburgh CLO Academy.

The Site 

130 CLO Academy Way (Cecil Place) is an alley entrance to an early 20th century commercial building that is a contributing building in the Penn-Liberty Historic District in Downtown Pittsburgh. Work proposed for the building must meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation Projects. All work on the exterior of the building will need to be able to be removed and the exterior restored to original condition with minimal damage to the historic construction. In addition to other required reviews for permitting, the proposed artwork will need to be reviewed by the City of Pittsburgh’s Historic Review Commission.


The artwork budget, including artist fee, fabrication, and installation is $100,000. 

Eligibility and Criteria 

We are seeking visual artists or teams that include a visual artist. There are no residency requirements for this opportunity. 

Artists will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Aesthetic quality of previous work
  • Experience working collaboratively
  • Experience working in public space
  • Quality and completeness of application materials

Selection Process 

The Office of Public Art is facilitating the artist selection process for this project. Qualifications submitted through this RFQ will be reviewed by a selection committee. A limited number of artists will be invited for an interview.

During the interview, artists will discuss their past work, their ability to work on the project, their interest in this particular project, and their experience working collaboratively. The artists who are asked to interview for the project will not be asked to develop a model or proposal.

The Office of Public Art may check references to assist in the evaluation of applicants’ qualifications. 

Should the selection committee determine that none of the applicants presented are the right match for the commission, an artist or artists may be selected via an invitational process.

Project Timeline

RFQ released:   Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Information Session:   Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6PM - 7PM at Pittsburgh CLO Academy, 130 CLO Academy Way, 8th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. 

RFQ Submissions Due:    Monday, August 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Notification To Shortlist:    Week of August 20, 2018

Artist Interviews:    Week of September 10, 2018

Finalist Notified:    Week of September 17, 2018

Artwork Installation:    To be determined

Artist Information Session

The Office of Public Art will be hosting an information session for interested artists about the RFQ on Thursday, July 19, 2018 from 6 - 7 PM. The meeting will be held at Pittsburgh CLO Academy, located on the 8th floor of 130 CLO Academy Way, Pittsburgh 15222. 

At this meeting, the Office of Public Art will discuss the application process and respond to questions. Staff from Pittsburgh CLO Academy and the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership will be on hand to discuss the missions of their organizations and answer questions. Attendance of this meeting is not required to submit an application.

How to Apply 

Applications will only be accepted electronically through online application form below. If you have questions, please Contact Derek Reese of the Office of Public Art at 412.391.2060 x 233 or at dreese@pittsburghartscouncil.org.

Do not contact Pittsburgh CLO Academy or the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership about this opportunity.