Public Art Opportunities

Request for Proposals – Public Works Vehicle Barn

Submission period CLOSED! Proposals currently under review (Deadline: July 16, 2021)

*IMPORTANT: It will be imperative that you read the Call for Art as it outlines all of the requirements and describes all of the processes that must be followed in more detail than what is highlighted below. *

Call for Art application

The City of Bellingham is seeking an artist or artist team to design, fabricate and install artwork at the future Public Works vehicle barn, to be constructed at 2200 Nevada Street in Bellingham. The selected artwork will be located along the Virginia Street side of the building, which is 38’L x 31.5’H (at tallest point) and a long section of vehicle door bays. The site is adjacent to industrial buildings and a bike path/trail connection. The siding the artwork will be attached to is undulating metal.

$50,000 is available for all phases of the artwork, including but not limited to: planning, design, fabrication, engineering and installation of the artwork and incidentals such as food, lodging, per diem, travel, etc.

Selection Criteria

The selected artwork will be based on the following criteria:

  • Artist qualifications & experience (including references) (0-30 pts)
  • Project approach and understanding (0-20 pts)
  • Project aesthetics and appropriateness to the site (0-20 pts)
  • Schedule and management (0-20 pts)
  • Budget (0-10 pts)

Project Timeline

July 16, 2021 (by Noon): Request for Proposals deadline

Week of August 9, 2021: Finalist Announced

September 2021: Contract complete

Winter 2021 – Winter 2022 (Determined by completion of the building): Installation

July 16, 2021 by Noon (12:00 PM).

Send your email submission to Shannon Taysi at Submissions must be in PDF format.

No late submissions will be considered. 

  • Video – 360 Video starting at installation site, then Nevada St and Virginia
  • Panoramic Picture – Nevada and Virginia including the trail
  • Panoramic Picture – Future Building Site is from intersection to the black car
  • Photo – View from across the street diagonal from Nevada and Virginia
  • Photo – View from the trail going towards the building at Nevada and Virginia
  • Photo – View looking down the trail heading towards downtown

For questions you can call Shannon Taysi at 360-778-8360 or email at

All questions and responses will be posted to this site as they are received and answered prior to the deadline.  Please refer back to keep up to date on those responses prior to the deadline.

Is there an opportunity to direct power for lighting the art on the wall?

  • Lighting could be included but as a change order to the project.  As the artist you would be responsible for all costs associated with lighting the artwork.  This would need to be included in your budget.

The following images portray where the artwork will be installed on the finished building.

Past Opportunities

Anamorphic Mural – A mural in the alley behind 1300 Commercial Street, on the columns of the public parking garage to enhance the alley adjacent to the public parking garage. The installation area included eleven concrete columns and two aggregate panels. Completed in 2019 with a budget of $5,000.​​ 

Traffic Box Artwork – Original artwork installed on six traffic boxes located in the downtown Arts District. The goal of the project was to reinforce a sense of place and enhance the identity of the district, while adding beauty and interest to the streetscape. Completed in 2019 with a budget for $500 for each image selected and installed.​

N Forest Street – Create and install artwork on two retaining walls along the southern portion of N. Forest Street (between E. Ivy and Rose Streets. Estimated to be completed in 2021 with a budget of $15,000.00.



​Shannon Taysi at or 360-778-8360

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