Downtown Napa Art Wrap Project

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Downtown Napa Art Wrap Project





Downtown Napa Association and the City of Napa

Invite artists to apply for the
Downtown Napa Art Wrap Project
Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 4:00 p.m.

The Downtown Napa Association and the City of Napa invite artists and artist teams residing in
Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, or Solano County to submit their qualifications for a utility box vinyl
wrap project. Artists will be selected based on their past work and paid $500 to create a design
that will be transferred to vinyl (by the Downtown Napa Association), and wrapped around a
signal utility box located in downtown Napa.

The project is a partnership between the City of Napa and the Downtown Napa Association. The
mission of the Downtown Napa Association is to foster better business in downtown Napa and to
promote the area as the community’s center for business, culture and entertainment. In support
of that effort, the Association is funding a utility box wrap art project in downtown Napa. The
project is similar to programs in other cities throughout the country in which photographs of
artworks are transferred to vinyl and wrapped around existing utility boxes. The Association is
funding the transformation of up to 13 City of Napa boxes of varying sizes into artworks.
The Downtown Napa Association Artwork Wrap Project is consistent with the mission of the City
of Napa Public Art program which supports the integration of art into the public realm through a
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“contribute to a more livable and visually stimulating environment.”

The proposed objectives of the artworks are to:
• Create a unique experience in downtown
• Inspire businesses, residents, and visitors
• Support regional artists


APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, February 6, 4:00 p.m.

BUDGET: A budget has been established to pay each selected artist a design fee of $500. The
fabrication and installation of the wraps will be managed and paid for by the Downtown Napa

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SITES: The artworks will be sited on up to 13 selected City of Napa utility boxes throughout
downtown Napa. The map below shows the proposed locations of the utility boxes within the
Downtown Napa Associations district.


The selected artist/artist team must:
• live in Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Yolo, or Solano County; and
• be available to begin work immediately and complete the project by March 2020.

Criteria for selection of artist/artist teams include but are not limited to the following:
§ Demonstrated successful creative, innovative, and effective approach in comparable
§ A proven mastery or skill in at least one artistic medium.
§ Ability, evidenced by past work and experience, to create an artwork that meets the
objectives described above.

The artwork selection process is as follows:

Step 1: An artist selection and design review panel (“Review Panel”) consisting of representatives
from the City of Napa Public Art Steering Committee and the Downtown Napa
Association, and arts professionals will be established to review artist qualifications. This
Review Panel will select up to 13 artist by majority vote based on the quality of the
artist’s past work.

Step 2: Selected artists will be placed under contract and paid $500 to create a conceptual
design and/or select one or more of their existing artworks to be used on a utility box.

Step 3: The Review Panel will approve the conceptual design (or make design recommendations)
based on a majority vote. The artwork conceptual designs are recommended by the
Review Panel to the City of Napa for approval.

Step 4: The City of Napa reviews and approves the Review Panels artwork design
recommendations or makes further recommendations before the Downtown Napa
Association may proceed with artwork fabrication and installation.

Step 5: Artists will then be given a notice-to-proceed to create a final design.

Step 6: Final designs are fabricated and installed by Downtown Napa Association.


RFQ deadline February 6, 2020
Artists selected February 2020
Artwork designs approved by the City of Napa March 2020
Artwork designs approved by Review Panel March 2020
Artworks installed April 2020

Please complete the application and mail or submit by email to the address below by the
deadline of Thursday, February 6, at 4:00 pm.

Application Deadline: February 6, 2020, 4:00 pm
Email applications to:
If files are too large for email, go to, create an account (its free!) and share your
application with

Or mail your application to:
Public Art RFQ Response
Downtown Napa Association
1290 Napa Town Center
Napa, California 94559

Questions? Contact Shelly Willis at or call: 916-996-0793