City’s TEMPO art program now to include murals

Mural on the George Washington Carver branch of the Austin Public Library.

The city of Austin’s Art in Public Places is expanding the scope of its temporary art program — known as TEMPO — to include murals.

Through the TEMPO 2-D initiative the city will commission seven to ten artists to create temporary murals at select sites across the City. The deadline to apply is April 26 at  and compensation will be provided for the selected artists.

Started in 2012, the TEMPO program has to date commissioned dozens of artists to create temporary outdoor installations — typically three-dimensional sculptural installations — across the city.

“This new initiative will enable many additional local artists to participate in the TEMPO program,” said Sue Lambe, administrator of the Art in Public Places Program. “Honoring the age-old tradition of mural painting, TEMPO 2-D will provide the public with fresh new ways to experience art in the community.

Commissions will range between $2000 and $7000. Applicants can review the complete request for proposal at and must apply online at


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