N. College Avenue Mural

The City of FayetteRFQ N College Ave Muralville and Fayetteville Arts Council seeks qualified artists, designers, and craft persons to create a public art mural. Any artist or team of artists with public art, mural, or large-scale painting experience – who can meet the project requirements and timeline – is eligible. 


Budget: The mural stipend is $17,367 (1,654 sq. ft. @ $10.50/sq. ft. Includes all artist fees, materials, installation, etc. Artist must prep wall with masonry primer). A stipend of $250/each will be awarded to three artists selected to submit a mural proposal. 

Mural Location: Street-facing side of retaining wall on west side of N. College Avenue/HWY 71B (between Prospect and Cleburn Streets. Surface area is 1,654 feet. Plan view of location with Google maps imagesMural Location

Project Background and Summary: The City of  Fayetteville is currently making improvements to a section of N. College  Avenue that transitions from Downtown to Midtown. The City had hoped to  plant street trees on the west side of College Avenue to match the trees planted on the east side in 2016. As crews began working this spring, they found a fiber line buried in a vault underneath the  existing sidewalk. The available soil depth would not be able to sustain healthy trees and the line could not be relocated due to the exorbitant cost of moving a line with particular specifications.

City officials strive to incorporate functional aesthetics with a strong  return on investment in projects. Both street trees and public art  fulfill this philosophy. Therefore the City of Fayetteville, with approval from the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), seek to  install a mural on retaining wall located on the west side N. College Avenue between Cleburn and Prospect Streets. More than 28,000 vehicle  trips per day pass that section. The newly-completed sidewalk on the east side of College Avenue has seen increased pedestrian use due to  greater width, less curb cuts, new lighting, and new street trees. A  H.A.W.K. signal will be placed south of Prospect Street and will provide safe passage for pedestrians and cyclists crossing between two established neighborhoods. The signal and new sidewalk will also improve access to Wilson Park, one of the City’s most popular public gathering spaces and oldest park.

Proposed Project Timeline:

September 5                           Issue informal proposal Call for Artists

September 12, 7 p.m. CST       Close Request for Qualified Artists

September 13                         Arts Council meets / selects three finalists

September 14                         Three finalists notified to produce renderings

September 25                         Renderings due

September 27                         Arts Council meets / selects final artist

September 28                         Artist notified and contract process starts

October 5, 12 p.m.                  Contract process complete

October 13 - November 9          Mural complete. Artist must complete mural within 10 calendar days.

Contract: View sample contract here.

Artist Selection Process: 

  1. Artists complete request for qualifications (RFQ) submission
  2. The Fayetteville Arts Council will review all qualifications submissions and select three artists to submit a mural proposal. The proposal must include a to-scale rendering or proposed mural,  written description of proposes mural, budget summary of projects (fee, materials, expenses, etc.), suggested maintenance plan. The stipend for the completed mural proposal is $250.
  3.  The Arts Council, with Arkansas Department of Transportation approval, will select the final artist(s).

RFQ Submission Requirements:

  1. Brief statement of interest indicating your qualifications and interest in the project.
  2. Personal website address or address where examples of work can be seen.
  3. Attachments:
    • Professional resume.
    • Up to ten (10) images of relevant past work. Images showing mural and large-scale work is preferred. Images should be attached as jpgs or pngs, no larger than 2MB each.
  4. If you are chosen as a qualified artist, you must be able to fulfill the following:
    • Able to complete the project within the specified timeline.
    • Able to provide a $500,000 Certificate of Liability Insurance.
    • Able to submit a mural proposal (to-scale rendering of proposed mural, written description of proposed mural, budget summary of project, suggested maintenance plan).


Contact Dede Peters, Community Engagement Manager, by phone 479-575-8302 or by email.