Call to Artists! PDX Airport Redevelopment Public Art RFQ (due 11/01/23)

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PDX Terminal Redevelopment Public Art Project

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) and the  Port of Portland  (“Port”) in Portland, Oregon, are inviting artists to submit their qualifications for the design and installation of a permanent public art display that will be a part of the Portland International Airport’s (PDX) terminal redevelopment project.


PDX seeks to commission distinctive, site specific, original public artwork for the $2B terminal redevelopment project. This unique artwork location has been identified for this Request for Qualification (RFQ) within the newly designed terminal. All public artwork locations in the new facility are identified on the attached  Exhibit A. Separate RFQ documents will be released over the next year for the remaining art installations in the terminal redevelopment project.


One 2D Artwork | International Arrivals

Budget: Not to Exceed $300,000


This is an opportunity for an artist or artist team to create a large scale, signature artwork that will be located on the deplaning level at the North end of baggage claim. This artwork will greet International arrival passengers as they enter the pre-security Terminal area. The wall will also be visibly prominent from the waiting lounge in this area.


This artwork will welcome passengers to Portland and be their first impression of PDX Airport and the City of Portland. This transition space will be a key gathering point for international passengers to meet family, friends, and colleagues. The wall for the artwork is 42 feet long and 8 feet tall. The artwork will be situated at the exit of an 18 foot wide corridor.


The primary goals of this opportunity are for the art to:

To be made of very durable materials work with an impactful international focus.
Build a connection between PDX airport and the World
Be impactful, iconic and provide wayfinding cues for travelers

Working Project Timeline

October 12, 4:00 pm (PST) – Information session on Zoom
November 1, 11:59pm (PST) – Application due date
January 2024 – Artist selection for interview
January – February 2024 – Artist(s) site visits, interviews
Winter 2024 – Design Development
Spring 2024 – Spring 2025 – Fabrication
Summer 2025 – Installation Completion
Learn more and apply here!

For questions specific to this call, please contact Public Art Project Manager Mack McFarland,

About the Regional Arts & Culture Council

The Regional Arts & Culture Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides grants for artists and nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington Counties; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; convenes forums, networking events, an advocacy and arts education program , leads community gatherings; and provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance. RACC advocates for equity, inclusion, and access, working to build a community in which everyone can participate in culture, creativity, and the arts. For more information, visit