APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, October 26, 2012 (5:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time)
Applications should be sent to Steven Young, Executive Director at The Crucible via email, Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

In an effort to support The Crucible’s mission, priority will be given to artists residing in the Bay Area.

In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and in support of the West Oakland Renovation Project, The Crucible is seeking artists to construct a commissioned piece of artwork that will be displayed at The Crucible’s newly remodeled front yard. We are seeking two artists, each will display one piece.

The Crucible is a nonprofit arts education organization that fosters a collaboration of arts, industry, and community. Through training in the fine and industrial arts, The Crucible promotes creative expression, reuse of materials, and innovative design, while serving as an accessible arts venue for the general public. From blacksmithing, welding, foundry to neon, glass blowing, welding, and kinetics, The Crucible provides innovative visual arts education programs to 5,000 adult and youth students annually. The finished artworks will represent the areas in which The Crucible teaches, and should promote the reuse of materials.

The chosen artworks will be displayed in the front of The Crucible in our newly constructed sculpture garden. The garden was renovated this past spring, and funded by the City of Oakland in support of the West Oakland restoration efforts. The artwork will be displayed on two pads with an area size of 3’x3′ each. Each artist will be responsible for designing and constructing one piece of artwork to fit on one pad.

The Crucible is located across from the West Oakland BART Station, and is visible to an average of 4,895 commuters per week. The site is also seen to many pedestrians and traffic entering into the West Oakland corridor, and traveling on the freeway, as it is located on 7th Street.

The total budget for artwork is a $2,500 stipend per artist, inclusive of all artist’s fees and associated expenses for design, fabrication, insurance, transportation and installation.

PROJECT SCHEDULE (subject to change)

  • RFP Deadline: October 26, 2012
  • Selection Panel Approval of 2 Artist Projects: October 31, 2012
  • Artwork Fabrication begins: November 2012
  • Artwork Installation: December 2012


  • Priority will be given to local Bay Area artists with an emphasis in the reuse of materials.
  • All projects should represent one or more of the technical areas that The Crucible teaches. Mixed media and artist collaboration is encouraged.
  • Artistic excellence, innovation, and originality should be evident in the proposal concept submission and artist work samples.
  • The artist’s professional experience will reflect an ability to meet the time demands of this project.

All application materials must be submitted via email to Steven Young. Application materials include:

  • Letter of interest including the project scope and description
  • Resume
  • 5 images of previous work
  • Project design description/drawing

Artist teams must submit one application and are limited to 10 images total.

For further information please email Steven Young, Executive Director (