PALM DESERT OPPORTUNITIES        _______________________________________________________________________________________________


Public Artwork for Traffic Signal Cabinets
DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES - Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

ABOUT THE COMMISSION:  The City of Palm Desert is seeking up to two (2) artists to create artwork for the set of two (2) traffic signal cabinets on the northwest corner of Fred Waring Drive and Cook Street and set of two (2) traffic signal cabinets on the southwest corner of Fred Waring Drive and Deep Canyon Road.  The painting of a design on the traffic signal cabinets is intended to compliment the area’s already existing painted traffic signal cabinet program along Fred Waring Drive.   

MATERIALS:  Selected artists will be required to provide their own materials, which must be pre-approved by the City.  The City will perform the preparatory work on the cabinets prior to the painting and anti-graffiti and UV coating after the painting.   

SUBMITTAL DEADLINE:  The deadline for entries is Friday, October 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. (receipt deadline)

PROJECT BUDGET:  $1,500 for the painting of each set of two (2) cabinets

ELIGIBILITY:  Open to artists in the Coachella Valley and surrounding area.  Selected artists or teams will be required to adhere to insurance requirements as determined by the City’s Risk Manager.  

FINALISTS:  Up to three (3) finalists for each set of cabinets will be selected to receive a $100 honorarium each to create a proposal.  

•    A current resume or CV, including current contact information.
•    Up to 10 images of past work in jpeg format on CD, flash drive, or jpegs via email and a corresponding image list.  
•    Three (3) references.
•    Materials should be submitted to:, Subject:  Traffic Signal Cabinets
City of Palm Desert
73-510 Fred Waring Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92260
Attn:  Public Art Division/Traffic Signal Cabinets

•    If materials are submitted via regular mail and you would like your materials returned, include a self addressed, stamped envelope with the appropriate postage, otherwise materials will be disposed of.

August 29, 2017:                              Request for Qualifications available
October 6, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.:         Qualifications due (receipt deadline, NOT postmark)
October 11, 2017:                            Art in Public Places Commission to select up to three (3) finalists per set of signal cabinets to create proposals
October 16-18, 2017:                       Finalists notified
December 8, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.:      Proposals due in Public Art office
December 13, 2017:                         Proposals reviewed by Art in Public Commission
January 11, 2018:                            Artist proposals selected by City Council
January 15, 2018:                            Selected artist notified and commencement of contracting
April 13, 2018:                                 Completion of project

INFORMATION:  Deborah S. Glickman, Management Analyst, or

DISCLAIMER:  The City of Palm Desert reserves the right to reject any and all submittals and to decline to award a contract for this project.  Artist applications will be kept on file for up to two years (2) and may be considered for future traffic signal cabinet painting projects as they arise.


Artists interested in applying to the artist registry can do so by email or regular mail. Unfortunately, we no longer are accepting two dimensional artwork proposals, except for muralists because most of all the commissions are for out-of-doors sculpture and exterior treatments.

Artists should send 10-15 images in jpeg form with a description of medium, scale and location of artworks and resume to: or Deborah Schwartz Glickman, Management Analyst, City of Palm Desert, 73-510 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92260.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis and juried into the registry.

For additional information call 760-837-1664.


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